Salon Six: Inner/Outer Landscapes

Inner/Outer Landscapes
Salon Six

May 4 – 12, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4, 1pm – 4pm, Six artists in attendance
Artists Panel: Sunday, May 5, 2pm, Moderated by painter and sculptor Tom Campbell
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Lower Level Gallery, Toronto School of Art

Inner/Outer Landscapes is an exhibition of paintings, photographs and sculpture by Salon Six, a group of artists who formed a creative community during the lockdown. One of the most devastating effects of the pandemic was loss of connection. Many people in the city of Toronto were isolated, often lonely. But the pandemic had its silver linings.

To fight isolation, a student at the Toronto School of Art set up an informal open studio where fellow artists could convene on Zoom. A group of regulars met weekly to pursue works-in-progress, offer encouragement, and exchange benevolent critiques. Out of this camaraderie a small cohort within the group—the “Salon Six”—organized an exhibition of their work.

Images (left to right): Polly Wells, Paper Flowers. Kate Bishop, Fire Burns, Tree Grows

Inner/Outer Landscapes explores the artists’ internal and external environments, their memories, desires, and dreams. It celebrates the flowering of individual creativity during a time of unprecedented constraint.

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Jeffrey Pilcher, Toronto Pastoral 3 (after Joe Fafard)

About the Artists

Kate Bishop looks for beauty and sensation in her immediate environment. Sandrine Dickel studies public transit riders, using paint and ink to capture moments of vulnerability and fragility. Celia Ferrier considers the ‘bubble’ of family and neighbourhood in the context of the conflicts and contingencies of the pandemic. Jeffrey Pilcher turns his gaze to urban and natural landscapes and to family photographs taken over three generations. Rachelle Mingail Shubert makes paintings of daydreamers and messengers that evoke forgotten legends, earthly, and divine. Polly Wells explores freedoms and possibilities of two visual languages, watercolour, and photography.

The artists acknowledge that they live and work in the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. We are grateful for the opportunity to work on this land.

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Lower Level Gallery, Toronto School of Art
24 Ryerson Avenue, Toronto

Gallery Hours:
Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday 1pm – 4pm
Thursday, Friday 1pm – 7pm

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