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November 2016

John Ide Drawings 2B

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December 3 -23, 2016

Reception: December 3, 2-5 PM

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Loop Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition by member artist John Ide. 

In this new series of drawings, thousands of cross hatched lines make patterns of dark and light that rise and fall, like breath. “Everything I do to the paper changes the paper,” Ide says. “The marks themselves—some of them hold bits of the graphite, some release it. As the drawing is being built over time white lines begin appearing, as if the paper has remembered where a line was before.”

The tools are simple: 2B pencil, colour pastel, and Stonehenge paper.

The drawings are striking for a gentle but uncompromising quality, their rich texture lost in reproduction, especially online. You have to see the works in person… [to] see not just fields of dark and light, but the impressions of the layers of cross hatching that went before. 

Maria Meindl, bodylanguagejournal.wordpress.com

A wide range of sources inspire the works: a flash of flame on a wood-fired bowl, faded frayed fabrics, billowing clouds, a leaf drifting. Suggestions of screens sometimes emerge, highlighting perhaps in this age of facsimile, the dynamic forces as they play with our notions of what’s real, what’s not.

John Ide is a Toronto-based artist who has exhibited widely. Having created filmic works earlier in his career, he returned to drawing in the mid-2000s. Recent exhibitions include Time, Shadow, and Light at the Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant and Magritte’s Cloud at Loop Gallery.

Sheryl Dudley Field Notes

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December 3 – 23, 2016

Reception: December 3, 2-5 PM

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After several previous bodies of work that explore family history as far back as the American Civil War, Sheryl Dudley jumps forward to her own childhood in the 1950’s, U.S.A. – a time punctuated by the looming threat of the atom bomb, duck & cover exercises and fallout shelters. She expresses this period in a series of visually abstracted metaphors of a remembered state of mind.

“Field Notes” refers to a gully in a forgotten strip of land a few miles long with a stream running through – a place where summers were spent gathering materials and building forts. It grew like a shantytown and periodically workers were sent in to clear away the ‘debris’. Structures were made up of all kinds of found materials: cast-off cardboards and ‘skids’ from a dumpster behind the supermarket, or lumber and corrugated metal from nearby building sites. A stash of old storm windows found in a basement and dragged down to the gully was meant to be the castle but proved too rickety to inhabit. Another made of steel mesh stretched out into a full circle with wildflowers and tall grasses woven through the openings became the most memorable for its fragrance and filtered light.

Several decades later a shopper reaches down to pick up her bag set below a magazine rack and notices something the Indigo team has missed. A sticky substance smeared across the bottom shelf – more than likely a soft drink knocked over and abandoned. Eventually a magazine carelessly tossed down on top of the spill stuck. Two years later, only a ghost of it remains plastered to the bottom ledge – an ambiguous residue of its back cover.

Could there possibly be a subject more banal? It is what we make of things that interest the artist: a bit of trash stuck to a shelf triggers a memory. Vivid imaginings take hold and it becomes greater than a recollection by morphing into a specific time and place. And then a gang of neighborhood kids appears and they start rummaging through backyards and garbage bins for stuff for building and invention. And so, while an idea for a new project springs to mind that takes her way back in time, the final result looks nothing at all like the past. As shadows flit in the night, memory is an elusive construct, often ending up resting in an un-nameable place and time.

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detail image credits: Tara Cooper and Jen Law, Mindy Yan Miller, Maria Gabankova

 

YAEL BROTMAN

Yael has been invited to participate in the Paperhouse Studio Residency at the Artscape Youngplace Centre for the month of November.
Her project, using paper pulp, will culminate in a group exhibition opening Feb. 14, 2017.

TARA COOPER AND JENN LAW 

Please join the artists for the launch of the Printopolis publication, edited by Tara and Jenn, on Friday, November 25th at 6:30 pm at Open Studio (104-401 Richmond Street West, Toronto). The Printopolis publication focuses on critical discourse surrounding the current state of printmaking in Toronto and further afield. Inspired by the 2010 print symposium hosted by Toronto’s Open Studio, one of Canada’s leading artist-run print centres (established in 1970), the volume considers contemporary print culture from a range of perspectives – collecting, material artifacts and the archive, pedagogy, print technologies, repetition, social activism and intervention, and public space. It also includes essays reflecting on Open Studio’s 45-year history, as well as artist pages specifically designed for the publication.

For further information, please visit the Open Studio web-site: http://openstudio.ca/printopolis-publication-now-available/

MARIA GABANKOVA

Maria is preparing a selection of  work for display from November 21, 2016 through February 2017 at The Context Exhibition Space, located inside the Canadian Broadcasting Centre (entrance at 205 Wellington St., Toronto), tel. 416 599 9777, email info@contextwithlornadueck.com.
Open 9 am – 5 pm on weekdays.
The concepts of works selected will relate to some of the issues of current events that Context programs speak out on. You can view Maria’s work at www.paintinggallery.ca

 

SANDRA GREGSON

In collaboration with Gary Spearin, Sandra will be exhibiting a 4 metre tall tree made of terra cotta plant pots at 12 TREES: GOOD FOR THE EARTH at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. The show opens November 18 and continues until January 8, 2017.

 

LIBBY HAGUE

Libby’s work is included in the  print exhibition,  A Little Bit of Infinity at the University of Alberta Museums Galleries and also another U of A print initiative in Kyoto called Kyoto Hanga. Loop member YAEL BROTMAN is also exhibiting in the Kyoto show. http://www.kyotohanga.com/

DAVID HOLT

David will be leading a summer studio art workshop for practicing artists in Orvieto, Italy, focusing on art and religion. The workshop will run from June 18 to July 15, 2017 and will take advantage of the area’s rich historical tradition of religious material culture from its Etruscan origins onward.
Graduate level university credit available. More information and to find out how to participate visit http://www.icscanada.edu/art_in_orvieto/workshops

 

JANE LOWBEER

Jane is participating in Local Colour, a group show at the Art Gallery of Peterborough
Nov.17 –Jan.8

 

MINDY YAN MILLER

Mindy has been selected to participate in Fibreworks, a biennial juried exhibition of contemporary Canadian fibre art. It is a showcase of the most current and versatile approaches to fibre as a medium. This exhibition is one of the largest group shows in Canada and serves as a survey of the artists currently working in the medium. All works selected for the exhibition are eligible for the Juror’s award and may be purchased by Idea Exchange as part of its permanent collection dedicated exclusively to Canadian fibre art.
Fibreworks 2016 is juried by Sarah Quinton,  Artist/Curatorial Director, Textile Museum of Canada (Toronto, ON) and Jaime Angelopoulos, Artist (Toronto, ON). This year, the jury received submissions from 194 artists from across Canada, after a thorough selection process 15 artists were selected for exhibition.
Selected artists include: Ruth Adler (Toronto, ON), Susan Avishai (Toronto, ON), Audrey D’Astous (North York, ON), Stephanie Deumer, (Oakville, ON / Los Angeles, CA, USA), Risa Horowitz (Regina, SK), Deborah Margo (Ottawa, ON), Andrew McPhail (Hamilton, ON), Kristin Nelson (Winnipeg, MB), Samantha Pedicelli (Toronto, ON), Brenda Raynard (Edmonton, AB), Shannon Scanlan (Toronto, ON), Kelly Thompson (Montreal, QC), Karen Trask (Montreal, QC), Matthew Varey (Toronto, ON), Mindy Yan Miller (Saskatoon, SK).  https://ideaexchange.org/art/exhibition/fibreworks-2016

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