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Sara Shields Out of Mind

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August 13th – September 4th, 2016

Reception: August 18th, 6 – 9 PM

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Loop Gallery is pleased to announce Out Of Mind, a new exhibition of works by guest artist, Sara Shields.

The drawings showcased in Out Of Mind have never been shown before. These works have been driven by human interaction and its influence on human emotion and actions (whether it is through everyday small-talk, elaborate storytelling, or manipulating the truth, for example), or by lack of interaction and action. Focused on the human figure, these drawings have evolved over time—as storytelling and human life continue to evolve. Lines, patterns, and organic shapes coalesce into human-alien hybrids. Always searching for an alternate human universe that lies deep within the subconscious, these drawings depict imaginative tableaus of alien-human beings void of gender and race, as feelings and actions see none of that. Personal emotions are played with and externalized, but become completely masked within each work. Images that at first seem dark and obscure, suddenly offer glimmers of delicate lightness and hope. The aliens—distorted and bursting with movement, or calmly posed—embody not only the unknown, but also something familiar, inclusive, and engaging.

These obscure and wonderful figures bring to form the everyday feelings and actions that make us human. Viewers are invited to create their own stories, dwell on past memories, and allow the movement to lead them to the deeper interactions found within each work.

Sara Shields is an emerging Toronto artist who primarily specializes in pastel drawings on paper. She graduated from Centennial College’s Fine Arts Studio program in 2010, where she first began developing her distinctive take on figurative drawing. Since graduating, Shields has exhibited in various solo shows, group shows, and art fairs across Ontario. Her drawings have been acquired by Centennial College’s private library and head office collections, are part of the Art Gallery of Ontario art rental and sales program, and have been collected internationally.

Gev Marotz: Childhood

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July 27 – August 6, 2016

Opening Reception: July 28, 2016, 6-9PM

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Loop Gallery is pleased to announce Childhood, a new exhibition of works by guest artist, Gev Marotz.

In this latest suite of works, Marotz investigates his nostalgic attachment to objects from childhood. The focus here is not on the quality of that childhood, but rather his earliest memories of images and objects. His process does not know a time limit (as memories from childhood often do before being altered or distorted by time), which allows Marotz to use the base image as a platform for practicing and skillfully exercising technique. Through this process, the artist imbues fragments of his nostalgia into the work and breathes a new kind of life into the image. The end result aims to provide a visual living experience and a roadmap for looking.

For Marotz, a work is not finished until it is seen. With this in mind, Marotz caters to a broad audience of not only art makers, critics, writers, or members of the “art scene”, but to anyone with a desire to look. His goal is to create an image that can engage its viewers on a variety of levels and therefore invests the time to work a number of layers, both physical and critical, into each piece.

Gev Marotz was born in Israel and has lived and shown his work in many countries across the world including Germany, China, the United States, and Canada. He studied graphic design at the School of Advertising Art and currently works as Global Creative Director at Konrad, a digital innovation firm.

 

Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen, Loop

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July 13 -24, 2016

Reception July 16, 2 – 5 PM

 

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Loop Gallery is pleased to announce Sweet Summer Sixteen, a group show featuring a number of Loop member artists.

Established in the summer of 2000 by Richard Mongiat and Catherine Beaudette as an alternative and collectively-run exhibition space for professional artists, Loop Gallery has been a mainstay for engaging cultural activity in Toronto’s West end for sixteen years! This summer, Loop members have come together to celebrate its success with a show of smaller works in a range of media. Sweet Summer Sixteen honours the diversity of art practices within Loop’s membership and the history of the gallery within the artist-run culture in Toronto.

The opening reception will also feature a screening of the new documentary film about Loop, which is part of the Collective City series. Collective City endeavors to trace the history of artist generated galleries, collectives, and artist initiatives that operated as alternative exhibition venues in Toronto from the late 1980’s to present day. Over the course of 25 short videos, it hopes to show how a movement that started as a group of renegade artist collectives exhibiting their work in temporary spaces eventually evolved into the sustainable artist collective galleries we are familiar with today.

