I was REALLY excited to see Assassinating Thomson by Bruce Horak. It’s a show about an iconic painter by a legally blind man. Horak bills himself as a blind mind, doing a one man show about Canada’s most celebrated painter. Well that’s cool.
Who doesn’t love those Group of Seven paintings? They’re so ridiculous and clichéd. People look at them and think “yeah, it must be great to ski in July. Canada is a great country.”
Unfortunately I got to the venue a mess, so I wasn’t in the best of moods. I paused as I entered the lobby at St Vlad’s. Then I got a grip.
For those who don’t know, there is a lot of controversy around the death of Tom Thompson. Many theories, no certainties. And that’s what this play is about. Horack tells a lot of conspiracy theories about the death of Tom Thomson. It’s like watching TMZ. Lots of people find that fun, but I don’t.
While he does this, Horak, who has 9% of his vision, paints of a ‘portrait’ of the audience. It is part of a series of paintings Horak has done over the last two years called “The Way I See It”. Apparently he’s done over 400 of these.
I’d much rather hear about art, why Thomson’s work mattered, if indeed it did, and the Group of Seven. Why a blind man is so enamoured with painting is absolutely enticing. Why Horak barely touches on this is anyone’s guess.
This play seemed like a gimmick to me and I left disappointed.
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