A door is a gesture. Vertical. Poised. Angled on its hinges. Seemingly thinner in its opened posture than the opening it can close on. A door has possibilities, swinging, slamming shut, swinging open, or slowly creeping, millimeter by millimeter. Maybe a door is at the end of a hall, maybe its handle is just in reach. A dark door, a light door, short, wide, heavy, almost weightless door. A door with a window is an open look but not an entrance. Doors demand permission in some form or other, a knock, a call for answer, but with doors opening something has already begun, the invitation is in the opening, is on the wall.
Roger Chow lives and works in Toronto. He often paints when others are sleeping and in this way paints often. He has been engaged for some time in an ongoing dialogue with deborah and the gallery space. This conversation has inspired artist workshops and follow-up shows of the work that emerges from them. Roger generously contributes his work and insight to the inquiry that the gallery creates space for.
Katie Curtis began her relationship to deborah and to the gallery as a student of collage. She quickly became more of a colleague and artist in her own right delving into the use of acrylic on canvas and on mylar, charcoal and oil pastel on paper, and continues her work with collage. Some of her pieces can be seen on site here under the title PORTRAIT and most recently in DOORS OPENING.
E.J. Gold is a master artist. His proficiency extends into many artistic media, including painting and sculpting as well as professional video and music recording, computer game writing, and virtual reality wizardry. Gold has created a diversified and monumental oeuvre in the course of the forty years of his career as an artist. All his work speaks of breathtaking vision, technical expertise, uncompromising discipline, and engaging humor.
E.J. was born in New York City in 1941. As the son of H.L. Gold, the editor of Galaxy Science Fiction magazine, he grew up surrounded by artists and intellectuals, the Who’s Who in the Arts in America of the 40’s and 50’s: Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Charles Laughton, Orson Welles, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Pete Seeger…
The New York School, Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, Rico Lebrun and Fritz Schwaderer are among his early influences. A member of the infamous California Nine, a guerilla artist group of the sixties, he was widely recognized for his invention of soft and breathing sculptures.
Gold is a perceptual scientist who uses art as his primary investigative tool. He is the principal author of the Manifesto on Reductionism published jointly with the Grass Valley Graphics Group, an artistic enclave at the cutting edge of experimentation in objective art where visual elaboration is reduced to a minimum. In keeping with the tenets of reductionism, instead of drawing on personal elements of past experience, the artist directs his attention to the world of stillness and silence that lies just on the other side of the veil.
Gold’s work often violates scale, at once denying dimension and perspective. By making use of color, form, texture, negative space, forced perspective, compressions, color field and figure-ground relationships, Gold depicts the world beyond the boundaries of space and time, portraying timeless eternity.
Some of Gold’s more well-known series of paintings include the Faces of War, PlanarContiguities, Odalisques, Guides, Moonbeam, White House Series, Expressionist Landscapes, Sanitarium Series, Angels, Monumentals, Haunted Corridors, and City in the Sky.
These powerful paintings by this remarkable shamanic artist are gateways to sublime mystical experiences. They are profoundly experiential and impenetrable by the mind but have the ability to awaken higher centers. Therein lies their key.
Janos Gardonyi, a retired architect embarked on digital photography as a hobby using a large number of images collected during his travels. Janos states that “I never believed that one has to travel to exotic destinations to find subjects. I believe the most interesting venues are here, near your home. For the past year I photographed among other things old churches and townscapes of downtown Toronto. I strive to unveil new and unexpected visions in familiar scenes, newfound beauty in nature by using unusual angles, filters and colour combinations. I am also beginning to explore the microcosmos by discovering details and photographing smaller elements, especially in architectural photography”.
Scott Griffin was born in Oshawa, Ontario in 1970 and later moved with his family to Scugog Island. Following his family tradition may have led him to become a bush pilot but he wanted to build and make things. Scott describes himself as a pack rat, he says “I am driven by the materials I collect. I can’t leave something that I think is useful, I have to take it home, even if I don’t need it now. I see things in the material. The surfaces that I am drawn to tell me what to draw. They reveal a world to me if recognize.” A few years ago he bought a welder. In using it to make lines he realized he could draw with metal on metal. He has been working in this way for about three years. Scott is at present living in Toronto, doing his art at night and collecting in the day.
deborah harris serves as artist-in-residence at Gallery Arcturus. It is a title given to her by the gallery which simply means that her artistic inquiry happens and is made accessible within this space. Her work involves inviting other artists to participate in an inquiry and or finding specific examples of artists’ work which can be shown in the gallery. She also conducts collage workshops at the gallery for public attendance and is available to meet and work with individuals.
Gabriel Lalonde is a multidisciplinary artist from Quebec City, Canada. Visual artist, author, and poet, he lives in his words, and in his visual art evokes form, line and image. Self-taught, he was born in Montreal in 1945 and has lived in Quebec City for nearly twenty-five years. His days are dedicated entirely to his art. He paints and sculpts all materials, metal as easily as wood, canvas and paper.
Adrian Symonds is a sculptor of wood presently living in British Columbia. His human figures hold a gesture, a posture with an inner attention we are drawn to enter. The forms that emerge from his hands possess strength and solidity balanced in movement. We at the gallery find many opportunities to incorporate these pieces into our shows.
Doors Opening... at the theshold of what is
Jul 4, 2006 to Oct 31, 2006
D O O R S O P E N I N G
at the threshold of what is …
yet to be seen.
What is the sense, the feeling of standing on the threshold of a door opening?
Of having to take hold and participate in its furthering?
What if one pauses and does not immediately and automatically pass through but instead waits…
acknowledging the unknowing of what’s on the other side, of something not yet seen…
Roger Chow, Katie Curtis, E.J. Gold, Janos Gardonyi, Scott Griffin, deborah harris, Gabriel Lalonde, Adrian Symonds