The Red Head Gallery is pleased to present ReMemory, an exhibition by artist, Lois Schklar with special guest Ann Holmes who will be holding a storytelling event followed by a poetry reading by invited poets at the Red Head Gallery on Saturday, May 05, 2018, 2 - 4 PM.
I work intuitively and remain open to the discourse that unfolds through this process. Over time, my work has shifted and changed. Yet each body of work is connected by a shared sensibility and history that I strive to integrate into my art making.
My art practice consists of an ongoing series of drawing installations utilizing found and bought urban objects as “mark making” tools. I manipulate these diverse and often disparate materials, aware of the aesthetic relationship they have with one another and by implication, the physical and psychological space they occupy. Each drawing installation builds on the ideas of preceding installations and are primarily site specific. The installations become pathways connecting the past to the present.
ReMemory combines different aspects of my practice in an effort to connect memories and associations to the many objects I have collected. Rain Gently Softly and Timelines are a series of visual poems constructed from recycled wire drawings (2011-2018). Excerpts is a line drawing using words from a few of the poems I have written ( 2003-2017). Specimens 1 & 2 is based on a series of small studies (2009).
Specimens, unlike the other installations in the exhibition, draws directly from the many objects I have amassed. Attached to the nails in the wall are small earth magnets that hold each item. A folder lists the objects I have used in the installation as a reference to my own memories, their entry into my collection and, where possible, the date they entered my life. The intention is to display these objects like specimens in an insect collection, to be observed and discussed.
The visiting audience will be invited to swap up to five objects from the Specimen installation with their own objects and provide a written explanation for the exchange (i.e. aesthetic considerations, personal associations or attachments, etc.). If no one wants to swap, individual objects can be purchased for five dollars each. Perhaps only the objects will be taken and not replaced. What will be left?
My collection, accumulated over a lifetime, will, at some point in time, be dispersed along with their memories. I will no longer have control over what happens to it. In relation to contemporary practices, I ask: “Where will my collection of objects or works of art eventually reside and what (if any) is their value?” This question addresses the personal worth of the materials I collect and use in my practice and their relevance in relation to and referencing of the escalating price of art works so prevalent in today’s market.
Lois Schklar’s work has been shown in exhibitions throughout Canada and the United States. Her burlap sculptures are in the Bronfman Collection, Claridge Investments, Idea Exchange Art Gallery and The Key Corporation.
Schklar has received grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council. Thirty Years of Dolls (2011) was a retrospective exhibition created with the assistance of a Craft Ontario award and an OAC Exhibition Assistance Grant. In 2013, she was awarded an OAC Multi/Integrated Arts Project Grant for Collected Memories, a drawing installation with a professional dancer, musician and lighting designer.
Schklar is also an educator, facilitator, keynote speaker and curator. In 1997, she curated Dolls: Reclaimed at the Ontario Crafts Council and in 2008 she organized the exhibition, Drawing On at *new* gallery in Toronto. Lois received an OAC Visual Artist Project Grant for Research and Development for The Art of Packing (2014).