with the artist

November 30th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

You guys! I am very much looking forward to my second workshop with Navillus Gallery on Saturday, December 10th!

 

Workshop Date: December 10, 1pm

Price: $30 (visa/mastercard)

Contact: (416) 921-6467

inquire@navillusgallery.com

110 Davenport Road, Toronto, ON

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We will be using the same material I used to sculpt the daffodils in my MSR series. Participants will each receive a gold frame with a hand marbled paper and a name of his or her choice written in gold (a personal holiday gift!). Together, we will adorn our frames with flora and finish the sculptures with a small selection of beautiful pigments.

 

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Each participant will receive a frame, a piece of marbled paper with gold calligraphy, pigment and two containers of apoxie sculpt. When RSVPing, please let the gallery know the name or word you would like.

 

-Christie

 

Dolce Vita Luxury Magazine

November 20th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Dolce Vita is a gorgeous magazine that curates a luxury lifestyle guide for the good life. Among their features on fashion, home decor and travel, Reflect: Tropic is their exclusive web article! Check out the link to see some pictures from opening night.

Until December 16th, you can also drop by the gallery to pick up your free copy of Dolce Mag!

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-Christie

 

Beautiful Bizarre

November 18th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

I would like to thank everybody who came out to the opening last night of REFLECT: TROPIC. I was so touched by all the support and notes of encouragement. I am also thrilled and incredibly honoured that the show is on the Beautiful Bizarre homepage today! Beautiful Bizarre is a quarterly available worldwide featuring emerging artists who redefine “new” contemporary art and that is of course, beautifully bizarre.

The exhibition will run until December 16th. We also plan on hosting a workshop on December 10th and I will update soon with the details.

Please click the photo below for a direct link to the post!

 

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-Christie

Crystal Cave

November 16th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

REFLECT:TROPIC opens tomorrow! Come and enjoy wine and art at Navillus Gallery (110 Davenport Road) from 6-8pm. The exhibition will run until December 16th.

This guy is a monster! At four feet wide, he is my biggest ink painting yet.

 

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-Christie

MSR: Eurasian Magpie, Cockatiel, Hummingbird

November 10th, 2016 § 1 comment § permalink

We uses mirrors to understand reality, ourselves and animals. In 1970, Gordon G. Gallup developed the mirror self-recognition test (MSR) to determine if humans were the only beings with a concept of self. Animals were presented with a mirror before and after their skin was marked with a red dot. If an animal interacted with the red dot on itself, the test indicated it understood the mirrored image belonged to his or her own body. The only bird with this ability is the eurasian magpie.

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What is interesting about the study on magpies is the discovery that self-recognition does not necessarily reside in the neocortex area of the brain. Unlike mammals, magpies do not have a neocortex and have independently evolved their impressive cognitive abilities.
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We measure intelligence and consciousness according to our own cognitive capabilities and vision, our primary sense. A mirror is only the skin of reality. In this series, I adorn a mirror with narcissi, or daffodils. Its namesake is shared with the word, narcissism, and Narcissus, a hunter from Greek mythology who fell in love with his own reflection.
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Among the daffodils, a bird gazes into its own reflection. In our interpretation, however, the bird cannot see itself. In my series, the skin is covered with the silver peel of a mirror, effectively erasing the bird’s face and body in the reflection. Animal minds and their experience of reality are as mysterious as the realm behind a mirror. In this series, the birds escape our bias in their erasure.
*The mirror with the eurasian magpie is the only bird in the series without silver leaf because it passed the MSR.
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Hummingbird:
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Please check back soon as I plan to do a post featuring the birds in 360 degrees!
-Christie

 

Reflect:Tropic

November 3rd, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

I have been preparing for my third show at Navillus Gallery!

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Opening Reception:

November 17th

6-8pm

110 Davenport Road

One of the two series I will be exhibiting is The Replicators. While hiking through Tortugera National Park, I was impressed with the variety of plant species and their many survival solutions, particularly the epiphytes. These plants survive many feet off the air, growing on top of branches of large trees.

Since the series began four years ago, I have been inspired by other gardens exhibiting wild growth and patterns. Coral, crystals, flowers and ferns are some of the forms that I abstract and synthesize in this new chapter. These pieces are a meditation on how replicators bloom, mutate, wither and spread. I am especially touched by their perseverance and potential.

 

 

RAINFOREST: 

 

 

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OCEAN: 

 

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CAVE:

 

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FOREST:

 

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-Christie

In the Beauty I Hide

April 7th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Hello! I’m pleased to be exhibiting with an amazing group of Toronto artists this month. The exhibition will open on April 15th and run for two weeks in the cool part of town at Hermann & Audrey. Please RSVP to rally@hermannaudrey.com and special thank-you to Richard Anhert for being the pack leader.

Please find below the gallery’s introduction to the show:

Cranking up the cool factor on the Ossington strip, RALLY, new art concept space and rallying ground for Toronto creatives will host Toronto’s first Beautiful Bizarre-themed art show, In The Beauty I Hide on April 15 till April 28th at 12 Ossington Avenue. The show will feature 11 of Toronto’s leading artists from the New Contemporary movement, noted for their unique and distinctly Toronto contribution to the pop and pop-surrealist genre. Participating artists include Andy Kittmer, Richard Ahnert, Steven Chmilar, Alex Garant, Christie Lau, Paul Saari, Jay Dart, Harv Glazer, Samara ShuterElly Smallwood & Dave Krovblit, all of which are staples within Toronto’s burgeoning art scene.

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The image is a detailed shot of a new underwater Replicators piece which I will be posting soon. Hope to see you next week!

-Christie

The milky way above us

November 6th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

…and the water around us! Last March I went to Phuket for a dive in Koh Phi Phi. It was the first time I saw such lush and gigantic coral. Scuba diving is the closest I will ever get to knowing what it is like in space- the immensity of black water, the altered laws of movement and the disquieting notion that the body is dependent on a few devices that seem advanced and crude at the same time.
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The colours, textures and shimmer of the coral and animals were so striking I wanted to use them as inspiration for a Replicators piece.

 

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Just before we ascended we got caught in the middle of a bait ball. It was pretty trippy. The fish were silver as they approached vanishing point but up close they had red stripes and googly eyes.

 

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-Christie

 

 

 

Hear Here

September 21st, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

 Hear Here is a non-profit roaming Salon which is as fun as it sounds. Reminiscent of the Italian Salons from the 16th century, each event has a host/hostess as well as contributors in music, poetry, and art gathered for one night in a surprise space in Toronto. I am excited to participate in this October 9th’s event and this event’s lineup looks amazing (the host is Shelley Hamilton, six poets, four musicians and thirteen visual artists). Join this new community for a showcase of Toronto and international talent on Friday, October 9th at 8pm!
You can purchase tickets ($25 donation) from this link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hear-here-lost-found-tickets-17969574481
The event location map has gradually been narrowing itself:
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I’ve been working on a new kind of Replicators piece especially for this event. Here is a detail image of it in progress:
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Looking forward to a wonderful night!
-Christie

Storybook Forest

March 25th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Arthur Rackham is my first favourite illustrator. The flora in his drawings have an elegant wildness while his lines and compositions bring you to a land where trees and waves bow to your emotional state. I thought I would use my inks and try out his technique and composition from one of his Midsummer Night’s Dream pieces.

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-Christie