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Ester Pugliese


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Ester Pugliese is a Toronto artist who has exhibited her work in Canada and England. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University in 2001, studied Painting at Leeds University in England and completed a post-graduate certificate in Arts Administration/Cultural Management in 2004. She is currently the Administrative Director at Loop Gallery and Development coordinator at Arts for Children and Youth.


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Empirical Spaces is a series of mixed media paintings/drawings, which outline architectural / theatrical spaces and observations of the built and natural world, using sound and hearing as points of reference. The works identify spaces in which sounds resonate readily. The underlying abstract forms in these works are like internal organic structures. The outlines that float above the abstract ground are representations of Italian theatres, opera houses and church layouts. Using Italian architecture to draw connections between seeing and hearing, each work posits formal Roman architecture against the arched porches of Toronto homes as viewed on Google street view. The show is as much a playful look at Italian culture and identity, as it is a reflection on how we synthesize and extract colours, sounds and ideas from the stuff we observe. The layers present a challenge to the eye to perform in a way similar to the way our ears can discern a chosen sound amidst a din. Constructing a mental picture of each outline engages one's short term visual memory.

                                                                                                               - Ester Pugliese, 2011