Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Two new shows to liven up the dead of winter

February 28 – March 22, 2015 Opening Reception: February 28, 2015, 2-5 p.m.
Guided Visit: Sunday, March 22, 2015, 2 p.m.

Sandra Gregson Erebus & Terror

Sandra Gregson’s initial idea for this exhibition was a consideration of fear and how it is shaped by culture, for example, fairy tales of ‘big, bad wolves’. Whilst researching, Gregson lived for a year in Edinburgh, Scotland and her research about fear and wolves led to an investigation of topics such as the Scottish landscape and land use, legends and children’s stories, wilderness, rewilding, British explorers and settlers in Canada, including Franklin’s search for the NorthWest Passage on his ships, presciently named, Erebus and Terror. This is Gregson’s second exhibition at loop Gallery. During the past year, she participated in an artists' residency in Portugal and her video works were screened at Cinecycle in Toronto.

Mary Catherine Newcomb Lucy in the Dark

In Lucy in the Dark, Mary Catherine Newcomb continues to probe the ways in which we perceive and construct models of reality. She frames the concept of blindness in terms of perceptual bias, and/or a willed/imposed mechanism for psychological survival. By contrast, Newcomb considers being in the dark as indicative of both a loss of control and a state of potential.

Mary Catherine Newcomb’s work has been recognized with several grants from the Canada Council and the Ontario Arts Council, as well as prizes from various organizations. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and in Germany. She currently resides in Kitchener, Ontario and teaches in the Visual and Creative Arts program at Sheridan College in Oakville.

The artist gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council.