Associate members benefit from The Red Head Gallery’s continued role as a forum for dialogue and exchange about contemporary art practices through exhibitions, and member events. The Red Head Gallery facilitates a sense of community: to meet other members involved in the visual arts, to network, socialize, and to create discourse.
J. Lynn Campbell is a Toronto-based artist educated at the Ontario College of Art & Design, with independent studies in France, Open Studio Toronto, Humanities at the University of Toronto, and Philosophy at York University. Campbell’s practice extends from two-dimensional collage to three-dimensional construction and site-specific installation. Her use of materials and methodologies emphasize the working process, recognizing material as tactile image and subject. Using symbolic references as a means to explore the intrinsic nature of being in relation to external circumstance, her constructions query the complexities of the human condition. Campbell has exhibited in the Toronto, Ontario regional galleries, and Europe. Her work is included in private, public and corporate collections.
Through a series of installation works Maralynn explores patterns and forms in the landscape, while using a variety of materials that simulate the morphological transitions of nature in relation to the body. She sets up theatrical spaces where painting, textiles, sculpture, layered texts and photo/video works with sound create a more tactile and visceral presence of natural forms in transition.
Maralynn Cherry is a non-status Odawa artist, writer and independent curator who taught for 14 years in Cultural Studies at Trent University and was the Curator at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington for seven years. She continues to write and explore sites, mapping natural histories of the landscape through her Ecological Diaries at Cataraque Creek in Kingston to more recent documentation of rivers from the head waters of the Oak Ridges Moraine.
For more information please visit: mcherryblog.wordpress.com
Philip Hare is a multidisciplinary artist, working primarily with textiles. His work examines themes relating to sexuality, gender and power, often through a very personal lens. Hare’s preferred materials include felt and embroidery thread, as well as found objects that range from clothespins to tampons. His hand sewn assemblages are usually quite simple but often develop into large installations. Sometimes Hare himself becomes a part of the work.
Philip Hare grew up in a big family in rural Ontario (which may explain his proclivity for artist collectives). He moved to Toronto in 1979 and has an established artistic practice there. He received a diploma in Graphic Design from Sheridan College A.A.T. and has studied at Ontario College of Art and Design and Open Studio. Hare was a member of Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts from 2006 to 2016 and is an active member with the Red Head Gallery.
For more information visit: www.philiphare.com
Lynne Heller is a post-disciplinary artist, educator and academic. Her interests encompass material culture, new media performative interaction, graphic novels and sculptural installation. Heller completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 and her PhD in 2016 at University College Dublin, Ireland from the department of Gender, Culture and Identity in the School of Humanities and Arts, with a research focus on feminist practice in online culture. Her research was practice-based, with a specialty in Digital Media Arts. She is an Assistant Professor at OCAD University in the Faculty of Design, as well as teaching in the departments of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Heller is co-director of the Data Materialization Lab at OCAD University. She is also an adjunct faculty member of SMARTlab, Ireland.
Heller has an extensive exhibition record both nationally and internationally and is the recipient of grants from the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Canada. Recent exhibitions include Slippage at the Robert Langen Art Gallery, University at Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Chelsea Girls, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON, Homeostasis Lab, The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale, made and exhibited worldwide, Another Season: An International Exchange Project, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON (the exhibition travelled to the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, the Detroit Centre for Contemporary Photography, and the Hippolyte Photographic Gallery, Helsinki) and Hysteria: Past, Present, Future curated by Anonda Bell, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA. She exhibited this past year at WARC Gallery, Toronto, ON, ISEA2014, Dubai, UAE, touring - Salisbury, Leicester, Bristol, London and online, 2014-15. Recent publications include the chapter “Found Objects, Bought Selves” in New Opportunities for Artistic Practice in Virtual Worlds, ed. Dr. Denise Doyle.
For more information please visit: http://www.lynneheller.com/
“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.” - Herman Hesse
Multifaceted, Lynn Christine Kelly’s work involves painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation. All of the work lacks an overtly human presence. A product of her Irish heritage, she is interested in the ancient myths and druidic attitudes about trees. A product of her upbringing in the interior of British Columbia with a father engaged in the forest industry, Kelly is dedicated to the preservation of trees and forests. “Trees are living things, filled with the essence and energy of Mother Earth, and possessing an aura of peace and power”, she says. And she believes that without an actual physical connection to such energies, we become less than we should be.
Kelly received her MFA from the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London in 2008 and her BFA, with Distinction, from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2006. She exhibits nationally and internationally, has work in Canadian corporate collections as well as private collections worldwide, and has received numerous grants from the Ontario Arts Council.
In her travels to various corners of Canada and the world she is drawn to the natural environment, constantly taking photos of majestic, interesting, or fanciful trees, their roots, and the varying surroundings. She then takes these pictures and studies them, combining ideas and images from different locations to create a hybrid environment that may exist somewhere or may not exist anywhere at all.
For more information please visit: http://lynnchristinekelly.com
Canadian artist, Lorna Mills has actively exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibitions since the early 1990's, both in Canada and Internationally. Her practice has included obsessive Ilfochrome printing, obsessive painting, obsessive super 8 film & video, and obsessive on-line animated GIFs incorporated into restrained off-line installation work. Recent exhibitions include “Abrupt Diplomat” at the Marshal McLuhan Salon at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, for Transmediale, “At Play in the Fields of the Lord” at Transfer Gallery, Brooklyn NY and “DKRM” at DAM Gallery, Berlin. For the month of March, 2016, her work will be showing on 45 Jumbo monitors in Times Square, NYC, every night as part of the Midnight Moment program curated by Times Square Arts.
