Martha Eleen – Distant Early Warning at The Loop

Martha Eleen
Distant Early Warning
October 3 – 25, 2009
Reception: Saturday, October 3, 2009, 2-5 PM

loop Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition by loop member Martha Eleen entitled
Distant Early Warning.

Distant Early Warning is a portrait of an Arctic village. In Tuktoyaktuk, the Inuvialuit people still live close to the land and their history is embedded in the landscape. The title is borrowed from the iconic local DEW line, a radar system set up during the Cold War. The Arctic has become a sort of environmental ‘canary in the tunnel ‘ as the melting ice reveals a wealth of new resources to exploit, and the resulting pollution threatens this delicate eco-system.

The exhibition includes Eleen’s current work in progress, The Necessities of Life. These paintings explore the signage of the big box mall, the fourth series in an ongoing investigation into suburban sprawl outside Toronto ( Into the 905: The View From the Car, 2002-2005, Peace Village 2006, High Tech Road 2007) which depicts an environment based on the unsustainable, and already collapsing, car culture, where nature is suppressed and destroyed as opposed to nature treasured. The language of the big box mall signage is an expression of our denial of the impending global ecological crisis.

For Eleen, painting is a procession of intensities. What might reasonably be seen as banal generates, instead, a vividness of response that lifts her small paintings into the realm of the uncanny.
– Gary Michael Dault, Electrifying the bleakest of landscapes, Globe and Mail, Jan. 10, 2009

High Tech Road is on view at the St. Thomas- Elgin Public Art Centre Sept. 12 – Oct 30, 2009.

loop Gallery
1273 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M6J 1X8 (3 doors west of Dovercourt).
Gallery Hours: Wed – Sat 1 to 5 pm, and Sun 1 to 4pm. Artist is in attendance on Sundays and for the reception.
For more information please contact the gallery director at 416-516-2581 or loopgallery@primus.ca.
http://www.loopgallery.ca

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