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Sylvia Lee + Jeff Goodman Studio Horizon

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Sylvia Lee + Jeff Goodman Studio present ‘Horizon’, a glass installation at Loop Gallery for Design Week in Toronto

Sylvia Lee, Executive and Creative Director of Jeff Goodman Studio, is pleased to present ‘Horizon’ for DesignTO 2019. Building on the multi-year success of the studio’s past projects for Toronto’s Design Week, Lee will return to traditional glass blowing with the Horizon exhibition and fill the window at Loop gallery with floor-to-ceiling blown glass pieces.

“Last year we really pushed the technical envelope with our origami-inspired glass installation. This year with Horizon, we use traditional blown glass as a vehicle to inject unapologetic, intense, beautiful colour into a space. This is about passionate colour and how we can live with glass as an architectural element in our everyday life.”

On the concept, Lee says “I imagined looking through the keyhole of a door, and seeing the horizon at sunset. I wanted to translate the intensity of colour in that micro experience into a macro expression. Horizon at Loop gallery is that macro expression.”

The installation is adapted from the Cascade product popular with clients at Jeff Goodman Studio.  It’s a customizable configuration of blown glass pieces that is engineered to hang from the ceiling or be secured from the floor to ceiling. 

Lee explains further. “Our Cascade product is a completely customizable tool we often present to clients, architects and designers who need architectural screens, chandeliers or installations for an interior. It’s a series of custom blown pieces engineered precisely to hang in suspended animation. They can control the colour, shape, layering, density and configuration. It’s a great tool for them to express their vision for a project and bring glass into the space.”

Jeff Goodman Studio’s large-scale work complements a robust offering of glass vessels on display in galleries all over North America. The studio’s work is sought after by art collectors and has been recognized by the prestigious Corning Museum of Glass in New York as a “…feat of engineering and experimentation…”

Richard Sewell Neopolitan Camouflage

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with guest artist Carmelo Arnoldin

January 12 – February 3, 2019

Opening Reception:  January 12, 2 – 5 PM

 

See Mr. Arnoldin’s “The Trash Brothers”

His wonderful beer-can sourced, hand cut-edged woven tapestry, a graphically composed, in black and gold, can-made double-portrait.

See Mr. Sewell’s towards-the observer 8 ½ x 11 book-like occurrences, sympathize with neopolitan-linear arrangements, be cautious near camouflage patterns, stand in proximity with locations, objects, surfaces, coloured tarpaulins & duct-tapes, extruded/cut foam-forms; sequenced: silicone and cable-tie connectors, cut/torn remnants, orange/black critter resistant-meshes…and (although hidden from view)… strong magnets which secure autobiographical objects into one story punctuated by a biscotti-cookie,  a yellow post-it pad, a large free-range egg, a Pliocene-smoothed mini stone, 2 Home Depot small bi-coloured clamps, 1 used black china marking pencil (with pull-string), 1 too-squeezed toothpaste tube, a 1940’s heirloom ice-cream scoop, and local-notations locale-spelled, laminated and locale positioned about: actual locational-words.

 

Mark Adair The Fountain Project

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January 12 – February 3, 2019

Opening Reception: January 12 2-5 PM

 


At what point does a culture surrender its will to go on? Does it ever occur that cultures, just like individuals, simply lie down and die from weariness or self contempt? Can a complex cultural aggregate simply ‘lose the thread’? And can an immoral culture thrive, breed and thrust forward vital leadership?

A couple of years ago I showed the sculpture Head for a Fountain. An intuitive response to the rise of demagogical politics, the piece started life as the carving of a demon’s head. The transitional moment (when it became an architectural detail) occurred during a visit to Rochelle Rubinstein’s Bela farm, when Patti Muratori suggested that the head belonged to a fountain. In that moment, water being the theme of our visit to Bela, the Muratori/Adair collaboration The Fountain Project was born.

In this Loop show, there are two iterations of The Fountain Project: one from wood, the other concrete and slate. Together, they trace the evolution of the fountain from gallery object to functioning garden water supply. Within the context of the show, they exist parallel to the sixteen drawings from the Death Drinks series of charcoal miniatures.

 

Mary Catherine Newcomb A . . .

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December 8 – 30,  2018

Opening Reception: December 8, 2018

 Mary Catherine Newcomb’s  A… exposes the plight of a significant but silent and ignored group of people, while inviting the viewer to ponder the roles, consequences and function of exclusion in larger contexts.

