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Ester Pugliese: Measured Calm
Elizabeth Babyn: Plastopia

January 28 – February 19, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 3-6pm

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Ester Pugliese, Moderate to strong northwest winds will persist throughout the weekend, acrylic, soft pastel, carbon pencil, and chalkboard paint on wood panel, 30 x 30 inches, 2016.

Ester Pugliese: Measured Calm

Loop Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition by member artist, Ester Pugliese.

Channeling diverse influences ranging from endangered species and cut flower arrangements, to children’s amusements and Italian folk music, Pugliese's new mixed media paintings capture the fleeting quality of life. By suffusing abstracted swathes of colour with carefully drawn details and a coral reef aesthetic, the works ask viewers to untangle dense layers and find relationships in seemingly disparate imagery. Geometric shapes resembling building blocks threaten to swallow carefully rendered details of plants, suggesting their likely demise through the agency of human progress. However, rather than obliterating the natural living things, these geometric shapes appear to be replicating themselves – learning how to grow alongside the natural world.

Measured Calm explores the relationship between the enjoyment evoked by the sensuous depiction of a subject and a conflicting moral message, a concept inspired by the still life, or “vanitas”, paintings of the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries. This is akin to the artist’s breathless lust when she enters a flower shop and imagines composing an arrangement drawn from the exquisite living things contained within. With such an assortment of blooms – common, rare and possibly endangered – she must contain her desire to have them all. It seems that in today's world, when we scrutinize our base, often materialistic, urges we inevitably confront our morals.

Ester Pugliese is a Toronto-based artist. She graduated from York University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Specialized Honours) in Visual Arts Studio. She spent a year studying abroad in Leeds, UK and has exhibited extensively in Ontario as well as in Leeds, UK. Pugliese has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, and her work can be found in private and public collections in North America and Europe, including the Donovan Collection.

For more information, visit www.esterpugliese.com.


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Elizabeth Babyn, Detail of Mutant Plastic Creature, plastic refuse, LED lights, 2016. Photograph by Barbara Reimer.

Elizabeth Babyn: Plastopia

Loop Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition by member artist Elizabeth Babyn.

In response to a world where oil-based materials have infiltrated so much of our consumer society, Babyn’s new installation entitled, Plastopia, represents a dystopian reality, composed of excessive amounts of plastic refuse, mirrored-Mylar and mutant-plastic creatures. Her Tsunami-Waterfall harnesses the seductive power of consumption with coloured strobing lights and reams of plastic wrap knotted onto a 16’ x 25’ chicken wire-structure, that offers beauty and enticement until the more sinister components of the “garbage” from which it is made, reveal themselves.

Along with a sci-fi video that features monstrous-plastic creatures, there are long lengths of mirrored-Mylar on both the floor and ceiling accompanying the sculptural pieces within Plastopia. The video reveals a surreal assemblage of random illogical sequences that appear both confusing and devoid of a comprehensive storyline. Babyn’s film and installation objects, symbolically repeat themselves as they obscenely fill the space through the use of mirror fragmentation; “never able to get rid of” the multiplying effects of overabundance and hyper-consumption. Considering that 315 billion tons of plastic become permanent fixtures within our oceans and waterways; this post-apocalyptic world reflects not only her own consumption excesses, but ones that also plague many of us within society today.

Babyn received her BFA with Honours in Drawing and Painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design University in 2005. She recently completed her MFA in 2016 at the University of Saskatchewan in sculpture and installation. She has been a Loop Gallery Member in Toronto since 2003. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her works can be found in public and private collections in both Canada and Europe.

For more information, visit www.elizabethbabyn.ca.



loop Gallery

1273 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1X8

Gallery Hours: Wed-Thu 12-5PM, Fri-Sat 12-6 PM, and Sun, 1-4PM.
Artist is in attendance on Sundays and for the reception.

(416) 516-2581
info@loopgallery.ca
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John Abrams . Mark Adair . Elizabeth Babyn . Gareth Bate . Yael Brotman . Kelly Cade . J. Lynn Campbell . Gary Clement . Tara Cooper . Tanya Cunnington . Elizabeth D’Agostino . Carolyn Dinsmore. Sheryl Dudley . Martha Eleen . Adrian Fish . Maria Gabankova . Candida Girling . Sandra Gregson. Libby Hague . Linda Heffernan . David Holt . John Ide . Sung Ja Kim . kipjones . Jenn Law . Jane LowBeer . Suzanne Nacha . Mary Catherine Newcomb . Ester Pugliese . Thelma Rosner. Ava Roth . Rochelle Rubinstein . Richard Sewell . Lanny Shereck . P. Roch Smith . Sandra Smirle . Kim Stanford . Adrienne Trent . Mindy Yan Miller

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