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TOUCH 2 | a way of knowing | April 17 – May 5

April 17 – May 5, 2024
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 20, 2 – 4 pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, May 5, 2 – 4 pm

TOUCH 2 (a way of knowing)

TOUCH 2 (a way of knowing) gathers once again 11 of the many talented material-based artists from the former David Kaye Gallery. Experienced creators working with textiles, ceramics, paper, woodcarving, silversmithing, printmaking and mixed media create art that is nuanced and tactile.

Dorothy Caldwell

 I have acquired a deep respect for the way cloth behaves. Cloth is fragile.   It breaks down, wears out and is then repaired and reconstructed. These sensibilities resonate for me: Cloth is very powerful when it retains traces of its previous life, gathers history and becomes something new. 

Stitches accumulate like a journal of energy and experience. Time slows as one stitch is added to the next.  

Sense of place is reflected in the curve of a hill, the line between land and sky, the square shape of a farmed field, and movement of air.      

Dorothy Caldwell is a graduate of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and presently maintains an active international exhibition and teaching schedule from her studio in Hastings, Ontario. She has carried out research projects in Japan and India and has worked “on site” in the Australian outback and the Canadian Arctic. 

Kai Chan

 I like to experiment with materials and to focus on everything that frees up anything I know to invent a new realm that is in reference to and questioning the enigmatic and the ambiguous in life. 

Kai Chan graduated from Interior Design in Ontario College of Art in Toronto, 1970. Since 1972 he has had many solo and group exhibitions in Canada, United States of America, Europe, Japan and Australia. His solo exhibition, “Rainbow Lake”, organized by the Art Gallery of Mississauga, Ontario, in 2001, toured to seven cities in Canada.

Kai Chan, Summer Breeze, Wire, 17 x 23 1/4 inches

Ann Cummings

Living in a forested retreat offers me ample opportunity to observe the many things around me. The creatures and plants, living and dead who inhabit my world. This world seems to me a strange and alarming vision. There is this connection to the land for me, its wildness and chaos, the daily struggle to survive, or to flourish. The randomness of nature takes into consideration what exists and what evolves into something never seen before. This is what drives my exploration into making my work.

I have been making art for over fifty years in some form or other. Having graduated from art school, I then took various residencies in a number of locations. Teaching ceramics and working at a major art gallery also informed my evolution as an artist/maker. Many of my explorations into the history of ceramic art and contemporary craft led to also becoming an art appraiser.

Ann Cummings, Underfoot, Porcelain, glaze, wood frame, 3.5 x 23 inches

Susan Farquhar

My career as a professional printmaker has moulded my artistic process. I have absorbed many influences working with artists over the years. Canada’s Boreal Region did originally inspire my process-driven work on paper and canvas with layers of texture, colour, repeated pattern, paper-cuts and coarse mark making. More recent paper works employ assemblage, printmaking, pastels, paint and lean into more sculptural means of expression. Climate change and extreme weather events currently focus my efforts. Epicormic growth is a natural response to fire demonstrating recreation follows destruction. Will such processes now be altered in the anthropogenic age?

Susan studied at the University of Guelph, York University and with a master printer in lithography at Open Studio in Toronto.
Unique mixed media works began in the early 2000’s when she began producing solo exhibits for Ferneyhough Contemporary (North Bay) and David Kaye Gallery (Toronto). Susan was awarded the Artist in Residence at the Women’s Art Association of Canada for 2018 – 2019 where she conducted printmaking workshops, gallery visits, a group print show and created a solo exhibit.

Vivienne Jones

We live in complex evolving times with the sense of existing in our own bubbles yet being affected by powerful and historic forces.

Change permeates the worlds we live in. There is a continual need for explanation, understanding and enquiry.

The physical tactile language of object making with its materials and techniques and its potential for symbolism is reassuring to me. I make work to manifest aspects of my reaction to this moment in time.

Born in Wales, Great Britain, Vivienne Jones completed her training in jewellery at the Birmingham School of Jewellery and Silversmithing in Britain.  Moving to Canada after graduating she established a studio practice making contemporary jewellery in 1980 in Toronto. Since then she has exhibited and sold her individual and unique works in both Canada and the U.S. 

As a maker, she has been consistently drawn to work in both traditional and non-traditional materials, as well as exploring notions of up-cycling. Vivienne expanded her practice in recent years to include creating free-standing and wall sculpture, creating intuitive constructions and material compilations.

Susan Warner Keene

As a medium, papermaking interests me because of the congruity between the material aspects of the process and wider concerns in nature, human and otherwise: wetness, pressure, thickening, desiccation – the paper undergoes these successive conditions. Responding to material and circumstance, the sheet of paper can embody experience, as we do ourselves. In my work, I have been preoccupied with the challenge of fusing abstraction and narrative with material and process to produce objects that provoke equally the visual and the visceral.

Susan Warner Keene is a Toronto-based artist working in handmade paper who has been exhibiting in Canada and internationally since 1980.  Her work is in the collection of the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, as well as many other public, corporate, and private collections, and it has been recognized with the Prix Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Crafts (a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts). In 2005 she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

Susan Warner Keene, Cluster, Handmade abaca paper, linen thread, 12.5 x 9.5 inches

Valerie Knapp

I recently began these pieced studies and kept saying yes to the ideas as they flowed. Not sure what it’s all about, but unpredictability, mystery, and the expansive use of colour is new and interests me and has proven to be an antidote to these turbulent times. I will keep going. I paired the embroidered works and added the collages to the group; they feel complimentary. 

