Exhibition openings featuring PA System (Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson) and Laura Bydlowska
Opening Reception: May 17, 6:00 – 8:00pm On display until Saturday, June 15, 5:00pm
L: PA System, Nuna/ Land (Arena), 2019, linocut on Japanese paper, edition of 5, 70.5” x 39.5”.
R: Cylinder 1, 2019, plaster cast from 3D print, varied edition, 4’ x 4’ x 22”. Photo courtesy of the artists.
PA System (Alexa Hatanaka and Patrick Thompson) Do you want to take the short-cut or the long-cut?
PA System’s Do you want to take the short-cut or the long-cut? is part of an ongoing collection of works about land: human use and relationship to land, places of shared experience and memory, complex and conflicting societal relationships to resource exploitation and industry, ideas of development, commons, nations, rights, and the experience of snow and ice as land. The thinking behind the work has been percolating and mind-mapped over the past ten years, as personal understandings of cold, land and way of life have grown from cherished time spent in Inuit Nunangat (Inuit homeland in the Canadian arctic) creating collaborative and community art projects, primarily their ongoing project with Kinngait youth, Embassy of Imagination.
PA System’s work employs visual metaphor, for instance, adapting forms of ancient documents. They have used personally collected materials both raw and man-made originating from the places that the work references, including iron ore mined from north Baffin Island.
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Laura Bydlowska, Under, 2019, screenprint, ink, gouache, wood carving and pyrography on wood panel, 4″ x 4″. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Laura Bydlowska Passage
George Gilmour Members’ Gallery
Passage is a recent body of work by Laura Bydlowska which examines how strata intersect to create or limit access within a fictional landscape. Passage continues Bydlowska’s fascination with geologic cross-sections, and the forming of imagined environments that could exist below the surface. Passage also suggests movement, an opportunity to observe how lines, shapes and textures encourage the eye to travel across different planes, stopping at a point of tension—a meeting of lines, or navigating beyond to a suggested skyline of open space. Passage pushes the limits of print media, prints are collaged on a wood panel substrate that is often textured through reductive wood carving and wood burning (pyrography).
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Varied Editions Featured Artist: Lisa Frost
Open Studio Member’s Online Gallery
An initiative of Open Studio’s Membership Committee, this online art gallery showcases the work of Open Studio members on a rotating basis. Check out our social media channels for upcoming posts and look out for the hashtag: #VariedEditions #OpenStudio. This month we will be posting work by Lisa Frost.
Open Studio gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto, the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Open Studio also acknowledges the generous support of its members and numerous foundations, corporations and individuals.
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