The Red Head Gallery reopens with Gillian Iles & Sally Thurlow
The Red Head Gallery is delighted to announce the reopening of our exhibition space located at 401 Richmond Avenue West. All COVID-19 public safety protocols have been put in place, and our programming begins on September 2, 2020 with a reprise of Gillian Iles’ early spring exhibition IF NOT NOW THEN WHEN, followed by RENEWAL on September 16 by member artist Sally Thurlow.
IF NOT NOW THEN WHEN
September 2 to 12, 2020
Online live stream Artist Talk, exhibition walk-around and Q&A on Thursday, September 10,2020 at 7PM. Please visit the Red Head Gallery website for more information and email the gallery to rsvp your attendance, or sign-up via Artery’s link: https://artery.is/showcases/gillianiles-artisttalk-redheadgallery
Building walls, actual, or cerebral to contain, preserve and protect. Whether they are deliberate or an unintentional outcome they require a whole to be split, a division to be determined. Disassociation is created.
To keep something out you keep something in. Trapped.
The work examines the sensation of disassociation, unfamiliarity and the related qualities of distrust and fear – but also the allure of what was once known and the mysteries it contains. The work expresses the moment that is the opportunity to cross the divide hanging on the decision that needs to be made.
Alongside this idea is the presentation of the frail and failing old guard – struggling to maintain a tenuous persistence within the shadow of their inexorable demise. They are trapped and held hostage by the very nature of their philosophy.
Divisions and philosophical entrenchment are presently occurring like I have not been aware of before within my own lifetime. Likewise, a significant push for change and confrontation of what, until recently, has been viewed as inalterable, is occurring. Tenuous social constructs, precarious systems of belief, ephemeral perceptions and the transient nature of opinion are relevant.
The content embraces the duality of the divide, the idealized and the unknown and the inevitability of change that looms larger than either.
The installation is a response to the dichotomy – both the fear and the hope.
It combines large paintings, small-scale intimate imagery, constructions and 3-D objects. The installation is environmental in scope, with 2-D, 3-D and video work assembled, staggered and clustered, constructing spaces and incorporating both real and illusionary environments as extensions of each other.
Gillian Iles’ practice consists of painting, sculpture and video/projection. She has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Brooklyn, Chicago, Miami, Montreal and Toronto in public institutions, university galleries, artist-run centres and commercial galleries. Her work has been highlighted in Canadian Art, Mix Magazine, Toronto Life Magazine, as well as the National Post and The Globe and Mail. She is featured in the book Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting. Gillian was a founding member of two artist-run galleries in Toronto – Propeller and Loop, and is currently a member of the Red Head Gallery in Toronto. Gillian teaches at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Sheridan College and the Toronto School of Art in Canada.
Upcoming September 16 to October 10, 2020
RENEWAL speaks of regeneration – Earth re-awakening for Spring’s new growth, sowing our seeds for the future. While COVID-19 turns the world upside-down, shaking the status quo, for Thurlow, RENEWAL continues to speak to her persistent determination to recycle and revitalize materials. Here, vintage fabrics from her clothing design past are developed into new forms provoking conversations, while also combining sculptures renewed by their association.