Behind The Scenes

As my farewell post (goodbye!!), I thought I’d offer a glimpse into the inner workings of my art practice, the little-talked-about side of cultural production...which is to say the messiness of actually doing work. I’ll spare you screenshots of deadline spreadsheets and long email threads. Instead, here are some pictures from my studio and the behind-the-scenes of installing the last exhibition I took part in with my collective, Puddle Popper (Sarah Davidson, Juli Majer, Sonja Ratkay and Mel Thibodeau), at Little Sister Gallery in Toronto. Here’s my studio. Note the stained walls. This is where I unroll big swathes of Arches hotpress watercolour paper and staple them to the wall. To get the

Darel Carey

LA based artist Darel Carey creates large scale, immersive installations using only tape to push the boundaries of optical art. Carey plays with positive and negative space through careful placement of each piece of tape. He adjusts the thickness between each line, creating a undulating, wave-like effect a convincing illusion of depth. These tightly built and energetic ripples dramatically change direction, creating a visual vibration. Carey's work inhibits our ability to understand the real structure of his installation sites, altering their shape, size, and proportion drastically with new colliding planes disrupting their surface. Darel Carey's immersive wall works transform his chosen spa

David Woodward

Toronto artist David Woodward creates dreamy nature collages that play with texture, composition, and the natural world. Woodward's collages are created from photographs saturated with a vintage aesthetic, reminiscent of classic National Geographic magazines or geography textbooks. He uses the textures of nature as his palette, and chooses swatches that are sun bleached, greyscale, or deeply pigmented to highlight the aesthetic beauty of sand, water, and foliage. His compositions are controlled and curated, creating an idealistic yet fragmented final work. Describing his process, Woodward states, "the aspect of collage I enjoy the most is the process – finding an unusual book or magazine tha

BLOG POST #2: References

For this post I thought I’d share some reference points I’ve been looking at recently. The stuff I've been doing in the last year or so comes out of researching scientific illustrators, like Ernst Haeckel, who was a German, Darwin-era scientist and illustrator, and Maria Sibylla Merian who was a little earlier, pre-Linnaeus. I also draw on biomorphic abstraction, so more the history of painting, which I think is related. For instance, Swedish abstract painter Hilma af Klint was totally stealing from Ernst Haeckel's compositions. I have no desire to recreate natural history illustrations, because I think it's a bit problematic. Going to other countries and cataloguing plants and animals, has

Jennifer Pettus

Jennifer Pettus is a Colorado artist who creates whimsical soft sculptures that are disarmingly anthropomorphic. Each of Pettus' playful works has a personality of its own. They are overflowing with textures, colours, and appendages that bring them to life and make them unique. Their layers of fabric and intricately stitched details draw you in and reveal an evocative surface. Soft materials mimic flesh and embellishment implies organs and orifices, which become more animated the longer they are studied. Their plush yet dynamic nature brings to mind a childhood toy, however these, if toys, were created from and for an adult mind. They combine mature and nostalgic materials, including a baby

Sarah Treharne

Sarah Treharne is an artist currently working in Pennsylvania to complete her MFA. Her charming and quirky portraits are both personal reflections and commentaries on her place in the history of painting. Her figures are both clothed in and surrounded by loud, freely painted patterns. Her dense florals and wobbly tiles create an unreal world where colour is highly saturated and perspective is pushed and pulled to her whims. Each surface is filled with excess, an excess of colour, pattern, humour, and desire. Her characters are honest, relatable, and real, such as in “Glad Rags for an Ass that Won’t Fit (Quit)” where soft hips flow over the seat of a chair. Other characters are not real at al

Digital Artist in Residence

We are excited to announce Sarah Davidson as our first Digital Artist in Residence for the month of October! Be sure to check back often to see what she is up to! #news

INTRODUCTION: Sarah Davidson

Hello! This is Sarah Davidson, the Gathered Gallery’s first artist-in-residence. I wanted this first post to serve as an introduction to some of my recent work. The image above is from a show I did last year with two other artists, in a greenhouse, which relates closely to what I’m currently working on (stay posted!). A little bit about my work: I work between drawing and painting to create compositions which comprise shadowy, biomorphic figures and delicate fragments of recognizable imagery. I primarily work on paper, and use ink, goache, pencil crayon and watercolour—media that mirror those used by early botanical illustrators. My compositions are drawn from a combination of visual referen