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loop elsewhere MARCH EDITION

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detail from Libby Hague:  Habitat West, woodcut, objects.

TANYA CUNNINGTON

Tanya’s exhibition Paint continues until March 18th at Lee Contemporary Art in Orillia.

TARA COOPER

Tara Cooper and Terry O’Neill’s public art proposal Tall Tales of Mill Street was accepted as part of the series of outdoor artworks that will be installed along Kitchener Waterloo’s new light rail transit system.

Here’s a link to a CBC article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener-waterloo/ion-lrt-stop-art-displays-1.3982236.

LIBBY HAGUE

Fabrications, the 4 person exhibition curated by Liz Wylie for the Kelowna Art Gallery continues. It also includes a wonderful sculpture installation by Yael Brotman until April 16 www.kelownaartgallery.com

The catalogue is published by ABC Books Canada http://www.abcartbookscanada.com/ with essays by  Liz Wylie and Diana Sherlock.

The International Print Exhibition: Canada and Japan. Curated by Liz Ingram and April Dean, it was first shown in Kyoto continues until March 25th. Also features Yael Brotman.
University of Alberta Museums

University of Alberta
continues until March 25th.

www.museums.ualberta.ca

And in Buffalo New York on view in the UB Anderson Gallery is Claire Ashley: Loathsome Beauty Loaded Body, an exhibition on view until April 2nd, including work from the permanent collection which includes a piece from Libby.
https://ubartgalleries.buffalo.edu/exhibitions/claire-ashley/

ESTER PUGLIESE

Ester has been invited to participate as a contributing artist in the MacLaren Art Centre’s Benefactor Programme, which enables supporters of the MacLaren to take home original artworks for a one-year loan. Ester’s work will be on display in the McLaren’s Carnegie Room from March 8 through 22 alongside 150 artworks generously loaned by practicing artists from across the province. The culminating event on March 22nd, the Art Exchange Evening, gives MacLaren Benefactors the opportunity to select a work of art for the next year. For more information visit the MacLaren Art Centre website.

Ester’s work has recently joined the roster of artists at Partial Gallery, an online art rental & sales service that brings Toronto artwork to homes, businesses, and design projects.

Also, Ester’s exhibition, Measured Calm, at Loop Gallery from January 28 – February 19, 2017 was featured in the following articles and features:

ELIZAVETA MIRONOVA, ‘Elizabeth Babyn and Ester Pugliese at Loop’, ARTORONTO.CA, February 12, 2017

“Pugliese’s paintings take the viewer into a tranquil pleasure state…Orange, red, and purple hues are erupting in the background then covered with drawing to form something between a flower and a firework. It’s electrifying but the longer you look at it, the happier and more peaceful your mind becomes.” – Elizaveta Mironova

‘The flowery, fragility of life – Ester Pugliese,’ www.artistsinspireartists.com, February 12, 2017

‘Ester Pugliese,’ image feature, www.create-magazine.com, February 8, 2017

‘Ester Pugliese: Moderate to strong northwest winds will persist throughout the weekend,’
image feature, www.eatsleepdraw.com, February 2, 2017

AARON D’ANDREA, ‘Davenport Artist Ester Pugliese Creates Collection for Valentine’s
Day,’ What’s On, Art Entertainment, Bloor West Villager, February 1, 2017

ROCHELLE RUBINSTEIN

Jewish and Muslim women artists envision a Toronto where cultures consciously collide, differences do not divide, creativity and community-building thrive. Facilitated by noted printmaker, painter, fabric and book artist Rochelle Rubinstein, a diverse group of women with backgrounds in visual arts, textiles, creative writing, music, photography and more come together to create a collaborative installation informed by a process of shared study of foundational Muslim and Jewish texts and deep reflection on the relationship between gender, embodiment, creativity and identity in both communities. Women’s experiences of menstruation, breastfeeding and mourning in their traditions are central to the creation of Blood, Milk and Tears

February 23 — May 24, 2017
Fentster @ Makom, 402 College Street  MAP

Opening Event:  Wednesday, March 8th,  7 – 9 PM | FREE

FENTSTER curator, Evelyn Tauben, writes about the exhibition in light of the recent mosque attack in Quebec City. Click here to read.

