upcoming solo show at General Hardware Contemporary “Into the Forest”

(Previous work can be found at www.stanzietooth.com)

GENERAL HARDWARE CONTEMPORARY

We are looking forward to seeing you on the 6th.

Stanzie Tooth: Into the Forest
June 6 – July 7, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday June 6 from 6 – 9 pm
GHC is pleased to present emerging artist Stanzie Tooth’s first solo exhibition in Toronto.

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Stanzie Tooth, Ceremony, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas, 62 x 70 inches

Stanzie Tooth’s paintings resonate with her awareness of nature’s potency as a reference point that transcends history and language. The woods, a touchstone in her work, have birthed the myths of cultures the world-over; they are imbued with a psychic weight that suggests a germinative force in humanity’s collective unconscious.

In her forests, myriad figures both human and animal are partially subsumed or entirely reclaimed by the ecological cycle of growth and decay. The allure of Stanzie’s painting is this subtle illusionism: the moment we discern one of her characters, they dissolve into flurries of colour. Like will-‘o-the-wisps or Hansel and Gretel’s breadcrumbs, her figures lead the viewer ever deeper into Tooth’s forest—overblown with colour and light—into the unknown and the unknowable.

These landscapes are no bucolic pastorals, rather they are settings for dramas that roil beneath human consciousness. They bear a signature obliterating gestural abstraction, which activates the entire surface of each canvas. This is emphasized by the specific spectrum Stanzie Tooth cultivates in each painting, balancing tints and pigmentation to create surfaces that read as violets, fuchsias, or teals whose chromatic integrity has been shattered into refracted light and saturated with the fecund shadows of undergrowth.

Like her ephemeral figures, Stanzie’s landscapes are unpredictable… allegorical. When looking at her work, there is no escaping folklore.

Stanzie Tooth is a Toronto based artist. Tooth received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD in 2007 with an award for excellence in painting. In 2012 Stanzie’s work was included in "60 Painters" at Humber College, an ambitious overview of contemporary Canadian painting. In the fall 2013 Tooth will begin her Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Ottawa were she was awarded a full scholarship.

essay by Leia Gore

In project space: Nicole Collins, perfect
Nicole Collins installation of 108 works on paper. Also check out Nicole’s exhibition at the AGO Young Gallery, until June 23. read more

FORTHCOMING:
Summer Group Show
Opening Reception: Thursday July 11 from 6 – 9 pm
Featuring new works by GHC artists.

Scott Everingham
Opening Reception: Thursday September 5 from 6 – 9 pm

NEWS:
Congratulations to GHC artist Jinny Yu who was recently named the winner of the CAO Mid – Career artist Award. read more

Clint Neufeld’s exhibition: Dreams of Madame Récaimier is featured in the May issue of Esse Magazine. read review

For media inquiries or sales information please contact:
niki@generalhardware .ca 416-821-3060

General Hardware Contemporary
1520 Queen Street West, Toronto, M6R 1A4
Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 6 and by appointment

Copyright © 2013 GENERAL HARDWARE CONTEMPORARY All rights reserved.

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