Friday, March 4, 2011

Question and Answer Session with Gary Clement

Peter Kuitenbrouwer will facilitate a Question & Answer Session with artist Gary Clement at loop Gallery tomorrow Saturday, March 5th at 3 PM.

The ink drawings in Dark Energy reflect Gary Clement’s lifelong interest in history, cosmology, archaeology, sitcoms, bodily functions, music, poetry astronauts and current events among other things. As a cartoonist/artist Clement draws heavily on the diverse influences that have shaped his work, from MAD magazine and National Lampoon to Philip Guston and Joseph Cornell.

The title, Dark Energy, refers to a hypothetical force that permeates the universe. In the context of this show, it refers to the materiality of the India ink used in the drawings, to the frenetic period of energy that produced the drawings and to the permeable and wide ranging nature of the subjects that inform the drawings.

Gary Clement is the political cartoonist for the National Post. His cartoons have appeared in the New York Times Week In Review, The Guardian and TIME. As a freelance illustrator, his work has appeared in publications around the world. He is also a children’s writer/illustrator whose many awards include the 1999 Governor General’s Award for Illustration for his book “The Great Poochini”. This is his 7th show at Loop. He is represented in Toronto by Loop Gallery and by Parts Gallery.

Peter Kuitenbrouwer has worked in journalism for more that 25 years as a writer, a video journalist, a radio and television correspondent, and a bureau chief in such places as Mexico City, Montreal, New York, Ottawa, and Toronto. He is the author of two books for children. This winner of the prestigious Southam Inc. Award and the "Newswriter of the Year" Award is at present city columnist for the National Post. Peter lives in Toronto with his wife, two children, a cat and a dog.

Gary Clement's Dark Energy & Thelma Rosner's Dictionary exhibitions at loop Gallery run until Sunday March 13th.