Join in for the opening on International Women’s Day, Wednesday, March 8, 7 to 9 PM and meet the women who created Blood, Milk and Tears, featuring vocalist Aviva Chernick and poet Sheniz Janmohamed sharing a new collaboration – two women exploring their relationship to their spiritual and creative practices through movement, sound and ritual.

 

Rewind with Loop’s Jenn Law

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If you missed Jenn Law’s last exhibition at Loop titled Extant, here’s a rewind look with a behind-the-scenes Q&A.

By Tara Cooper

1. What’s your elevator pitch for your last show?

In Extant, I consider the legacies of three authors who requested that their unfinished works be burned upon their deaths, yet whose writings were ultimately spared. Through the creation of imagined artifacts on the brink of destruction, I reflect on that which has been irrevocably lost over the course of time.

2. What was your strategy for the install at Loop? Were there any challenges?

I find installing work a bit stressful usually – mostly because I dread the tediousness of all the measuring and levelling, etc. So this time I asked artist and woodworker extraordinaire, Leah Ataide, to help install my show and it was the easiest, most stress-free installation experience ever. I think I actually enjoyed it for once! The biggest challenge was the 3 plinth mounted plexi-frames. Superframe custom-designed and built the double-sided frames to allow my 3 Dickinson lithographic works to be viewed from both sides. The frames were mounted on the plinths with screws that had to be fastened with wing nuts from the inside of the plinth. This required that we lay the plinth on its side with the frame tentatively screwed in, and while Leah supported the frame, I crawled inside the plinths with a mini flashlight to secure the wingnuts. A little claustrophobic, but it all came together in the end!

3. How do you spend your time when you’re not working in the studio?

I spend a lot of time reading, but the line between research and pleasure is always blurred. When I’m not making art, I’m generally writing about it; a productive compliment to my material practice, which allows me to explore and work through ideas in a slightly different way (I am happiest when I am doing both!). I have young kids, so I do my best to balance work and deadlines with time spent with my family – it keeps me grounded, focused, and grateful for what I do. Travel is always a welcome chance to recharge and seek inspiration, and as a family we love to visit museums, book stores, botanical gardens, and nature reserves both locally and further afield. When I need to de-stress, a long walk in the ravine always does the trick – or singing with my girls at the top of our lungs in the car, our own version of “carpool karaoke”!

4. What artist living or dead would you most like to have dinner with? What would you order? What question would you ask him/her?

That’s a challenging question, as there are countless artists across hundreds of years whose brains I’d like to pick! But one of the first artists to spring to mind is Sol LeWitt. I have long been enamoured with LeWitt’s work, particularly his artist’s books and wall drawings, and his embrace of seriality, collaboration, and rule-driven repetitive gestures speak profoundly to me as a print-based artist. Last year I had the privilege of visiting LeWitt’s largest scribble drawing at the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo. It was his last commissioned work and took 8 weeks, 16 artists, and nearly 2,000 pencil leads to fill the three walls surrounding the Gallery’s central staircase with 2,200 square feet of carefully prescribed scribbles. It is one of the most beautiful works I have ever seen. But LeWitt was also known for his humility and munificence and regularly traded work with both emerging and established artists. It is this generosity of spirit and interest in the exchange of work and ideas that would make LeWitt the ideal dinner guest. I would invite my closest artist friends to join us for dinner at my home, and we would drink wine and collectively make a feast of Italian food inspired by LeWitt’s years living in Spoleto, Italy. I would ask him about his time there, the influence of Italian wall painting traditions on his practice, and his favourite pieces from his own vast collection of artworks. After dinner, we would sip sweet vermouth and I would pass out graphite pencils, inviting everyone to scribble on the walls…

5. What’s next in terms of your studio practice?

I am presently working on two artist books, based on two of the series exhibited in this exhibition. The first is a book of poems created from Kafka’s Blue Octavo Notebooks (six pages of which were framed as individual pages for this show). The second book is a reflection on the ancient Library of Alexandria, from which the postcard pieces in the exhibition emerged. I am very excited to be creating works in book form and hope to jump back full-steam into my work and research in the coming months!

