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P. Roch Smith: got ’em, got ’em, need ’em
Andrew Duff: #VirtualGraffiti

January 6 – January 28, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 13, 2-5pm
Artist Q&A: Sunday, January 28, 2pm

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P. Roch Smith, no. 396 Harold Snepsts, inkjet print on paper, 3" x 4 1/4", 2017.

P. Roch Smith: got ’em, got ’em, need ’em

P. Roch Smith’s got ’em, got ’em, need ’em recreates and reimagines the entire set of 1975 – 76 O-Pee-Chee NHL hockey cards. Each of the 395 individually framed cards in the set has been digitally altered in terms of colour, scale, and legibility.

The title refers to the verbal cues associated with sorting through another person’s collection — a mantra that would signal a potential trade. Growing up in the 1970s, collecting a complete set of hockey cards was the Everest of childhood ambitions. In his choice of the 1975-76 season, Smith has sought to fill the voids of a childhood collection by creating his personal “complete set.”

Collectively, these images continue Smith’s longtime exploration of memory and object. They are positioned at the intersection of sport and play as a trigger for questioning the creative act — of mass culture and its relationship to contemporary art. The installation examines the notion of what it means to be complete and the role of process as it relates to the production of artifacts.

Smith is less interested in the idea of a collectible as a commodity than other questions: what drives the compulsion to collect something in the first place? How does one decide what to collect? When does one thing cease to be merely an object, and become part of a collection of other things?

Jean Baudrillard argues that “all objects in a collection become equivalent, thanks to that process of passionate abstraction we call possession. Further, a simple object can never be enough: invariably there will be a whole succession of objects…” As an object maker, Smith both acquires things and produces pieces that make their way into other people’s collections. Perhaps, therefore, it is the concept of worth that may only be seen through absence.

P. Roch Smith was born and raised on Vancouver Island and currently lives and maintains a studio in Toronto. Working primarily within the realm of sculpture, Smith also generates installations, paintings, and drawings as part of his artistic output. Smith received a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and an MFA from York University. He has taught classes at the University of Waterloo, ECIAD, and York University. He has been a member of loop Gallery since 2014, and currently manages and operates the bronze and aluminum foundry at York University.

Smith has exhibited internationally and is included in private as well as public collections in Canada and the United States. His sculptures are available through the Oeno Gallery located in Prince Edward County, ON.


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Andrew Duff, It certainly ain't boring. Chromogenic print, Edition of 5, 16 x 20", 2017

Andrew Duff: #VirtualGraffiti

Andrew Duff’s current body of work is #totallyfake. In an era of “Fake News,” overtly posed images and oversharing on social media, Duff asks, “why can’t I make fake art?” #VirtualGraffiti explores issues of unverified storytelling, ubiquitous content creators and concepts of modern media, while playfully celebrating our willingness to believe it all. When “likes” and #hashtags trump actual content, we find ourselves overrun with celebrities of all stripes behaving badly — and unknowns becoming celebrities for the same ill-advised reasons.

Inspired by this questionable media soup, Duff sets the stage for his work within the established structure of Instagram: a square image framed in white with minimal text. His process then continues with spontaneous photographs from his daily life taken with a smartphone. The photographs often are blurry, have strangers walking through them, or are poorly cropped. Duff then loads the photos onto his computer to draw and paint on them using Sketchbook Pro software and “natural” brushes. The goal being to digitally create real world graffiti that looks either plausible or is clearly fake.

The third part of #VirtualGraffiti is the written story. Duff takes on a character closely resembling himself, but with the courage and conviction of an actual graffiti artist. His short form “Fake News Fiction,” like historical fiction, is storytelling that skates close enough to reality, referencing actual people and places to make it believable. Lastly, to enhance the gallery experience, Duff has created 12 audio tracks for each of the exhibited #VirtualGraffiti pieces. These audio works incorporate royalty-free sound files and Duff’s own voice to create an unusual audio tour.

Andrew Duff is an artist, designer and educator based in Toronto. A graduate of both OCAD and NSCAD, he has sustained an active art practice and freelance design business since 1997. Duff became a member of loop in 2017 and this exhibition marks his first with the gallery.

For more information, please visit andrewduff.ca or visit him on Instagram (@andrewduff).



loop Gallery
1273 Dundas Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1X8
Gallery Hours: Wed-Thu 12-5PM, Fri-Sat 12-6 PM, and Sun, 1-4PM.

Artist is in attendance on Sundays and for the reception.

The gallery is partially accessible.

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John Abrams . Mark Adair . Elizabeth Babyn . Gareth Bate . Yael Brotman . Kelly Cade . J. Lynn Campbell . Tara Cooper . Tanya Cunnington . Elizabeth D’Agostino . Carolyn Dinsmore . Sheryl Dudley . Andrew Duff . Martha Eleen . Adrian Fish . Maria Gabankova . Candida Girling . Sandra Gregson . Libby Hague . Linda Heffernan . David Holt . John Ide . Eunha Kim . Sung Ja Kim . kipjones . Jenn Law . Jane LowBeer . Mary Catherine Newcomb . Thelma Rosner . Ava Roth . Rochelle Rubinstein . Richard Sewell . Lanny Shereck . P. Roch Smith . Sandra Smirle . Kim Stanford . Adrienne Trent . Marian Wihak . Mindy Yan Miller

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