September 15 – October 7, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday September 15, 2-5 PM
Loop Gallery is proud to present Soliloquy, an exhibition of new work by J. Lynn Campbell.
As J. Lynn Campbell worked on the pieces in this exhibition, one word kept coming up: soliloquy. Exactly! For while the making of art may be a solo pursuit and reflection – it is no mere monologue. The soliloquy, as a dramatic device, allows the thoughts and motives of its speaker to be known to the audience. An exhibition – at its best – is similarly revelatory of the thoughts of the artist. For both the dramatist and the artist, an exploration of metaphor and material is the road toward meaning.
The most renowned of soliloquys is, of course, Hamlet’s. Its existential and political questions have rarely had more relevance than in our particular historic times. Campbell found that reflections on world events led to questions for which there are few obvious answers. And so, this work began in a context evocative of the tragically reflective Danish prince. Not knowing what she had to say, or how to say it.
Still, in the midst of uncertainty, action remains essential. While thought is never absent in making work or making sense of our world, Campbell found that her exploration of materials set thoughts on new trajectories and both thoughts and materials evolved as she worked.
The artist takes up her chosen forms and shapes, combines and juxtaposes them, to invoke meaning for herself and for us. As viewers, we reflect on these intersections in our own meaning-making. The works in this show address the fundamental fear and solace of the natural world – of which we are a part – and the oft-tragic beauty of our desire to make our place in it.
— Joyce Mason
About the Artist
J. Lynn Campbell is a Toronto-based artist who trained at the Ontario College of Art (now OCADU), with independent studies in France, Humanities at the University of Toronto, and Philosophy at York University. Her practice extends from two-dimensional collage to three-dimensional construction and site-specific installation. She has exhibited in Canada, Italy and Germany. Her work is included in private, public, and corporate collections.