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Outside the Frame

Dec. 21, 2017 - Feb. 7, 2018

Outside the Frame December 21 – February 7


We live in a time where art can take almost any form, whether it’s a mirrored room, a flickering lightbulb or a block of ice. Gone are the days that artworks are defined by a rectangular frame, and we used this as a point of inspiration for our current show exploring some of those possibilities with works by Virgil Baruchel, Alex Ebstein, Daniel Simmons, Emily Grace Harrison and Kate Bonner.

Paris born, Toronto-based artist Virgil Baruchel’s sculpture fills the front vestibule. The piece is composed in a yellow and blue areas, akin to a colour field painting, but made of knotted paracord rope. As a result, it’s reminiscent of a beaded curtain, calling to movement and the definition of space, as one sweeps it aside to reveal a doorway or passage. Rather than a static painting, it moves and swings, the strings momentarily creating different patterns before settling back to the original composition.

In the lobby, Baltimore’s Alex Ebstein has contributed a series of installations cut from yoga mats. The materiality of the piece – with it’s lightly tufted surface and curling edges – is just as significant as the abstract cut outs that cast bold, playful shadows on the wall. Accompanying this piece is a small collage ‘painting’ where different mats are combined in areas of abstract colour, the texture of the mats reminiscent of brush strokes in a traditional painting.

Shadow is also an important element in Daniel Simmons’s installation. At the top of the lobby stairs, the Toronto-based artist has created a pink grid that undulates in diagonal forms, to and from the wall. The lightness of the pink strokes creates one image that is contrasted by the repeating shadow on the wall.

Emily Grace Harrison experiments with non-traditional materials in a site specific installation in the back of the lobby. Here, she illustrates a reclining figure in thick lines of plasticine, surrounded by painted leaves cut from canvas. The result is a playful image, closely associated with childhood and a kind of innocent voyeurism (coming across a sleeping character); rendered with a mastery that allows an artist to ‘draw’ on a wall with sculptural materials.

In the café, Kate Bonner’s compositions combine collage, photos and paint into spare, airy works of art. The Oakland-based artist interrupts the picture plane by carving into the surface of the works with repeating drawn lines that double as doodle and trough, the resulting compositions embrace the spectrum of materials available to artists - works that are steeped in traditional technique with a view to the future.

Together, we hope the works of these artists inspire our viewers to recognize the myriad outlets and styles of contemporary art and the creative possibilities of the materials that surround us all.