March 21 to April 7, 2018
Opening: Saturday March 24, from 2 to 5pm
What’s Old Is New Again
McGivern is to remind the viewer of the magic and of the dream world that surrounds us within our everyday natural environment. Communication takes place on a level beyond conversation and space is breached not by time but by a relationship with something or someone in the distance. Movement and relationships are then redefined and what is left is an uncanny affinity with what was at first a totally alien environment. The space between the painting and the viewer is then mininaliezd by the harmony of the image, thus allowing the viewer to make the experience totally their own.
McGivern was born in Toronto of Mayflower descendants (1620). Graduated from OCAD ( Ontario Collage of Art). After graduating from OCAD she set up her own studio and have work professionally ever since.
McGivern has exhibited nationally and internationally. Presently she is represented by Lando Art Gallery, (Edmonton, Albt), Opera Gallery,( Dubai, UAE). She has recently exhibited at Galerie Luz, Montreal, ( Canada),Capital Club,( Dubai ), Quan Scheider and Teodora Art Galleries in Yorkville, Toronto, (Canada). She participated in numerous Art Fairs including Art Miami,(USA) Spectrum and Red Dot with Gallery 26 NYC, (USA)Toronto Art Fair,(Canada) Teodora Art Gallery, Art Dubai,(UAE) Bait Muzna, Muscat Oman, (UAE) . POV, Lazy Susan Gallery, NYC, NY,( USA) Postcards from the Edge, Metro Pictures, NYC, NY, USA) Gold Art, Schwabach, (Germany) Galeria de Arte Gaudi, Madrid, (Spain).
I am fascinated with the origins of life; especially the moment in Earth’s history when amorphous organic matter transformed into graceful, harmonious, awe-inspiring structures that we recognize as life. In my works, I attempt to mimic and visualize the process of creation of life by sculpturing small, biomorphic forms from soft, solidified, transparent organic gels stained with colors. I then subject these gel objects to gentle deformation and capture them in the cross-polarized light. Because some gels have the ability to show material stress in cross-polarized light, the resulting images resemble otherworldly life forms full of light, vivid colors and rich texture. I call them ‘Light Forms’.
To see work en process go to, https://vimeo.com/137576094
Elzbieta (Ela) Kurowska is a Canadian photographer and a biochemist. In her works she implements her science background to explore and visualize overpowering forces that compel the natural world to create life. Ela has presented solo exhibitions in Toronto (2014 and 2016) and in Warsaw, Poland (2013), and participated in several juried and group shows over the last 5 years. She has received a number of prestigious awards, including the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards (shortlisted in the Open competition and the 2nd place nationally). The story of Ela’s project has also been captured in the award-winning documentary film “Ela’s Worlds”.
Luis Fernando Suarez
There is a distant, deep rumbling beneath the textured surfaces of Luis Fernando Suarez’s paintings. An invisible tremor of energy rippling the fabric.
It has been making its presence known from the beginning, for despite being born into a world where art was but a dream; Suarez has now made that dream a reality in a major showing of his oeuvre.
Born in Bogota, Colombia, at the foot of the Andes, he emigrated to Canada, carrying with him the colours and images of his homeland. A successful graphic designer, Suarez does not have formal art training, but that has never stopped talent from expressing itself. And when that moment for making visible his irrepressible, unrelenting inner vision, he did so with courage and abandon.
Impossibly tactile, the paintings are the result of labour-intensive creative process. He uses a drywall compound that he mixes himself and applies to the canvas before reaching for pigment. In this he echoes the style of pintura matèrica espoused by the Spanish artist Antoni Tàpies, as well as the work of Nicolas de Staël and his trademark use of thick impasto. Matter reigns in Suarez’s pictorial universe, creating ridges and folds, crevices and fissures, molding an alien landscape of the imagination.
Text by “Dorota Kozinska”
Born in Bogota, Colombia, 1971. Living in Montreal, Quebec, Canada since 1997.
Exhibitions: 2018 Galerie Luz, Montréal,( Canada ). 2017 Galerie Han Art, Montréal,( Canada). 2009 Galerie Han Art, Montréal,( Canada). 2004 Fundation El Muro Antiguo, Bogota, (Colombie). 2004 Chambre de Commerce de Bogota, ESPACES, Bogotá, (Colombia). 2004 Chambre de Commerce de Montreal, Semaine Collectif d’Art à Montréal, (Canada)