What Bonds Are These?
At The Latcham Gallery
August 2 – September 15, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 2, 7-9 pm.
Artist present. Everyone is welcome.
What Bonds Are These? continues Beth Stuart's ongoing negotiation/investigation into the sometimes contentious, always rowdy territory found between abstraction and figuration. Taking notions of painting well beyond the frame and circling provocatively close to the realm of sculpture Stuart thwarts our expectations while engaging our curiosity.
For this particular body of work, some of which was exhibited last March In Montreal at La Centrale Gallerie Powerhouse, Stuart has conducted extensive research into Sprang – an ancient Danish weaving technique that is made with only warp - or vertical threads, bound together in a kind of extended braid. She has constructed her own sprang and uses the flexible, saggy material as supports for some of the paintings in this exhibition. For Stuart "the origin of this work – the first problem – the first question is persistently the question of modernist painting: the relationship between the figure and the ground." The results "probe at a very physical abstraction, at something bodily that feels simultaneously intimate and alien, particular and uncertain."
Beth Stuart is an artist living in Toronto, Canada, and exhibiting nationally and internationally. She received a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, and an MFA from the University of Guelph. Recent solo exhibitions include two sticks in a shed at Battat Contemporary in Montreal, and the Cliques at Erin Stump Projects in Toronto. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a recent Honourable Mention in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. She is currently an instructor at OCADU.
This exhibition is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.
The Latcham Gallery is a public art gallery dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art. The Gallery is located on the Main Street in Stouffville, 45 minutes north-east of Toronto, Ontario.
For more information please contact:
Chai Duncan, Curator | The Latcham Gallery
6240 Main Street Stouffville ON L4A 7Z4
Tel. 905 640 8954
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