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Friend Bragging Rights: artist martha eleen

If you are in Toronto this weekend and looking to see some amazing art, check out my talented friend, Martha Eleen’s exhibit at the Loop Gallery, opening Saturday. It’s all about her wonderful son, Gabe. Wish I could be there. If you go, tell her I say Happy New Year!

loop Gallery presents:

Martha Eleen, ‘Tough Luck’, oil on wood, 30″ x 30″ (2011).

Martha Eleen

I, Huck

January 7 – 29, 2012

Reception: Saturday, January 7, 2012, 2-5 PM
Q&A Session: Sunday, January 15, 2-4 PM

loop Gallery is pleased to announce exhibitions by loop members Martha Eleen entitled I,Huck, and Mary Catherine Newcomb entitled Grassy.

I, Huck is the latest exhibition by Toronto-based artist Martha Eleen which maps the domestic space framing the artist’s relationship with her son Gabe, who is vulnerable and requires constant support. This is an inside view of a dynamic person whose natural gifts of sharp wit, emanating love, and disarming honesty are often obscured by disability bias. The titles used in the work are quotes from Gabe. Fascinated by analog audio technology, Gabe listens to several recorded versions of Huckleberry Finn and likes to call himself ‘Huck.’ He thinks the “n” word is “neighbour”.

Martha Eleen is an honours graduate of Emily Carr College of Art, Vancouver, Canada. Her artistic practice engages the ideas of cultural landscape, the construction of society, and the politics of space through painting. Her work has been exhibited in public galleries in Canada, the United States, Japan, and Mexico. Martha Eleen is represented by loop Gallery in Toronto. She teaches painting and drawing at the Toronto School of Art.

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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.

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Toronto is a Fun City!

Yes, it’s true. I was there last week because my good friend, Martha Eleen (who I met when she was Artist in Res in Dawson City), opened her Yukon show: Midnight on the Water. Her awesome paintings took me right back to the spectacular north and my beloved Yukon River. I bought a painting and every day I wait with anticipation for it to arrive at my door.

We went to the old Gladstone on Queen West (Toronto residents will know this beautiful old hotel well), as well as walked the west end taking in the amazing graffiti, antique stores and art galleries. A good time could have become even better, had I not come down with an evil flu which has only just vacated my body…

Sorry to all the people on the plane I rode home on — I hope you didn’t get as sick as I did… That big guy behind me is the Flu Bug.


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Martha Eleen/Midnight on the Water

This weekend, I am with my friend, Martha Eleen in Toronto to celebrate her latest show: Midnight on the Water at the Loop Gallery at 1174 Queen Street West (April 5th — opening).

Martha and I met and became great friends when I was writer in residence Dawson City and she was artist in residence. It was soul mates at first site.

Anyway, if you happen to be in Toronto, drop by and check out her show — you’ll be blown away.

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