LAND LINE – Paintings by Gillian Willans
With glass by Kasia Czarnota and Steven Tippin
February 23 – March 26, 2011
Thursday, February 24
6 – 9pm
Artist will also be in the gallery on
Saturday, February 26
2 – 4pm
Hours & Location
Tuesday by appt.
Wednesday and Saturday 11am - 6pm
Thursday and Friday 11am - 7pm
3148 Dundas Street West, Toronto (The Junction, Dundas at St. John's Rd)
The image of the home is one that most of us share. It is embedded in our subconscious and grows beyond the objects, the structure and the space. It becomes a container that can be both restrictive and at times empty. It stores emotion, lost time and ultimately mirrors the values of the broader community. Willans explores this concept in her recent work. Utilizing and manipulating the tradition of realism painting in Canada, Willans renders repetitive, day-to-day experiences in psychologically-charged colour. Images of a building site, a traditional dining room and a dilapidated house have a "lived in," vintage quality. The paintings present a tension between presence and absence, new and old. In a wider sense, the works address concerns of social disconnection and disillusionment, a growing alienation of the middle class and cyclical behaviour.
Gillian Willans - After completing her BFA (University of Alberta) and an Arts Administration Diploma, Willans relocated to Toronto where she worked in one of the country's leading galleries as an arts administrator for five years. In 2003, Willans co-founded the Artist-Run Centre, Eastern Front Gallery, where she was actively involved as an artist, administrator and curator. Willans completed her MFA in 2008 (University of Alberta). She has exhibited in several Edmonton galleries and completed a commission from the City of Edmonton Architects Office. Willans was the recipient of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts 2006 Painting Award and received Visual Arts Project Grants in 2007 and in 2009. She is currently an Instructor in Painting and Visual Fundamentals at the University of Alberta.
Kasia Czarnota and Steven Tippin - This exhibition also features objects from everyday life (children's shoes, cell phones, a razor) rendered in glass. Both Czarnota and Tippin attended the Sheridan College Institute Crafts and Design Glass Program and were included in Unity and Diversity, Canadian Pavilion, Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Cheongju, South Korea. Tippin also holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York and was awarded Best Student Glass in the 2010 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition.
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3148 Dundas Street West - Toronto - Ontario - M6P 2A1
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Contact: Sharlene Rankin, Director