Wednesday, July 17, 2013

loop Gallery presents Frank Perna: Water/Sky/Scapes

July 20 – August 11, 2013
Reception: Saturday, July 20, 2013, 12-5 PM

loop Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition by guest artist Frank Perna entitled, Water/Sky/Scapes.

For over a decade, Perna has traversed, photographed, and painted the scenic Canadian landscapes of the Kawarthas and Egan Chute. Continuing in this vein, he has revisited the Kawartha Lakes area for his latest suite of paintings which showcase fragments of the land through detailed lake-view reflections. Visual sources for these waterscapes are constructed using sequential photographic imagery to capture subtle shifts in perspective, evoking the constant flux of these delicate ecosystems. Fascinated by the visual abstraction already present in nature, Perna uses contemporary technologies to engage a great

Canadian artistic tradition.

Also on view will be Perna's Cappadocia (Turkey) series. These paintings explore fantastic landforms shaped by volcanic millennia, and occupied by early Christians who fled the Roman occupation by carving into and hiding in labyrinthian caves.

Perna is a Toronto-based artist and curator who has exhibited across North America. He is a graduate of the Ontario college of Art, and has been working as a visual artist out of Toronto and southern Ontario for over 30 years. In 1989, Perna produced the underground graphic novel, Preservation of Obscurity, published by Lump of Squid comics. He has received numerous artist grants and his work has been placed in private collections all over Canada.

Please join the artist in celebrating the exhibition opening on Saturday, July 20th from 12-5 PM.

Don't miss the closing reception presenting live musical guests, The Woodshed Brass Orchestra on Sunday August 11th at 2 pm.

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Img: Frank PernaDouble Visionary, 2013, 48 x 36 in; Canyon Pooling