I Love Paint

ANGELL GALLERY is pleased to present I PAINT, a group exhibition featuring paintings curated by Kim Dorland. The show will be on display throughout the entire gallery from May 8 to June 7, 2014. An opening reception will be held on Thursday May 8, 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

A letter from the curator:

"Painting is over. Painting is making a comeback. Thick paint is dead. Figuration is the future. Abstraction forever. Who can keep up?

For this show I was not interested in the rules - there are too many and they change every day. Instead I wanted to bring together a group of people immersed in the medium of my obsession to create a dialogue about paint - across different styles, approaches and career levels - that showcases the medium's possibilities. No matter the battle cry of the moment, these painters show that painting is alive and well, current, compelling and relevant.

From the visceral paint handling of Humberto Poblete-Bustamante and Eva Rder to the calculated applications of Echo Eggebrecht and Gavin Lynch; from the historical vibes of Paul Housley and Felipe Talo to the pop sensibilities of Jason Stopa and Mark Puchala; from the representations of Bradley Wood and Esteban Cabeza de Baca to the abstractions of Bradley Harms and Russell Tyler; from the figures of Andre Ethier, Genieve Figgis and Kyle Scheurmann to the objects of Mathieu Lefevre and Jeanie Riddle - these painters all get to the "heart" of what painting is and can be.

I'm also very interested in the idea of influence. Painting can't exist without it. So I asked each participant to tell me about painters they are looking at and have tried to include some of those people as well Gavin Lynch begets Echo Eggebrecht, Andre Ethier begets Mark Puchala, Humberto Poblete-Bustamante begets Felipe Talo, and so on. It has made for a democratic and organic curatorial process with unexpected links and dialogues between paintings, which - for a paint lover like myself - is what this medium is all about.

My thanks to this talented group for participating - I'm excited to be presenting such a diverse and committed view of painting to Toronto. Thanks also to Angell Gallery for indulging my idea." - Kim Dorland, Artist

List of the exhibiting artists:

Esteban Cabeza de Baca lives and works in New York.

Kim Dorland lives and works in Toronto.

Echo Eggebrecht lives and works in Brooklyn.

Andre Ethier lives and works in Toronto

Genieve Figgis lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.

Bradley Harms lives and works in Vancouver.

Paul Housley lives and works in London, England.

Mathieu Lefvre was taken from us too early in a tragic bike accident in 2011.

Gavin Lynch lives and works in Ottawa.

Humberto Poblete-Bustamante lives and works in London, England.

Mark Puchala lives and works in Toronto.

Eva Rder lives and works in Berlin.

Jeanie Riddle lives and works in Montreal.

Kyle Scheurmann lives and works in Toronto.

Jason Stopa lives and works in Brooklyn.

Felipe Talo lives and works in Berlin.

Russell Tyler lives and works in Brooklyn.

Bradley Wood lives in Larchmont, New York. He works in Long Island City, New York.

I Love Paint

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