Thursday, November 28, 2013

Last Chance to see the current shows at loop
Elizabeth Babyn: Cosmic Fishnet | Richard Sewell: wherelocal (too)

Don't miss the Q & A with both artists THIS SUNDAY December 1st @ 2pm!

(This is a re-post of Elizabeth's visit as it seems to have disappeared from the blog.
You can revisit studio Richard's here.)

a visit with Elizabeth Babyn


For the past several years I have been intrigued by the inter-relationship between sacred geometry and Fibonacci’s number sequences.  When I learned that these sequences were tied to the golden mean ratio, I investigated further and found out that these sequences further demonstrate that all things in nature and indeed the universe begin with a single point and their very proportions are constantly being repeated everywhere and in everything.  

While researching I also stumbled upon a beautiful design that was coined the ‘Cosmic Fishnet’, the author claimed that this motif held within it each and every possible sacred geometry design in existence. Unfortunately, I was rather careless with my notes and as a result haven’t been unable to locate the source of the ‘Cosmic Fishnet’ term, but regardless I liked the name and what it implied and decided that I would incorporate this design along with the Fibonacci number sequences as a symbolic metaphor for our universal connection to all things. 

My multilayered process acts as a vehicle to deliberately reveal,  hide, or lose bits of process, which in turn serve as symbolic metaphors for the seen, the unseen, the known and the unknowable.

I am probably taking the biggest risk right now with my current body of work.  Previously, I had been known for my colourful acrylic paintings on canvas, now I am working with all sorts of textile materials, the colours are much quieter, I am working in layers incorporating spiritual symbolic metaphors and there is an apparent shift towards installation art.  There are certainly challenges to entering new territory, but the risks are well worth it.

--> There are lots of artists past and present who have worked with Fibonacci number sequences, fractals and sacred geometry from Leonardo da Vinci’s squaring the circle, contemporary artist Simon Beck’s elaborate snow crop circles to Mario Merz (now deseased), whose installations from the 1970’s onward began to use the Fibonacci number sequences as “the emblem of the dynamics associated with the growth processes in the natural world”.  I am sure their works could generate some pretty interesting discourse, but none more so than that illusive force that is responsible for orchestrating nature and the universe in the first -->place.  Now that would be an interesting conversation!




It is so liberating to have a designated space to engage in creative work in the manner that I envision.  I could not possibly work in the way that I currently work if I had to work at home as I once did in the past. I am fortunate that my space is large and I use every inch of it. I set up different workstations for each of the processes that my current body of work requires and then move from station to station as needed, this movement keeps me from loosing my objectivity and allows me to percolate more ideas for the pieces that are at rest.


My artwork is a reflection of what I hold most dear and true to me.  

It is a continuum of my spiritual or meditative practice, so yes in that sense I certainly do.  


Elizabeth's new work 
can be seen at Loop Gallery November 9th - December 1st.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

JANE LOWBEER is interviewed for TROUT IN PLAID blog

  The art of Jane LowBeer gives presence to the ordinary objects in our lives – a drinking glass, an eggbeater, a salt-cellar, a glue gun, a small potted plant, a fork. Full of motion and intimacy, the objects are not glorified or prettified, but neither are they taken for granted.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

New work by loop Artists Elizabeth Babyn: Cosmic Fishnet and Richard Sewell: wherelocal(too)

Elizabeth Babyn
Cosmic Fishnet

November 9th – December 1st, 2013                
Reception:  Saturday, November 9th, 2- 5 PM
 Q & A: Sunday, December 1st, 2pm   

loop Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition by member artist, Elizabeth Babyn, entitled Cosmic Fishnet. 

In Cosmic Fishnet, Babyn continues to investigate the inter-relationship between sacred geometry and Fibonacci’s number sequences. These sequences have eloquently demonstrated that all things in nature begin with a single point, and their very proportions are repeated everywhere and in everything. So too with the ‘cosmic fishnet’ design, which claims to include every known sacred geometrical structure in existence. 

Fascinated by this possibility as well as the beauty, elegance, and complexity of the cosmic fishnet design, Babyn has integrated both the design and the sequences throughout her current body of work. She layers and incorporates these elements using a variety of mixed media and textile processes on gin washi paper, tyvek and tulle; some aspects of the process are retained, others are lost or deliberately hidden.  Babyn’s method serves as a metaphor for the spiritual nature of her subject matter, which represents the seen, the unseen, the known and the unknowable.

