July 21st – August 12th, 2012
Reception: Saturday, July 21st, 2- 5 PM
Q&A session: Sunday July 29th, 3PM
with panelists: Mark Adair, Libby Hague, and Richard Mongiat, moderated by Will Huffman
loop gallery is pleased to announce a group exhibition entitled Collective Vision featuring works by more than twenty loop members past and present.
The year 2000 marked tremendous change for Toronto’s Queen West community. The introduction of loop gallery into the neighbourhood was one of several catalysts that would effectively transform Queen street’s gritty “wild west” into the vibrant, trend-setting, cultural destination it is today. In 2009, loop migrated north, joining yet another hotbed of burgeoning cultural activity on Dundas Street West. After more than a decade in operation, loop’s artist-led curatorial model in conjunction with the calibre of its member artists have allowed the gallery to retain its reputation as a fertile ground for inventive practices and projects.
Collective Vision is a special occasion in loop’s history. The exhibition brings together a group of works by a sampling of loop’s member artists for a glimpse at the diverse practices that have shaped the organization across twelve years and two gallery spaces. “I always dreamed that if loop got big enough,” says co-founder Richard Mongiat, “we would open up the space next door and call it pool.” Reflection, appropriately, is what Collective Vision is all about. The show is an occasion both to meditate on the gallery’s formative role in a particular neighbourhood and to imagine the future contributions loop can make to Toronto’s creative communities.