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Carolyn Dinsmore – Surface a collection, part 2

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April 23rd – May 15th, 2016
Reception: Saturday, April 23rd, 2-5 p.m.

300dpi Street Life 8, mixed-media on wood, 48_x 30_, 2016 copy

loop Gallery is pleased to announce Surface – A Collection, part 2, a new exhibition by Carolyn Dinsmore

Carolyn Dinsmore’s paintings of roads and rocks are cropped landscapes (urban and rural) that zoom in and focus on surface pattern and texture. Collecting photos, litter, stones, etc. during everyday travels through familiar surroundings help in reconstructing images – evidence of everyday use and natural erosion. Weathered layers express the opposing dynamic of building up and wearing away.

The composite, quilt-like paintings are inspired by African cloths (made by the people of the Congolese Kuba tribe) on which were appliquéd motifs representing an interpretation of their physical surroundings. The cloths, made up of panels sewn together, are wrapped around the body and worn as ceremonial dance skirts. New appliqués were added as patches to mend worn out areas.

kipjones – staged standards

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March 26th – April 17th, 2016
Reception: Saturday, April 2nd, 2-5 p.m.

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loop Gallery is pleased to announce Staged Standards, a new exhibition by kipjones.

 

Staged Standards is a response to an ongoing study into architectural iconography as a sculptural gesture. The work consists of a series of materially aesthetic investigations of formally staged wooden fabrications and their echoed forms.  These austere scaled assemblies of an architectural vernacular address the notions of permanence and transformation as a reflective relationship between the elements.

 

The latex rubber forms act as dualistic moments in an inter-connected relationship with their mirrored wooden original. Pragmatically this work utilizes the inherent properties of latex rubber, its skin like qualities and it structural integrity, as containers of forms and icons.  The hard surfaced reality occupies a antipodean position in relation to the soft skinned latex empty vessels, constituting a connective bridging of the organic and the man-made – the mind and body – nature and culture.

 

Staged Standards are formal self-reflective acts of inherent tension and linked associations, a redefined vocabulary of form.

 

kipjones is an active and experienced Toronto public artist, sculptor and instructor. His artistic research addresses the complex potentialities of space through site-specific installations, public art and object making. He graduated 2011 with an MFA: sculpture from Concordia University in Montreal.  He has exhibited and participated in residencies nationally and internationally.  His public art can be engaged with in Kelowna BC, Calgary AL, Moncton NB, and most recently Gambrel Journey for the City of Markham Ontario.

 

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