Mary Catherine Newcomb Augury

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June 18 – July 10, 2016

Opening Reception: June 18, 2016 2-5 PM

Artist Tour: June 26, 2016 2PM

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Newcomb is interested in how we assimilate information to create models of reality, as well as the use of narrative and myth as tools to situate ourselves in the created context. In Augury the artist draws on examples that parallel common personal histories, showing how these are reshaped to make the world psychologically habitable and to obliterate an uncomfortable awareness of human nature and frailty.
Cattle bones collected throughout the American Southwest are covered with Talavara inspired decor and “reassembled” to resurrect Miss Real Silver. This piece refers to an Arizona family ranch that was sold before the artist was born – but it has become a repository of imagined and romanticized family memories for a collection of cousins. Pieces of Talavara pottery from that era, whose design reflects multiple influences following multiple political conquests, remain in the family.
Augury and the Fordwich Hare allude to the scapegoating that frequently follows an individual’s persecution by a malevolent but influential force of nature. In these works, the Hare becomes a reminder of an inconvenient and shameful truth and he finds himself isolated without voice – homeless in the most fundamental sense of the word: psychologically disintegrated.
What happens next? What is the cost of oblivion and how does it play out on a larger stage?
Newcomb’s work has been widely exhibited and has garnered various grants and awards. She is a member of the Nethermind Collective and currently teaches in the Visual and Creative Arts Program at Sheridan College.

Maria Gabankova Home / Residents & Dissidents

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June 18 – July 10, 2016

Opening Reception: June 18, 2016 2-5 PM

Artist Tour: June 26, 2016 2PM

Loop Gallery is pleased to announce Home / Residents & Dissidents, a new exhibition by Maria Gabankova.
Influenced by personal experience, Gabankova’s Home / Residents & Dissidents explores what it means to have a home and what it means to lose it.
Gabankova draws her subject matter from the definition of home: whether it is the place, its inhabitants, or the sense of belonging it somehow provides. Within this framework, the artist then considers the act of residency. For instance, what does it mean to go from being a resident in a family home to a resident in a nursing home, the sort of place not well known for offering the same kind of belonging?
Of particular importance to Gabankova, who fled Czechoslovakia as a young political refugee in 1968, is the loss of home under the strain of cultural and political conflict. Ongoing reports of displacement continue to feed the artist’s investigation into the consequences of the choices facing these residents: to remain a resigned resident or turn dissident. Complex studies of facial expressions, body language, and inanimate elements of home (both inhabited and deserted) come together in Home / Residents & Dissidents to showcase the effect notions of home have on communities worldwide.
Maria Gabankova is a Toronto-based artist and founding member of Loop Gallery. Born in former Czechoslovakia, she also spends time in British Columbia and Prague, Czech Republic, with frequent trips to other European destinations. She taught figure drawing, painting, and portraiture at OCAD University in Toronto from 1990 until 2015 and has exhibited her work extensively in Canada and internationally since 1980. Her work is represented in both private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, South Korea, and Europe.

Thelma Rosner – Crossing Lines

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May 21st  – June 12th, 2016
Reception: Thursday, May 26th, 2016 6-9 PM, Artist Talk @ 7pm

 

 

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loop Gallery is pleased to announce Crossing Lines, a new exhibition by Thelma Rosner

Concern about national and religious conflict has been the subject of much of Rosner’s recent artistic practice. The Cross Stitch paintings in this exhibit consider issues of tribalism and conflict that seem to be epidemic in our world. The paintings contain direct references to both Afghan war rugs and Palestinian cross stitch embroidery. In their labour intensive and repetitive process, they also bring to mind the desire of war’s innocent victims for a return to ordinary domestic routine.

Thelma Rosner studied painting at the University of Western Ontario with Paterson Ewen.

Her recent work is presented in installations involving painting, digital printmaking and sculpture. Its subject matter often refers to social and political issues.Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the USA and England. She has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

David Holt – Zoology

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May 21st  – June 12th, 2016
Reception: Thursday, May 26th, 2016 6-9 PM, Artist Talk @ 7pm

 

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loop Gallery is pleased to announce Zoology, a new exhibition by David Holt. 

