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).
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.