Exhibitions

Kristen Fahrig Body Imprints

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February 3 – 25th, 2018

Opening Reception: February 3rd, 2 – 5 PM

 

 

Loop Gallery is honoured to present Body Imprints, a retrospective of work by Kristen Fahrig.

Kristen Fahrig was a sculptor, educator and cultural animator who lived and worked in Toronto’s West End. Until her death last fall, she was best known for the numerous community art projects she initiated in her neighbourhood, as well as the public performances she created for the BIG on Bloor Festival, the Luminato Festival and the WinterCity Festival at Toronto City Hall.

Nowhere was Kristen’s community presence more keenly felt than at MacGregor Playground, a once-deserted park on Lansdowne Avenue. First as the playground’s artist-in-residence, and later as artistic director of the non-profit Botanicus Art Ensemble, Kristen’s tireless presence over a decade-and-a-half transformed MacGregor Playground into a family-friendly community hub. Over a shared love of art, theatre, craft and gardening, Kristen brought her neighbours together.

Body Imprints is a posthumous presentation of Kristen’s late sculptures. It shows the most personal side of her artistic practice, for which she struggled to gain recognition in her lifetime. Here, Kristen’s energy is turned inwards — to the self, the body and the natural world — to produce a diaristic sequence of sculptural reflections. “It’s about the imprints that the body makes,” Kristen wrote of these works. “The body is the negative space into which we can project ourselves and feel our connection with the earth.”

About the Curator 

Rupert Nuttle is a writer and painter based in Toronto. He received a BFA from NSCAD in 2013 and a Masters of Journalism from Carleton University in 2017. He has exhibited his paintings widely in Canada and abroad, and his art writing has appeared in C Magazine and Canadian Art, among other publications.

Eunha Kim Joy of Life

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February 3 – 25th, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3rd 2 – 5 PM

 

Eunha Kim’s Joy of Life is inspired by Nong-Ak, a traditional Korean music/dance form. Now showcased in formal performances, Nong-Ak originally celebrated rural holidays and the wish for a good harvest.

A highly expressive art form, Nong-Ak combines singing, dancing, and drumming. Dancers wear a traditional hat, known as a Sangmo – as they spin, the Sangmo’s long ribbons form whirling patterns that accompany the dancers’ celebratory, acrobatic motions.

Kim’s work is an attempt to visualize the sound and movement of Nong-Ak, and the joy of life expressed by the dancing farmers’ dynamic, head-spinning motions. Utilizing dripping paint and mixed media, she communicates her own joy in working outside of representative form, and invites her audience to feel the uplift and excitement of the Nong-Ak dancers.

Kim’s process mirrors the energy of motion inherent to Nong-Ak. As she sprinkles and drops paint and ink, highly kinetic lines emerge on the canvas. Her careful use of color creates a harmonic effect, similar to that of the well-coordinated instruments in a Nong-Ak performance.

By reimagining rural tradition, Joy of Life draws a connection from the past to the present. In her own words:

The “joy of life” that I focus is not simply what the farmers had in the past. In our daily lives nowadays, we sometimes suffer from depression, pessimism, heavy burden of life, and feelings of loneliness. Under the circumstances, however, I hope that the aesthetics and the approach I take on my work will offer people in the world comfort, and excitement to live. 

Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Eunha Kim is a Toronto-based artist. This is her first exhibition as a Loop member.

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