Rage, humiliation, shame, self doubt and a loss of self respect are only a few of the destructive emotions that exclusion evokes. Wresting with these feelings is a messy, painful, confusing, undignified and interminable hell. The lucky, like the heroes of myth, emerge transformed, while the unlucky or inexperienced flounder.

For Newcomb, this isn’t an abstract idea. The artist has a stigmatized and misrepresented health issue, and has been unable to return to work because providing a safe environment for her conflicts with the rights of others.

Referencing personal experience and her body, Newcomb draws the viewer into a realm that acknowledges a direct animal response to exclusion, and alludes to the mythic demand for sacrifice. In her use of historical imagery, she asks whether this situation is merely a modern iteration of an inescapable human drama.

In The Scarlet Letter, heroine Hester Prynne is ostracized for sexual transgression. She is ordered to wear her shame in the form of a scarlet ‘A’ (for adulteress) sewn onto her clothing. In contrast to her defiant, embellished A, Newcomb’s A… stands for allergic and asthmatic (and artist) . . .

As physical and social environments rapidly change, various people, species and landscapes cannot survive. Mary Catherine is proud to be, in her own small way, going down on the same ship as other tested individuals and species. A is for absent.

About the Artist

Mary Catherine Newcomb is a sculptor, installation artist and teacher. She studied biological science at the University of Toronto and the University of Guelph before committing to a career as an artist. She holds a general degree from the University of Toronto, a BFA from the University of Waterloo and an MFA from York University. She has exhibited work across Canada and in Germany, and is the recipient of many grants and awards. She is a member of the Nethermind collective, and has taught at various institutions in Southern Ontario — most recently for the Ontario College system.

The artist would like to thank Two Smiths and Robert McNair, who donated time and resources to help raise awareness of an ignored issue. She also wants to acknowledge the unrecognized bravery of individuals who have responded with legal challenges to the transportation industry’s carelessness and apparent determination to put health and lives of the vulnerable at risk.

David Holt Paintings

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December 8 – 30,  2018

Opening Reception: December 8, 2 – 5 PM

Loop is proud to announce Orvieto Paintings, an exhibition of recent work by David Holt.

The paintings in this exhibition were completed over the past two years, and are part of a larger ongoing series of works involving history, architecture and religion. Most grew out of work from two summers in Orvieto, Italy. Some are based directly on sculpture from the Orvieto Duomo façade, while others reference a range of Early Christian, Byzantine and Medieval sources. Many are variations on emblematic (rather than narrative) depictions of Christian saints. Other paintings freely interpret the shapes found in religious architecture. The compositional grids of most of the paintings allow for a playful visual interplay of motifs. 

The artist wishes to thank the Art in Orvieto program of the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto and Gordon College in Orvieto for their collegial support. 

About the Artist

Holt is a painter whose works are in private collections in the USA and Canada. He has been a recipient of a painting grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and an artist’s residency at the Ragdale Foundation. A professor of art for many years at Marymount College (later part of Fordham University) in Tarrytown, New York, he has lived and worked in Toronto since 2005, teaching art at Upper Canada College. 

For more information, visit: https://sites.google.com/site/davidholtpaintings/

Elizabeth D’Agostino Other Collisions

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November 10 – December 2, 2018

Opening Reception: November 10,  2 – 5 PM

Elizabeth D’Agostino’s latest exhibition at Loop Gallery, examines the precarious balance of habitat loss and human interconnection.

During the summer of 2017, D’Agostino with her family ventured on a road trip to Sointula, BC, a small coastal fishing village on Malcolm Island accessible only by ferry. While in Sointula she took part in the Sointula Art Shed Residency, gathering research material and producing a number of drawings and collages of local flora and fauna. Through the exploration of the management of living systems in nature and their interactions with humans, this body of work illustrates animal nature and the complexities of the changing landscape, emphasizing how various paths have been interrupted.

Other Collisions is a series of multi-layered etchings, digital prints and sculptures on Gampi tissue, a resilient Japanese paper. The use of Gampi tissue provides a surface that is both visceral and transformative, and transfers the etched line sinuously through both the transparent and translucent layers.

Each image oscillates between the real and fabricated, creating new arrangements influenced by their formal characteristics and habitats. This body of work employs strategies related to biodiversity and references images from plants, animals and microorganisms that inhabit the Canadian landscape. 

