- Nick Sweetman Solo: Nov Oct 30 – Nov5 PHOTO ALBUMARTWORK CATALOG
Opening Reception: Thursday Oct 30, 7-11pm
Exhibition Dates: Oct 30 – Nov 5, 2014
It is easy, and in many ways convenient, to conceive of surfaces and objects around us as static, enduring “things” in the world – bits of more or less unchanging matter. It might perhaps be described as a “natural” assumption, given the appearance of things to our senses. We learn to touch, see, and move around to discover the different properties of surfaces and objects. Later we learn to associate those sensations with their materials – broad categories like wood, metal and stone. Soon we learn to recognize more complex physical characteristics and are able to imagine why a particular object exists in its current state. We develop preferences and avoid certain materials and their various states, while seeking out others.
All of humanity’s creations are temporary arrangements of matter in a perpetual state of more or less gradual transformation. Not all of these processes are perceptible to us, but many are by inference: we see rust and understand that exposure to water over time has gradually transformed the smooth grey metal into a rough, orange patina. We see spots on the ceiling and understand that over time moisture within the plaster has allowed mould to grow. Anything we perceive is simply the most recent result of a long, continuous process of material transformation (some of it human-caused, some not) that appears static to us because of the gradual rate at which many material transformations take place.
In short, matter is dynamic. The work in Material Dynamics is about exploring these moments of confrontation with matter broken free of its previous form and transformed into something new by time and environmental factors. We attach cultural significance to these changes. Some are looked upon as troubling signs of decay – the slow but endless encroachment of natural forces into our designed spaces – which we often associate with uncleanliness and neglect. The decay of organic matter, putrefaction in particular, is considered disgusting because of the sights and smells and their biological association with sickness and death.
Elsewhere, this sort of evidence of time has acquired a certain status and is even desirable. In both the art and design worlds, the look of ruin has been commodified in a variety of ways – old, reclaimed furniture is sold by high-end designers at an exorbitant mark-up; decorators pay painters to come and apply faux-finishes to their wood and brick to make them appear aged; ruins all over the world are places of wonder and businesses are built on our desire to experience the world’s ruins, not just in person but through endless artworks and images of post-industrial urban centres like Detroit and Havana, as well as much older ruins like Peru’s Machu Picchu or the city of Angkor in Cambodia.
What is it about the aesthetic of ruin, decay, and transformation over time that captivates the mind? Are we fascinated by an object or place’s divergence from its previous state of being? Could it be that experiencing decay aesthetically allows us to contemplate the reality of material’s constant transformation – and in turn our own brief, temporary existence – in a safe, pleasurable way?Opening Reception: Thursday Oct 30, 7-11pm Exhibition Dates: Oct 30 – Nov 5, 2014 It is easy, and in many ways convenient, to conceive of surfaces and objects around us as static, enduring “things” ...
- Lesja Cymbaly Solo: Nov 6 – 12
Opening Reception: Friday Nov 7th, 7-11pm
Exhibition Dates: Nov 6-12, 2014
This series of illustrations by Lesja Cymbaly are primarily the result of a chance encounter with a sketching group in Savannah, Georgia. This meeting led to an invitation to draw with professors of the Savannah College of Art & Design, participate in the portrait group at the Telfair Museum, and go on the Wildacre’s Retreat to North Carolina as part of the Savannah Sketchers & Sculptors. The body of work on display is the artist’s response to this rich arts and culture experience. Lesja’s previous exhibition in Canada was in the Distillery District in 2013.
Lesja Cymbaly (b.1950, Canada) is an artist and illustrator who received her BA from the University of Windsor, BED from Lakehead University, H.BFA from York University, and her MFA from Queen’s University. During which she illustrated a book for Professor PR Campbell, and received the Queen’s Graduate Award. As a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada, she worked in the art department on movies and television. She later designed and decorated films, offices, restaurants and private homes. Currently Lesja divides her time between Savannah, Georgia and Toronto, Ontario.ARTWORK PREVIEW Opening Reception: Friday Nov 7th, 7-11pm Exhibition Dates: Nov 6-12, 2014 This series of illustrations by Lesja Cymbaly are primarily the result of a chance encounter with a sketching group in Savannah, Georgia. This meeting led to ...
- Ted Zourntos Solo II: Nov 13 – 19 PHOTO ALBUMARTWORK PREVIEW
Opening Reception: Thursday November 13th, 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: Nov 13-19, 2014
“Within my recent series of works, I endeavor to create essential narratives of everyday life composed of ordinary, throwaway petroleum based products that permeate every facet of contemporary life. These oil economy still life arrangements intend to address environmental, social and economic concerns by probing into the inner workings of the addictive, impulsive and compulsive characteristics of consumer culture. Acidic colours, shiny surfaces, dollar store prizes and endless hypnotic plastic wrap litter my compositions aspiring to trigger the most base and innate of human responses. Conclusively my paintings search out a type of simultaneity of both lyrical and abrasive passages that throughout the paintings confuse notions of truth and monumentality. This is precisely the contradictory ideology I excavate with every painting so as to better assert my critical position regarding the contemporary world.”
Ted Zourntos is a practicing artist working in Toronto and has exhibited his works internationally. He is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and received a Masters of Fine Art degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Currently Ted Zourntos is a Professor within the Faculty of Animation Arts and Design at Sheridan College and has authored various articles on Drawing and Art Education. Although his inspiration is drawn from 17th century Dutch masterworks, he not interested in celebrating the fruits of a burgeoning merchant class. His paintings seek to tap into the psychological and cultural characteristics of objects so as to gain a deeper insight into the state of the subconscious during a time of economic and environmental crisis.
See the development of Ted’s contemporary still-life paintings, from his previous solo exhibition at Project Gallery last year entitled ‘Leftovers’ARTWORK PREVIEW Opening Reception: Thursday November 13th, 6-10pm Exhibition Dates: Nov 13-19, 2014 “Within my recent series of works, I endeavor to create essential narratives of everyday life composed of ordinary, throwaway petroleum based products ...