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Yael Brotman – We / Standing by water / Waiting

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December 5 – 27, 2015
Opening Reception: December 5, 2015, 2-5pm
Q&A: December 5, 2015, 3pm


This exhibition is a poetic investigation into the sites where action and inaction intersect. We may be full of longing, willing a lover, a friend, to come to us. But we remain transfixed until the loved one releases us by their action.

In western mythology, often women are the ones standing by a body of water, wishin’ and hopin’. Penelope looks out at the sea for twenty years, waiting for Ulysses’ ship to return. She unravels each day’s labour in order for her world to stay inert, frozen in time. In Dvorak’s opera Rusalka, water plays a crucial role in the water nymph’s tragedy. But the situation is different from that of Penelope. Rusalka, living in the depths of a lake, longs to experience the passion of human love. She can’t take action until an external force, the witch’s potion, transforms her and she is able to walk on the shore to meet the Prince. In Genesis, Rebecca stands by a contained body of water, a well, also waiting. The chain of events leading to her destiny as the mother of nations begins when a stranger requests a drink of water.

The shards of colour, the twinkling lights, the reflections in the exhibition, imbue the work with a sense of the sublime we feel in our relation to water. Yet when we wait by water, there is also the inherent implication of waiting for someone. Then, as in the myths and fairy tales referenced above, the sense of wonder is darkened by anxiety, a dichotomy ever-present in the human condition.

Yael Brotman is a long time member of Loop Gallery. She also exhibits nationally and internationally including at the Biennale internationale d’estampe contemporaine de Trois-Rivières; McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton; ODD Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon; and at the International Print Centre New York; Zweigstelle Berlin, Germany; Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China. She has been awarded grants, and residencies in Scotland, China, Australia, Ireland, Yukon and Banff. Brotman is on faculty at the University of Toronto Scarborough and is president of CARFAC Ontario.

The artist gratefully acknowledges the support of the Toronto Art’s Council.

John Ide – Magritte’s Cloud: new drawings

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November 7 -29, 2015
Reception: November 7, 2-5PM

Magritte's Cloud #1

“The drawings are striking for a gentle but uncompromising quality, their rich texture lost in reproduction, especially online.”  Maria Meindl

Loop Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition by John Ide entitled, Magritte’s Cloud.

Imagery fades into the background of thousands of cross-hatched lines which Ide erases and redraws, to create patterns of light and dark that randomly remember bits and pieces of what was there before.  “Those subtleties of dark and light, they just happen the more I’m there in the drawing, with the sound the pencil makes on paper,” he explains.

The show’s title refers to a cloud in one of Magritte’s paintings, The Human Condition 1 (1933), the form of which echoes here and there in the drawings.

John Ide is a Toronto-based artist who has exhibited widely.  Having created filmic works earlier in his career, he returned to drawing in the mid-2000s.  Recent exhibitions include Time, Shadow, and Light at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant and How Paper Remembers at Loop Gallery.

Martha Eleen – The Meaning of Things

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November 7 -29, 2015
Reception: November 7, 2-5PM

CBC, oil on wood, 20" x 20", 2015

Loop Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition by Martha Eleen entitled, The Meaning of Things.

In her 2014 show, “My Space”, Eleen looked to her studio to document the space between the artist’s skin and the outside world. For “The Meaning of Things,” Eleen builds on the final set of paintings from “My Space” which departed into an abstract investigation of space itself. She describes her newest work very simply as “paintings of a cardboard box.”

Martha Eleen is interested in human geography and the relationship between culture and landscape. Her paintings have received critical attention in the form of curatorial essays, reviews and publication and have been exhibited in public galleries in Canada, U.S.A, Mexico and Japan. Eleen’s work is represented in permanent collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is an honours graduate of Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver. Eleen lives in Toronto where she teaches painting and drawing at Toronto School of Art and is represented by Loop Gallery.

Jenn Law – Means & Ends

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October 10 – November 1, 2015

Jen Law, Pharmacy, 3D printed ink bottles, 2015

Jen Law, Pharmacy, 3D printed ink bottles, 2015

“…the essence of technology is by no means anything technological.” ~Martin Heidegger, The Question Concerning Technology, 1949.

Jenn Law’s multi-disciplinary practice centres on the artifacts of print culture and our relationship to technology as the means by which we continuously reinvent ourselves. In Means & Ends, Law synergistically engages two technologies that have fundamentally shaped our understanding of the world and our place in it – print and horology (the science of time keeping).  Focused on the pocket watch and the ink bottle and combining traditional print methods with 3D printing, Law presents a collection of evolving objects transitioning between the past and the future, tradition and invention.  Here, apparent endings may become the means for innovation.

Law is an artist, writer and researcher living in Toronto. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, England, a BA in Anthropology from McGill University, and a BFA from Queen’s University.  She has worked as a lecturer, editor and curator in Canada, the UK and South Africa, and has published on South African, Caribbean and Canadian contemporary art and print culture.  Law has exhibited her work internationally and has received numerous fellowships, grants and awards for her research, including from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, the British Council and the British Academy.