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February 2019

Neeko Paluzzi The Goldberg Variations, and Other Works

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February 13 – Mach 3, 2019

Opening Reception : Saturday, February 16, 2-5 PM

Neeko Paluzzi (b. 1988) is an emerging, Ottawa-based artist and educator whose practice focuses on conceptual installation. His images blend the possibilities of traditional, analogue darkroom processes with contemporary photographic techniques, such as 3D scanning and printing. He is a graduate of the Photographic Arts and Production program at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (2017) and holds a Masters of Arts from the University of Ottawa (2013).     

The Goldberg Variations continues Paluzzi’s ongoing interest in merging photographic and musical tones. In this iteration of his tonal series, Paluzzi focuses on the iconic recordings of Bach’s ​Aria with Diverse Variations (commonly known as ​The Goldberg Variations) by Glenn Gould in 1955 and  1981. These seminal recordings bookended Gould’s professional life, with the former being his international debut and the latter being the last recording before his death a year later. The 1955 recording, in particular, reinvigorated an interest in Bach’s ​Goldberg Variations​ because of Gould’s fast-paced tempi and clinical finger movements, bringing the baroque composer into the 20th century. As an older and more reserved performer, Gould’s second recording, in 1981, was noticeably different with a slower tempo overall. 

In Paluzzi’s ​The Goldberg Variations, there are thirty-two photographs, each visualizing a single aria or variation from Bach’s score. The top portion of the photograph visualizes Gould’s 1955 recording, whereas the bottom portrays the 1981 recording. In order to match the tonal range of a particular piece of music, Paluzzi uses darkroom equipment as a musical instrument, operating the aperture of the enlarger lens, contrast filters, and the timer to make sound into light.

The Goldberg Variations is on display at Loop Gallery, along with select other works by Paluzzi, from February 14 – March 3, 2019.

Lois Schklar Prototypes

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Feb 6-10, 2019

Reception: February 9, 3-5 PM


Lois Schklar’s art practice consists of an ongoing series of drawing installations utilizing found and bought urban objects as “mark making” tools. She manipulates these diverse and often disparate materials, aware of the aesthetic relationship they have with one another and, by implication, the physical and psychological space they occupy. Schklar is interested in process, a sense of play, being in the moment and a non-linear approach to documentation. She examines the ephemeral qualities of light and shadow and plays with the idea of memories as associative responses. 

Prototypes is an exploration of sound, narrative, light and audience interaction in relation to Schklar’s previous work. It is made possible through the assistance of a Canada Council Explore and Create Grant and the support of the Ontario Arts Council.

For this project, Schklar asked the following questions:

  • How could movement be combined with sound? 
  • Was it possible for light to activate sound?
  • What shapes could be generated through lighting? 
  • How would light affect the way the work is seen? How could the illusion be maintained or emphasized? 
  • What type of linear materials could be utilized?
  • How could objects be animated through touch?
  • Would the work survive audience interaction?
  • What were the possibilities?
  • Schklar hired Make Good Studio (Geoff Watson, Geoff Palin and Joseph Murray) to actualize technical answers to her questions and create interactive possibilities. Together they developed two prototypes, Waterfall and Pull Me Gently, that are workable models for future work. Additionally, Schklar developed low tech sound installations that the audience could play. Bio

    Lois Schklar’s work has been shown in exhibitions throughout Canada and the United States. Her burlap sculptures are in the Bronfman Collection, Claridge Investments, Idea Exchange Art Gallery and The Key Corporation.

    Schklar has received grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council. In 2018 she received an Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant for her exhibition ReMemory and a Canada Council Explore and Create Grant for Prototypes. Recently (2019), she was awarded an OAC Exhibition Assistance Grant for Prototypes at Loop Gallery. Lois is a member of Red Head Gallery at 401 Richmond in Toronto.

    Special gratitude to Make Good Studio, Leah Ataide, woodworker, Peter Legris, photographer, and Noah Gano for his poem “oh this”.