CMS Art Projects Spring 2022

CMS Art Projects, established in 2017, is an independent gallery utilizing Artsy as the online exhibition platform. The gallery supports mid-career and senior artists through monthly online solo and group exhibitions, special projects, and art fairs. Collectively, we have over 30 years of international experience working in partnerships with artists, writers, curators, and galleries.

Yael Brotman, Nicole Collins, Anne-Marie Cosgrove, Laine Groeneweg, Libby Hague, Catherine Heard, Jenn Law, Anne O’Callaghan, Liz Parkinson, Penelope Stewart, Adrienne Trent

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energy ever present in dazzling array
Nicole Collins

March 23 – April 19, 2022

Nicole Collins, inward towards circling cycling, oil on wood panel, 2022.

Energy ever present, invisible to the eye made visible oil, pigment, woven fabric, wood, no screens. Making marks, over and over again, moving out from the ‘centre’, or pulsating inwards, towards, circling, cycling, jumping and flowing. The moment of allcolours joining forces to contrast with the dazzling array. To shake us from our reverie, from the distractions of the unfocussed gaze. Forget yourself. Remember yourself. A speck, a particle bouncing around, going with the flow, not by choice but by force, by entropy, by the undeniable, inevitable, irresistible, unavoidable pull. Let go, submit, submit, close your eyes and drift, it’s all right. The event horizon behind your tired eyelids: go there, come back and tell us what you have seen. Nicole Collins, March 2022

Collins’ extensive body of artwork encompasses the effects and subsequent affect, of time, memory, accumulation, force and heat on visceral and ephemeral materials, especially through painting with encaustic, the application of molten, pigment-infused wax. Beginning in 2019, Collins has been working intensively with her archive of paintings, some dating from the early 1990’s, de-creating, transforming and resurrecting new works, reinvigorating themes of mortality, grief, commemoration, and resilience. This engagement with the mutable and receptive nature of wax has led to investigations beyond the canvas including performative drawing, digital reproduction, installation, intervention, video, and sound. Solo exhibitions include: The Koffler Centre for the Arts, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The University of Waterloo Art Gallery, and The Embassy of Canada in Tokyo and group exhibitions in Toronto, Hamilton, St. Johns, New York, Miami, Queensland, London and Zurich. Collins is Associate Professor of Material and Visual Culture in Drawing & Painting at the Ontario College of Art & Design University.


Before Words
Jenn Law

April 20 – May 24, 2022

Jenn Law, Forest Dance 1, hand-cut layered digital print on kozuke, 2022.

“The tree is saying things, in words before words.” ~ Richard Powers, The Overstory, 2018

Working across clay, print, and animation, Jenn Law’s exhibition Before Words continues her exploration of eco-asemic forms, language ecosystems, and material storytelling. Through the collection, documentation, and wrapping of remnants from seven felled trees on her property, the artist constructs an archive of loss. Totemic alphabets accumulate as spells or offerings, while arboreal forms engage in animated conversations, as if in the throes of some primordial dance. Such gestures speak to a desire to uncover a poetics before and beyond words, enacting a language of care and atonement for what has been lost.

Jenn Law is an artist, writer, and editor living in Toronto. Law’s multi-disciplinary practice explores book culture, the historical archive/library, literary objects, and processes of collection and storytelling through material things. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK, a BA in Anthropology from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, and a BFA from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. Law has exhibited her work internationally, including exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Australia, Taiwan, Spain, and the United Kingdom. In addition to exhibiting her artwork, Law has written and published widely on contemporary art and print culture, and has worked as a lecturer, curator, and editor in Canada, the UK, and South Africa. She is the co-editor, with Tara Cooper, of Printopolis, published in 2016 by Open Studio, Toronto, and in 2017 co-founded Arts + Letters Press with Penelope Stewart, with whom she co-edits the journal art + reading.


Heads Together
Adrienne Trent

February 23 – March 22, 2022

Adrienne Trent, Heads Together, 2022. Photo: Brooke Palmer.

Adrienne Trent has consistently worked with imagery of virus and disease since the early 1990’s, often in ways which highlighted the macabre beauty of mutated bodily cellular forms. She would depict these images in contrast with domestic and large-scale storm “messes”. In “Heads Together”, we may reflect upon a novel virus and its mutations which have disproportionately affected poorer populations, but conversely, publicly stricken down heads of state in its wake. Adrienne has depicted sculptural clusters of what appear to be representations of human heads in wildly varied stages of disfigurement.

After graduating from the Ontario College of Art in the 80’s, Trent went on to exhibit her art, both nationally and internationally. She was a co-founder of Republic and was a member of the Red Head Gallery in the 1990’s, and Loop Gallery from 2008 onwards. In addition, Trent curated a number of exhibitions in conjunction with both Republic, Red Head, Loop Gallery, and with Visual Arts Ontario.
Adrienne Trent currently lives and works in Toronto.


Made to Measure written by Derek Besant for the Spring issue of Printmaking Today (UK) features CMS Art Projects artists, Yael Brotman and Libby Hague

Images (left to right):
Libby Hague, Simple Gifts (detail), woodcut installation with papier-mâché objects at Open Studio, 2021. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid.
Yael Brotman, Sandbags round my life 4, elements of etchingson kurotani paper, chine collé captured as archival inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper with hand stenciling, 2021. Photo: Peter Legris.

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