David Kaye Gallery » Lynne McIlvride

Rare Birds and Strange Bedfellows
February 2 - 26, 2017
Meet the artist: Saturday, February 25, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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The fleet in progress…

I know the following things laid side by side are responsible for this exhibition’s fleet of boats/altars/windows.

A young man casually pulls out his folding fan on a stifling train ride between Rome and Naples. Tiny fishing boats in earnest blues and bowed with gothic arches moored at a Maltese wharf look like altars–windows to another world. Walls of ornate glass boxed reliquaries in a lonely Sicilian monastery contain beautified bits of saints. My own mementos are burned on the bonfire of an ex.

Obviously I was travelling recently… and when travelling, one tends to use whatever material is at hand for art making and I guess I ate more than my share of canned fish. The tins make wonderful frames and with their allusions to things silvery and densely packed, they have since become natural containers for my art. These boats are packages of valuable stuff saved, compressed; precious and endangered things folded in on themselves and packed like sardines. They allude to survival by migration, physical and spiritual journeys. They can be seen as symbols of the Church; they are scoopfuls of water baled out of a larger boat; they are bottled messages thrown out to sea. They are short prayers, poetic as packed suitcases. They are reliquaries. In a sense they are the result of an artist residency I took part in on that same trip near Naples Italy. When I returned home, I folded the drawings I did during that month into tiny accordions until they fit into sardine cans. Beside them are folded watercolour paintings and linoleum prints, remnants of recipes and other things. The glass boat shape goes on last and encapsulates these strange bedfellows.

