Opening February 2, 2 to 5 pm: Mark Adair and Elizabeth D'Agostino
Mark Adair, The Hungry Throat of the Sea, charcoal on paper, 4 x 4 in, 2011
The Hungry Throat of the Sea is the final instalment of Death Dreams a Martini,Adair's decade long project employing miniature charcoal drawings. The new works reveal the fate of Death's Children as they are first taken, then separated, then re-united. Adair has added nearly thirty new drawings to the sixty or so completed between 2004 and 2011. Inspired by the art history of the fourteenth century in western Europe (think plague, war and starvation) Adair created this long narrative series about Death and his adventures in a world increasingly threatened by our collective behaviour. TheHungry Throat of The Sea will also include two new large drawings that will be added to the three previously exhibited at loop in 2011.
Adair is a graduate of York University (BFA 1979) and the University of Victoria (MFA 1982). He was active with the Torontoniensis Collective before joining loop in 2004.
Elizabeth D’Agostino, Nature Collapse, episode 1. silkscreen in Gampi tissue, charcoal on paper, 22 x 30in, 2012.
Working with the notion of longing and belonging, Nature Collapse examines relationships within the natural world inspired by botanical and entomological research. D’Agostino draws from observational notes and re-counts specific sites to create new roles within a fabricated landscape. By assembling hybridized forms, objects of curiosity and deliberate combinations of biological imagery, Nature Collapse reflects the integration between form and function within the natural world.
D’Agostino is an artist and educator living and working in Toronto. She received her BFA from the University of Windsor and her MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL. She has exhibited in Canada and internationally. Recent exhibitions of her work include: Harbourfront Gallery, Toronto, Ontario (2012); Art Gallery of Algoma, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (2012), Okanagan Print Triennial, Kelowna Art Gallery, British Columbia (2012). Her work can also be found in many private and public collections including the University of Changchun Jilin, China; Frans Masareel Centrum, Belgium; and Ernst and Young, Canada.
Please join the artists in celebrating the exhibition opening on Saturday, February 2nd from 2-5 PM.
Learn more about Mark Adair and Elizabeth D’Agostino’s work during an artists’ talk with invited guest Alex Jansen (Pop Sandbox) at loop Gallery on Saturday, February 16th at 2PM.