• Lines and Edges

    Jen Aitken, Joachim Bandau, Ric Evans, Owen Gordon, Medrie MacPhee and Richard Tuttle

     

    July 14 - August 13, 2022

  • Lines & Edges presents works by six artists whose practices engage with abstraction. Their unique approaches to colour, form, and space reflect concerns that are central to their practices, and speak to a variety of personal influences such as music, science, architecture and textiles. 

  • Renowned for her cast-concrete sculptural works, JEN AITKEN’s two-dimensional ink drawings are formed through a process of drawing and erasure. Referencing her sculptural forms, Aitken uses an acrylic pen to create a network of lines and curves on vellum. Through the application of gesso, Aitken carefully teases out her desired shapes to create the outlines of incomplete or impossible sculptures.
    • Jen Aitken Drawing 85, 2020 acrylic ink and gesso on vellum 32 x 27 in.
      Jen Aitken
      Drawing 85, 2020
      acrylic ink and gesso on vellum
      32 x 27 in.
      $ 3,600.00
    • Jen Aitken Drawing 79, 2020 acrylic ink and gesso on vellum 32 x 27 in.
      Jen Aitken
      Drawing 79, 2020
      acrylic ink and gesso on vellum
      32 x 27 in.
      $ 3,600.00
  • Music, specifically classical, is one of JOACHIM BANDAU’s primary influences for his black and white watercolour series. His controlled, multi-layered watercolours each contain their own movement and rhythm that depend on the direction and depth of the layering process. This exhibition includes rare examples of Bandau’s pure cadmium yellow paintings, which he created for a brief period, from 2004 to 2006.
  • Joachim Bandau, Untitled, 2006

    Joachim Bandau

    Untitled, 2006 watercolour on Arches Aquarelle paper, polyptych
    39 1/4 x 27 1/2 in. (each)
    Price available upon request
  • Joachim Bandau, Untitled, 2017

    Joachim Bandau

    Untitled, 2017 watercolour on Arches Aquarelle paper
    41 1/4 x 29 1/2 in.
    $ 18,000.00
  • Form and colour are combined in RIC EVANS’ unique and playful compositions that highlight his approach of “informed intuition” inspired by his experiences and the natural world. His latest painting, A Clear Mirror, addresses his interest in surface, as he methodically applies various thicknesses of paint to create a pinstriping effect which plays against the bold angular shapes which dominate his compositions.
  • Ric Evans, A Clear Mirror, 2022

    Ric Evans

    A Clear Mirror, 2022 acrylic on canvas
    30 x 30 in.
    $ 7,000.00
    • Ric Evans Greenfield, 2021 acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 in.
      Ric Evans
      Greenfield, 2021
      acrylic on canvas
      48 x 36 in.
      $ 9,500.00
    • Ric Evans The Tyranny of Symmetry, 2019-2022 acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 in.
      Ric Evans
      The Tyranny of Symmetry, 2019-2022
      acrylic on canvas
      48 x 36 in.
      $ 9,500.00
  • Born in Jamaica and currently based in Toronto, OWEN GORDON’s patterned abstract compositions draw upon his innate knowledge of African textiles. Using a line drawing to divide the surface of his panels, Gordon proceeds to block out various forms with bold colour to create a sinuous web of shapes. These intuitive compositions begin to suggest figurative elements to Gordon, which he uses as inspiration for the titles of his paintings.

    • Owen Gordon Dancing Women, 2022 acrylic and oil on panel 24 x 30 in.
      Owen Gordon
      Dancing Women, 2022
      acrylic and oil on panel
      24 x 30 in.
      $ 4,500.00
    • Owen Gordon Gauguin's Paradise, 2022 acrylic and oil on panel 30 x 24 in.
      Owen Gordon
      Gauguin's Paradise, 2022
      acrylic and oil on panel
      30 x 24 in.
      $ 4,500.00
  • MEDRIE MACPHEE’s distinctive process affixes clothing to canvas to create an underlying matrix or scaffolding, out of which comes endless possibilities for her to explore. Central to the exhibition is Medrie MacPhee’s new painting The Gravity of Color. Measuring 8’ by 10’, this work references MacPhee’s growing interest in the scientific properties of colour and light. Lines & Edges presents MacPhee’s works on paper alongside her canvases, where she employs collage and acrylic transfer in her abstract motifs.
  • Medrie MacPhee, The Gravity of Color, 2021

    Medrie MacPhee

    The Gravity of Color, 2021 mixed media and oil on canvas
    96 x 120 in.
    Price available upon request
  • The title of 'The Gravity of Color' refers to how gravity itself can change color as light travels through space. In other words, as light travels from different galaxies it is influenced by gravitational forces and effects how we see color. There are pathways in this painting, but they don’t always adhere to the understructure and are pulled off course. There are digressions and tangents - a kind of mapping that is caused by outside forces.

    - Medrie MacPhee
    • Medrie MacPhee If Wishes Were Facts, 2020 mixed media on paper 30 x 22 in.
      Medrie MacPhee
      If Wishes Were Facts, 2020
      mixed media on paper
      30 x 22 in.
      $ 6,500.00
    • Medrie MacPhee The Disagreement, 2020 mixed media on paper 30 x 22 in.
      Medrie MacPhee
      The Disagreement, 2020
      mixed media on paper
      30 x 22 in.
      $ 6,500.00
  • Influential American artist RICHARD TUTTLE is renowned for his inventive body of abstract work which questions and challenges established rules and notions of art-making. With his suite of prints, Edges, Tuttle plays with an often overlooked feature of printmaking – the “platemark” or the mark made by the edges of the printing plate on the work. The abstract forms in this suite of etchings appear to float above, below or directly on the edges of the plate to challenge our understanding of how this work came to be. 
  • Richard Tuttle, Edges, 1999

    Richard Tuttle

    Edges, 1999 suite of 13 colour aquatints with engraving and drypoint
    12 1/4 X 12 1/4 in. (each)
    Edition of 25
    Price available upon request
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    On view at

    Nicholas Metivier Gallery

    190 Richmond St E, Toronto ON M5A 1P1

    through June 25.

     

    For additional information,

    please contact Caroline Pearson, (416) 205-9000.