EXHIBITION OPENING

Thursday April 6, 2017
7 - 9 pm

KATHY KISSIK

JAMES MAXWELL

INTRODUCING
REUBEN LOOYENGA
Map
  On View: April 6 - 30, 2017
Kathy Kissik
"SYPHON" 
Photo based mixed media,  2017
15.25 x 21 inches
Syphon, a tube used to convey liquid upwards from a reservoir and then down to a lower level of its own accord. Once the liquid has been forced into the tube, typically by suction or immersion, flow continues unaided.

It is this nature of force that once started can take an unprecedented life and direction of it own. Driven by this force there is an ability to corrode from within despite the best efforts of the individual. As we enter a new stage of institutional denial of global warming. I wanted to contrast relentless industrial corrosion for gain alongside the emptiness of futurist rhetoric (the symbolized titanium sun). Sandpaper, oxidation, and outmoded metals form the composition. These materials refine as well as degrade. What has the syphon of change started and where will we now flow? - Kathy Kissik


Kathy Kissik has been the recipient of many prestigious awards, following is a select list of her most recent.

Morris Squire Foundation Residency, Santa Barbara,2016

Paul Fleck Fellowship, Banff Art Centre Residency, Canada, 2016

Artist Fellowship Inc., NY, NY 2015

Change Inc., Captiva, Florida, 2015

Cill Rialaig Residency, County Kerry, Ireland, 2014

Art Center South Florida Senior Residency awarded 2011-2014

Paul Fleck Fellowship, Holy Springs Collective, Banff, CA 2010

Artist Enhancement Grant, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, 2008

Pollock-Krasner Fellowship, NY, NY, 2007-2008


 James Maxwell
Sculptures and Wall Art 

I am an artist who works primarily in metal. I use the techniques of industry, such as welding and machining, to create objects. My subject matter often employs the iconography of machinery and the objects they create. I am interested in form, and how ideas, once realized in three dimensions, transform. Materials, scale and surface become agents of change. Removing an object from its context, reconfiguring its composition and scale, allows it to be something other than it was. In a sense, when we do this, we are reconfiguring ourselves.

The use of systems is important to the work I do, both in the creation of objects and the development of ideas. Operations have orders. Yet the system does not always determine the final piece. Nor is it always employed. I am not a hostage to the orthodoxy of the original concept. Often the idea changes as the piece percolates over time and new ideas bubble up. Older ideas that keep returning are given their due and are executed. New ones sometimes jump the line. - James Maxwell


James Maxwell has been working as an artist since 1985 and is currently teaching Environmental and Industrial design at the Ontario College of Art and Design University while maintaining his art practice.

Reuben Looyenga 
Untitled (Sequence 1)
Ink on Paper, 
25 x 25 inches, 
2017

The focus of my artistic practice is generative design, to create complex forms and patterns from simple specifications. I aim to set up parameters of simple actions to affect base materials. 

The focus of the Invisible Cities drawings is to find the codes and pattern within the gesture and moment; how the action affects the result. Taking the banal gesture of crumpling paper and magnifying its affect by tracing the creases made, I meticulously outline the unique chaotic design, generating complex forms and configurations from simple specifications. The work displays the pattern of form, line and composition of everyday action, the generative design of the gesture. The organic shapes created by the gesture connect the body to nature.

In some cases, the organic patterns created from the crumpling of paper are then posed against rigid geometric compositions to demonstrate a dichotomy between natural and informed design. It is my intention to further investigate balance and rhythm between what is natural and what is structured, organic and geometric as it relates to a narrative of gesture. - Reuben Looyenga 


Reuben Looyenga received his MFA at Central Saint Martin, London, UK. He has won the Murray Koffler Founding Members Purchase Award as well as the Grazyna and Martin Kabbat Award.

Reuben’s work has been exhibited and purchased for private collections in the United States, Canada and the UK well as the city archives collection of Toronto, Ontario.