September 10th – October 2nd, 2016
Reception: September 10th, 3 – 6 PM
Loop Gallery is pleased to announce Shifting Landscapes, a new exhibition of works by Candida Girling.
For the past several years, issues concerning the environment have been central to Girling’s work. Girling has explored the potential of enabling public space as a site for interactive installations such as musical benches and hydroponic, portable sculptural walls. She sees the potential of using art as a means of converting dead space into lively space, to be used for gathering and dreaming. In this latest exhibition at Loop Gallery, Girling demonstrates her love of drawing in a mixed media installation comprised of ink drawings, etchings in wood, and laser cut sculpture that examine the notion of the contemporary landscape. Girling suggests that the landscape of the natural world also includes the works, quandaries and the crises of humanity. Though we may wish to escape to the bucolic, the world is—as Wordsworth has said—too much with us. Candida Girling was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is a Canadian citizen and resident of Toronto, Ontario. Girling studied art at York University in Toronto, and at Edinburgh University / Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, and studied Industrial Design at Ontario College of Art and Design and at the Royal Danish Academy of Architecture in Copenhagen, where she worked for Pelikan Design and the Danish Design Council. Girling received her MFA at SUNY University at Buffalo in Visual Studies/ Emerging Practice. Girling is a founding member of loop gallery and has been exhibiting her work since 2000. Recent exhibitions include: Art Fashion Show at Gallery 1313, Interactive Installations for Nuit Blanche, the Anderson Gallery in Buffalo, and Loop Gallery in Toronto. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and abroad, including Germany, England, Scotland United States, and Denmark. Girling also teaches at Sheridan College and at Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto.