Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Libby Hague and Rochelle Rubinstein

Loop Gallery is pleased to announce exhibitions by Loop members Libby Hague entitled SAFETY NET and Rochelle Rubinstein entitled SHAFT.

Libby Hague

Libby Hague's exhibition called SAFETY NET is "The trans-atlantic shift of the Elliott plaid", a deconstructed riff on Hague's ancestral tartan with an interjected grove of birch trees, and Safety net, designed to retain things of value and connected to a cluster of strangely optimistic creation experiments. A selection of landscape paintings with sculptural complications, includes Shotgun marriage, Abracadabra - and it did, Tender + Tight and Heaven does a backbend.

Libby Hague  is a Toronto-based visual artist who works primarily in print installation. Her recent exhibitions include being natural at the Durham Art Gallery and One step at a time at the Art Gallery of Mississauga. She is featured in the British book, Installations & Experimental Printmaking by Alexia Tala and won the 2009 Open Studio National Printmaking Award. She is represented in many public collections including the Donovan Collection at U of T.

Rochelle Rubinstein

Rochelle Rubinstein’s exhibition SHAFT expands upon Rubinstein’s interest in strong narrative themes conveyed within an abstract, formal language.  These larger wood panels, printed, painted and carved with subtle detail in a bold manner, depict the shaft as a pit, a conduit, passageway, a well, but also as a barb, a blow, a wound, a dig.  A series of columns, sheathed in printed, painted and quilted fabric and paper, serve as counterpoints to the wood panels. These are at once shafts as spears or staffs, or shafts of light, beams, radiance and darkness, life and death, etc.

Rochelle Rubinstein is a Toronto-based artist whose work has been exhibited in diverse venues worldwide and can be found in public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.  As a community arts facilitator, her workshops and projects with groups such as battered women are based upon methods that are central to her own artistic practice.

SAFETY NET and SHAFT will be exhibited concurrently with STILL LIFE ON EARTH, a collaborative installation by Libby Hague and Rochelle Rubinstein, at Mon Ton Window at 402 College Street.                                        

Libby Hague's and Rochelle Rubinstein's exhibitions will be at Loop Gallery from May 22 - June 13, 2010.

Please join the artists in celebrating the opening reception on Sunday, May 23rd from 2-4 pm.

Learn more about Libby Hague and Rochelle Rubinstein's work during a Question & Answer Session at loop on Sunday, June 6th at 3pm. Moderated by Pat Macaulay, Head, Visual Art, Harbourfront Centre, followed by Afternoon Tea at 402 College Street.