Babyn and her husband moved from Caledon, Ontario to Saskatoon nearly 3 years ago. She currently teaches art at USCAD and offers workshops at her studio.  Babyn received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD and has exhibited in Italy and Canada.  Her work can be found in collections in Canada, Germany, and Switzerland.  She has been a member of loop Gallery since 2003.

Learn more about Elizabeth Babyn’s work during a Q & A session with artist, Richard Sewell, on Sunday, December 1st at 2pm.

Richard Sewell
wherelocal (too)

November 9th – December 1st, 2013                
Reception:  Saturday, November 9th, 2- 5 PM
Q & A: Sunday, December 1st, 2pm   


loop Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition by member artist, Richard Sewell, entitled wherelocal (too). 

Dating back to 1994, wherelocal (too) is part of a body of work which investigates image as being a location, an object, and a notation, by using actual locations, objects, and notations to enable image.  In manner, wherelocal (too) is not a picture, a document, a concept, but rather is a dimensional notation, able to include the observer as: one located, an object, and experienced about notation.  Example: Observed in a landscape, an object differs in appearance and in significance, relative to where it and the observer are each located.

In a career spanning over 40 years, Sewell has been an exhibiting artist, artist collaborator, printmaker, publisher, teacher, and administrator/manager in the arts and in education with: Open Studio, OCADU, ACAD, the University of Saskatchewan, and the joint Art and Art History Program of Sheridan College, Oakville, and the University of Toronto, Mississauga. Sewell co-founded Toronto’s Open Studio in 1970, and in 1982 began to teach in the Sheridan Programs of Art and Art History, Art Fundamentals, and Crafts and Design. Retiring studio professor emeritus in 2011, he is now resident in Grand Bend, Ontario, where as a visual investigationist he pursues wherelocal/geoplasticimage/gpi; an observation of image in light of locusethics, sequencing, and habit.

Learn more about Richard Sewell’s work during a Q & A session with artist, Elizabeth Babyn, on Sunday, December 1st at 2pm.

Babyn Image left: Cosmic Fishnet (detail), ginwashi paper, tulle and mixed media, 2013 
Sewell Image right: wherelocal tab/let/one (detail), 2013


Friday, November 1, 2013

Last Chance to see Tara Cooper: Supercell and Suzanne Nacha: Outliers

          Supercell: video still, 2013                                                     Outliers: video still, 2013                                                                         

Don't miss the Q & A with both artists, moderated by loop Gallery director, Stephanie D'Amico, THIS SATURDAY November 2nd @ 2pm!

Thurs, October 31, 12-5pm.
Fri, November 1, 12-5pm.
Sat, November 2, 12-5pm, Q&A at 2pm.
Sun, November 3, 1-4pm.
Supercell addresses the current condition and impact of severe weather occurring each spring in North America. Research included two storm-chasing expeditions, May 2012 and June 2013. Focusing on the great plains of the United States, the expedition covered more than 6000 kilometers in search of supercells. Part of Cooper’s on-going series entitled “Weather Girl”, Supercell combines scientific fact and data with the visual poetics of a storm cloud.
Supercell led Cooper to a residency with the Wassaic Project in New York, August 2013. It also received financial support through the Lois Claxton Humanities and Social Sciences Award. Cooper completed her MFA at Cornell University, specializing in the disciplines of print, short film and installation. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo.
In the exhibition entitled Outliers by Suzanne Nacha an unusual narrative unfolds at the fringes of abandoned territories. Anthropomorphism of industrial structures and colour-filled abstracted passages are filtered through the medium of stop-motion animation in the show’s central video work. In this odd and unsettled narrative - we look on as machine-like assemblages endlessly grind away in an otherwise desolate landscape.
Suzanne Nacha is a visual artist working in painting, sculpture, video and installation. Through the systematic abstraction and anthropomorphism of industrial and natural landscapes, she seeks to make iconic images that act as mirrors to human experience. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, she holds undergraduate degrees in both Geology and Fine Art from McMaster University and the University of Guelph respectively, as well as an MFA from York University in Toronto.
Supercell and Outliers close this Sunday, November 3rd.