Thursday, March 1, 2012

Yael Brotman and Tara Cooper at loop

loop Gallery is pleased to announce exhibitions by loop members Yael Brotman entitled Shipping and Receiving, and Tara Cooper entitled Weather Wise.

Yael Brotman, 'Airstream', 17" L x 10" W x 7" D, etched Japanese paper, graphite, foamcore, wire, 2012.
Shipping and Receiving showcases the continuation of a body of work in which Yael Brotman explores the reconstruction, from memory, of houses that she inhabited in two countries. In these new works, the permanence of a house has given way to the transitory nature of the impermanent home. The model-sized caravans and trailers constructed by Brotman are based on those her family rented to travel long distances across Canada, completing the summer migration from cities to provincial and national parks that is a quintessential Canadian experience.

Most recently Brotman has exhibited at Monash University, Melbourne, AUS, Purdue University, University of Minnesota, and University of Colorado at Boulder. Forthcoming exhibitions include Zweigstelle Berlin, the German Consulate in Toronto, The Rooms in St. John’s and the Printmaking Biennial of Douro in Alijo, Portugal. She has been invited to undertake an artist residency at the Áras Éanna Art Centre, Aran Islands, Ireland this summer.

Tara Cooper, "Clear as Bell", screen print, 2012.
With forecasts we’re told to heed warnings—hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Tara Cooper’s Weather Wise assembles a compendium of weather lore and superstitions from cloud nines to fair weather friends to silver linings. It is the next chapter in her ongoing series/alter ego Weather Girl, a project that mixes an amateur’s enthusiasm for meteorology with found objects, video and print.

Beneath the rubric of Canadian Nature, Cooper’s observations combine fieldwork and footwork moving from the amateur ornithologist, to the idea of north, to her most recent study involving the language of weather—the statistical forecast versus the personal encounter. Cooper received her Master of Fine Arts from Cornell University in 2008, specializing in the disciplines of print, film and installation. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo.

Reception: Saturday, March 3, 2012, 2-5 PM 
Q&A Session, moderated by Rebecca Diederichs: Sunday, March 25, 2012, 3 PM