Take 4

Four Toronto-based artists: Gordana Olujic Dosic, Eva Ennist, Maya Foltyn and Sharron Corrigan Forrest are featured in this month-long exhibition, from Friday, October 5th - Saturday, November 3rd.

About the Show

In their exploration of mixed media, these four artists are connected by shared sensibilities and minimalist aesthetics, led by either a theme or a story and utilizing a variety of textures and materials.

Read the recent article in the London Free Press "Take ‘4’ features four Toronto-based artists with a shared love of minimalist aesthetics", October 5th, 2012.

Gordana Olujic Dosic - Hands With Burrs
Gordana Olujic Dosic’s work explores opposites (strength and frailty, attachment and letting go, trust and betrayal…) using expressive qualities of various materials (textiles, metal, natural elements). In her “Hands” series she explores repetitive hand gestures, with hands as containers of objects, thoughts and feelings.

Gordana’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Cambridge Galleries in Cambridge, Ontario, Central Museum of Textiles in Lodz, Poland and Atelier 61 and Novi Pazar Cultural Centre in Serbia.

Eva Ennist - Lotus Temples 2
Eva Ennist’s mixed media sculptures and assemblages have been inspired by recent travels to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Ennist has translated and combined the architectural forms of bird nests, fishing baskets, Hindu and Buddhist temples with the shapes and textures of plants such as the lotus or cactus, that she documented.

The sculptural pieces are created with cut strips of wire “hardware cloth” or bamboo blind cutoffs that have been shaped into irregular conical forms. Hand-made paper pulp or encaustic wax has been applied as a protective surface. The encaustic paintings/assemblages refer directly to these sculptural forms. Ennist often incorporates drawings and photographs of the 3D works into the numerous layers of pigment, wax, mesh, and hand made paper, creating a new way of documenting the processes and experiences.

She is currently an Assistant Professor and Head of Fibre at OCAD University in Toronto and has been teaching in the Fibre Studio of the Material Art & Design program since 1983. Eva Ennist is represented by David Kaye Gallery in Toronto.

Maya Folton - Constellation
Maya Foltyn’s passions are painting and drawing and a combination of both. The dominant characteristic of her work is the application of line. While making the lines more abstract, she applies layers of paint transparencies, combining soft matte surfaces with a variety of light-reflecting paints and textures.

Her sources of inspirations are the cultural richness of Europe, the exotic beauty of New Zealand (her second homeland) and the majestic scale of Canada. Currently, she lives and creates in Toronto.

Sharon Corrigan Forest - Lace Leaves
Sharron Corrigan Forrest’s artwork is an interpretation of time and place in two locations: one north of Lake Superior and the other her garden. The source of inspiration is from fragments of memories, spaces and objects that are traced by time and interspersing perspectives. Most recently the subject of her work has been found in a collection of lace, needlepoint and fragments of tatting that trace patterns from nature. Forrest’s artistic practice is a combination of traditional materials and processes and an integration of vector-based technology. The present series integrates mixed media, paper relief sculpture, computer-generated constructions that include hand-cut and laser die cut designs on a variety of surfaces.

Currently, she is as an Instructor at the School of Design at George Brown College. Sharron Corrigan Forrest’s artwork is included in public galleries and in private collections.

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