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In Progress: New paintings by Alistair Magee and Mark Adair

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August 22 – 26

Reception: Saturday,  August 25, 2-5 PM


Loop is proud to present In Progress, a brief look behind the creative curtain at two veteran artists’ search for new modes of expression. In their own words:

 The paintings included in this exhibition at Loop are part of a new area of investigation. Fragments of transferred images from magazines, found notes, newspapers, letters and drawings operate as discrete temporal artifacts that preserve the flow of real time. Motifs are mirrored, rotated, repeated. Conjuring up remembered experience (personal, political, historical) they merge with mark making to suggest possible new relationships.

 I intend that my work should transcend painterly formalism and come loaded with personal and political undercurrents. Surface-matter and subject-matter should work in conjunction with one another in a dialectical tension, neither taking precedence. This exhibition gives me the opportunity to assess the progress of these new paintings.

Alistair Magee

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 All of the pictures in this show are ‘political,’ but the oil paintings are especially so. They reflect a deep anxiety about the gaps between our political leadership and what might be called the best advice given for how to address climate change. Why such a huge gap? Harvest Time (1983) was the last time I picked up the brushes, and that was also a ‘political’ picture. I, like most sane people of the day, was worried about the bombs. 

I have to point out that, for me, the choice of medium or method is driven by the depth of the compulsion involved. If I don’t feel passionate about it, I do something else. I don’t consider myself a painter. I do consider myself an artist. But a year or so ago I had this non-stop-won’t leave-me-alone-for-a-minute hankering to start painting a new sequence of the Death Drinks series, and it turned into this peering into the dark thickets to see what was going on in there. 

 Things seem to keep pulling at us, making us do absolutely crazy things, and we seem so utterly powerless to resist — to set ourselves on a common course, far, far away from the current divisive discourse that is nothing but a distraction from the work that needs doing.

— Mark Adair

 

Sheryl Dudley The Sea Was Never Blue

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July 21 – August 12, 2018

Opening Reception: July 21, 2018

 

Loop Gallery is proud to present The Sea Was Never Blue, an exhibition of new work by Sheryl Dudley. In the artist’s own words:

“The series began as an attempt to record incidental moments — a ray of sunlight piercing a kitchen window, clouds casting shadows across tall buildings. Too ephemeral to capture, these moments nonetheless remain embedded in memory, taking on a filmic quality that suggests the quivering shadows of trees or figures walking along a sidewalk.

Such moments are the inspiration that drove The Sea Was Never Blue.

The  fluidity and weightlessness of ink in this series offer a way of apprehending images that draw on sensation, holding still for a moment that which is fleeting and fugitive all around us.”

Sheryl Dudley is a longstanding member of Loop Gallery who has exhibited extensively, both within Canada and internationally. Visit http://www.sheryldudley.com to learn more. 

The Sea Was Never Blue will be on display at Loop Gallery between July 21 and August 12, 2018. For media inquiries please contact Tim Welsh at 416-516-2581 or email tim@loopgallery.ca.

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