FEBRUARY EDITION

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image detail: Libby Hague, Tokyo baby, 15.5 x 20.5 in. woodcut, collage, dotted dots (acrylic)

 

YAEL BROTMAN AND LIBBY HAGUE

Yael and Libby have work in Fabrications at the Kelowna Art Gallery. The opening is February 3rd, 7 – 9pm with a Panel Discussion on February 4th from 2 – 4pm. The exhibition runs until April 16, 2017.
Includes an installation by Yael, Mountains Dance Like Rams, and also work by artists Gisele Amantea and Laura Vickerson. Curated by Liz Wylie.

Kelowna Art Gallery
1315 Water Street
www.kelownaartgallery.com

Yael and Libby are also featured in the International Print Exhibition: Canada and Japan, 2016 at the University of Alberta Museums. Curated by Liz Ingram and April Dean. [Previously exhibited at Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art and at Tokushima Museum of Modern Art] University of Alberta Museums Galleries at Enterprise Square1023 Jasper Avenue

University of Alberta, Edmonton AB
Feb.16 – March 25, 2017
Opening: February 26th

www.museums.ualberta.ca

and you can see Yael’s work in In House 2017,
a group exhibition of new works in collaboration with Paperhouse Studio.
Opens on February 24th with an Artists’ Panel Discussion at 6 p.m.
Works will be on view February 24 and 25th at Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC), Suite 302
Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw St., Suite 102, Toronto ON

J. LYNN CAMPBELL

Lynn is one of the artist featured in the Drawing 2017, John B. Aird Gallery’s 18th Annual Juried Exhibition. Showcasing drawing by contemporary Canadian artists. Exhibition runs February 7th until March 3rd. Opening Reception is February 9th, 6 – 8pm.

John Aird Gallery
Macdonald Block, 900 Bay Street (at Wellesley), Toronto ON
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm.
www.airdgallery.org

DAVID HOLT

David will be leading a summer studio art workshop for practicing artists in Orvieto, Italy, focusing on art and religion. The workshop will run from June 18 to July 15, 2017 and will take advantage of the area’s rich historical tradition of religious material culture from its Etruscan origins onward. Graduate level university credit available. More information and to find out how to participate visit http://www.icscanada.edu/art_in_orvieto/workshops

 

loop elsewhere JANUARY EDITION

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image details: Rochelle Rubinstein, Tara Cooper

 

TARA COOPER

Tara’s exhibition God Loves Brigus II opened January 6th at the Alberta Printmakers Gallery.
During a 3-week stay at Landfall Trust in Brigus, Newfoundland (http://www.landfalltrust.org/), Tara researched the history of the area and took note of the weather. She watched an iceberg slowly dissolve in the bay, learned about Captain Bob Bartlett, who was an arctic explorer that once brought a polar bear home to Brigus and met Ray, the caretaker of Landfall, who told her a story about his grandfather – a whaler that lost his life in an explosion at sea. Made in collaboration with Terry O’Neill, God Love Brigus compiles these experiences into a floating raft that mixes sculpture, print, sound and video.
Show runs until February 18th, 2017
Alberta Printmakers Gallery
4025 4th Street SE Calgary AB

ROCHELLE RUBINSTEIN

CYCLiC opens January 13th at Open Studio and runs until February 11, 2017.
Join Rochelle at the Opening Reception Friday January 13th from 6:30 – 8:30 PM.
Open Studio
George Gilmour Members’ Gallery
401 Richmond Street West
Suite 104
Toronto, ON
416 504 8238

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loop elsewhere December Edition

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banner_tryptic2 details of images: Maria Gabankova, Sandra Gregson, Jane Lowbeer and Tanya Cunnington

TANYA CUNNINGTON

Tanya is the owner and director of Lee Contemporary Art, a gallery in Orillia, an hour and a half north of Toronto. The annual Christmas Exhibition opens December 1 – 24.   If Only I’d Received Art For Christmas II  features work from Tanya as well as local artists Bewabon Shilling, Alex Richardson, Samantha Vessios, and her mom Annie Kmyta Cunnington.  All artwork is priced at $100 or less, and the opening night reception is Thursday Dec 1 from 7-9 pm.

