ICONIC CANADA Exhibition Statement
We are pleased to let you know that L. E. Glazer’s new body of work entitled “ICONIC CANADA” will open this Tuesday at the John B. Aird Gallery at Queens Park, Toronto. Please join us for our Opening Reception on Thursday January 11 from 6-8 pm.
Curator Carla Garnet writes about the Exhibition:
The Exhibition is comprised of 22 digital paintings loosely originating from the iconic Hudson’s Bay Company blankets the artist annually took to summer camp as a young boy.
Over time, the Hudson’s Bay Company point blankets have come to operate as a kind of national brand. The motifs are embedded with centuries of Canadian folklore from the time the Courier de Bois first bartered with Canada’s First Nations. Glazer has extracted, and abstracted this underlying iconography as the point of departure for his latest digital paintings on aluminum.
As objects, Glazer’s paintings have an uncanny quality. On one hand, they suggest contemporary cultures’ residual relationship to its past, while on the other hand, they are works that deconstruct specific meaning through the technology of image production. The resultant compositions oscillate between recognizable iconographic references and the unrecognizable form of colour field paintings.
This convergence of digital and fabrication technologies with art, culture, and commerce, produces the phenomenological affect unique to Glazer’s work.
The show runs from January 9 to February 2, 2018 with an opening reception on Thursday January 11 from 6-8 pm.
The OSA has received an invitation from Kathy Sutton – the daughter of OSA member E.B. Cox (1914-2003), widely accepted as the foremost Canadian sculptor in stone. In addition, her father was a member of the OSA-led group which lobbied the Ontario Government to create Killarney Park in the 1960s.
Two events will be held during September which will give us a chance to see his sculptures. All members of the OSA are encouraged to show their support for public art by attending one or both events.
The 2017 Executive and Council have been elected at the Annual General Meeting. Here is the list of positions:
President: Diana Bennett 1st Vice President: Clare Ross 2nd Vice President: Kim Atkins Secretary: Marilena Isacescu Carlea Treasurer: Lisa Murzin
Councillor: Janet Read – Membership Director Councillor: Peter Dušek – Web Master Councillor: Carmel Brennan – Past President Councillor: Janet Hendershot – Past President Councillor: Tony Vander Voet – Past President Councillor: Lawrence Glazer – Past President Councillor: Germinio Pio Politi – Past President Councillor: Jacquie Green – Councillor At Large Councillor: Joanna Turlej – Councillor At Large Councillor: Pat Dumas-Hudecki – Councillor At Large Councillor: Jasmine Hum – Councillor At Large Councillor: Laura Culic – Councillor At Large
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our cherished and long time member John Bennett on April 17, 2017. John was elected to the Ontario Society of Artists in 1951. An inspiration to us all for his long active life. He will be missed.