|(Above) Melissa Doherty, from the Greenspace series, 2006. (Below) Robert Wiens, White Pine, 2005.|
Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of
Toronto Scarborough present Micro/Macro: Melissa Doherty and Robert
November 2 – December 17, 2006
Opening: Thursday, November 2, 5-8
Artists’ Talk at 7 pm
Free shuttle bus to DMG
departs 401 Richmond Street West at 6 pm and returns by 9 pm
Contemporary Art Bus Tour: Sunday,
Free bus departs Mercer Union
(37 Lisgar Street) at 11:30 am to Blackwood Gallery UTM, Art Gallery
of York University, The Koffler Gallery and Doris McCarthy Gallery UTS
- come early and catch a tour of Jeremy Deller at Mercer Union at 11
am. Seats are limited. To reserve, please call the Blackwood Gallery
at 905.828.3789 by November 10.
The Doris McCarthy Gallery is proud to present works by two artists
concerned with disappearing forests. The watercolours by Robert Wiens are eloquent studies of
true-to-scale tree trunks. The paintings of white pine and sugar maple
reveal the beauty of a miniature landscape. Wiens’s project
began with a trip to the old growth forests of Temagami in 1996, and
continues with series of arboreal works using deciduous trees found
locally in the area in which he lives. Wiens uses a process of
drawing and painting from his photographs of tree trunks. The
artist notes that while the process and subject are much like a
traditional landscape, the severely cropped view references the
characteristics of a singular physical object.
Melissa Doherty's paintings
present a birds-eye view of Southwestern Ontario's forests and
woodlots that have been carved and erased to make room for roadways
and overpasses. For Doherty, contemporary landscape is no longer a
vast frontier, but a limited material manipulated by humans. To the
artist, each painting is like a still-life; a construction, or model.
Doherty comments that the aerial perspective “reflects a view of
landscape and our position in relation to landscape. We are
‘above’ it, unconnected and distanced from it, changing
and rearranging it. Their palette is reminiscent of architectural
models, representing the environment as increasingly fabricated and a
backdrop to urbanization.”
Wiens was born in Leamington,
Ontario; and currently lives and works in Picton, Ontario. He
graduated from the New School of Art in Toronto, Ontario.
Wiens’s work has been a part of numerous solo and group
exhibitions in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, and British Columbia.
Internationally Wiens has shown in the Netherlands, England and the
US. The artist is currently represented by the Susan Hobbs Gallery in
Doherty is a Kitchener-based
artist. She graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts from the
University of Waterloo, Ontario. She was short listed in 2002 for the
New Canadian Painting Competition through RBC Investments and the
Canadian Art Foundation, and is a recipient of Canada Council for the
Arts, Ontario Arts Council and Waterloo Regional Arts Fund grants. Her
work has been included in numerous exhibitions in Ontario, British
Columbia, and the US. Doherty is represented by the Edward Day
Gallery, Toronto; the Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver; and the Ashley
Gallery, Philadelphia. Her work is a part of many private and
public collections in North America.
For more information, contact the
Doris McCarthy Gallery at 416.287.7007.
Exhibition curated by Jennifer Rudder and organized by Gallery
Melissa Doherty acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the
Gallery hours are Tuesday to
Friday, 10 am to 4 pm & Sunday, Noon to 5 pm.
Admission is free.