Friday, September 12, 2014

New Exhibitions by Loop Artists John Abrams: Seeing Seberg and Candida Girling: A City Slice of Sky: An Urban Invention

loop Gallery presents
John Abrams
Seeing Seberg

September 13 – October 5, 2014                
Reception:  Saturday, September 13, 2- 5PM
John Abrams has been painting images plucked from cinema for more than decade, returning to Jean Luc Godard’s oeuvre on more than one occasion to the point where one might see his practice as obsessive. The painter’s 2014 Loop Gallery exhibit Seeing Seberg, is no exception, it features a grid of 20, 16 inch high x 12 inch wide black and white paintings culled from Godard’s 1960 film, Breathless. Each monochromatic oil pictures the patrician blonde, Jean Seberg playing the role of Patricia. A few free-standing polychrome sculptures, derivative of Constantin Brâncuși, Alexander Calder and Max Ernst and a video, which screens Godard’s source film spliced with Abrams’ noir et blanche work accompany this allegorical show.

Abrams holds an MFA from York University and is an associate of the Ontario College of Art and Design. A founding and current member of loop Gallery in Toronto, where he shows on a regular basis, the artist is represented by Boltax Gallery in New York and Evans Contemporary in Peterborough. His work is represented in many important permanent collections including the National Gallery of Canada and Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, Art Gallery of Windsor, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton, McDonald Stewart Art Centre, Guelph, Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, Oshawa, University of Toronto Art Centre [UTAC], Doris McCarthy Art Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art [MOCCA], Toronto, Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Owen Sound, Memorial University, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery, Corner Brook, NFL, the O’Hare Airport, Chicago, as well as numerous corporate and private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe.

The Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound and RiverBrink Art Museum, in Queenston, ON, are currently featuring his work in their 2014 exhibits.

For more detail, please visit the artist’s website:

loop Gallery presents:
Candida Girling

A City Slice of Sky: An Urban Intervention

September 13 – October 5, 2014
Reception: Saturday, September 13, 2014, 2-5PM

loop Gallery is pleased to present A City Slice of Sky: An Urban Intervention, a new exhibition by Candida Girling with Aaron Davis.

This interactive, sculptural installation, created by Candida Girling and Aaron Davis, is an attempt to re-claim public space and to facilitate green incursions into the concrete and steel of the city. It suggests that we have an inherent need for nature but instead find ourselves in a contemporary urban environment characterized by the triumph of consumer culture, with its attendant pollution, alienation and diminished green space. The installation juxtaposes elements from the natural and urban worlds with the aim of providing a momentary respite from the mania of city life.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Girling studied literature, art and industrial design in Denmark, Scotland and Toronto, where she now lives and works. Girling has been teaching at OCADU as well as Suny University of New York, where she received her MFA in Art and Emerging Practice. Girling is a founding member of loop Gallery. Her work can be found in collections in Canada, the U.S. and in Europe.

Aaron Davis is an eclectic composer and pianist whose work spans film- scoring, songwriting, arranging for orchestra, and concert performance. He was a founding member of the Holly Cole Trio, and is the musical director for Measha Brueggergosman. He has been collaborating on interactive art projects with Candida Girling since 2011.

Girling gratefully acknowledges the Techne Institute of Technology Award 2014, from SUNY University of New York at Buffalo.

Please join the artist to celebrate the exhibition opening on Saturday, September 13th from 2-5 PM.

Image: Plant growing in totemic, modular steel structure, taken from Sculptural Living Wall Installation. Canvas, steel and Ivy, 2014.