Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Don't Miss New Works by loop Artists Mark Adair and Yael Brotman

Mark Adair

Death’s Epilogue
Glass House Window

December 5 – 27, 2015
Reception: December 5, 2-5PM
& A December 5 @ 3PM

Loop Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition by Mark Adair entitled Death’s Epilogue: The Glass House Window.

Adair has always simultaneously worked on parallel projects. The two featured in this show are the Death Drinks series (1999-2015) which Adair concludes with more small charcoal drawings and the new piece, The Glass House Window, which is a glass, steel and lead window featuring a version of the Tree of Knowledge. Death's Epilogue is ironic and dark; The Glass House Window is a new departure for Adair -- it is a meditation on the need for sincerity.

Adair graduated from York University with his BFA and went on to do his MFA at the University of Victoria in B.C. in the early 80's. After returning to Toronto in 1983 he almost immediately became involved in Green politics, and the questions and anxieties that have arisen from the observation of the steady deterioration of our planet have formed the basis of his work for the last thirty years. 'How did we get to this place?' Why did we allow it to happen?' 'Why are we so reticent "to do something" before it is too late?'
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Image: Death’s Larvae, charcoal on paper, 2015

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        Yael Brotman
     Standing by Water

          December 5 – 27, 2015 
          Reception: December 5, 2-5PM
          & A December 5 @ 3PM

This exhibition is a poetic investigation into the sites where action and inaction intersect. We may be full of longing, willing a lover, a friend, to come to us. But we remain transfixed until the loved one releases us by their action.

In western mythology, often women are the ones standing by a body of water, wishin’ and hopin’. Penelope looks out at the sea for twenty years, waiting for Ulysses’ ship to return. She unravels each day’s labour in order for her world to stay inert, frozen in time. In Dvorak’s opera Rusalka, water plays a crucial role in the water nymph’s tragedy. But the situation is different from that of Penelope. Rusalka, living in the depths of a lake, longs to experience the passion of human love. She can’t take action until an external force, the witch’s potion, transforms her and she is able to walk on the shore to meet the Prince. In Genesis, Rebecca stands by a contained body of water, a well, also waiting. The chain of events leading to her destiny as the mother of nations begins when a stranger requests a drink of water.

The shards of colour, the twinkling lights, the reflections in the exhibition, imbue the work with a sense of the sublime we feel in our relation to water. Yet when we wait by water, there is also the inherent implication of waiting for someone. Then, as in the myths and fairy tales referenced above, the sense of wonder is darkened by anxiety, a dichotomy ever-present in the human condition.

Yael Brotman is a long time member of Loop Gallery. She also exhibits nationally and internationally including at the Biennale internationale d’estampe contemporaine de Trois-Rivières; McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton; ODD Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon; and at the International Print Centre New York; Zweigstelle Berlin, Germany; Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China. She has been awarded grants, and residencies in Scotland, China, Australia, Ireland, Yukon and Banff. Brotman is on faculty at the University of Toronto Scarborough and is president of CARFAC Ontario.

Image: Well I, foam core, theatre gels, LED lights, 2015. Photo credit: Peter Legris

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

New work by loop artists: Martha Eleen and John Ide

Martha Eleen

The Meaning of Things

November 7-29, 2015
Reception: Novenmber 7, 2- 5 PM

Loop Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition by Martha Eleen entitled, The Meaning of Things.

In her 2014 show, “My Space”, Eleen looked to her studio to document the space between the artist’s skin and the outside world. For “The Meaning of Things,” Eleen builds on the final set on paintings from “My Space” which departed into an abstract investigation of space itself. She describes her newest work very simply as “paintings of a cardboard box.” 

Martha Eleen is interested in human geography and the relationship between culture and landscape. Her paintings have received critical attention in the form of curatorial essays, reviews and publication and have been exhibited in public galleries in Canada, U.S.A, Mexico and Japan. Eleen’s work is represented in permanent collections including the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is an honours graduate of Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver. Eleen lives in Toronto where she teaches painting and drawing at Toronto School of Art and is represented by Loop Gallery. 

