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Tanya Cunnington Dream, comfort, memory

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September 15 – October 7, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 15, 2-5 PM

Loop Gallery is proud to present Dream, comfort, memory, an exhibition of new work by Tanya Cunnington. The paintings that make up Dream, comfort, memory reimagine the Canadian landscape through the haze of memory and nostalgia, creating a space that is at once personal and universally resonant. Tanya explains her process as follows:

In the last five years, there has been a huge shift in my art making process. A move from downtown Toronto to a more rural setting brought about an unexpected change of subject matter. Suddenly I found myself wanting to interpret an open field instead of a tightly knit grid.  My palette brightened. It has been a time of experimentation for me. Relying heavily on collage in the past, I ventured into oil paint and linen again for the first time in over a decade. After years of abstraction, I felt like I was just learning to hold a brush again. 

I have always created work in response to my current surroundings, but the underlying theme remains the passage of time, memory, and personal nostalgia. In this vein, my work often acts as a visual diary for personal and significant events in my life. Last summer, while on a camping trip North of Sudbury, I became overwhelmed by memories of my childhood. Born in Kirkland Lake but raised in Southern Ontario, we would return North to my grandparents’ cottage, vacationing there each summer. As a child, it was two glorious carefree weeks of swimming, roasting marshmallows and staying up late with my cousins. Now, as I start my own family, I find myself trying to recreate the idyllic simple days of my youth for my own son.  

The title for Dream, comfort, memory is borrowed from Neil Young’s Helpless, a song that always makes me think of my Dad and his formative years up North. Visually, I enjoyed finding various levels of abstraction and representation within the dramatic rock cliffs and sparsely treed terrain of the North. But very specifically, more than just paintings of landscape, Dream, comfort, memory embodies the importance of family, the preservation of tradition, and the fleeting nature of time.

 

J. Lynn Campbell Soliloquy

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September 15 – October 7, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday September 15,  2-5 PM

 Loop Gallery is proud to present Soliloquy, an exhibition of new work by J. Lynn Campbell. 

As J. Lynn Campbell worked on the pieces in this exhibition, one word kept coming up: soliloquy. Exactly! For while the making of art may be a solo pursuit and reflection – it is no mere monologue. The soliloquy, as a dramatic device, allows the thoughts and motives of its speaker to be known to the audience. An exhibition – at its best – is similarly revelatory of the thoughts of the artist. For both the dramatist and the artist, an exploration of metaphor and material is the road toward meaning.

The most renowned of soliloquys is, of course, Hamlet’s. Its existential and political questions have rarely had more relevance than in our particular historic times. Campbell found that reflections on world events led to questions for which there are few obvious answers. And so, this work began in a context evocative of the tragically reflective Danish prince. Not knowing what she had to say, or how to say it.

Still, in the midst of uncertainty, action remains essential. While thought is never absent in making work or making sense of our world, Campbell found that her exploration of materials set thoughts on new trajectories and both thoughts and materials evolved as she worked.

The artist takes up her chosen forms and shapes, combines and juxtaposes them, to invoke meaning for herself and for us. As viewers, we reflect on these intersections in our own meaning-making. The works in this show address the fundamental fear and solace of the natural world – of which we are a part – and the oft-tragic beauty of our desire to make our place in it. 

— Joyce Mason

About the Artist

J. Lynn Campbell is a Toronto-based artist who trained at the Ontario College of Art (now OCADU), with independent studies in France, Humanities at the University of Toronto, and Philosophy at York University. Her practice extends from two-dimensional collage to three-dimensional construction and site-specific installation. She has exhibited in Canada, Italy and Germany. Her work is included in private, public, and corporate collections.

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