Liane Odze-Silver: Symbols at Work

Behold the Music, 2020, Permanent marker, graphite pencil on canvas, 3ft 7inch x 6 ft. Image provided by the artist.

Symbols at Work
Liane Odze-Silver

October 26 – November 13, 2022
Public Reception: October 29, 2022 from 2:30-5:30 pm
Artist will be in attendance

Exhibition Statement

I am interested in the notion or idea that provocation can appear as reassuring or calming if it is truth. This paradox can be unnerving but I like how it calls for observation. Tying up memory with presence, I try to bring difficult topics into contemporary art. I draw from body knowledge of cultural as well as singular injustices. Contemporary themes in politics, science and art become scaffolding vehicles for universal comment. The specific and the universal are linked. Images derive influence from the cultural background that propelled me to become first generation Canadian, by flight rather than by choice. The context that shapes me began in Europe at the onset of World War 2, in the Holocaust. These roots have an important influence on my openness to historical trauma as it shapes identity. A dystopian childhood leading to faulty idioms that get manufactured in intersubjective spaces as a child tries to understand, when filtered through a stereotypical even mythical lens, become oppressive and binding. But my paintings are about space and how they take up space, intrude on space, convey space and, hopefully, project into the space in a way that imagines, encompasses, explains and complements it.

This work is on canvas, most recently using primarily oil stick and adding mixed
media when necessary to get the desired effect when executed on unstretched canvas.

Artist Biography

Liane Odze-Silver is a Canadian artist who works in painting and drawing. After graduating from OCAD, Liane had a solo exhibition at Workscene Gallery in Toronto and then went on to be part of an exhibition called Diverse City, Contemporary Works by 26 Artists, which received a Canada Council Explorations Programme Grant and a Toronto Arts Council Grant. Liane exhibited her work between 2010 and 2011 with the Gallery Moos Ltd Contemporary Art Programme and then between 2011 and 2013 with artProfile. A Juror’s Award from the Art Gallery of Peel (Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives) in the 30th Annual Juried Exhibition followed a solo exhibition at the Campus Gallery, located at Georgian College. Liane has participated in numerous exhibitions and juried exhibitions and exhibits her work in solo exhibitions every two to three years at Gerrard Art Space, in Toronto, where she is an Artist Member. Liane’s ongoing concern with conceptualizing specificity and transposition to the universal is evident in her exhibitions.

Gerrard Art Space
1475 Gerrard St. E., Toronto, ON, M4L 2A1
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 2pm-7pm