Wednesday, March 28, 2012

John Abrams and Sung Ja Kim Chisholm at Loop Gallery

loop Gallery is pleased to announce exhibitions by loop members John Abrams entitled Entertaining Modernism, and Sung Ja Kim Chisholm entitled Transforming.

John Abrams, The Mountie and Mondrian, oil on canvas, 58 x 77 inches, 2011
Entertaining Modernism comprises a selection of new paintings and sculptures that emanate from John Abrams’ ongoing interest in concepts of the modern found in film, sculpture and painting.  Experimenting with narrative disjuncture by juxtaposing abstract forms that have over time taken on recognizable modernist symbolism, with the immediacy of painting he achieves great visual effects.

Abrams holds an MFA from York University and AOCA from the Ontario College of Art. His work is represented by Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, New York. His paintings can be found in major public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Council Art Bank and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, as well as numerous private collections in the United States.

Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, (Installation View) multiple works, 11 x 14 inches (ea.) 2008-2012
Sung Ya Kim Chisholm's exhibition of figurative drawings and mixed media abstracts presents visual conceptions of two fundamental aspects of the human condition. The first aspect is the gradual unfolding of a new life, captured through the depiction of a set of typical childhood experiences.  The second aspect is the alienation and spiritual hungers that are also part of human life, as depicted in the artist’s mixed media works, which convey longing for healthy, loving relationships.

Kim is a Toronto-based, Korean-Canadian artist whose works in both mixed media and drawing visually communicate a range of spiritual responses by individuals to the inevitability of suffering in our their lives. She is a long-time member of the loop Gallery and has had group and solo shows in galleries in both South Korea and Canada. She has also been retained for numerous portrait commissions. Kim is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and she teaches art privately in her studio, as well as at a private school in Etobicoke.  She is married and both her husband and her son inspire her work and often serve as her models.  

Please join the artists in celebrating the opening reception on Saturday, March 31st from 2-5 pm.