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Mark Adair

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March 25 – April 15, 2017

Reception: March 26 – 3 – 5 PM

 

The two artists in the current Loop exhibition work in a similar way; not content to leave well enough alone, they work and re-work their pieces time and time again, even to the extent that they exhibit pieces as evolving iterations, unbothered by notions of a thing being ‘done’ or ‘undone’. This process is analogous to our cultural habit of telling stories, re-working them, then re-telling them, thus reviewing and renewing our myths and cultural narratives to provide our lives with hope and meaning.  Both are keenly aware that truth and narrative can be deadly adversaries.

Adairs pieces are often years in the making. He chooses diverse materials, methods and styles to make projects intended to engage the viewer with both the practice of production and the image or thing itself. As he leaves one project and moves on to the next there is often a steep learning curve and the labour intensive works are always exercises in redemption.

The piece Glass House Doors (2017, 63″ x 80″) began life in 2007 as a large charcoal drawing of the Tree of Knowledge. The doors invoke memories of stained glass but Adair has replaced the painted glass with hand cut lead patterning and the design of the steel support frame was suggested by the studying of necropolis street plans.

The carved wooden Head for a Fountain (2017, 14″ x 14″) and the small figure carved from elk antler are both meditations on the enigmatic Green Man figure, so brilliantly described by Russell Hoban in his 1980 futuristic, dystopian novel Riddley Walker. Head for a Fountain will be used in an installation collaboration with Patti Muratori at Rubinstein‘s Bela farm project.

Included in Adair‘s show is Catherine Daigle’s ( 2005, 40″x28″) backlit When Daddy Comes Home All The Fun Stops. Daigle died in 2006 but she would be grimly satisfied to know that her work is still relevant.

Jane LowBeer land lines

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October 8th – October 30th, 2016

Reception: Thursday, October 13th, 6 – 9 PM

Q & A: Sunday, October 30th, 2 PM

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It is to be had for the feeling… you can extract the essence of a place once you know how. If you just get as still as a needle you’ll be there. 

Lawrence Durell 

 

In land lines Jane LowBeer reflects on the horizon seen in the rural landscape, the rolling hills, forests and fields of southern Ontario. A first impression of these collages may suggest floating islands, strange creatures or sea-less ships. In the making they consist of overlapped monoprints, sewn and cut out in asymmetric, horizontal forms. These forms are caught and pinned on the wall like trophy fish.

But a closer look reveals something else: sanctuary, places of peace, wellsprings of lyric dreams and poems. Grass, trees, fence lines, pasture and hedge rows, LowBeer reveals the land as layers of lines constantly shifting with wind and light.

Although not using the standard material for drawing, LowBeer focuses on line as her medium of expression. With traditional drypoint technology she builds up texture with numerous printings on semi-transparent Japanese paper, collaged, overlapped and sewn together to slowly evolve into a finished, shaped work: multi-media mounted on wood.

LowBeer continues to develop the horizontal format. A previous Loop show, Crankees consisted of 60” scrolls in a box which the viewer had to operate. In Seams, her 2013 exhibition, her sewn landscapes were long. In land lines she pushes the format further.

In the countryside the horizon line is continuous, spreading in all directions. LowBeer plays with the experience of that expanse by exaggerating the proportion, squeezing some pieces to less than two inches high and stretching the length.

We are all overwhelmed in the vastness of the world. Jane’s work in landscape hopes to bring us back to the essence of place.

This is Jane’s sixth exhibition at Loop. She studied printmaking at the venerated Atelier 17 in Paris and her work has won numerous prizes. Her art is found in private and public collections in New York, Paris, Montreal and Toronto including London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and the Bibliothèque National de Paris, France. In Toronto her monotypes can be found at Open Studio and The Nikolai Rukaj Gallery. LowBeer is looking forward to an upcoming exhibition at VAC (Visual Arts Centre of Clarington) in 2018.