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Sandra Smirle Stellar Baby

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March 31 – April 22, 2018

Opening Reception Saturday, March 31, 2 – 5 PM

You are born with the boundless potential of all things, the potential to be all those things at once. Nothing is finite. Yours is a universe of possibilities; the whole universe is a possibility. You’re a star, baby. You’re all the stars. 

Only when you let slip being young will those countless simultaneous possibilities collapse into one — an aspect of an object, frozen in context — a plodding increment where once were quantum leaps and bounds. Just as a particle exists in two places unobserved, until an instance of mindful surveillance eradicates the odds.

But I have to watch, eyes on the opportunity horizon. Have to patrol the outer limitless, cradling my stellar heart. How long can I keep you holding the delicate balance, maintaining every possibility of all the things at once?

How long can I keep your balance? 

In her new series of work, Sandra Smirle uses video, photo, paper cutting and sculpture to continue exploring notions of seeing and being seen. Here, her gaze has shifted from a macro-picture to a micro-view — a place, in every sense, closer to home. As living and maturing in a rapidly changing world sends us pinging from pressure point to tension to perplexity, the need to grab hold and monitor the (domestic) situation seems like a natural response. This is surveillance in an older sense of watching over, or guardianship.

Stellar Baby casts us as the surveyor of a girl who is navigating all her possibilities, balancing the probabilities. With her head in the clouds, she is poised on the cusp of adulthood — her expanding potential remains unrealized, even as order threatens to impose a new reality, to reveal a singular course through her universe of chaos. We are invited to explore the distinctions between balance and imbalance, to contemplate how the smallest adjustment of equilibrium, the smallest structural change, can be a radical proposition with astronomical consequences — a defining act of observation.

About the Artist

Sandra Smirle is a multidisciplinary Canadian artist based in Montreal, who uses drawing, sculpture, paper cutting, photo, video, and installation, to explore ideas around surveillance, dataveillance and our ‘viewer society.’ Smirle’s work, which examines how new technologies impact the way we view our world suggests a survey of seeing and being seen — how we, in turn, are viewed by mechanisms designed to navigate our movements.

Smirle graduated with an MFA (2015) from Concordia University. Her work has been exhibited nationally as well as internationally, and is held in private and corporate collections in Canada, Australia, and Europe. Smirle has been a member of Loop Gallery in Toronto since 2010 and is part of the Montreal-based collective, Incubator for Phantom Pregnancies (IFPP), which debuted its first exhibition this spring and presented its first collaborative installation during this year’s 2018 Nuit Blanche in Montreal. Her work has been featured in The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography, published by Princeton Architectural Press, as well as the Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star.

Linda Heffernan The Perpetuation of Memory

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March 31 – April 22, 2018

Opening reception March 31, 2 – 5 PM

loop Gallery is proud to present The Perpetuation of Memory, a new exhibition by Linda Heffernan. Continuing her practice of working with open source satellite imagery, and her preoccupation with the impact humans have on the natural world, Heffernan in this exhibition uses contemporary Google Earth images to recreate a series of First World War battle sites. Inspired partly by the upcoming centennial of the Armistice of November 11, 1918, the resulting images juxtapose the violence of war against impressionistic landscapes, commenting on the passage of time and the ultimate resiliency of nature.

Linda Heffernan is a Cobourg-based artist exploring themes of consumer capitalism and bureaucracy in an ever more interconnected global economy. She has a BFA from OCAD University and her work is included in private and public collections in Canada. Linda Heffernan has been a member of loop Gallery since 2006. She has exhibited her work in a number of galleries in Toronto’s Queen West district, as well as Whitby’s Station Gallery, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, and the Northumberland Art Gallery.

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