- LISA JOHNSON: “Mazinaw” Oct 15-28, 2015
Opening reception: October 15, 2015 from 6 – 9pm
Exhibition dates: Oct. 15-28, 2015
Lisa Johnson weaves geographic, corporeal, and abstract sensibilities through layers of atmospheric grounds and gestural mark-making.The exhibition ‘Mazinaw’ brings together a collection of works that draw inspiration from on-location studies in the ‘shield country’ of North-Eastern Ontario, specifically, landscapes surrounding the iconic Bon Echo Rock. Rising 100 metres from Mazinaw Lake, this dramatic pre-Cambrian cliff has for centuries inspired artists with its sublime power.
Speaking to the passage of time over an evolving landscape, Johnson creates theatrical worlds of wilderness landscape – dramas expressed with the visceral physicality of paint in a passionate, gestural dance. Delineating space with thick impasto marks juxtaposed against expansive skies, Johnson’s paintings suggest the forces of nature that we cannot see — the movement and ever-changing qualities of light and weather, wind and water. While each painting stands apart from the next, Johnson’s paintings share an emotional vitality that evokes a personal and direct experience of landscape.
Lisa Johnson’s work is a painterly response to nature — not “views” of landscape as object, but immersions into an experience of place — a landscape of the mind.
Mazinaw invites the public to experience Johnson’s painterly inquiry into the experience of landscape and the forces of nature. Project Gallery will host an opening reception for Mazinaw on October 15, 2015 from 6 – 9pm and the artist will be in attendance.
About Lisa Johnson
Johnson has been painting professionally for over 20 years and her influences include old and new masters, from de Kooning and Soutine to Tom Thomson and Susanna Heller. Her paintings enquire into space and movement within the context of landscape painting. Through her ethereal and sculpted pigment Johnson depicts vast landscapes where figures seem to poetically emerge.
Lisa Johnson graduated with Honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design, where she also won the prestigious Mrs. W.O. Forsythe Award for 4th year women painters in 1996. Johnson studied under sculptor Tom Dean and most recently with Harold Klunder. Lisa Johnson’s work has been shown in solo and group shows throughout Canada and can be found in numerous private and corporate collections in the Canada, U.S.A., and Europe.
- GRIT/SHEEN: Erin Loree Solo Oct 1 – 14 PHOTO ALBUM
Erin Loree works intuitively and expressively with oil paint on canvas and panel, combining smooth gradients with thick visceral marks. Her work alludes to human or ghostlike forms, abstract landscapes, and natural phenomena. An emphasis on mark-making and gesture can be seen in her high chroma, abstract compositions. Loree uses the process of painting to explore and investigate themes of transformation, impermanence, and duality.
Primarily concerned with the inner world of the individual, the work in GRIT/SHEEN attempts to shine light on the deep recesses of the human spirit, acknowledging the coexistence of light and dark within human consciousness. Loree expresses this duality by creating visual tension through her use of both harmonious and dissonant colour combinations, by contrasting thick textured areas with smooth and diffused gradients of colour, and by balancing organic and expressive forms with hardedge strokes and excavations. The result is work that embodies these dualities and is simultaneously beautiful and gritty, light and heavy, ephemeral and solid.
In this body of work, Loree continues to explore the dynamic relationship between intention and chance while focusing on the process of discovery. She works without references and allows each mark to dictate the next, which results in a series of risk-taking and problem-solving moments. She actively attempts to diminish any preconceived ideas of what the painting should become and encourages change and evolution throughout the process. Struggles and triumphs are evident as the viewer becomes acutely aware of artist’s process and sense of being present during the creation of each piece. Each painting is limitless in terms of its potential to become what it needs to in any given moment. As a result, her works don’t follow prescribed formulae of conventional painting, but instead continuously test and expand the possibilities by which a painting can unfold and be experienced.
*The artist gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council for this exhibition
- no more doubt, no more fears, : Sept 10-30 PHOTO ALBUM
*The exhibition has an extended viewing at our studio location from October 2-22nd,
*Studio-Gallery Opening Reception: Friday Oct 2nd 6-9pm
*Studio-Gallery Exhibition Dates: Oct 2 -22, 2015 (at 184 Munro St. by appointment)
Gallery Opening Reception: Thursday Sept 10th 6-10pm
Gallery Closing Reception: Sunday Sept 27th 5-9pm
Gallery Exhibition Dates: Sept 10 – 30, 2015
From September 10-30th 2015, artist Tessar Lo will inhabit Project Gallery for his exhibition ‘no more doubts, no more fears,’. Transforming the gallery space into a temporary working studio and home, Lo works to achieve an immersive and free stream-of-thought mode of creating, in hopes of revealing an essence of ideation and revelation through both successful and failing attempts at making intention visible.
Sharing his artistic process with complete transparency, Lo aims to integrate and display a new level of vulnerability, creative power, and genuine expression through this exhibition. Regularly creating works on paper and canvas, as well as affecting the space through installation as well as his presence and process, Lo demonstrates how the act of creating can be an ambition, expression, and even a step towards a more abstract ideal or feeling of betterment.
Tessar Lo creates bold works driven by otherworldly, but perhaps also autobiographical narratives that explore themes of time, identity, mysticism, innocence, transformation, symbology and abstraction. Through raw and expressive forms, figures, and environments Tessar creates dream-like atmospheres where different contemporary, historic, and fictional cultures find convergence. Lo’s artist practice emphasizes process and the importance of discovery, regularly innovating his use of media and artwork format while maintaining potent recurring themes, symbols, and a clearly unique aesthetic.
Lo studied illustration at Sheridan College, and has been exhibited in group exhibition in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Miami, Barcelona, Tokyo, and Amsterdam.
For more details contact Devan Patel*The exhibition has an extended viewing at our studio location from October 2-22nd, *Studio-Gallery Opening Reception: Friday Oct 2nd 6-9pm *Studio-Gallery Exhibition Dates: Oct 2 -22, 2015 (at 184 Munro St. by appointment) _______________________________________________________________ Gallery Opening Reception: Thursday Sept ...