Lost in Thought
Jennifer Lefort, Robert Davidovitz & Darcie Kennedy
August 1 – August 28, 2019
Colborne Street Gallery
44 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls, ON K0M 1N0
Curated by: Natalie Shahinian
July 20 – August 23, 2019
4523 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh
If we think of art as an artist’s attempt to construct physical or metaphysical order, then pattern must be the approach to that order. Physically, an artist needs to adhere to the principles of the natural world and the elements to which it is organized – this being the basic geometric shape of circle, square, triangle, and line. Metaphysically, an artist must arrange the natural order, wholly uniquely, so the pattern can supersede its function to organize and relate, but also, guide: like a map or set of instructions. If an artist succeeds to present pattern as a kind of exit from the customary or even chaotic, then they have devised the metaphysical way to exist in the physical world.
In addition to their handling of pattern and use of geometric shapes, Shahinian selected the artists for Allsorts based on their unconventional merging of materials with traditional art forms. Carmelo Arnoldin weaves aluminum strips cut from scavenged soda and beer cans; Robert Davidovitz pipes acrylic paints from a pastry bag. Andrew Ooi sculpts folded, painted papers, and collaborators John Armstrong and Paul Collins transform photography into painting.
Arnoldin’s woven tapestries ascribes shape and pattern to highlight the complicated histories of North American Indigenous and African cultures, which as his materials, without resolution will continue to recycle. Davidovitz conversely, utilizes pattern to reveal metaphysical geographies, consisting of overlapping shapes and perspectives where order and chaos, meet. Ooi’s paper reliefs are the patterned structures that reify the illusive reality as an expression of its type, similar to DNA, making shape active, dynamic, and ever-evolving. Armstrong and Collins animate pattern across photographs of everyday spaces isolating shapes, pattern, and its variant, texture, with uniform strokes of thick oil paint, producing an additional pattern, moiré, that amplifies, crosses-out, and recreates the underlying photograph’s illusionism.
Taken together, the patterns by these five artists are the key or legend to a map, as well as its navigation. Their artworks dare to unite realities that may or may not exist, consequently, creating another: the entry point into our understanding of life.
Creative Cloth: Aesthetics and Apparel
Jan. 26 until May 12, 2019
The fabric-based display, Creative Cloth, is geared to convey the rich holdings of both the regional history and art collections at Museum London. These selections, which include new acquisitions, are further enhanced by loans of work from a variety of practising Canadian artists. Taken together, the works reveal the diversity of textile-based historical and contemporary art made in Canada, and the evolving stories behind our clothing, implements, homewares, and décor.
Creative Cloth explores the myriad skills and processes involved in working with fibre, and the concepts of labour and other social, as well as cultural, values behind them. It looks at weaving, stitchery, quilting, and other methods often seen (and denigrated) as “craft,” and much more. Creative Cloth features textiles that are machine-manufactured, alongside those that are handmade; both natural and man-made, synthetic materials; and unique artworks in conjunction with exceptional mass-produced goods we often take for granted. Each object is an intriguing document communicating many issues: assumptions about both makers and products; cloth in our homes and on our bodies; and the sheer versatility of cloth as a medium that simultaneously supports all aspects of our lives, and permits us to express them. Participating artists inCreative Cloth include Robert Davidovitz, Sky Glabush, Sarah Hartland Rowe, Sharmistha Kar, Janet Morton, Ed Pien, Mina Weettatluk, and Joyce Wieland, among many other historical makers, both known and anonymous.