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FIRST DRAFT, SECOND DRAFT...

SYLVIA PTAK

October 31 - November 24, 2013

Reception: Saturday November 2, 2-4 p.m. at David Kaye Gallery

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                             Virginia Woolf, 2012, piano roll, ink, 15 ½ x 11 ¼ in.             


In her art practice, Sylvia Ptak has been exploring the ambiguities inherent in the comprehension of language and the multiple meanings that texts generate. How we construct and interpret meaning from texts is the essence of her work.

Ptak's new body of work is inspired by the handwritten, extensively edited drafts of manuscript pages by authors as diverse as James Joyce, Marcel Proust and Virginia Woolf. These manuscript pages bear witness to their creative process, showing additions, deletions and corrections. Using gauze and a variety of paper such as vellum and player piano rolls, Ptak has translated each manuscript page into gestural marks, which although not legible, still retain the essence of each author.

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                                 Victor Hugo, 2013, gauze, pigment, 10 1/2 x 71/2 in.

Sylvia Ptak received her M.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited across Canada as well as in the United States and Italy. She lives and works in Toronto.

For more information, contact:
David Kaye Gallery
1092 Queen Street West (entrance on Dovercourt)
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1H9, Telephone: 416. 532. 9075
Gallery Hours:
Mon., Tue. - by appointment
Wed., Thurs., Fri. -11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Sat., Sun. -11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
info@davidkayegallery.com
www.davidkayegallery.com