Lois Schklar Prototypes

By February 6, 2019Exhibitions

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”.



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