Dear Alice: Reflections from the Looking Glass THE ART OF LOUISE BLOOM
Dear Alice: Reflections from the Looking Glass
THE ART OF LOUISE BLOOM
Pia Bouman School of Ballet Exhibition Space
November 16 - January 30
Artist in attendance at opening reception, Friday, November 16, 6-9 pm
First Toronto solo exhibition of Quebec artist Louise Bloom
Bloom’s “Dear Alice” collection of prints and paintings explore consumerism, gender, and environmental decimation, as well as antidotes for the spirit in the 21st century.
On view from November 16 through January 30, "Dear Alice" draws its inspiration from the allegorical potential of Lewis Carroll's texts, which remain as prescient as ever. The eponymous character from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871) has been Bloom's chief muse since 2000. Bloom has produced numerous original prints (etchings and lithographs), hanging scrolls, artist books, oversized book pages, diptychs, and collage series that reinterpret and reconfigure illustrations from Carroll's novels. The works incite a dialogue between iconographic images from the past and present-day imagery pertaining to consumer capitalism, appetite, desire, destruction, and spiritual rebirth.