I find inspiration everywhere, in plants, my family and studio, and in memories, stories, and art; travel is important too. I stay fully steeped in the everyday. 

Valerie Knapp is a textile and mixed media artist with an active studio practice in Toronto, Canada. She creates and exhibits her varied and poetic printed, pieced and embroidered textile and paper-based works that combine elements of found items, vintage lace or print ephemera. Most recently, her explorations in colourful pieced fabric studies have emerged alongside wider ranging works in stitched photo collage, encaustic, and oils. She is also known for her characteristic hand-printed product line of functional pieces in linen and up-cycled materials. 

Valerie Knapp grew up on Muskoka Lake surrounded by natural beauty and creative influences. From an early age she was drawing, stitching, dying textiles, making clothes, and pursuing various art forms.  Knapp went on to graduate from Sheridan College School of Craft & Design, majoring in Textiles/Surface Design. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, and has been published in Canada, the USA and Australia. Her work is in private collections in Canada, USA, New Zealand, and Italy.

Susan Lindsay

“lines of wire and thread trace an image
a fragility is explored
a shadow of memory is created
a narrative is woven”

Susan Lindsay is a mixed-media artist creating sculptural work with wire, wood, textiles and found objects. In 2014, she moved from Ontario to a farmhouse in New Brunswick. Between the walls and in the attic she discovered old letters, photographs, and concealed objects tracing the 140-year history of the house. With these finds, and her own exploration of memory she continues to form narratives. She has exhibited for over five decades in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, USA, UK, Europe and Japan.

Susan Low-Beer

My work is concerned with the human condition.

Initially, my sculptures consisted of separate elements that could be rearranged to produce varying psychological narratives. From there I developed an interest in stacking the form and creating embodied disparate parts in the whole; stacked figures which drew from varying eras in history and told the story of the individual and the notion of self through the ages.

More recently the figure has been simplified or distilled and multiplied, the settings differ, as do the combinations. I am attracted to mingling and linking disparate materials that deal with those paradoxes we encounter in our world: hard and soft, ephemeral and concrete, inside and out.

I’m drawn to the elemental nature of clay and while I am concerned and engaged with the formal aspects of making, I use clay to pursue philosophical and human content.

Susan Low-Beer was born in Montreal and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in painting at Mount Allison University. She acquired a Masters of Fine Arts Degree, with a major in painting, at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. In 1999 she received the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Crafts and in 2000 was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

She has exhibited internationally in Europe, United States, Japan and Korea, as well as nationally in both juried and invitational exhibitions and has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards.

Lynne McIlvride

Lynne McIlvride is a maximalist mixed media visionary artist living and working in Utica Ontario. Within the past 35 years, her work has been shown across Canada and in the U.S. though she is most interested in her home and studio becoming art destinations in themselves.

Past series include densely packed miniature boxes, huge panoramic watercolour mountainscapes, and vibrant reduction linoleum prints.

For the past five years Lynne has concentrated on hand-carved basswood relief sculptures which then become the base for highly saturated paint and beadwork. These include her “Epiphany” series; her travelling series dedicated to Kenneth Welsh; and most recently, CATS.

Colour is Lynne’s first language. Here is her take on it while speaking to the Colour Research Society.

Lynne Mcllvride, Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care, Acrylic paint on hand-carved basswood, found object, 11 x 33 inches

Loree Ovens

I am a mixed media artist who often incorporates washi, handmade Japanese paper, into my work through drawing, painting, stitching, collaging and traditional printmaking. Often combining the use of surface design techniques for textiles, my fascination with line, pattern, and architecture continues to influence my work. I am inspired by folk art, handmade things and pattern-making around the world. I am drawn to the energy created from handmade objects and fascinated by the processes involved in their making. I find creating work very meditative and grounding. I enjoy pushing the boundaries of my own practice and the constant learning that comes along with it. I am motivated to make work that sparks curiosity and a sense of wonder.

Loree Ovens was born in Kingston, Ontario and moved to Toronto as a young child. At 19, she moved to Prince Edward Island and studied Fashion Technique and Design for one year at Holland College. Ovens returned to Ontario and received an arts diploma at Sheridan College, School of Craft and Design, majoring in fabrics and was an alumnus of the Harbourfront Craft Studios in textiles. Ovens also earned a BFA in Printmaking from OCADU. She has also taken several jewelry/metalsmithing courses around the city including George Brown and Central Technical School. 

Ovens has shown in national and international exhibitions in Canada, Japan, the United States, Taiwan, Australia and Scotland. Her work is part of both private and public collections including the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, National Bank, Art Gallery of New South Wales and SGC International. 

Ovens had several solo exhibitions at David Kaye Gallery and Open Studio. She is represented by Open Studio, Propeller Art Gallery, L.A. Pai Art & Jewelry Gallery, Guildworks and Craft Ontario. She also teaches at Open Studio, ARTiculations, the Japanese Paper Place and other places around the city. 

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