Friday, January 13, 2012

Artist Talk: Martha Eleen will headline at Toronto School of Art

 AS IS  oil on wood, 30 x 30, 2011 by Martha Eleen
Loop member Martha Eleen will be the "headline" speaker at an evening of artist talks at the Toronto School of Art on Wednesday, January 18, 2012. The evening begins at 6 pm with a talk by artist Judith Snow and  Martha's talk will follow.

Martha Eleen teaches painting and drawing at the Toronto School of Art and is an honours graduate of Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver, Canada. Her artistic practice engages the ideas of cultural landscape, the construction of society, and the politics of space through painting. Her work has been exhibited in public galleries in Canada, the United States, Japan, and Mexico. 

Martha will be talking about her current  exhibition at loop Gallery. I, Huck maps the domestic space framing the artist’s relationship with her son Gabe, who is vulnerable and requires constant support. This is an inside view of a dynamic person whose natural gifts of sharp wit, emanating love, and disarming honesty are often obscured by disability bias. The titles used in the work are quotes from Gabe. Fascinated by analog audio technology, Gabe listens to several recorded versions of Huckleberry Finn and likes to call himself ‘Huck.’ He thinks the “n” word is “neighbour”.

This program is free and seating is first come, first serve.  Donations are welcome. Toronto School of Art is located just east of Spadina on the north side of Adelaide at 410 Adelaide Street West, third floor.

Martha Eleen's show continues at loop Gallery until January 29, 2011.