Exhibitions

JJ Lee,Amy Swartz,Natalie Waldburger Back to the Drawing Board

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August 15 – September 3, 2017

Reception: Thursday, August 24, 5-7  PM

Artists will be drawing August 15 & 16, 12 -3 PM

Loop Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition by JJ Lee, Amy Swartz and Natalie Majaba Waldburger entitled Back to the Drawing Board.

 

Back to the Drawing Board is an exhibition of the collaborative work of artists-educators at the intersection of process and labour.  The show will feature large-scale, mixed media and site-specific installation of collaborative drawings.

Drawing as a visual language can bypass societal classifications including cultural, social, economic and educational barriers. As both an organizational and a decolonization strategy, the show will feature the fluidity of the medium, using a variety of drawing materials (including carbon paper, ballpoint pen, charcoal, graph paper, tape and blood) and methods (collage, photocopying). Through the use of ongoing open-ended drawing processes, the fundamental building blocks of drawing point, perspective, line, value will be the basis for the finished installation, but will also question notions of hierarchy and perceptions of power.

Through the collaborative efforts of the involved artists, this project is a necessary and timely tool to address the ongoing conversation about the complexity, and reality of creative work. The exhibition will include collaborative work created both before the exhibition begins and an in-gallery collaborative drawing performance. The artists will be in attendance on Aug 15th and 16th using the process of drawing as a collaborative and performative activity.

“The Drawing Board” is a newly formed group of artist-educator collaborators JJ Lee, Amy Swartz and Natalie Majaba Waldburger.

 

Michael Pflug Paintings

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July 15th – August 6th, 2017

Reception: July 15th, 2 – 5 PM

Loop Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition by Michael Pflug entitled Paintings.

Since the 1940’s, Pflug has produced an incredible oeuvre of modernist and post-modern painting. Inspired to respond to the European movement of New Objectivity, Pflug continues to paint vitally personal and poetic scenes from everyday life to abstract expression. Taking notes from famous artists like Caspar David Friedrich and Saul Steinberg, Pflug decided to innovate into new painterly styles that were unseen at the time. Through his iconic body of work, Loop Gallery is ecstatic to present Pflug’s first ever Toronto retrospective.

Michael Pflug was born in Kassel Germany in 1929. He began painting landscape watercolours in Potsdam 1943. He was mentored by modern painters Viera da Silva and Arpad Scenès in Paris, France. From 1951-1952 he went to Art School in Hamburg. He married Christiane Schutt in 1957, another modern painter. Pflug moved to Toronto in 1960 , where he presently lives and works.

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