Visiting Artists’ Residency Exhibition
Jaime Angelopoulos, Panya Clark Espinal
September 14, 2018 – October 13, 2018
We are excited to announce our first of two 2017 – 18 Visiting Artists’ (VA) Residency exhibitions featuring work by Jaime Angelopoulos and Panya Clark Espinal.
The Visiting Artist Residency Program allows artists to realize a creative project in print media using traditional and experimental methods.
During the residency, VAs work with a collaborative printmaker and are encouraged to explore how print can contribute to, or expand, their artistic practice. The culmination of this exploration results in a dynamic group exhibition.
In Alter, Jaime Angelopoulos presents three large-scale screenprints within a monochromatic pastel blue installation. Magnetica consists of a lavender-striped background, upon which a neon-orange ‘serpentine’ silhouette is juxtaposed. The ‘serpent’ appears at odds with the heavy geometries that contain it, speaking poetically to interpersonal and intrapersonal intention and outcome. Sigil offers a symmetrical arrangement in lavender, fuchsia and luminescent orange. A large centred ‘X’ with radiating circles creates a meditative and harmonious composition, symbolizing peace and protection. Finally, Planted depicts a large neon-yellow ‘tree’ with contoured stem and radiating branches. A rich turquoise background creates an optical tension, while lilac droplets sprinkle over the entire composition. This print series continues Angelopoulos’ interest in evoking social experience through bodily gestures and bold coloration.
Jaime Angelopoulos is a Toronto-based artist working in sculpture, drawing, collage and installation. She received an MFA from York University, BFA from NSCAD University and studied at Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas. She was awarded the Hazelton Sculpture Prize in 2013 and has participated in artist residencies at KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre in Finland and the Banff Centre for the Arts. Her work has been included in exhibitions and art fairs in Canada, USA and Europe, with recent solo exhibitions at Parisian Laundry (Montreal), MKG 127 (Toronto), Musee Regional De Rimouski (Quebec) and the McLaren Art Centre (Ontario).
Panya Clark Espinal
Material Redistribution is an experimental project series that explores the possibilities of employing powdered brick as a pigment in printing ink. Inspired by Jason Logan’s urban foraging in the creation of his Toronto Ink Company pigments, Clark Espinal collected vintage brick fragments from the shores of the Leslie Spit and with the assistance of Printmaker Laine Groeneweg, was able to formulate a print medium. In a simple but labour-intensive process, images were produced by rolling this new media onto geometric aluminum plates, building up colour density with multiple passes through the press. Here, forms that once signalled settlement float in a state of suspension.
Material Redistribution considers the cyclical, transformative, and regenerative possibilities of materials and our relationships to them. Once a city built of wood susceptible to fire, Toronto became a city of brick, with 34 brickyards within its proximity by 1912. The 1960s, 70s and 80s brought several modern landmarks, including the New City Hall, which required the demolition of many brick structures. The Leslie Spit was created from the resulting ‘clean fill’. Walking along its beaches today is a testament to both that history and the capacity of natural forces to reinstate the organic.
Panya Clark Espinal lives and works in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1988, receiving the Governor General’s Award for her work in Experimental Art and Sculpture Installation. She is a current candidate in the Criticism and Curatorial Masters Program at OCADU. Solo exhibitions include the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canadian Embassy (Tokyo), the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the National Gallery of Canada, Oakville Galleries, and the Southern Alberta Art Gallery. She has also exhibited in England, Italy, and Spain. As an active producer of public art commissions, she has created pieces for such prominent organizations as the Toronto Transit Commission, Covenant House, and various community institutions in and around Toronto. Her work is included in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.