Alex Bierk, Lyla Rye and Sarah Sands Phillips
GHC presents three concurrent exhibitions from Feb. 12 – March 14.
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Alex Bierk: Keepsake (back gallery space)
(above image) Alex Bierk, Love and Tolerance, 2015, oil on linen, 15 x 18″
“Keepsake”, in the tradition of personal work, Bierk uses photographs from his everyday and his past as a starting point – a portrait of his wife, a lamp in his grandmothers living room, Chinatown at night, the back room of a church on Bloor St, the bedroom window from the house he grew up in, a quiet intersection at night and a slogan from a twelve step meeting. Though informed by his personal history Bierk is interested in capturing more than a specific place or moment in time. His paintings address the transcendental spaces of memory, nostalgia, loss, longing, addiction, recovery and reconciliation within the rigidity of his labour intensive approach to photo-realism.
In 2014 Bierk’s first successful solo exhibition Pitfalls and Withdrawals received recognition in The Toronto Star and Canadian Art Magazine along with being chosen as Leah Sandals Top 3 Picks in 2014: Canadian Art Magazine. In 2013 Bierk was nominated for the Kingston Prize for Canadian Portraiture. His painting’s are included in the permanent collection of The Art Gallery of Peterborough, The Royal Bank of Canada and The Toronto Dominion Bank as well as in numerous private collections. Alex has exhibited his paintings in group and solo exhibitions in Canada and New York City along with numerous art fairs: Art Toronto, Scope (Miami), Papier 14 (Montreal) and Art Southampton. Bierk is the recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Project Grant (2014), Ontario Arts Council Visual Artist Grant (2014) and the Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist Project Grant (2014).
supported by: Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council and Toronto Arts Council
Lyla Rye: Eaves (front gallery space)
Lyla Rye, 2014, birch plywood and paint
Rye’s installation of sculptures referencing roofs have multiple possible orientations and are positioned throughout the exhibition.
Lyla Rye is a Toronto based artist, who began her studies in architecture. She works in installation, sculpture, video and photography to explore our experience of architectural space. She received a BFA from York University, and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. For over 20 years her work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada and internationally including San Francisco, New York, Adelaide (Australia), Paris, and Berlin. Her work is included in the public collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, York University, Cadillac Fairview Corporation, The Tom Thomson Art Gallery, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery and an artist garden at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. She has founded and exhibited with a number of collectives including NetherMind, 5 things, hic and Persona Volare. Rye’s recent exhibitions include: Swing Stage, Koffler offsite at Olga Korper Gallery and Erratic Room at Typology Projects.
Supported by: Toronto Arts Council
Sarah Sands Phillips: Compositions ( In the Project Space)
Sarah Sands Phillips, Composition 8, matboard on panel, 8 x 7″, 2014 (Series of 10)
Investigating ideas around beauty and decay, Sands Phillips is interested in reincarnating objects, working through the inherent restrictions and limitations of found materials and detritus to unveil renewed forms. “Compositions” features collages that were created using salvaged matboards that belonged to the artist’s father. In many ways, the work’s weathered appearance addresses the shifting and fading quality of memory, as well as its connection to the body.
Sarah Sands Phillips completed a BFAH at Queen’s University, Kingston, majoring in studio art and art history. Working primarily in painting and printmaking, and peripherally in film, sculpture, and poetry, she investigates a variety of mediums and modes of image making as a deliberate strategy in understanding form. Recent exhibitions include History of Desire at NO Foundation, Toronto, Get Noticed at Red Head Gallery, Toronto, and Tone It Down at PDA Projects, Ottawa. Sarah is the recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant (2013) and a Toronto Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant (2014). She has forthcoming exhibitions at Videofag, and G44.
supported by: Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council