|"cherry blossoms" detail by Ana Galindo, linen, thread and cherry stems, 2015|
Here, cherry stems are couched with thread onto re-purposed linen by artist Ana Galindo, arranged without altering their beautiful naturally curved shape. The viewer recalls how cherries taste, how the stems feel in our fingers. We understand blossoms.
|"cherry blossoms" from the series "of the everyday and its leftovers" 21 3/8 " x 64 1/8" x 2", linen, thread and cherry stems, 2015 by Ana Galindo|
Accompanying the exhibition is a publication that besides double spreads of each of the artists' work, also contains an introduction to the exhibition by Craft Ontario Curator and director of programs Janna Heimstra, a curatorial statment by Kathleen Morris and Monica Bodirsky, and an essay entitled A Continuity by artist and educator Judith Leemann. Leemann reminds us that the viewer's own life experience with familiar materials acts as the way to understand not only these artworks but also allows us to imagine further possibilities of the artworks and/or the materials and/or ourselves.
|"jaryu" detail. Chung-Im Kim 2012|
|Key by Dorie Millerson. Needle lace, cotton, wire 2" x 7.5" 2011|
History and possibility.
The work of the hand.
The aesthetic of time.
|Return To the Next by Eva Ennist. reed, concrete, hand made paper, recycled fiberglass. 72" x 27", 2014-15|
|Return To the Next detail Eva Ennist 2014-15|
Their names are: Monica Bodirsky, Eva Ennist, Ana Galindo, Lynne Heller, Chung-Im Kim, Rachel MacHenry, Dorie Millerson, Kathleen Morris, Meghan Price and Laurie Wassink.
|In the language of landscape by Kathleen Morris. 56" x 24" x 1", wool and fleece, 2015|
|In the language of landscape detail, Kathleen Morris, 2015|
In another gallery just down the street (NO FOUNDATION 1082 1/2 Queen St W) was another exploration of the senses, David Ballantine's installation The Remembering of the Air. Ballantine's three well crafted and beautiful inventions were made to be handled by those who entered the gallery. He states: "Through the reverent interaction of instruments and the body, my work investigates the sensuous within a growing digital and immaterial world." read more of his statement here.
|David Ballantine with one of the instruments he made for his installation|
The Remembering of the Air