GALLERY

Lynne McIlvride, Treasure, 2017, mixed media, 5 X 3 1/4 in., SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, Catalan Climb, 2017, mixed media, 9 1/2 X 6 1/2 in.Lynne McIlvride, Boat on Fire, 2017, mixed media, 9 1/2 X 6 in.Lynne McIlvride, Door to the Sea, 2017, mixed media, 7 1/4 X 3 1/8 in.Lynne McIlvride, Wisdom, 2017, mixed media, 10 X 6 3/4 in.Lynne McIlvride, Rest, 2017, mixed media, 3 3/4 X 7 1/4 in., SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, Perfect Day, 2017, mixed media, 9 3/4 X 6 5/8 in.Lynne McIlvride, Icebreaker, 2017, mixed media, 12 1/4 X 7 3/8 in.Lynne McIlvride, Christmas, 2017, mixed media, 14 1/4 X 3 1/2 in.Lynne McIlvride, God Bless Sicily, 2017, mixed media, 10 X 6 in.Lynne McIlvride, Take Heart, 2017, mixed media, 4 X 6 1/4 in.Lynne McIlvride, Tug, 2017, mixed media, 5 7/8 X 4 in., SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, Courage, 2017, mixed media, 6 1/4 X 4 1/4 in., SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, March, 2017, mixed media, 4 1/4 X 7 1/2 in., SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, To Paradise, 2017, mixed media, 5 1/2 X 3 1/2 in., SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, Gozo Ferry, 2017, mixed media, 5 1/2 X 3 5/8 in.Lynne McIlvride, Mrs. Blondin’s Cookies, 2017, mixed media, 7 3/8 X 4 in.Lynne McIlvride, Coast, 2017, mixed media, 7 1/2 X 4 in., SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, Catboat, 2017, mixed media, 7 1/2 X 4 1/4 in., SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, Hand on a Deck, 2017, mixed media, 6 1/4 X 4 in.Lynne McIlvride, Search for Meaning, 2017, mixed media, 7 5/8 X 4 5/8 in.Lynne McIlvride, Rain, 2017, mixed media, 8 X 4 5/8 in., SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, A Boat for Emily D., 2017, mixed media, 9 1/4 X 4 1/4 in.Lynne McIlvride, Seagulls, 2017, mixed media, 10 3/4 X 7 in.Lynne McIlvride, Swimming Race (2), 2017, mixed media, 4 1/2 X 7 3/8 in., SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, San Potito Landscape, 2017, mixed media, 7 1/4 X 4 3/8 in.Lynne McIlvride, Swimming Race, 2017, mixed media, 4 1/2 X 7 1/4 in., SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, Used Boat, 2017, mixed media, 6 X 3 7/8 in., SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, Whaleboat, 2017, mixed media, 4 7/8 X 8 in.Lynne McIlvride, Fishing Boat, 2017, mixed media, 8 X 4 3/4 in.Lynne McIlvride, Sail Around the World, 2017, mixed media, 6 3/8 X 4 5/8 in.Lynne McIlvride, Good Boat, 2017, mixed media, 7 1/4 X 3 3/4 in.Lynne McIlvride, Communion, 2017, mixed media, 10 7/8 X 6 in.Lynne McIlvride, One Teaspoon at a Time, 2017, mixed media, 7 1/4 X 4 1/2 in., SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, Church in San Potito, 2017, mixed media, 9 1/2 X 5 1/2 in.Lynne McIlvride, Eye-Eye, 2017, mixed media, 6 7/8 X 4 7/8 in.Lynne McIlvride, The Mysterious Sea, 2017, mixed media, 5 3/8 X 2 7/8 in., SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, Sunshine, 2017, mixed media, 7 1/2 X 5 in.Lynne McIlvride, Listen to the Water, 2017, mixed media, 7 1/2 X 5 in., SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, Motor Boat, 2017, mixed media, 10 1/2 X 6 in.Lynne McIlvride, Buoyant, 2017, mixed media, 7 1/2 X 4 1/2 in.Lynne McIlvride, Tragic Optimism, 2017, mixed media, 11 1/8 X 5 3/4 in., SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, Psychedelic Sardines, 2017, mixed media, 6 X 4 in.Lynne McIlvride, Boat for Sale, 2016, mixed media, 10 3/8 X 3 3/4 in.Lynne McIlvride, Come and Have Breakfast, 2017, mixed media, 9 1/2 X 3 3/8 in.Lynne McIlvride, Ancient History, 2017, mixed media, 11 1/2 X 3 in.Lynne McIlvride, Crazy Boat, 2017, mixed media, 10 5/8 X 6 1/4 in.Waves, 2017, mixed media, 8 7/8 X 6 3/4 in.Lynne McIlvride, Turning Around, 2017, mixed media, 9 1/2 X 6 1/2 in.Lynne McIlvride, Church, 2017, mixed media, 10 3/4 X 7 in.

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Installation views

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Stormy Weather: new constructions
July 11 - August 25, 2013

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Stormy Weather, 2013, mixed media, 4 1/2 X 5 X 2 in.

Spin

Weather is such a powerful metaphor for human emotion. And that writhing weather monster, the tornado, is a particularly apt way of describing the trauma, the fury, the intensity of loss. It’s hard not to take a tornado personally: it gets to the point by narrowing down and strikes a specific spot. It comes out of the blue. We don’t know what hit us. We are caught in a whirlwind of emotion. Everything is up in the air. There is no emergency plan for these twists of fate.

To put a positive spin on it, a tornado (that snaking shape-shifter) is just energy. It makes a long-winded metaphor that lasts and lasts because it wrecks and then absorbs whatever it touches down on. What starts out as an emblem of emotional devastation contorts into an expression of fury and then is reborn as a metaphor for unstoppable creativity, play, and passion. Like the flowering cross, can it become a cornucopia? Blooming tornados! Elijah goes to heaven, Dorothy goes to Oz. One thing for certain is we are pulled out of our orbit and dropped in a different place, undone.

