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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.

 

Elizabeth D’Agostino – Makeshift

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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 Makeshift, a new exhibition by Elizabeth D’Agostino.

D’Agostino has spent the last few years building fictitious environments merging elements both real and imagined. As a child, she curiously watched her father graft his backyard fruit trees. She would watch him carefully join sections from separate varieties of trees and as a result would produce an assortment of fruit from a single tree in an urban setting.

 

Makeshift chronicles D’Agostino’s fascination with grafting and attempts to create a catalogue of re-organized components and fictional categories of nature with an invented narrative.  D’Agostino draws from biodiversity and the complexities of the changing landscape emphasizing how various paths of nature have been interrupted by rapidly producing populations.

 

D’Agostino holds a BFA from the University of Windsor and an MFA from Southern Illinois University.  Her work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally including The Kelowna Art Gallery, Iziko: Museum of Cape Town, South Africa, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, and The Print Center, Philadelphia. 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. She was awarded an Honourable Mention in the 2014 National Open Studio Printmaking Awards, and was selected by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada to create a carpet design in the Ontario Room for the newly renovated Canada House in London, England.

 

D’Agostino lives and works in Toronto and is currently the Managing Director of the Toronto School of Art. She is also a member of Open Studio Fine Art Printmaking Centre.

 

Richard Sewell – compression

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February 27th – March 20th, 2016
Reception: Saturday, February 27th, 2-5 p.m.

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Richard Sewell co-founded Open Studio in 1970; continued as artist, printmaker, publisher, and collaborator in: dance, music, and performance; taught with several Canadian colleges and universities; retired professor emeritus from Sheridan College in 2008. Mr. Sewell exhibited in, staged and/or curated presentations in Canada, the United States, Australia, England, Europe, South Korea, Japan, and recently with KWAG, AGO, Open Studio, and Harbourfront. Now imageologist, Mr. Sewell pursues wHer, geoplasticimage: gpi, and locusethics, a 3-part work/query about one located curiosity called image. Mr. Sewell lives in Grand Bend, Ontario.

Tara Cooper – Contre Vents et Marées

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February 27th – March 20th, 2016
Reception: Saturday, February 27th, 2-5 p.m.

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This exhibition takes cues from Sir Francis Beaufort, the inventor of the Beaufort wind scale. Invented primarily for the Royal Navy in 1807, the 13-point scale remains a standard for estimating the force of winds through visual observations recorded at sea and on land. The exhibition’s title Contre Vents et Marées is a meteorological idiom; its English translation against winds and tides is understood in French as the ability to continue despite obstacles. Constructed as a series of floating platforms, the exhibition combines print, ceramics, sculpture and meteorological instruments that tell us how the winds are blowing.

Tara Cooper draws from meteorology and creative non-fiction, resulting in projects housed under the moniker Weather Girl. She received her MFA from Cornell University, specializing in the disciplines of print, short film and installation. Recent accomplishments include residencies at Anderson Ranch Art Center, The Wassaic Project and Landfall Trust, as well as arts council grants from Ontario and Canada. Her exhibition record spans more than a decade, covering local, national and international venues. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo. This exhibition was made in collaboration with her partner (and husband) Terry O’Neill.