Box – Tessar Lo

Presented by Artworks Consulting and Mi-Yu Gallery, located at 703 College St, Toronto.

Opening Reception: Friday Oct 14th 7-10pm (RSVP)
Exhibition Dates: Oct 14 – Nov 4, 2016

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The pieces of cardboard found hanging out in Chinatown, slowly made its way from the curb into the studio. They were used to make notes, then for doodling, then drawing, then painting, then for cutting up, then reassembling, then painting again. Each stage emerged and merged organically between repeated trials of doing, looking, and looking again.

These pieces originally existed as containers for transport. Acting as keepers- they protected gifts, snacks, mementos, belongings and hopes, as they travelled from one place to arrive safely to the next. But as they are flattened, cut, folded and left on the street to be recycled, they embody a change of state. They become the perfectly flawed “canvas” to be worked with- carrying the nicks and bruises of time and distance travelled with them.

All good things bear a quality that is imperfect, dusty, transitory- with the world showing on its surface and in its spirit. Though all beings are of these attributes, things are often created with the purpose of representing something perfect, permanent and ideal- the feeling is evenly noble, beautiful, ignorant, and futile.

The appreciation of cardboard comes from its simple, effective character, and its inherently changing state. Its place in the studio became a springboard for a focused consideration and dialogue revolving around purpose, repurpose, location, and the slow change of these things and of all actual matter involved. Painting with cardboard in this approach has engaged, among many other things, very personal notions on the meaning of moving things- and effectively, the lives attached to those things- over large distances. The resulting body of work is a token of a specific space and collaboration, an effort in listening and waiting as much as actively making. In its illusive humility, this material and method provided an opportunity to speak candidly, about things unimportant and imperative, equally- things that will continue to move and change over time.

Tessar Lo has exhibited internationally at Jaski Art Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Door Studios, Paris, France; Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, USA; Atticus Gallery, Barcelona, Spain; and in Hong Kong, China. His artworks have been featured in Toronto at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Cooper Cole Gallery, and Project Gallery Toronto.


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