Lee Contemporary Art
5 Peter Street South, Upper Level
Orillia, ON, L3V 5A8
705.331.3145
www.leecontemporaryart.ca

MARIA GABANKOVA

Maria invites you to an exhibition from the series New World Order, Book of Revelation and Residents/Dissidents
at  THE CONTEXT (program with Lorna Dueck) at the CBC Building (downtown Toronto)
enter at 205 Wellington St. (at John St.), walk straight ahead, it is the second door on your right.
Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016, 10 am to 4 pm
Monday, Dec 12, 2016,  10 am to 4 pm
Tuesday, Dec 13, 2016, 10 am to 8 pm  – artist wil be present 4 pm to 8 pm
For any inquiries please call: 416 535 8063

SANDRA GREGSON

Sandra’s work, in collaboration with Gary Spearin, continues until January 8, 2017.  Sandra is exhibiting a 4 metre tall tree made of terra cotta plant pots at 12 TREES: GOOD FOR THE EARTH curated by David Buckland at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. http://www.gardinermuseum.on.ca/exhibitions/upcoming/12-trees-2016

JANE LOWBEER

Jane’s work in Local Colour, a group show at the Art Gallery of Peterborough continues until Jan 8th, 2017.

http://agp.on.ca

ESTER PUGLIESE

Ester has work in the exhibition Glimpse at Station Gallery in Whitby, on view December 3, 2016 – January 29, 2016.
Juried by Kelly McCray, Steven Schwartz and Shelagh Stewart, the exhibition will catch sight of the fast paced world we live in. From a glance to a peek and a peep, Glimpse is sure to delight.
All are welcome to attend the opening reception on Thursday, December 8, beginning at 7 pm. Parking spaces at the gallery are limited, additional parking is available at Iroquois Park or the Whitby GO Station—all in walking distance to the gallery.

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Thursdays  10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday  noon – 4:00 pm
Station Gallery
1450 Henry Street, Whitby, Ontario L1N 0A8
905-668-4185
art@whitbystationgallery.com
http://www.whitbystationgallery.com

also ESTER is participating in the group show Keepers, at Forest City Gallery in London, Ontario, running Friday, December 2, 2016 to Tuesday, December 13, 2016This is Forest City Gallery’s biggest fundraiser of the year, featuring works priced between $20 and $500. Attend the opening reception on December 2nd from 6 – 10 PM to get first picks of the show.

Confirmed artists to date : Tyler Armstrong . Megan Arnold . Simon Bentley . David Bobier . Derek Boswell . Parker Branch . Jeremy Brunnel . Lucas Cabral . Heather Carey . Emily Clark . Lynette de Montreuil . Jason Deary . Colin Muir Dorward . Cory Downing . Tyler Durbano . Liza Eurich . Kim Ewin-Goebel . Duncan Ferguson . Jake Freeman . Adam Giroux . Sky Glabush . Jennifer Hamilton . Antony Hare . Charlotte Hegele . Patrick Howlett . Tiffany Hufta . Kelly Jazvac . Bryan Jesney . James Kirkpatrick . Neil Klassen . Mack Ludlow . Owen Marshall . Conan Masterson . Zoë Mpeletzikas . Sarah Munro . Christine Negus . Kim Neudorf . Victoria Parker . Jenna Faye Powell . Ester Pugliese . Leslie Putnam . Angie Quick . Krista Reimer . Karalyn Reuben . Adam Revington . Ben Robinson .Rima Sater . Claire Scherzinger . Ruth Skinner . Jill Smith . Gabriella Solti . Mark Stebbins . Helen Thompson . Luke van H . Charles Vincent . Abby Vincent . Andrew Wyton . Thea Yabut . Billy Bert YoungGallery Hours:
Wednesday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thursday: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Forest City Gallery
258 Richmond Street, London, Ontario, N6B 2H7
(519) 434-5875
info@forestcitygallery.com
http://www.forestcitygallery.com/