Sep 15 - 25
Inspired by the ice silo in what was once the “Wild World of Weather” exhibition at Ontario Places, multi-disciplinary artists Simone Jones & Laura Millard use drawing, sound, and installation to explore circularity and motion. In Recursive Traces, a looped and fragmented recording of Philip Glass’s Étude #1 by Simone Jones mirrors the roundness of the silo. With sound cycling and returning as visitors descend the spiral stairs, circularity is built into the foundation of the installation. Discarded fragments of styrofoam icebergs are illuminated by lightboxes containing images of Laura Millard’s drawings made by snowmobiles etching patterns onto the icy surface of a frozen lake. At every turn, the artists reflect on the cyclicality of weather, time, and our emotional, physical, and perceptual movements.
Simone Jones is a multidisciplinary artist who works with film, video, sculpture and electronics. Many of her works question the nature of perception: she is interested in how we see and how we translate what we see through various techniques of representation. Jones graduated from the Ontario College of Art (OCA) with a concentration in Experimental Art and received her MFA in Sculpture Installation from York University in Toronto. Jones is an Associate Professor of Art at OCAD University, Toronto, where she teaches in the Integrated Media Program. Jones has exhibited her work at national and international venues. Recent exhibitions include Warden and McNicoll at the Doris McCarthy Gallery in Scarborough, the Alex Colville Retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada and L’Avenir (Looking Forward) at the Musée d’art contemporain in Montréal. Jones is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York. ........... Laura Millard’s artistic practice combines drawing, photography and painting. Millard’s work is informed by conceptual and minimal art and is inspired by contemporary representations of the landscape. In recent work she has drawn into aerial photographs of snowmobile ‘line drawings’ made on frozen lakes. Millard is interested in opening up a space in which to play with gesture and mark within a photographic space. Laura Millard has exhibited in artist-run, commercial and public galleries across Canada and internationally; including Where Where Exhibition Space, Beijing, China, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Glenbow Museum Calgary, Sookmyung Women’s University, Korea and St. Lawrence University Art Gallery, New York. She has been a visiting artist and panelist in various university and gallery settings including the Banff Centre, the University of Waterloo, the University of Victoria, the University of Western Ontario, the Mendel Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ontario. An artist, writer and educator, Laura Millard is currently an Associate Professor at OCAD University.