Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Loop member Lorene Bourgeois was recently interviewed by Patrick Conners about her exhibition of work called Vestiare/Cloakroom at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre. The link to the interview is here.
Lorene's exhibition continues at Harbourfront until September 25, 2011.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
|The Great Hare (in progress)|
Photo by M.Catherine Newcomb
|M. Catherine Newcomb raking The Great Hare|
Photo by Judy Welsh
"I visited the hare on Friday. Parts of the pelt had grown long enough to rake into the right direction and I did a bit of face pruning. There is only one sprinkler on it at the moment. The gardener for The Cambridge Sculpture Garden has dug in the hose for it and will be digging in a second hose early this week so that there can be two sprinklers in anticipation of the ears. I am going to add the ears and tail on Thursday with the help of volunteers - I anticipate a bit of an ordeal but will be glad to have them out of my driveway and under the watchful eye of the hare stewards (Judy Welch and Judy Major Girardin from the Sculpture Garden.) The neck ruff and chest fur is not growing as quickly as the rest - so I may get a third sprinkler or extra hose to focus on this area."
For more information about the Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener + Area, visit their website here.
Photos provided courtesy of M. Catherine Newcomb c2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
|Libby Hage: Sympathetic Connections|
Libby Hague described her experience of showing her work at the AGO for this post:
"I was thrilled when Michelle Jacques gave me this opportunity because the AGO is a fabulous building. Its prominence even got me the respect of the eavestrough guy and I thought - "Oh, that's how it works." More practical is the reality that until I have a specific gallery to work in, I am more or less only rehearsing. My own studio has a grungy functionality but there are too many things in it that interfere with my ability to read the work. In my studio the work is developed in sections and rather hopefully, if abstractly, in my imagination. Installation artists need spaces like painters need paint.
|Libby Hague's installation at the AGO|
An initial problem which proved very useful was caused by the mirrored facade on the Gehry reno. It makes it impossible to see in the gallery except at night and so happily the AGO accepted my proposal to do an intervention on the outside window as well. This links the lines of the Gehry facade, the Henry Moore on the corner and the sculptures I made inside. Once it was up , I loved how the mirror glass moved tour buses, people - Dundas St. through the piece. It feels alive.
|Libby Hague at the AGO (exterior view)|
My reading of these two elements, the sculpture and the power plant, is that no happiness is so certain that it can't disappear in an instant nor is it so simple that it is uninflected by danger or risk. A second reading , which I don't usually entertain, is that the sculpture is the disaster - post nuclear mayhem loosed upon a world that loves a good disaster from a position of safety, of course.
The show is up until September 11 and right now I am struggling with the possibility of having a puppet intervention that afternoon in the gallery."
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
|The Great Hare by M. Catherine Newcomb|
In the artist statement for the piece, M. Catherine explains that "According to Algonquian myth, the Great Hare (Michabo) is considered to be the grandson of the moon and son of the west wind and is recognized as the animal demi-urge."
When M. Catherine was a young girl, about about the age of ten or eleven, she discovered that rabbits do in fact gather under the full moon. She had been walking in the woods in Quebec with her grandparents the morning after a full moon when they came upon their gathering place. This convinced her (and still does) that "something profound and mysterious is going on behind a veil of what we describe as real."
|CAFKA volunteers helping with the installation of M.C. Newcomb's work|
|Watering the rabbit|
Photos provided courtesy of M. Catherine Newcomb c2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
This is the last weekend to see Ian McLean and Heather Carey's exhibitions of paintings at Loop Gallery. Globe & Mail art critic R.M. Vaughan mentions them in today's Visual Arts Review Other Venues and says "Last chance to see Carey & McLean's separate but blended sets of paintings. Carey mixes abstract forms with architectural details - bttresses and blobs. McLean recreates mid-century luxury homes but paints them as if they've been dunked in acid. Clearly home is where the (broken) heart is."
The gallery is open today, Saturday August 13 from noon to 5 pm and tomorrow Sunday from 1-4 pm.
Saturday, August 6, 2011
|Ian McLean (right) with Friends|
Photo credits: Ian McLean
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
|Arbutus by Heather Carey|
Heather Carey’s work deals with perception, both the psychological and the physiological sides of it. Carey explores the visual and imaginative possibilities of painting, considering the history of painting and the different languages of mark-making included in this history. She is most interested in the experiential side of visual arts, and how this experience can be influenced by our living and interacting within man-made environments. Her work examines space, constructions of reality, and choices involved in navigating through our everyday spaces.
|Alleys by Heather Carey|
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. To see more of Heather's work, visit her website here.
The show continues at loop until Sunday, August, 14, 2011.