Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Don't Miss New Works by loop Artists Elizabeth D'Agostino and Kipjones

Elizabeth D’Agostino

March 26th – April 17th, 2016 
Reception: Saturday, April 2nd, 2-5 p.m.

loop Gallery is pleased to announce Makeshift, a new exhibition by Elizabeth D’Agostino.
D’Agostino has spent the last few years building fictitious environments merging elements both real and imagined. As a child, she curiously    watched her father graft his backyard fruit trees. She would watch him carefully join sections from separate varieties of trees and as a result would produce an assortment of fruit from a single tree in an urban setting.Makeshift chronicles D’Agostino’s fascination with grafting and attempts to create a catalogue of re-organized components and fictional categories of nature with an invented narrative.  D’Agostino draws from biodiversity and the complexities of the changing landscape emphasizing how various paths of nature have been interrupted by rapidly producing populations.
D’Agostino holds a BFA from the University of Windsor and an MFA from Southern Illinois University.  Her work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally including The Kelowna Art Gallery, Iziko: Museum of Cape Town, South Africa, Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, and The Print Center, Philadelphia. D'Agostino's prints can also be found in many private and public collections including the University of Changchun Jilin, China; Anchor Graphics at Columbia College Chicago, Illinois, Department of Foreign Affairs Canada, and Ernst and Young, Canada. She was awarded an Honourable Mention in the 2014 National Open Studio Printmaking Awards, and was selected by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada to create a carpet design in the Ontario Room for the newly renovated Canada House in London, England.
D’Agostino lives and works in Toronto and is currently the Managing Director of the Toronto School of Art. She is also a member of Open Studio    Fine Art Printmaking Centre.
Image: Makeshift I-III, 2015. Collaged print, etching, monotype, silkscreen on Inshu Gampi tissue, and paper      clay Gampi sculpture on floating wood shelf.  
Exhibition detail, Kelowna Art Gallery

Staged Standards

March 26th – April 17th, 2016  
Reception: Saturday, April 2nd, 2-5 p.m.

loop Gallery is pleased to announce Staged Standards, a new exhibition by kipjones.

Staged Standards is a response to an ongoing study into architectural iconography as a sculptural gesture. The work consists of a series of materially aesthetic investigations of formally staged wooden fabrications and their echoed forms.  These austere scaled assemblies of an architectural vernacular address the notions of permanence and transformation as a reflective relationship between the elements.  

The latex rubber forms act as dualistic moments in an inter-connected relationship with their mirrored wooden original. Pragmatically this work utilizes the inherent properties of latex rubber, its skin like qualities and it structural integrity, as containers of forms and icons.  The hard surfaced reality occupies a antipodean position in relation to the soft skinned latex empty vessels, constituting a connective bridging of the organic and the man-made - the mind and body - nature and culture.
Staged Standards are formal self-reflective acts of inherent tension and linked associations, a redefined vocabulary of form.

kipjones is an active and experienced Toronto public artist, sculptor and instructor. His artistic research addresses the complex potentialities of space through site-specific installations, public art and object making. He graduated 2011 with an MFA: sculpture from Concordia University in Montreal.  He has exhibited and participated in residencies nationally and internationally.  His public art can be engaged with in Kelowna BC, Calgary AL, Moncton NB, and most recently Gambrel Journey for the City of Markham Ontario.

Image: Staged Standard, 2016.  

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