Huntclub, a gallery in Toronto, premieres three new large-scale paintings by Liza Lacroix and a number of TALWST‘s signature ring boxes. It is the first time that the two artists, that are a couple, show their work together on native soil.
Contrasting her earlier oil on Mylar series depicting blemished distorted faces this series moves towards the abstract. Working from collages from fashion magazines the work is reminiscent of layered fabric. As in her previous series that explores the concept of time through the aftermath of violence to the physical body, most probably inflicted with the help of a second party the new work is more introverted portraying thought-processes of the individual mind; bold, layered and messy.
Both artists are strongly situated with art history; TALWST uses imagery from paintings, such as Cezanne and Monet juxtaposed with popular culture, athletes, or scenes from everyday life to create four dimensional miniature scenes in ring boxes. Lacroix is inspired by great painters such as Francis Bacon, Manet and Rothko. Other than this rather broad comparison the work of the two artists have little in common. The exhibition title “Single-Minded” instead alludes to artistic process. Lacroix and TALWST are highly involved in each others creative process; a melding of minds.
The work on view was created in a studio space the two artists have been sharing during the summer. Artist couples that collaborate such as, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen or Christo and Jeanne-Claude create work together both advancing one artistic vision. It might be a challenge to find connections between the work of two different artists with different career trajectories and expressions solely based on the fact that they are partners. Single-Minded surpasses this problem by operating on the premise of partnership, however fleeting, being an inextricable bond. Not only do Lacroix and TALWST challenge each other and engage in intense discussions about their work but their also network and social lives also intertwine. Thus the exhibition explores the notion of linkage; how, from a single mind using two different physical bodies, two bodies of work, two careers, and two connected individuals take shape.
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