1 North Square, Cambridge, ON
Sequence and Passage is an exhibition of paintings by two Toronto based artists. Greatly different in scale and treatment, the series of works by Mara Korkola and Monica Tap are derived from observations of passage and movement of respective locations.
Tap’s grand scale paintings work as a series representing scenery in one brief moment translated in painting from information captured in digital video format from a moving vehicle. Exaggeration of the information lost in the digital registry of the initial image provides a rich and textural treatment of the landscape and enables a sense of movement across six large panels constituting the series.
In contrast, Korkola works on a very small scale in series that provide us with access to her walking experiences in a Toronto park. Moving through the space across multiple panels, the scene captures the changing light and complicated vantage points giving us a glimpse of the detail the artist encountered on her original walk. In these grand gestures of movement and passage of time, both artists offer a breath of fresh air and a new level of physical engagement with landscape imagery.
Mara Korkola attended the Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto (AOCADU); Wichita State University, Kansas (BFA) and is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, TX. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including Painting as Paradox at Artists Space in New York, Synthetic Psychosis at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, and Commuter, a comprehensive solo exhibition of her No Place series of paintings at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Ontario. She has received grants from the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Mara Korkola lives and works in Toronto and is represented by Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto Ontario.
Monica Tap is an artist whose many activities involve exploring questions of time and representation in painting. Her practice opens up a space between landscape and abstraction, and navigates the terrain between painting and other media. Her current work is based on Quicktime videos of the landscape captured from buses, cars and trains. Over the past fifteen years her canvases, which are conceptual and systematic investigations into the codes of pictorial illusionism and perception, have been exhibited in Canada; London, England, and New York. She is the recipient of many grants and awards, most recently from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for her project, Translation as a Strategy of Renewal in Painting. Tap’s work is represented in private, corporate and public collections in Canada and the U.S. Originally from Alberta, Monica Tap completed her BFA (1990) and MFA (1996) degrees at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She lives in Toronto and is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph.