Thursday, October 21, 2010

Yael Brotman and Candida Girling at loop

loop Gallery is proud to present print-based installations by multimedia artists Yael Brotman and Candida Girling. These exhibitions are presented as part of Open Studio's PRINTOPOLIS: International Symposium on Printmaking.

Yael Brotman     Mnemonic Stoop
Candida Girling  Marco Valdo: Where the Sidewalk Ends

Relying on both the precision and imprecision of memory, and, referencing Gaston Bachelard's The Poetics of Space, Yael Brotman documents the houses in which she has lived. Brotman repurposes scraps of etched Kurotani paper into two- and three-dimensional works that examine the tonality of intimacy and the psychological elasticity of an image, reconstructing architectural details which sag with
mnemonic import.

Italo Calvino’s deftly drawn character of Marcovaldo is a man of the city. In him we detect a dissonance between the urban reality of his daily life and the world of his dreams. Marcovaldo is a labourer who revels in nature wherever he can find it: in the cracks of the sidewalk, in a clump of mushrooms by the side of the road or in a babbling fountain. In Candida Girling’s mixed-media prints we find Marcovaldo on a park bench, which is for him a portal into the bucolic refuge of his imagination.

Yael Brotman was born in Afula, Israel and currently lives in Toronto. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in artist-run centres and galleries throughout Toronto and other Canadian cities. Her work is held by numerous private and corporate collections.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Candida Girling studied art and industrial design in Denmark, Scotland and Toronto, where she now lives and works. Girling is a founding member of loop Gallery and her works may be found in collections in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

This show will run at loop Gallery from October 22 - November 14, 2010. Please join the artists for the opening reception on Friday October 22, 2010, 4:30-6:30 pm and for a Question & Answer Session on Saturday October 23, 2010, 4:30 pm moderated by William Huffman.