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