Fictitious environments and constructed stories merge these elements, creating a dialogue between the natural and human-made world. When installed, the prints and print-based objects produce a catalogue of re-purposed environments and fictional categories of nature within a narrative.

About the Artist

Elizabeth D’Agostino holds a BFA from the University of Windsor and a MFA from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally including Iziko: Museum of Cape Town, South Africa, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, and The Print Center, Philadelphia. In addition, D’Agostino’s prints can also be found in many private and public collections including the University of Changchun Jilin, China; Anchor Graphics at Columbia College Chicago, Illinois, Department of Foreign Affairs Canada, and Ernst and Young, Canada. 

D’Agostino is the recipient of many awards and including the Hexagon Special Projects Fellowship at Open Studio, Toronto. In 2015, she was selected by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada to create the custom carpet design for the Ontario Room in the newly renovated Canada House, London, England.

Elizabeth D’Agostino lives and works in Toronto and is a member of Open Studio Fine Art Printmaking Centre and Loop Gallery.

 

Jenn Law – Still

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November 10 – December 2, 2018

Opening reception: November 10, 2018

 

 

 Jenn Law’s latest exhibition, Still, builds a biographical narrative through the social life of heirlooms. The work is inspired, in part, by the writing of Gustave Flaubert and his realist approach to constructing narrative worlds through detailed descriptions of discrete objects in domestic spaces. 

Hand-lithographed on tissue-thin paper, Law’s heirlooms recall Flaubert’s own poetic inventory—the parrot, for example; an iconic mascot of language and mimicry. Transparently layered, each storied artifact serves as an ethereal portrait of a personal heirloom in the artist’s own collection, collectively called upon for the tenuous access they grant their possessor to past lives, real and imagined. 

Presented in the form of an artist’s book, the work is designed to evolve, the signatures left unbound so that new object-pages may be added to the collection and potentially rearranged by the reader. Accompanying the book, the heirlooms simultaneously appear as individual works of printed ephemera, ghosted objects intended to be gifted or folded away in books or drawers, distributed into the world beyond the confines of the original collection. 

Approached as a deconstructed vanitas arrangement, each “still” ultimately references the capacity and futility of objects to create meaning, as well as their elusive promise to extend the collector’s life through their individual heirloom trajectories. 

About the Artist

Jenn Law is an artist, writer, and researcher living in Toronto. Her multi-disciplinary practice explores book culture, the historical archive/library, and print-based strategies of preservation and problem-solving. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK, a BA in Anthropology from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, and a BFA from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. 

Law has exhibited her work internationally, including exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Australia, Taiwan, Spain, and the United Kingdom, and has worked as a lecturer, curator, and editor in Canada, the UK, and South Africa, publishing on contemporary art and print culture. She is the co-editor, with Tara Cooper, of Printopolis, published in 2016 by Open Studio, Toronto. In 2017, Law co-founded Arts + Letters Press with Penelope Stewart, with whom she co-edits the journal art + reading.

Marian Wihak Marking Time

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October 13 – November 4, 2018

Opening Reception: October 13, 2-5 PM

Collective City film screening: October 20, 3 PM

 Loop Gallery is proud to present Marking Time, an interdisciplinary exhibition of work by Marian Wihak. Marking Time continues the artist’s interest in creating situations that vacillate between the haptic and the evocative, driven by overarching notions of connectivity, duration, and the vicissitudes inherent within the evolutionary process. Wihak conjures metaphorical and suggestive narratives that reflect on the various ways time inscribes itself upon our world and also, how we, in turn, fit into the vast trajectory of existence. In her own words:

“The leaping off point for this new exhibition, Marking Time, is Archipelago — a large-scale oil painting I did on Fogo Island while attending a residency there in 2011. This will be Archipelago’s professional Toronto debut, and it is a singular and visceral work, which I painted directly onto the plywood wallboards supplied to us in the Fogo Island Long Studio. It stands as an homage and portrait of an island forged 420 million years ago by ice, fire and sea, the markings of which manifest at every turn, as geological scars and patterns, rock forms, tidal pools and time-worn textures, in expansive and minute scales equally.

