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April 2017

Adrian Fish Deutsche Demokratische Republik: The Stasi Archives

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April 22 – May 14, 2017

Reception: Saturday, April 22 3-6PM

 

 

From 1946 to 1989, the former German Democratic Republic (GDR, or East Germany) was engaged in an extensive intra-civilian surveillance program seeking to expose and incarcerate suspected “class enemies.” The program was administered by over 90,000 employees and agents of the Ministry for State Security (colloquially knows as the Stasi), and over 170,000 ordinary East German citizens “volunteered” as unofficial collaborators—about 2.5 percent of the population. The archives were housed in the sprawling campus of the Ministry for State Security in the former city of East Berlin, which served as the processing centre and warehouse for the volumes of documentation related to Stasi activities. The archives are now searchable for citizens of the former GDR who believe their lives were impacted by this systematic surveillance. Over 2.75 million people (mostly former citizens of the GDR) have since made file requests. In this exhibition, Adrian Fish’s photographs document the extant repository of dossiers collected by Stasi officials, in addition to the meeting rooms, offices, and boardrooms preserved after the collapse of the GDR.

For more information, visit afish.ca.

 

Ava Roth Encaustic Sewings

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April 22 – May 14, 2017

Reception: Saturday April 22  3-6PM

 

Ava Roth’s current exhibition, Encaustic Sewings, explores two contrasting traditions of artistic practice.

Each ‘encaustic sewn painting’ in the series begins with aggressive tools: a blow-torch, razor, oil, and resin. Roth finishes her opaque and heavy paintings with a series of delicate—even domestic—tools and media: needle, thread, and delicate papers. Thread or copper is sewn into the wood panels, piercing the encaustic medium.

The ‘encaustic painted embroideries’ take the opposite approach. Roth begins working with embroidery hoops, sewing onto transparent papers with fine threads and decorative beads. Traditional encaustic techniques are invoked by waxing the delicate papers and then suturing their translucent surfaces.

In both series, monochromatic expanses of wax and/or paper are bisected, slashed, or divided. Sewn ligatures strain to hold the divided elements firmly in place as an otherworldly spectacle of colour and texture reveals itself through the fissure.

Roth is a Toronto-based artist whose practice explores encaustic painting, book-binding, embroidery, drawing, textiles, wax-carved jewelry, gouache painting, and installation.

For more information, visit avaroth.com.

 

loop elsewhere APRIL EDITION

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detail of Support Station, Libby Hague 2017

YAEL BROTMAN

Yael’s sculpture installation continues at Kelowna Art Gallery until April 16th. Fabrications, the 4 person exhibition curated by Liz Wylie also includes a work from Libby Hague.
www.kelownaartgallery.com
The catalogue is published by ABC Books Canada http://www.abcartbookscanada.com/ with essays by  Liz Wylie and Diana Sherlock.

Also, Yael is showcased by  FilmArtist in their clip at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1AzvyNu1BM

and finally,  ARTORONTO reviewed Yael and Kim Stanford‘s exhibition at loop: http://www.artoronto.ca/?p=37685.

LIBBY HAGUE

Libby created a 30TH Anniversary  limited edition woodcut called Support System, for the Art Gallery of Mississauga Fine Art Auction on  Thursday, April 27th, 2016 .

Libby is also featured in a 30 sec video clip at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtBtM_JRKNY

ESTER PUGLIESE

Ester has a painting in a group exhibition curated by Olga Korper and her grand daughter Taiga Lipson at Propeller Gallery, titled Live Longer, Piss Off Your Heirs, running March 22 to April 2 at Propeller Gallery 30 Abell, Toronto, Ontario.

http://www.propellerctr.com/

Ester also has a piece in the Art Gallery of Mississauga’s 14th Annual Fine Art Auction, Thursday April 27, 2017, to support and celebrate the gallery’s 30 year anniversary.
Details are at: