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loop Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition by member artist Larry Eisenstein entitled, Negative Capable.
Romantic poet John Keats used the term negative capability to describe an artist's receptiveness to the world and its natural marvel, and the struggle of human beings to transcend and revise their contexts. Philosopher Roberto Unger appropriated Keats' term in order to explain resistance to rigid social divisions and hierarchies. For psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion, negative capability was the ability to tolerate the pain and confusion of not knowing, rather than imposing ready-made or omnipotent certainties upon an ambiguous situation or emotional challenge.
Eisenstien links Keat’s interpretation of negative capability to the heart, Unger’s to the body, and Bion’s to the mind. Together, this trinity of intimacy, passion, and commitment encapsulate the joys and anxieties Eisenstein experiences as he creates numerous meticulously patterned drawings of free-form viral clusters.
Eisenstein is a Toronto-based visual artist who teaches art at Humber College. His work has been placed in private collections across North America.
Image: Ring (detail), ink on paper, 8.5 x 11 in, 2013
loop Gallery is pleased to announce Quixtopia, a new exhibition by member artist Eric Farache.
Farache's Quixtopia plays with visions of future utopias from a mind that exists in the tipping point between boyhood and manhood, a future where magical creatures and naked ladies could both exist. An imagined perfected reality from that narrow window, precisely when one foot is in childhood heroes, another in x-rated fantasy.
Every canvas/sheet of paper is a utopia that the artist attempts to build up or destroy with each mark. A utopia is an ideal, forever not to be realized, as soon as something becomes concrete and tangible the ideal is lost- ideals which are the very windmills we hurl ourselves toward again and again.
These paintings reveal broken perfections, moments of happiness gone awry, these befuddling and lost utopias- these Quixtopias.
Farache was born in 1971. He received a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Leeds, and is an Alumni of the Ontario College of Art in Toronto where he lives and works. Trained in classical painting techniques, he has been working in photography for the past 10 years, while maintaining elaborate sketchbooks as part of his artist practice. Quixtopia, is Farache’s second show of larger painted works with loop Gallery.
Image: Hail! Hail! The gang is all here (detail), watercolour on paper, 22 x 30in, 2013
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