- She – Cathy Daley: Oct 19-Nov 11
Opening Reception: Thursday Oct 19th 6-9pm (RSVP)
Exhibition Dates: Oct 19 – Nov 11, 2017
Location: Project Gallery (1210 Dundas St E)
Mining iconographies of the feminine through vocabularies of glamour, fashion, popular culture, cartoons, street signage, films, social media, fairy tales and mythology, Cathy Daley’s work acknowledges and explores masquerades of feminine identity with humor, depth and edgy beauty. Cultural imageries including historic female objectification in a range of civilizations inform her drawings.
This new body of work, inspired by a variety of representations, also explores the territory of childhood memory, feminine identity, as well as dresses and their relationship to movement as observer and observed. Daley’s drawings emerge from Russian constructivist costume, contemporary avant-garde fashion, Degas’ ballerinas, Toulouse Lautrec’s can-can dancers, the painted clothing of Matisse, vintage Hollywood cinema and many other sources.
The series of small-scale drawings interrogates clothing as cover, protection, and as a social display often relating to gender. Compositions are constricted and flowing; legs and torsos dance with swirling emotion and gestures. Her drawn bodies explore energy, strength and vibrancy while at other junctures something more unrealizable and unreadable occurs through stillness, vulnerability, and delicacy. Daley’s exaggerated use of form alludes to her sophisticated integration of figure and abstraction.
Daley draws with charcoal and black pastel on translucent vellum, in both large and small scale, individual pieces and linked series. Commenting on her use of media, she says, “Black pastel is an elemental drawing material that allows for the potential of overwriting involving a spontaneous direct working process with a wide range of depth and tonality that borders on a sculptural presence”.
Cathy Daley is a celebrated Canadian artist with work in numerous private, corporate and public art collections including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is the recipient of many awards and grants, and her work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. Reviews of her work have also been published in Art in America, Border Crossings, Canadian Art and many other publications. She is an Associate Professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design.
- Jean-Luc Lindsay – Spaces of Passage: Oct 5 – Nov 5 Opening Reception: Thursday Oct 5th 6-9pm (RSVP)Exhibition Dates: Oct 5 – Nov 5, 2017Location: Project Studios (184 Munro St – rear)Project Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of new paintings by Jean-Luc Lindsay.“Observe the street, from time to time, with some concern for system perhaps.Apply yourself. Take your time.Note down the place [...]Note down what you see. Anything worthy of note going on. Do you see what’s worthy of note? Is there anything that strikes you?Nothing strikes you. You don’t know how to see.You must set about it more slowly, almost stupidly. Force yourself to write down what is of no interest, what is most obvious, most common, most colourless.”-Georges Perec, ‘The Street.’ Species of Spaces and Other Pieces‘Spaces of Passage’ explores the peculiar qualities and patterns that emerge in those surroundings that we occupy and move through with familiarity and frequency. The project is one of spontaneous and intuitive notation and revision that takes for its subject those moments of recognition that occur in the midst of the banality of travel. References are collected through photography during walks and errands, and allowed to form patterns through a protracted scrutiny in paint. Painting interrupts the spontaneity of collection, both in its relative relationship to time and observation, as well as in its tendency to inform the initial exercise of collection. The activity of collection is then ultimately motivated by the discovery of objects and spaces that carry with them characteristics echoed in paintings. ‘Spaces of Passage’ is a project of identifying the paintings hidden in the background of an individual quotidian.The objects and spaces depicted are collected for their reflection and uncanny likeness to paintings, with particular respect to their qualities as both permeable and aggregate. The doors, windows, and walls, that appear and repeat across these paintings were all chosen for this reason. They are places of passage that record that passage in both their spatial permeability as interstitial objects and areas – weather through their physical location or through their state of indeterminate construction or destruction – and in their presence as an evidenced record of their history and construction – through their removal, relocation, or renovation. As a collection, they amount to a selection of autobiographical peripheries – those surroundings that bear witness to our tenancy within and around them, the details and detritus that collect in the intervals of our situation.Lindsay’s work will also be featured in the Art With Heart Auction at the AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario on October 17th.