Holt’s Zoology paintings of living, extinct, and imaginary animals are part of an ongoing series of works inspired by natural history museum displays and illustrated atlases. Monkeys, fish, dogs, cats, birds, raccoons and even dinosaurs and mollusks are playfully depicted in painterly, grid-like arrangements that invite morphological comparisons.

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

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

 

Sung Ja Kim-Chisholm – Pages from Life’s Journey

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April 23rd – May 15th, 2016
Reception: Saturday, April 23rd, 2-5 p.m.

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loop Gallery is pleased to announce Pages from Life’s Journey, a new exhibition by Sung Ja Kim-Chisholm

The pieces that comprise Kim-Chisholm’s latest exhibition symbolically communicate the vital significance of the pages that make up the books of our lives. Our memories, experiences, hopes, joys and disappointments are each symbolized by a page or a coil in the unfolding of our individual life journeys.

The works are made with white fabric saturated with white plaster. The fabric symbolizes how our memories and experiences are tightly woven together within the events of each of our lives, while the central importance of the colour white, through its reflection of most of the wavelengths of visible light symbolizes how our memories, experiences, hopes, joys and disappointments are reflected in our lives.

Kim-Chisholm is a Toronto artist and art educator, who has been a longstanding member of Loop. She has participated in many group and solo exhibitions in both South Korea and Canada and has also been retained for many private commissions in both Asia and in North America. She graduated from Chu-Gye University for the Arts in Korea and the Ontario College of Art & Design University. Her work can be found in numerous private collections.

Carolyn Dinsmore – Surface a collection, part 2

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April 23rd – May 15th, 2016
Reception: Saturday, April 23rd, 2-5 p.m.

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loop Gallery is pleased to announce Surface – A Collection, part 2, a new exhibition by Carolyn Dinsmore

Carolyn Dinsmore’s paintings of roads and rocks are cropped landscapes (urban and rural) that zoom in and focus on surface pattern and texture. Collecting photos, litter, stones, etc. during everyday travels through familiar surroundings help in reconstructing images – evidence of everyday use and natural erosion. Weathered layers express the opposing dynamic of building up and wearing away.

The composite, quilt-like paintings are inspired by African cloths (made by the people of the Congolese Kuba tribe) on which were appliquéd motifs representing an interpretation of their physical surroundings. The cloths, made up of panels sewn together, are wrapped around the body and worn as ceremonial dance skirts. New appliqués were added as patches to mend worn out areas.

kipjones – staged standards

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March 26th – April 17th, 2016
Reception: Saturday, April 2nd, 2-5 p.m.

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loop Gallery is pleased to announce Staged Standards, a new exhibition by kipjones.

 

Staged Standards is a response to an ongoing study into architectural iconography as a sculptural gesture. The work consists of a series of materially aesthetic investigations of formally staged wooden fabrications and their echoed forms.  These austere scaled assemblies of an architectural vernacular address the notions of permanence and transformation as a reflective relationship between the elements.

 

The latex rubber forms act as dualistic moments in an inter-connected relationship with their mirrored wooden original. Pragmatically this work utilizes the inherent properties of latex rubber, its skin like qualities and it structural integrity, as containers of forms and icons.  The hard surfaced reality occupies a antipodean position in relation to the soft skinned latex empty vessels, constituting a connective bridging of the organic and the man-made – the mind and body – nature and culture.

 

Staged Standards are formal self-reflective acts of inherent tension and linked associations, a redefined vocabulary of form.

 

kipjones is an active and experienced Toronto public artist, sculptor and instructor. His artistic research addresses the complex potentialities of space through site-specific installations, public art and object making. He graduated 2011 with an MFA: sculpture from Concordia University in Montreal.  He has exhibited and participated in residencies nationally and internationally.  His public art can be engaged with in Kelowna BC, Calgary AL, Moncton NB, and most recently Gambrel Journey for the City of Markham Ontario.