Image: CBC, oil on wood, 20" x 20", 2015

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 John Ide
 Magritte's Cloud,    
 new drawings
November 7 -29, 2015  
 Reception: November 7, 2-5PM    

"The drawings are striking for a gentle but uncomprimising quality, their rich texture lost in reproduction, especially online."  Maria Meindl

 Loop Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition by John Ide entitled, Magritte's Cloud.
Imagery fades into the background of thousands of cross-hatched lines which Ide erases and redraws, to create patterns of light and dark that randomly remember bits and pieces of what was there before. "Those subtleties of dark and light, they just happen the more I'm there in the drawing, with the sound the pencil makes on paper," he explains.
The show's title refers to a cloud in one of Magritte's paintings, The Human Condition 1 (1933), the form of which echoes here and there in the drawings.
John Ide is a Toronto-based artist who has exhibited widely. Having created filmic works earlier in his career, he returned to drawing in the mid-2000s. Recent exhibitions include Time, Shadow, and Light at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant and How Paper Remembers at Loop Gallery.
Image: Magritte's Cloud #1 (detail), colour chalk, HB & 2B pencil on Stonehenge paper, (2013-14) loop Thanks : AUDAXlaw 

Monday, October 19, 2015

Tara Cooper and Jenn Law at loop gallery.


Last summer, Tara Cooper participated in a residency at Landfall Trust in Brigus, Newfoundland ( During a 3-week stay, she researched the history of the area and took note of the weather. She watched an iceberg slowly dissolve in the bay, learned about Captain Bob Bartlett, who was an arctic explorer that once brought a polar bear home to Brigus and met Ray, the caretaker of Landfall, who told stories about his grandfather – a whaler that lost his life in an explosion at sea. Made in collaboration with Terry O’Neill, God Love Brigus compiles these experiences into a floating raft that mixes sculpture, print, photography and text.

Cooper draws from meteorology and creative non-fiction, resulting in projects housed under the moniker Weather Girl. She received her MFA from Cornell University, specializing in the disciplines of print, short film and installation. Recent accomplishments include residencies at Anderson Ranch Art Center, The Wassaic Project and Landfall Trust, as well as arts council grants from Ontario and Canada. Her exhibition record spans more than a decade, covering local, national and international venues. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo.

Jenn Law’s multi-disciplinary practice centres on the artifacts of print culture and our relationship to technology as the means by which we continuously reinvent ourselves. In Means & Ends, Law synergistically engages two technologies that have fundamentally shaped our understanding of the world and our place in it – print and horology (the science of time keeping).  Focused on the pocket watch and the ink bottle and combining traditional print methods with 3D printing, Law presents a collection of evolving objects transitioning between the past and the future, tradition and invention.  Here, apparent endings may become the means for innovation.

Law is an artist, writer and researcher living in Toronto. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, England, a BA in Anthropology from McGill University, and a BFA from Queen’s University.  She has worked as a lecturer, editor and curator in Canada, the UK and South Africa, and has published on South African, Caribbean and Canadian contemporary art and print culture.  Law has exhibited her work internationally and has received numerous fellowships, grants and awards for her research, including from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, the British Council and the British Academy.  

Friday, September 11, 2015

New works by loop Artists Linda Heffernan and Kim Stanford

Linda Heffernan     
 Are we there yet?   

September  12- Oct 4, 2015    

Opening Reception:

Saturday, September 12, 2-5 PM the triumph of the unnatural over the natural, the grid over the organic...
(Bruce Mau: Designer)   

Why do planners fix on the block and ignore the street? 
(Jane Jacobs: The Death and Life of Great American Cities)

loop gallery is pleased to present Are we there yet?, a new exhibition by Linda Heffernan.

Heffernan makes paintings based on satellite views of urban areas.  Her new paintings are inspired by the Official Plan Review of Clarington in Durham Region as well as detailed maps for the highway 407 East project. Her process makes use of acrylic mediums and construction materials such as dry mesh drywall tape and wire fencing to build a layered image that references the pixilation of digital photography.

Heffernan lives and works in Whitby.

Image: Map A2, acrylic on canvas, 2015

Kim Stafford 

September 12- October 4, 2015

Moustache Party and Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 12, 2-5 pm

As ever, body hair was a repository for wider social and political concerns.
                                                                        (Rebecca Herzog: Plucked)

the goal is not to make clearer how the violence of order is transmuted into a disciplinary technology,
     but rather to bring to light the clandestine forms taken by the dispersed, tactical, and makeshift
creativity of groups or individuals already caught in the nets of 'discipline' Pushed to their ideal       limits, these procedures and ruses of consumers compose the network of an antidiscipline
                                                            (Michel Certeau: The practiced of Everyday Life)

                                            self conception can be theorized as a process of hallucination
                                                                                 (Ted Hiebert: In Praise of Nonsense)

loop gallery is pleased to present Trichotillomania, a new exhibition by Kim Stanford. 

Stanford makes art about weird things, about repeating yet divine banalities like other people’s dirty socks. This new project is inspired by her routine of plucking unwanted facial hair every day after day after year. She begins with materials used to remove facial hair, such as wax and sugar, but soon transcends into an increasingly macroscopic, surreal landscape.

Stanford lives and works in Toronto.

Image: you have to pull yourself out by the root (detail), mixed media, 2015

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