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Birch Contemporary
Mar 23-Apr 29, 2017 | opening reception Thur 23 Mar, 6-8pm:
Jaan Poldaas: 2016 ... more
Jaan Poldaas: 2016.
Birch Contemporary is delighted to announce a solo exhibition of new conceptually-based, hard-edge abstract paintings by Canadian artist Jaan Poldaas, his first exhibition since 2013. This new exhibition includes a selection of works in two different scales: 121.2 x 121.2cm and 60.1 x 60.1cm.
"The grids Poldaas has created for his most recent paintings are 18 by 18 units, with no lines within three units of a parallel canvas edge, leaving behind a central square 14 by 14. Lines within this square can be associated with dealt playing cards Ace through King (games of chance are loaded with symbolism, which is why the Surrealists loved them), the red cards becoming vertical lines and the black horizontal, with each painting having at least a single black square. Each of these paintings is plotted in the form of seven shapes, squares or rectangles of differing dimension, each with its own colour.... For Poldaas, his methods are a way of making explicit, if not exactly transparent, the sequence of decisions in a kind of relief. Art, like all forms of human action, is defined by sequences of decisions, some determined by broad, pragmatic reflections, others impulsive and intuitive, all of them haunted by contingency, expedience, arbitrariness, and ultimately, by irreversibility." – Excerpt from the essay "Seeing and Thinking" by Daniel Baird, to be included in a forthcoming catalogue publication of Jaan Poldaas works from 2016.
Mar 23-Apr 29, 2017 | opening reception Thur 23 Mar, 6-8pm:
Ginette Legaré: For the time being ... more
Ginette Legaré: For the time being.
Birch Contemporary is pleased to present For the time being, a solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Ginette Legaré.
Legaré's new sculptural works mine what remains available in reused objects and materials after their initial inscription in, and erasure from, more functional work sites. In these sculptures and installations she continues to expand her search into the often overlooked and elusive relations among objects within the various social, material, and historical contexts they occupy. Essentially, as she puts it, "Though much has been said about objects, they remain disarmingly intriguing. They compel me to engage with the ideas, perceptions, and other intangibles they inevitably host."