Gary ClementOblivion, etc.|Candida Girling:Simply Breathing
Gary Clement, 'Oblivion' (2012).
Candida Girling, 'Simply Breathing' (2012).
Using ink, gouache, and collage, Oblivion, etc. chronicles Gary Clement’s abiding interest in the natural world, science, mortality, farm animals, mythology, the unnatural world, sexuality, automobiles, track and field, contemporary poetry and mid 20th century interior decorating, among other things. He continues to draw inspiration from Saul Steinberg, John Berryman, Mad Magazine and Eleventh to Thirteenth Dynasty hieroglyphics.
Clement is the political cartoonist for the National Post. His cartoons have appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian and TIME. As a freelance illustrator, his work has appeared in publications around the world. He is also a children’s writer/illustrator whose many awards include the 1999 Governor General’s Award for Illustration for his book “The Great Poochini”. This is his 8th show atloop. He is represented in Toronto by loop Gallery as well as Parts Gallery.
Simply Breathing follows on the heels of "Marcovaldo's Bench", an interactive multi-media installation by visual artist Candida Girling and composer Aaron Davis for Nuit Blanche 2011. Their benches are portals and peepholes from the urban grind to a verdant oasis that may or may not still exist, but endures in the mind of the beholder, as we live and breathe.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Girling studied art and industrial design in Denmark, Scotland and Toronto, where she now lives and works. She teaches at OCADU and is a founding member ofloop Gallery. Girling’s work can be found in collections in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
Aaron Davis is a composer, musician, and founding member of the Holly Cole Trio as well as the world-beat band, Manteca. He has collaborated with numerous artists including Measha Breuggergosman, Molly Johnson, and Mary Margaret O’Hara. Davis has recorded and toured around the world for over 25 years.
Learn more about Gary Clement's and Candida Girling's works on Saturday, November 17 @ 3PM during a Q&A Session moderated Cary Fagan!