March 9 – 31, 2019
Opening Reception: Sunday March 10, 2 – 5 PM
Artist’s talk: Sunday March 24, 2 – 4 PM
Martha Eleen’s Adaptation is a process-based series of paintings that attempts to make visible the experiential qualities of space that you can’t see, such as temperature, meaning, memory, time, emotion.
These paintings map the connection between the artist’s physical and inner landscapes. By imposing a restriction on observed perspective, the compositions must adapt to shape space using other aspects of visual language: sensation, movement, weather, patterns/rhythms, the changing circumstances of daily life, mood and emotion, vibration.
About the Artist
Adaptation is Eleen’s third body of work investigating the relationship and interdependency of space and place. In The Meaning of Things, 2015, observations of a cardboard box were used to represent a place without socio-political context (unlike buildings and rooms). In Watershed, 2017, the jumping off point was the exterior spaces from the box compositions, but this time there was no subject matter: space without place or meaning.
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 such as the The Globe and Mail and Descant magazine. Eleen’s work has been exhibited in public galleries in Canada, U.S.A, Mexico and Japan, and 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.