Friday, June 27, 2014

I wanted to quickly share some images from last night's  evening slideshow. It was great to be outside looking at slides. It was a very social way to look at them - everyone discussing  them together.

Libby Hague and Lorene Bourgeois

Lois Schklar screened inside while we waited for it to get darker.
There is a second and final evening slide show next Thursday, July 3.
I really hope you can make it

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

more more slide show

A friend asked me if I am the curator of the slide show but the answer is no, it's better than that - everyone is the curator.  The situation is a bit skewed because right now I seem to the only one  putting up picks on the blog but it doesn't have to be that way. I started because I wanted to go through the carousels and then I thought it would be nice to put up  at least an image of every participant, something I haven't managed to do yet.

One great thing about the slide show is that Loop and the participating artists have set up a framework for viewing work that encourages everyone who comes into the gallery to surprise themselves and look at work by popping in a slide carousel.  They can see images large or small, or large and then small, they can see it beside another image or several other images. If  another viewer comes in and does the same, both have to navigate the unexpectedness of another person's selections  in  the mix.

Some of the carousels reads well sequentially; some not so well.  You won't know what you are going to find  but it's predictably and pleasurably human to seek out correspondences.

If you take pictures and want them shared this way you can email them to the gallery and someone will post them to the blog or you can post them to our Facebook page.
Stephanie Shepherd
Elizabeth Babyn and Stephanie Shepherd
Elizabeth Babyn and Stephanie Shepherd
 Stephanie Shepherd and Kyle Herranen
Elizabeth Babyn  and Kyle Herranen
 Moira  Clark and Don Allain

Moira  Clark and Don Allain
Greg Sibley and Shauna Jean Doherty, and Callan Field

Monday, June 23, 2014

more slide show images

the opening 

Lorna Livey and Pamela Dodds
Lorna Livey and Tracey Capes ( a drawing by her father who was an architect)
 Martha Eleen and Tracey Capes ( a photo reference by her father)
Mark Gerula and Libby Hague

Mark Gerula and Barbara Balfour
Stephen Fakiesi and Alex Turner

Sunday, June 22, 2014

the Slide show

It's hard to capture the excitement of the slide show but in addition to regular hours, we have 2 evening screenings - Thursday June 26 and July 3 both from 8:30 - 10:30 so come and feel it for yourself.  Invent a new career as a slide DJ!
more images to follow!!!

Barbara Rehus and Mary Catherine  Newcomb
Jocelyne Aird Bélanger and Caroline Birks
Catherine Carmichael and Jocelyne Aird Bélanger
 Michael Gerry
 Michael Gerry

Jane  Lowbeer and Michael Gerry

Jane  Lowbeer
Catherine Carmichael and Judith Lermer Crawley
Catherine Carmichael and Judith Lermer Crawley 

Catherine Carmichael and Judith Lermer Crawley
Martha Eleen and Jenn Law
Jenn Law and Mary Catherine Newcomb
Gary Clement and Suzanne Nacha
Gary Clement and Suzanne Nacha
 Gary Clement and Suzanne Nacha above and below

Friday, June 13, 2014

Loop Presents: The Slide Show

Image designed by Gary Clement

The Slide Show @ Loop Gallery Toronto 

June 21 - July 6, 2014
1273 Dundas Street West, Toronto, M6J 1X7
Opening: Saturday June 21 from 2 - 5
Gallery Hours: Wed - Sat 12 to 5 pm, and Sun 1 to 4pm.
evening slide shows Thursday June 26 and July 38:30 until 10:30 !!!!

The Slide Show will bring back our inaccessible archives for current 
consideration by projecting artists’ personal slide libraries of artwork 
documentation going back to the pre-digital camera era. Several projectors
 will simultaneously project these slides on Loop’s walls and on the front
 window where images can be seen from the street. Artists can also exhibit
 new works created in the slide format. 
Loop will have the sexy soundtrack of projector mechanics.
We will also have light tables where visitors can curate their own slide
shows from loose slides and upload their “shows” to social media.

For more information contact Elizabeth Babyn at 
for more background and updates go to 

gallery director, Stephanie Anne D'Amico 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

        a visit with Jane Low Beer

Where do you think your place is in the art world?


Certainly ‘my place’ is rooted in the art world of mid-twentieth-century Europe. It also has a lot to do with reactions I have had against the high powered art scene. Back in the early 80s I lived, worked and made art in New York City. I became disillusioned with the fickle and fashionable commercial art world.

With the influence of Bread Puppet Theatre and similar alternative art initiatives, I decided to make art to be seen and experienced outside of the gallery. I made all sorts of puppets for theatre, as well as large-scale parade figures, often using recycled materials.

      Part of my earlier reaction against the gallery scene had to do with the gargantuan scale of work. Consequently I chose to explore the idea of intimacy making masks, small objects and monotypes about small, hidden things.

This reaction with my instinct to work small is still part of my itinerary. Maybe it is time now –with this huge landscape before me to reexamine my objectives.

Can you describe your studio routine?

First thing, I turn on the radio (even though I might turn it off again soon). If I am in the middle of a project it’s easy to begin the day and I can quickly pick up where I left off.

Now that my current show (at the Art Gallery of Peterborough) is up I am again in the starting place, with too many possibilities and my focus falters. My studio is now cluttered with different beginnings. I am searching for the right metaphor that resolves something for me, (an unknown question), that launches the process and gives me momentum.

The view from your space is so expansive.  How does that influence your work?

It has not yet been two years that my studio is in the country. Previously, my studio was in the city, in my house,  and my work reflected the domestic details of that world. Having a studio with a huge view and a door to the view, both subtle and grand of nature, is indeed a challenge. It is as if I have turned myself inside out, floating with little ground as I try to digest this experience into making art.

What is your biggest challenge in creating work?

Getting to the studio. Life always intervenes: children, culture, friends, pleasures and responsibilities.
At this moment the gardens call: I want to dig in the earth, the patterns of plants; it’s hard to resist moving out into the landscape.

What are you currently reading, listening to or eating that is fueling your inspiration?

Fresh rhubarb and New Yorker magazine articles.


Thanks Jane for the studio visit!
To see more of Jane's work, check out:
also, her work is on exhibit at the Art Gallery of Peterbourgh until June 22 
and finally you read about her work on the blog Trout in Plaid.