January 6 – 24, 2016
Reception: January 9, 2-5PM
Minera-logic is an exhibition of new paintings by Toronto artist, Suzanne Nacha. In an effort to depict our human relationship to the earth – our position upon it and our overwhelming lack of understanding beyond it – Nacha turns to the logic of mineral forms and material structures in creating this new body of work.
Equally absurd and solemn, the paintings reflect on our place in the world by setting up formal relationships between space and object, light and shadow, and in creating a narrative that unfolds as much through what is seen as what is not. Material piles appear to take on anthropomorphic form, occupying a landscape seemingly empty and timeless. But these are not the sort of narratives that offer any resolve. Their empty spaces and exaggerated shadows convey a sense of potential rather than assertion and time here is not linear but cyclic. The result is a narrative that doesn’t offer up answers, but rather a range of experience that spans silent contemplation at one end and a sense of unease at the other.
Suzanne Nacha is an artist working in painting, sculpture, installation, and video. Her work is imbued with a unique visual language enriched by her experiences mapping the far-reaches of Canada, creating geologic maps that span the earth’s continents and the study of structural geology. She has exhibited in Canada, the United States and Europe and is represented in public and private collections, including the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the National Bank of Canada, The Donovan Collection and the Robert McLaughlin Gallery. Born in Hamilton Ontario, she holds degrees in both Fine Art and Geology. She has taught in the Fine Art departments of OCAD, Sheridan/UTM and York University, and for the past fifteen years has worked in the mining industry mapping geographies of fortune and need.
Image: under a billion suns, 2015, oil on panel, 19″x 24.5″