March 26th – April 17th, 2016
Reception: Saturday, April 2nd, 2-5 p.m.
loop Gallery is pleased to announce Makeshift, a new exhibition by Elizabeth D’Agostino.
D’Agostino has spent the last few years building fictitious environments merging elements both real and imagined. As a child, she curiously watched her father graft his backyard fruit trees. She would watch him carefully join sections from separate varieties of trees and as a result would produce an assortment of fruit from a single tree in an urban setting.
Makeshift chronicles D’Agostino’s fascination with grafting and attempts to create a catalogue of re-organized components and fictional categories of nature with an invented narrative. D’Agostino draws from biodiversity and the complexities of the changing landscape emphasizing how various paths of nature have been interrupted by rapidly producing populations.
D’Agostino holds a BFA from the University of Windsor and an MFA from Southern Illinois University. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally including The Kelowna Art Gallery, Iziko: Museum of Cape Town, South Africa, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, and The Print Center, Philadelphia. D’Agostino’s prints can also be found in many private and public collections including the University of Changchun Jilin, China; Anchor Graphics at Columbia College Chicago, Illinois, Department of Foreign Affairs Canada, and Ernst and Young, Canada. She was awarded an Honourable Mention in the 2014 National Open Studio Printmaking Awards, and was selected by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada to create a carpet design in the Ontario Room for the newly renovated Canada House in London, England.
D’Agostino lives and works in Toronto and is currently the Managing Director of the Toronto School of Art. She is also a member of Open Studio Fine Art Printmaking Centre.