Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Heather Carey and Ian McLean at loop Gallery

loop Gallery is pleased to announce exhibitions by loop members Heather Carey entitled Plastic Geometry, and Ian McLean entitled Recreational Use.

Heather Carey, Wharf St, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches, 2010

Heather Carey’s Plastic Geometry features new paintings which present a way of seeing the world which is both calculated and malleable. Pictorial space assembles itself in an understandable way, and then collapses in on itself or deflates. The experience of these pieces relates to how we interpret images in the world on a day to day basis, how the brain functions both instinctively and through making choices about new information that has been given. Carey engages viewers in a challenging visual experience where the work remains the same but perceptions change for the viewer- confusing, revealing, changing, and resting.

Heather Carey was born in Guelph, Ontario.  She is currently a Master in Fine Arts candidate at the University of Victoria. Carey completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph in 2009. This is her second show at loop Gallery.

Ian McLean, Parts Per Volume, oil on canvas, 54 x 72 inches, 2011
Ian McLean’s Recreational Use includes images of residential environments that depict living rooms, backyards, swimming pools, hot tubs, and muscle cars.  McLean is inspired by discrepancies between setting and mood and the use of ornamentation as distraction. Efforts to keep elements of dissolution or entropy at bay are evident in these settings.  The success of such efforts is challenged. There is an emphasis on surface quality as well as a play with colour that is at once hallucinogenic, anxious, impulsive, and seductive.

Ian McLean was born in Sarnia, Ontario and studied at the University of Guelph. He lives in Bright’s Grove on the shores of Lake Huron with his wife and daughter and is represented in Toronto by Gallery Moos and loop Gallery.

Please join the artists in celebrating the opening reception on Saturday, July 23rd from 2-5 pm. The show runs until August 14, 2011.