Oakville Galleries presents Zin Taylor & Judith Scott

Art by Zin Taylor
Oakville Galleries presents Zin Taylor & Judith Scott

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Oakville Galleries has been hosting two amazing yet different artists whose exhibits will close on December 30, 2016, so you still have a few days to catch the work of Zin Taylor and Judith Scott.

The work of Paris-based Canadian artist Zin Taylor probes the spaces between object and idea, form and thought. Taylor’s work imagines the mind as a studio or a factory, where hazy and nebulous thoughts grow organically into abstract vocabularies of contour and curve. Language is central to his work, not as a means to explain, communicate or inform, but rather to speculate, negotiate and discuss.

For his exhibition at Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens, Taylor employs familiar visual cues to continue these investigations, locating moments in which the intangible—sound, ideology, thought—finds articulation in aesthetic material and form. The exhibition brings together several separate bodies of work or “units,” including a grouping of sculptural body-form torsos that reference and invert the material language of Auguste Rodin; a mobile that draws inspiration from the alphabet-like hanging structures of Alexander Calder; and a wall drawing that stretches throughout the gallery.

Gairloch Gardens exhibit space is open every day from now until Friday, December 30, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Art by Judith Scott

Art by the late Judith Scott will be on exhibit at the Centennial Galleries until Friday, December 30, 2016.

Developing a broad spectrum of forms from the sparest of materials, late American artist Judith Scott (1943–2005) is best known for her dynamic, strikingly original mixed media works. Enveloping found objects—from wood, jewelry and magazines to bicycle wheels and plastic tubing—in yarn, thread and knotted cloth, Scott’s works take shape as dense, often cocoon-like structures notable for their canny approach to colour, texture and form.

Deaf and born with Down syndrome, Scott lived in institutional settings for adults with disabilities much of her adult life. Her introduction to artmaking took place at age 44 through the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California, a studio art program founded more than forty years ago to support a community of artists with physical and developmental disabilities. There, Scott was introduced to a fibre art workshop, where she developed her characteristic style of wrapping, weaving and binding.

In the 17 years that would follow until her death, Scott would produce a masterful body of work, consistent in strategy, but diverse in style and form. Surveyed here in Canada for the first time, this exhibition showcases a wide range of Scott’s influential output, foregrounding its singular vision, formal innovation and material complexity.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the 2016 World of Threads Festival.

Scott’s work will be on exhibit in the Centennial Gallery until Friday, December 30, 2016 on Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM, and Friday from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

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