“New graphite drawings created to respond to and complement Archipelago explore a range of demarcations, ravages and ruptures, all traces and evidence of our planet’s evolution. The graphite offers velvety weight and gravitas while at the same time as it lends transcendence through specific erasures, and metaphoric agency that exploits the marriage of material and theme. Three timeworn boulders resolutely mark the space between Archipelago and the graphite drawings, and offer haptic resting spots from which to take in the work.

“A video comprised of an assemblage of shifting images that I have gathered in the course of various travels, presents as a view into and across time, with the markings of geological evolution and process a relentless presence.

“My intention with Marking Time is that each of these individual works possesses their own agency, at the same time as the assembled installation invites an engaging spatial experience and offers an oblique yet compelling narrative.”

Yael Brotman The Wormwood Series

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October 13 – November 4, 2018

Opening Reception: October 13, 2-5 PM

Collective City film screening: October 20, 3 PM

 

The Wormwood Series, Yael Brotman’s latest exhibition at Loop Gallery, examines the push and pull of creation and destruction — and the curious forms of agency humans possess within that cycle. The artist explains her process as follows: 

“On a recent trip to Spain, I visited Gaudi’s famous cathedral in Barcelona. The columns of the interior are designed to look like giant plants with nodes and branches extending into graceful arches. The feeling that one experiences in the presence of this magnificence is that nature and spirituality are intimately bound. The other sense the viewer gets is how small humans are – we are like worms in a forest.

“The concept of the worm as metaphor for human presence in the world is one I have been playing with recently. The yin-yang capacity of worms for health or destruction is similar to the highs and lows of human action.

“In this series, I began by doing rubbings of the meandering lines of the worms’ progress. I used delicate Japanese paper so that the nuances of the surface would be visible. The Japanese paper was chine colleed onto a stronger substrate. I then drew with graphite and watercolour, incorporating imagery of architectural elements or garden designs. These works are quiet pieces that recall the awe felt in the presence of tall trees or brilliant human structures, or the beautiful evidence of a worm’s markmaking.” 

About the Artist

Yael Brotman has exhibited widely, with thirty solo exhibitions including in Winnipeg, MB and Dawson City, YK, and numerous group/two-person shows including in Spain, Kyoto, Houston, Berlin, Melbourne. Her work has been discussed in catalogues (Kelowna Art Gallery and Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art) and in reviews (Border Crossings, Galleries West and La Presse+).

Brotman has been awarded residencies worldwide, grants and honours – recently, induction into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Her work is represented in public and corporate collections including Foreign Affairs (Canada), Skirball Museum (Los Angeles), Sanbao Museum (Jingdezhen, China) and the Proyecto’ace Collection (Buenos Aires, Argentina).

 

Tanya Cunnington Dream, comfort, memory

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September 15 – October 7, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 15, 2-5 PM

Loop Gallery is proud to present Dream, comfort, memory, an exhibition of new work by Tanya Cunnington. The paintings that make up Dream, comfort, memory reimagine the Canadian landscape through the haze of memory and nostalgia, creating a space that is at once personal and universally resonant. Tanya explains her process as follows:

In the last five years, there has been a huge shift in my art making process. A move from downtown Toronto to a more rural setting brought about an unexpected change of subject matter. Suddenly I found myself wanting to interpret an open field instead of a tightly knit grid.  My palette brightened. It has been a time of experimentation for me. Relying heavily on collage in the past, I ventured into oil paint and linen again for the first time in over a decade. After years of abstraction, I felt like I was just learning to hold a brush again. 

I have always created work in response to my current surroundings, but the underlying theme remains the passage of time, memory, and personal nostalgia. In this vein, my work often acts as a visual diary for personal and significant events in my life. Last summer, while on a camping trip North of Sudbury, I became overwhelmed by memories of my childhood. Born in Kirkland Lake but raised in Southern Ontario, we would return North to my grandparents’ cottage, vacationing there each summer. As a child, it was two glorious carefree weeks of swimming, roasting marshmallows and staying up late with my cousins. Now, as I start my own family, I find myself trying to recreate the idyllic simple days of my youth for my own son.  

The title for Dream, comfort, memory is borrowed from Neil Young’s Helpless, a song that always makes me think of my Dad and his formative years up North. Visually, I enjoyed finding various levels of abstraction and representation within the dramatic rock cliffs and sparsely treed terrain of the North. But very specifically, more than just paintings of landscape, Dream, comfort, memory embodies the importance of family, the preservation of tradition, and the fleeting nature of time.