- SALON III: PHOTO ALBUM
Opening Reception: Thursday November 19th 2015
Exhibition Dates: November 19 – January 10, 2016
Project Gallery will be hosting it’s annual salon-style art exhibition at our Queen Street gallery location from November 19 – January 10, 2016. This two month-long exhibit will showcase a dynamic roster of many artists working with diverse subject matter, media and styles.
The Salon exhibition style was established in 1667 in France by the Academie des Beaux-Arts and held in the Louvre. To accommodate the vast quantity of work submitted by students of the Academie, artworks were displayed from floor to ceiling with little space separating frames. This style has since been incorporated throughout history in museums and galleries, including the Art Gallery of Ontario’s display of its European collection.Opening Reception: Thursday November 19th 2015 Exhibition Dates: November 19 – January 10, 2016 Project Gallery will be hosting it’s annual salon-style art exhibition at our Queen Street gallery location from November 19 – ...
- 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