Thursday, June 17, 2010

Loop Gallery Presents Lorene Bourgeois and Chris Dow

Loop Gallery is pleased to announce exhibitions by loop members Lorène Bourgeois entitled Près du corps and Chris Dow entitled Landscapes. Both exhibtions open this weekend on Saturday, June 19, 2010.

Lorène Bourgeois’ will be showing Près du corps, which translates to “close to the body”. This series of large-scale drawings in Conté and charcoal explores the relationship of cloth and clothing to the body and head.

The artist is interested in the physical qualities of clothing - the manner by which garments may frame or envelop the body – the similarity of folds, buttons, and stitched openings to skin, creases, and scars.  Près du corps is a reflection upon the ambiguous qualities of clothing and head wear, and upon the strange ability of such objects to oscillate between function, absurdity, and menace.

Born in France, Lorène Bourgeois has been living in Canada since 1984.  Trained in Paris, Philadelphia and Halifax (MFA, NSCAD, 1986), her work in drawing, painting, and printmaking, has been exhibited across Canada, France, Korea, Russia, and the United States.  She is represented in numerous private and public collections.  Lorène Bourgeois gratefully acknowledges the support of The Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

Lorène will speak about her work during a Question & Answer Session at the gallery on Saturday, July 10, 3pm.

Concurrently at Loop Gallery, Chris Dow will exhibit his work called "Landscapes". He explains, “For myself, painting is, in essence, an ethereal endeavour. Painting requires exploring feelings or perception that come from some place not understood and a place where words do not exist.  The act of painting is experienced and the subject matter is a convenient starting point. I like painting outdoors and the way this requires intuitive response. Working in the studio forces me to take a contemplative approach, this is often more of a problem solving process where the problem itself is not an intellectual one.”

Chris Dow has spent several of the past six years living abroad in both Japan and Australia, writing software and painting in his spare time.  Dow has exhibited in galleries across Canada as well as in Italy through the Ontario College of Art & Design.

Please join both artists in celebrating at the opening reception on Saturday, June 19th from 2-5 pm.