‘Mountain Light/Time’ is an animated GIF of a speedy sunrise over mountain tops with each loop timed to match the duration of a deep breath. A virtual inhalation and exhalation of mountain air and light. The work was selected by Times Square Arts for their ‘Midnight Moment’ running every night in March, the piece will form a brightly lit collage across Times Square, taking over the massive screens each night for three minutes at midnight.
For more information please visit: http://www.digitalmediatree.com
Gabrielle de Montmollin began her career in television and film before switching her interest to still photography. For many years she worked exclusively with black and white film photographing throwaway plastic toys and dolls arranged in constructed, fantasy settings. She developed darkroom manipulations using extreme bleaching and painting and drawing on paper negatives. Since realizing that digital photography did not provide her with the same creative possibilities she has been working with mixed media blending painting, drawing and montage elements with digital prints.
“My art is based on imagination; I am interested in telling stories, play and mystery,” she writes in her artist statement. At times, in addition to her personal imaginings she works to find visual expression for her feelings about social justice issues and politics, as she did in her series, Stephen Harper Hates Me exhibited at The Red Head Gallery in May 2013.
Her series We Shall See What We Shall See, exhibited at The Red Head Gallery in May 2016, further explored the Canada we live in, this time through the medium of lenticular prints and black and white photographs.
Gabrielle de Montmollin has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Belgium, Italy, France and The Netherlands.
For more information visit: www.gabrielledemontmollin.com
Robin Pacific's work has spanned thirty years and a wide variety of media. She has produced artworks encompassing painting, drawing, video, installation, performance, and numerous community based collaborations.
She is currently working on TheFAST Campaign, a series of art projects with, and in support of, garment workers in Bangladesh, culminating in a consumer campaign for FAIR living wage, ADULT labour only, SAFE working conditions and paid overTIME.
In 2013 Robin completed a Masters in Theological Studies at Regis College in the Toronto School of Theology, and currently has a one-day-a-week practice as a Spiritual Director.
She also holds a PhD in English Literature from York University.
For more information please visit: www.robinpacific.ca
Dianne Pearce (St. Thomas, Ontario) holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and an MFA from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She has received grants from many funding bodies in Canada and Mexico. The artist has exhibited extensively in both Canada and Mexico, and has participated in two residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Internationally, Pearce has shown in Paris, Madrid, Marbella, Milan, Miami, Chile and Argentina. She has curated two international exhibitions: Anatomical Permutations: Ten Canadian Artists and Sticks and Stones. Pearce taught post-secondary art for ten years at Endicott College, Iberoamericana University and the National School for Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking La Esmeralda all in Mexico City. She is currently curator of public programs for Museum London, Canada.
For more information please visit: diannepearce.ca
Christina’s practice is based primarily in drawing, painting and sound. Through her work she has been examining the relationship between place and identity and the intimate connections between people and the places they inhabit. In her recent images she explores the intangible and mysterious qualities of "night" or "darkness". The work is concerned with the symbolism associated with “night” – in particular the association with the unconscious, transformation, and absence / presence. She is particularly interested in how these ideas influence and intersect with the physical experience of night and darkness. This series focuses on new interpretations of light, colour and darkness. Hints of narrative and a play between representation and abstraction add emphasis to elements of mystery, create ambiguities, and question the boundaries between the real and the imaginary.
Christina Sealey is an artist and musician based in Hamilton, Ontario. She holds an MFA in Drawing and Painting from the Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland and a BA (Hons.) from McMaster University. Christina has exhibited throughout Canada and the UK in both public and commercial galleries and artist-run centres and regularly performs throughout Europe and North America. Her work is represented in private, corporate and public collections. She has been awarded grants for her painting and audio work from both the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts and from private foundations including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Christina is currently teaching at OCAD University.
For more information visit: www.christinasealey.com
Xiaojing Yan is a Chinese-Canadian artist working and living in Toronto area, ON. She received her M.F.A on Sculpture from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, USA and B.F.A from Nanjing Arts Institution, China. As an artist migrating from China to North America, both her identity and her work pass through the complex filters of different countries, languages, and cultural expectations.
Yan’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally. Yan has exhibited at The Latcham Gallery, Stouffville; Mississauga Art Gallery, Mississauga; Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto; TRUCK Contemporary Art, Calgary; Plug In Contemporary, Winnipeg; Surrey Art Gallery,Surrey; Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant, Brantford; Artspace, Peterborough; and many more. Her work was included featured at Art Toronto twice in 2012 and 2014. Varley Art Gallery in Markham, Ontario will present her major solo exhibition in 2017; and Suzhou Museum will present her first solo museum exhibition in China in 2018.
Yan’s work has been included in many collections, Cloudscape piece is recently collected by Seneca College at Newnham Campus, Toronto. Moon Gate, a public sculpture, is recently commissioned by Jinji Lake Art Museum, Suzhou, China.
Yan is also a recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the 2014 Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the 2013 Mandarin Profile Awards of Fairchild TV, Project Grant from the Canadian Council for the Arts, and The Chalmers Arts Fellowship and Mid-career Grant from Ontario Arts Council.
For more information please visit: http://www.yanxiaojing.com/