Opening Reception: Greg Ito, Laura Findlay, Trevor Baird

Join us on Saturday, January 26th from 2-5 PM for an opening reception of three solo-exhibitions by Greg Ito (LA), Laura Findlay (Toronto), and Trevor Baird (Montreal).

Greg Ito
'Enchantment'

Laura Findlay
'Tuff'

Trevor Baird
'A Satyr in the Creamery'

Greg Ito
'Enchantment'

'Enchantment' is the first International solo exhibition by LA-based artist Greg Ito. The exhibition will present paintings, sculptures, and installations that explore the state of lucid dreaming where daily life collapses into fantasy, nightmare, hope, failure, and the unforeseen future. Mining his family's history of forced relocation into concentration camps during World War II, Ito uses his signature compositions that aim to provoke emotional tensions. During their internment at Gila River Relocation Camp in Arizona, Ito's grandparents' romance blossomed, finding light during dark days. It is this emotional tension that Ito explores in his work. Ito's sculpture practice stems from his paintings where symbols are pulled from the compositions into the space.

http://arsenaltoronto.com/details/gregito/

Laura Findlay
'Tuff'

Toronto-based artist, Laura Findlay's most recent work focuses on the relationship between empathy, destruction, and creation through confrontations between naturalism and supernaturalism. 'Tuff' engages sublime volcanic forces as examined through an array of fragmentary information used to create subjective responses to events from extrahuman history. Employing an ecology of markmaking incorporating additive and subtractive methods, she produces subjective recounts of real and imagined geologic events.

http://arsenaltoronto.com/details/laurafindlay/

Trevor Baird
'A Satyr in the Creamery'

Trevor Baird's practice is influenced by comics, movies, and other narrative mediums translated into the language of craft. Blending the crass sentimentality of DIY cultural production with the idealized perfection of industrial craft, Baird's practice questions the history and functionality of the decorative arts. The Montreal-based artist uses repetition through molds and screenprinting, while retaining human touch in a personally developed practice where intervention and error is introduced and cultivated between each step. The work undermines its transparent functionality, highlighting its uneasy status and linear material progression from malleable to non-repurposable.

http://arsenaltoronto.com/details/trevorbaird/

Please contact j.powell@arsenaltoronto.com for more information or inquiries.


Opening Reception: Greg Ito, Laura Findlay, Trevor Baird

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