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Jane Lowbeer Deluge

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March 9 – 31, 2019

Opening Reception: Sunday, March 10, 2 – 5 PM

Artist’s Talk: Sunday, March 24, 2 – 4 PM

Loop Gallery is pleased to announce Deluge, a collection of new work by Jane LowBeer.

Lowbeer explains her process as follows: Rarely do I go to the studio with a plan. Instead I show up to work without a specific intention and intuit what to do. A sense of impending doom weighs on me now and carries into the studio. The specter of climate change and the extreme vulnerability of the planet have been affecting my life. Day-to-day feels unpredictable; living in the country, it’s hard to know what shoes to wear when fields shift from snow to ice, and back to earth in 24 hours. I read and hear constantly about current climate disaster and dark future scenarios. My workspace is overflowing with bits and pieces of prints I have saved – fragments of my art dating back 40 years. In recycling this work I find my response to catastrophe; sorting through this flotsam, some remnants suggested tears. As a result the collages I made showed an abundance of vertical lines, which led me to musings of rain – lots of rain. Rain and catastrophe evoke the flood, one of the oldest recurring myths of civilization.

 

Martha Eleen Adaptation

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March 9 – 31, 2019

Opening Reception: Sunday March 10, 2 – 5 PM

Artist’s talk: Sunday March 24, 2 – 4 PM

 

 

Martha Eleen’s Adaptation is a process-based series of paintings that attempts to make visible the experiential qualities of space that you can’t see, such as temperature, meaning, memory, time, emotion. 

These paintings map the connection between the artist’s physical and inner landscapes. By imposing a restriction on observed perspective, the compositions must adapt to shape space using other aspects of visual language: sensation, movement, weather, patterns/rhythms, the changing circumstances of daily life, mood and emotion, vibration.

About the Artist

Adaptation is Eleen’s third body of work investigating the relationship and interdependency of space and place. In The Meaning of Things, 2015, observations of a cardboard box were used to represent a place without socio-political context (unlike buildings and rooms). In Watershed, 2017, the jumping off point was the exterior spaces from the box compositions, but this time there was no subject matter: space without place or meaning.

Martha Eleen is interested in human geography and the relationship between culture and landscape. Her paintings have received critical attention in the form of curatorial essays, reviews and publication such as the The Globe and Mail and Descant magazine.  Eleen’s work has been exhibited in public galleries in Canada, U.S.A, Mexico and Japan, and is represented in permanent collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is an Honours graduate of Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver. Eleen lives in Toronto where she teaches painting and drawing at Toronto School of Art and is represented by Loop Gallery.

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