- PROSPECTOR: Sara Pearson Solo Exhibition, March 17 – April 3
Opening Reception: Thursday March 17, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: March 17 – April 3, 2016
The paintings and sculptures in PROSPECTOR, inspired by geological and gemmological formations, remind us of the strange and sublime beauty of nature. Gemstones, as coveted objects, present a complicated relationship between the natural world and us; As we hunt, collect and refine them, they become instilled with human values. In this body of work, Sara Pearson deconstructs and reinterprets their forms, removing facets and breaking stones into abstract shards, highlighting internal depths and building new structure. By pulling apart our vision of the perfect gem, she removes preconceived notions attached to it and focuses us on its extraordinariness. Pearson navigates this course through her early relationship to these materials; Growing up in her father’s jewellery studio instilled a sense of wonder in the presence of these otherworldly objects. She continues to live in awe of them, relating her art practice to that of an explorer, a treasure hunter.
Pearson chooses subjects and materials for their relationship to the natural world, using the optical phenomena that exist within cut gemstones to inspire her oil paintings; bronze, copper, marble, and terra-skin paper made from stone are some of the materials that form her sculptures and installations. Working primarily with “analogue” methods, she plays with the dichotomy of traditional process in an increasingly digital world, pushing abstraction while honouring the process of mimesis.
Sara Pearson is a Toronto based artist who graduated with a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design University.
- Blanking Field: February 25 – March 13
Opening Reception: Thursday February 25, 6-9pm
Exhibition Dates: Thu, February 25 – Sun, March 13
Lauren Pelc-McArthur’s art practice responds to the melding of visual culture with digital technology, challenging the boundaries of digital art and traditional painting. Her interdisciplinary approach begins with the conventional organizing principles of portraits and landscapes, yet these principles are present in vague forms and broken into fragments, one mark disrupts another and competes for space with a third. Bold colours are used to tantalize and repel – resembling neurons that fire like neon lights as viewers cycle through headlines, listicles, and infinite scrolls. Fluctuating between various styles of painting, Pelc-McArthur unsettles the boundaries of figuration and abstraction to articulate the feelings of ‘sensory overload’ that are derived from the endless consumption of digital information.
Born in 1989, Lauren Pelc-McArthur is an emerging artist from Toronto. Graduating from the Ontario College of Art & Design (2012) with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Drawing and Painting, Pelc-McArthur responds to various facets of technology and internet culture through painting, sculpture and 3-D animation. Recipient of an emerging visual artist grant from the Toronto Arts Council in 2014, she has participated in International and Canadian residencies including the Roundtable Residency in Toronto.Project Gallery is located at 1109 Queen St EOpen regularly Wed-Sun 12-5pm or by appointmentPlease direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.orgOpening Reception: Thursday February 25, 6-9pm Exhibition Dates: Thu, February 25 – Sun, March 13 Lauren Pelc-McArthur’s art practice responds to the melding of visual culture with digital technology, challenging the boundaries ...
- chordata: February 4 – 21
Opening Reception: February 4, 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: Thu, February 4 – Sun, February 21
chordata is an exhibition of new drawings by Brett Despotovich which investigate resonance and interference, harmony and discord.
Continuing with the direction of his previous exhibitions (the fall) (2014) and Black is the Ultimate, Black Eclipses Everything (2015), the work in chordata is informed by the intersecting points of his scientific and mythological interests.
Born in Toronto, Ontario in 1982, Despotovich studied at OCADU (2001-05), followed by his involvement with the production of FLicKeR, a multi-award winning feature-length NFB/BRAVO! documentary directed by Nik Sheehan. His debut solo exhibition (the fall) was reviewed by Benjamin Bruneau for Magenta Magazine, and he has work held in private collections in Europe, the United States, and Canada, notably the Sobey Collection.Project Gallery is located at 1109 Queen St EOpen regularly Wed-Sun 12-5pm or by appointmentPlease direct inquiries to email@example.comFACEBOOK EVENT Opening Reception: February 4, 6-10pm Exhibition Dates: Thu, February 4 – Sun, February 21 chordata is an exhibition of new drawings by Brett Despotovich which investigate resonance and interference, harmony and ...