Teri Donovan & Margie Kelk: Altered States

Images (left to right): Teri Donovan, Weltering, mixed media on wood panel, 30.48 x 30.48cm. Margie Kelk, Nimbus Melody, oil on wood panel, 30.48 x 30.48cm.

Altered States
Margie Kelk & Teri Donovan

June 1 – 15, 2024
Reception: Saturday, June 1, 2 pm – 5 pm
Dupont Rail, Toronto

Margie Kelk

Margie Kelk’s artwork is a unique invitation to embark on a journey of discovery, where scratches amid shapes unveil hidden narratives. Drawing inspiration from the lyrical forces of nature, Kelk captures the interplay of colours bending and flowing, symbolizing the ever-changing dance between light and shadow. The fusion of greys melding into vibrant yellows and pinks represents the delicate balance between opposing forces. Kelk’s paintings exude a profound strength, seamlessly blending a spectrum of emotions—from tenderness to brutality—while straddling the line between figurative and abstract art. The harmonious palette is punctuated by “scarifications,” adding depth and texture to the surface, evoking a primal sense of movement akin to a timeless dance.

Margie Kelk and Lynne Slater have produced four short stop-motion films: Substratae, UnderSee, Half of Everything, and Alucinar. These internationally acclaimed films have been shown at prestigious international film festivals and have garnered numerous awards. All four films have original, commissioned musical scores and no spoken elements. Kelk’s interest in creating stories to be set to music continues in her latest commissioned project, creating artwork for the PhoeNX Ensemble’s Jade Emperor and the Great Race. This orchestral piece will be debuted in Toronto in spring-summer 2024 and will go on tour across Canada afterwards. Kelk’s drawings will accompany the music and serve as stage settings.

Kelk’s artistic journey has now led her to collaborate with two composers, one in Toronto and another in New York. Together, they are creating a musical production inspired by a series of paintings she made last winter. This unique collaboration will showcase their original music and Kelk’s paintings, projected on a stage as a dynamic backdrop. The series continues to evolve, with Kelk currently in discussions with another composer who is eager to interpret her work, promising even more exciting artistic endeavours in the future.

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Teri Donovan

In this series of paintings, Donovan delves into the relationship between the natural world and humanity’s various interventions. She draws attention to a complex and intertwined relatedness by juxtaposing still-life elements with disparate cultural and technological imagery. Science and technology have significantly shaped the natural environment for centuries to accommodate and enhance human life. But now, carbon emissions, industrialized agriculture, toxic waste, and the quest for ever greater profits is transforming former benefits into liabilities. Donovan’s intimate images reflect upon this state of affairs and call forth speculations for a sustainable future incorporating both new and ancient ways of knowing.

Teri Donovan is a Toronto-based mixed media artist whose work deals with themes related to perception, memory, identity, and interactions that influence thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. These areas of interest are expressed in figurative and still-life paintings, drawings, and occasionally, three-dimensional constructions.

Donovan’s work has been exhibited in public galleries in southern Ontario, artist-run centres in Toronto, Nova Scotia, and Chicago, as well as in a commercial gallery in N.Y.C. These include: The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Hermes Gallery, Halifax, Hamilton Artists Inc., Latcham Art Centre, Stouffville, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Rotunda Gallery, Kitchener, ARC Gallery, Chicago, and Viridian Gallery, NYC. Teri Donovan was also member of the Red Head Gallery, Toronto until 2020. During her tenure there, she served as co-chair, and secretary to the board, in addition to creating, organizing, and maintaining the gallery’s archive.

In 2017, Donovan was commissioned by the Robert McLaughlin Gallery to create works for an exhibition dedicated to two prominent women artists, Alexandra Luke, and Isabel McLaughlin who were also members of the McLaughlin family. Two works created for the exhibition are now part of the gallery’s permanent collection.

Donovan’s work is also housed in corporate and private collections, and was featured in Carte Blanche Vol.2: Painting, a survey of contemporary painting in Canada.

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Dupont Rail
1444 Dupont, Unit 10
Toronto, ON M6P 4H3

Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm