FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
loop Gallery presents:
Gravity Drawings: More light / less darkness
February 4 – February 26, 2012
Reception: Saturday, February 4, 2012, 2-5 PM
Q&A Session: moderated by John Armstrong, Sunday February 12th, 2 PM
loop Gallery is pleased to announce exhibitions by loop members Maria Gabankova entitled Memento Mori, and Libby Hague entitled Gravity Drawings: More light/ less darkness.
In her 2012 exhibition at loop Gallery, Maria Gabankova presents a suite a drawings and paintings that contrast lush marks of oil sticks and oil paint on mylar with stark visualisations of Memento Mori. These images offer a reflection that can be used to put one's life in a larger perspective.
Images of female figures oscillate between sorrow and hope, life and death, in silence or in a scream. Their inner enigma and tensions compel a gleam of hope, a light to disperse the darkness. The foot of a smiling female sculpture stands victoriously on a human skull - subjugating death.
Maria Gabankova lives and works in Toronto, where she also teaches figure drawing, painting and portraiture at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. In addition to being a founding member of the loop Gallery, Gabankova has also been invited to sit on juries, panel discussions, conferences, and work in film and theatre. Her work is represented in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, South Korea and Europe.
To show the development and migration of ideas, Libby Hague's exhibition shifts between the model of a curated show and a studio visit. By cross-referencing work with its generative sources, it tracks the excitement of parameter shifts, sharing the logic behind the hybrids. Demystifying the process says "This is how I think" and "This is what I thought".
Libby Hague is a Toronto-based artist and graduate of the fine art program at Concordia University in Montreal. She will show in the IPCNY exhibit as it travels to the University of Texas, Austin in January. Her recent solo exhibitions include Sympathetic Connections at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2011; We were young and still believed in heaven, Galerie Circuaire, Montreal, 2010; tiens-moi très fort, La Centrale, Montreal, 2010; and being natural at the Durham Art Gallery, 2010.
Please join the artists in celebrating the opening reception on Saturday, February 4th from 2-5 pm.
Learn more about Maria Gabankova's and Libby Hague's work during a Question & Answer Session at loop on Sunday February 12th, 2PM.
Images (left to right): Maria Gabankova, Silence, oil sticks on mylar, 34 x 36 inches, 2011; Libby Hague, Perfect green, constructed watercolour on wood panel, woodcut, acrylic, 16.25 x18 x 3.5 in, 2011-12.
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1273 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1X8 (3 doors west of Dovercourt).
Gallery Hours: Wed - Sat 12 to 5 pm and Sun 1 to 4pm.
Artist is in attendance on Sundays and for the reception.
For more information please contact the gallery director at (416) 516-2581 or email@example.com. Website: www.loopgallery.ca