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January 2018

loop elsewhere NEW YEAR EDITION

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 left to right: Marian Wihak, detail from Excavation(…closer to where we began)
and Libby Hague, detail from. Nov 8 Double Vision, 2008, 11 x 14 in. Oil and acrylic on canvas
 

LIBBY HAGUE

Libby’s retrospective, The Past is Never Over, closes January 1, 2018 at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.
http://www.artgalleryofmississauga.com
and the exhibition brochure can be downloaded here www.artgalleryofmississauga.com/downloads/LibbyHague_broch_17502_web.pdf

Also, her work is included in Intervention: 31 Women Painters at the McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre in Montreal.
www.visualartscentre.ca/mcclure-gallery/the-gallery/
Invited Curator: Harold Klunder
Vernissage: Thursday February 1 at 6 pm
Exhibition: February 2 to 24
Conference: Friday February 2 at 7 pm
libbyhague.com

DAVID HOLT

David will be leading another summer studio art workshop for practicing artists in Orvieto, Italy, exploring connections between art and religion. The workshop will run from July 15 to August 4, 2018 and will take advantage of the area’s rich historical tradition of religious material culture from its Etruscan origins onward. Also available are a Seminar in art history, religion, and theology. Graduate level university credit available.
For more information about the Residency for Artists, Writers, and Graduate Students and how to participate visit:

MARIAN WIHAK

Marian’s installation EXCAVATION(…closer to where we began) is  part of this year’s Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TODO). This work was originally commissioned by LabSpace and Sculpting New Reads and was shown as part of the long-stranding one-day event, Word on the Street held at Harbourfront Toronto in September 2017. Wihak was invited to respond to Lisa Richter’s new book of poetry “Closer to Where We Began” and it was an auspicious pairing that has enriched both artists’ work.

Opening Reception is Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 6-9pm
with Lisa Richter reading from her new book of poetry, Closer to Where We Began
The exhibition is being staged in collaboration with Pekota Design under the joint title ElevationExcavation as part of the 2018 Toronto Design Offsite Festival.
Pekota Design, 406 Pacific Avenue (in the Junction)
Exhibition runs from  JANUARY 16th to 21st, 2018

P. Roch Smith got’em, got ’em, need ’em

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January 6th – 28th, 2018

Opening Reception: January 13th, 2-5 PM

Q & A: Sunday, January 28th, 2 PM

P. Roch Smith’s got ’em, got ’em, need ’em recreates and reimagines the entire set of 1975 – 76 O-Pee-Chee NHL hockey cards. Each of the 395 individually framed cards in the set has been digitally altered in terms of colour, scale, and legibility.

The title refers to the verbal cues associated with sorting through another person’s collection — a mantra that would signal a potential trade. Growing up in the 1970s, collecting a complete set of hockey cards was the Everest of childhood ambitions. In his choice of the 1975-76 season, Smith has sought to fill the voids of a childhood collection by creating his personal “complete set”.

Collectively, these images continue Smith’s longtime exploration of memory and object. They are positioned at the intersection of sport and play as a trigger for questioning the creative act — of mass culture and its relationship to contemporary art. The installation examines the notion of what it means to be complete and the role of process as it relates to production of artifacts.

Smith is less interested in the idea of a collectible as a commodity than other questions: what drives the compulsion to collect something in the first place? How does one decide what to collect? When does one thing cease to be merely an object, and become part of a collection of other things?

Jean Baudrillard argues that “all objects in a collection become equivalent, thanks to that process of passionate abstraction we call possession. Further, a simple object can never be enough: invariably there will be a whole succession of objects…”  As an object maker, Smith both acquires things and produces pieces that make their way into other people’s collections. Perhaps, therefore, it is the concept of worth that may only be seen through absence.

P. Roch Smith was born and raised on Vancouver Island and currently lives and maintains a studio in Toronto. Working primarily within the realm of sculpture, Smith also generates installations, paintings, and drawings as part of his artistic output. Smith received a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and an MFA from York University. He has taught classes at the University of Waterloo, ECIAD, and York University. He has been a member of loop Gallery since 2014, and currently manages and operates the bronze and aluminum foundry at York University.

Smith has exhibited internationally and is included in private as well as public collections in Canada and the United States. His sculptures are available through the Oeno Gallery located in Prince Edward County, ON.

For more information, visit rochsmith.com, or visit his pages on instagram (@rochsmith) and twitter (@_rochsmith).

Andrew Duff #VirtualGraffiti

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January 6th – 28th, 2018

Opening Reception: January 13th, 2 – 5  PM

Q & A: Sunday, January 28th, 2 PM

 

 

Andrew Duff​’s current body of work is #totallyfake. In an era of “Fake News,” overtly posed images and oversharing on social media, ​Duff​ asks, “why can’t I make fake art?” #VirtualGraffiti​ explores issues of unverified storytelling, ubiquitous content creators and concepts of modern media, while playfully celebrating our willingness to believe it all. When “likes” and #hashtags trump actual content, we find ourselves overrun with celebrities of all stripes behaving badly — and unknowns becoming celebrities for the same ill-advised reasons.

Inspired by this questionable media soup, Duff​ sets the stage for his work within the established structure of Instagram: a square image framed in white with minimal text. His process then continues with spontaneous photographs from his daily life taken with a smartphone. The photographs often are blurry, have strangers walking through them, or are poorly cropped. ​Duff then loads the photos onto his computer to draw and paint on them using Sketchbook Pro software and “natural” brushes. The goal being to digitally create real world graffiti that looks either plausible or is clearly fake.

The third part of ​#VirtualGraffiti​ is the written story. ​Duff​ takes on a character closely resembling himself, but with the courage and conviction of an actual graffiti artist. His short form “Fake News Fiction,” like historical fiction, is storytelling that skates close enough to reality, referencing actual people and places to make it believable. Lastly, to enhance the gallery experience, Duff​ has created 12 audio tracks for each of the exhibited ​#VirtualGraffiti pieces. These audio works incorporate royalty free sound files and ​Duff​’s own voice to create an unusual audio tour.

Andrew Duff​ is an artist, designer and educator based in Toronto. A graduate of both OCAD and NSCAD, he has sustained an active art practice and freelance design business since 1997. Duff​ became a member of Loop in 2017 and this exhibition marks his first with the gallery.

For more information, please visit andrewduff.ca or visit him on Instagram (@andrewduff).