Exhibitions

Carolyn Dinsmore Rock Water Time

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September 9th – October 1st, 2017

Opening Reception: September 9th, 2 – 5 PM

 

 

Loop Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition by Carolyn Dinsmore entitled Rock Water Time.

 

In Carolyn Dinsmore’s new body of work she draws inspiration from the rock and water of Georgian Bay, zooming in on patterns that are evidence of gradual build-up and erosion layered over infinite time and the always changing water pushing against and flowing alongside.

Her paintings are close-ups, small sections of rock – hard, smooth, rough surfaces resulting from years in formation, surfaces carved, scarred, polished, and lichened. The water details are caught in motion, sometimes gentle and soothing, to powerful and aggressive.

Patterns, mutations from the unfathomably distant past, still indiscernibly reacting to the elements of nature, contrast with those of constant motion, unpredictable, shifting from surging violent force through gentle rhythmic rippling to mirror stillness.

By isolating and highlighting details from the larger landscape the artist is offering to viewers personal and immediate clues, links to the incomprehensible vastness of the environment and the rhythm of time and change.

Carolyn Dinsmore studied art history at Queen’s and the University of Toronto and taught high school art before opening a shop that specialized in textiles mostly from India and  Africa. She returned to school to study at The Art Centre at Central Tech in Toronto. This is her third show at Loop.

Sandra Gregson Troubling

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September 9th – October 1st, 2017

Opening Reception:September 9th, 2 – 5 PM

 

Loop Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition by Sandra Gregson entitled troubling.

During the summer of 2016 Gregson participated in a Parks Canada residency at Mount Revelstoke in British Columbia. The landscape is spectacular: immeasurable forests, dramatic mountain ranges, fertile river valleys. Awed by the landscape and wanting to reconcile what she was seeing with what she was noticing and researching about environmental concerns (the threatened loss of natural habitat for bears and caribou in Revelstoke to global climate change), Gregson began representing land from different viewpoints: observational, aerial, mapped, detail, perspective, fragments, and historical, to better understand our relationship with it.

Gregson’s paintings depict landscape fraught with human intervention: land that is being divided, mapped, mined, gridded, cut, scraped, reshaped. At times the land appears fertile and resilient, at other times, depleted.

Since using painted images in her animated video, from land (2014), Gregson has worked with water-based oils. Prior to this she worked with sculpture, video, drawing and installation. She holds a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and MFA from York University. Recent exhibitions include Para//el Room at DNA Artspace, London, ON, WIFF Toronto, and Parkdale Film and Video Showcase.

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