January 18-27, 2019
Mon, Jan 14, 2019 — Sun, Feb 3, 2019
180 Shaw Street
Reception: Thu, Jan 17, 6-9pm
8:00 am — 9:00 pm
“I work intuitively and remain open to the discourse that unfolds through this process. Over time, my work has shifted and changed. Yet each body of work is connected by a shared sensibility and history that I strive to integrate into my art making.
‘Timelines’ is a series of poetic narratives that connect the past with the present. Using an extensive collection of objects I have accumulated over a lifetime, each installation attempts to create a visual testimony to the power of memory. ‘Timelines’ re-imagines the aesthetic association that first brought these objects to my attention, references former bodies of work and re-purposes materials I no longer use or need. Each installation builds on the ideas of preceding installations and are primarily site specific.
Each work in ‘Timelines’ is suspended on elastic cord and embedded with found and bought objects to create a metaphorical “time line”. The objects become “mark making” tools. Knots, the irregular bumps in the cord, refer to the Quipu, knotted strings used by the Incas to keep records of information related to their daily life. The time lines are ephemeral like the illusory shadows that suggest a third dimension in space.
‘Timelines’ is also an exploration of divesting; an entangled, cumbersome undertaking, personal and therefore complicated. At some point in time my collection will be dispersed along with their memories. I will no longer have control over what happens to it. In relation to contemporary practices, I ask: “Where will this collection or work of art eventually reside and what (if any) is its value?” This question addresses the personal worth of the materials I collect and use in my practice and their relevance in relation to and referencing the escalating price of work so prevalent in today’s art market.”
– Lois Schklar
Photography by Peter Legris
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