GALLERY

Lynne McIlvride, !, 2013, mixed media constructionLynne McIlvride, Stormy Weather, 2013, mixed media construction, SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, Tattooed Tornado, 2013, mixed media construction, SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, Keep an Eye on the Sky, 2013, mixed media construction, SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, Do Not be Terrified, 2013, mixed media constructionLynne McIlvride, Do Not be Terrified (open), 2013, mixed media constructionLynne McIlvride, Do Not be Terrified (detail), 2013, mixed media constructionLynne McIlvride, Courage, Courage, Courage, 2013, collaged reduction lino printLynne McIlvride, Disaster Waiting to Happen, 2013, mixed media constructionLynne McIlvride, Look! No Hands, 2013, mixed media constructionLynne McIlvride, Tornado Charmers, 2013, mixed media constructionLynne McIlvride, Tornado Charmers (detail), 2013, mixed media constructionLynne McIlvride, Tornado Cabinet, 2013, mixed media constructionLynne McIlvride, This Train is Bound for Glory, This Train, 2013, mixed media construction, SOLD.Lynne McIlvride, Blooming Tornado!, 2013, mixed media constructionLynne McIlvride, Stormy Weather: new constructions. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride, Stormy Weather: new constructions. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride, Stormy Weather: new constructions. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride, Stormy Weather: new constructions. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride, Stormy Weather: new constructions. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride, Stormy Weather: new constructions. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride, Stormy Weather: new constructions. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride, Stormy Weather: new constructions. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride, Stormy Weather: new constructions. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride, Stormy Weather: new constructions. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride, Stormy Weather: new constructions. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride, Stormy Weather: new constructions. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride, Stormy Weather: new constructions. Exhibition installation view.

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Heaven and Earth: new landscapes
November 4 - 28, 2010

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Heaven and Earth

I am surprised by my recent passage into landscape painting. I blame it on the new addition to the Art Gallery of Ontario with its extensive collection of David Milne’s landscape watercolours, and William Kurelek’s landscape visions. The Dorothy Knowles show at the McMichael Gallery is partly to blame, as is Tom Thomson and of course the entire Group of Seven.

Last January I took part in Can Serrat Artist Residency at Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain. Montserrat is a visually outlandish mountain chain made up of strangely sinuous, suggestive forms and a surface of pink conglomerate stone. Montserrat is said to be an ancient riverbed and is an important catalyst to many artists’ work, most obviously Antoni Gaudí’s architecture. I went there intending to incorporate the Spanish language into landscape painting; however the landscape itself took over. There are words in some of the paintings but they are Catalan rather than Spanish and play a minor role. Montserrat and its Monastery are spiritual and intellectual touchstones in Catalan culture. The Monastery of Montserrat houses a much-revered “Black Madonna”. It also served as a refuge for Catalan nationalists at the time of the Franco dictatorship when the use of the Catalan language was prohibited. If any language belongs in these landscapes it is Catalan but it is the rhythm of the mountain that speaks to me. I have never seen a landscape with so much arrested movement. One of the myths about the mountain is that giants were going to wreak havoc on the land but a good witch turned them into stone mid-stride. The major part of this show is a body of watercolour and mixed media landscape paintings created in response to this mountain. Every morning for a month I would hike and sketch the mountain and every night I would paint it. This body of work represents the emotional response of an outsider grappling with the physical and cultural vertigo of an overwhelming and myth-laden landscape.

The remaining landscapes in the show are Brief Moments of Happiness that are joyful responses to the Canadian prairie sky. Again I am drawn to the movement in the landscape: cloudscapes that come and go in a blink of an eye.

GALLERY

Lynne McIlvride Evans, The Overbearing Sky, 2010, watercolour on paper, oil on glass, 26 X 33 in., framedLynne McIlvride Evans, Pink Conglomerate, 2010, watercolour on paper, 29.25 X 44.38 in., framedLynne McIlvride Evans, Montserrat Elephant, 2010, watercolour on paper, 34 X 37 in., framedLynne McIlvride Evans, Tu estàs aqui. (You are here.), 2010, watercolour on paper, 34 X 47.88 in., framedLynne McIlvride Evans, A Brief Moment of Happiness #1, 2010, watercolour on paper, 24 X 57.75 in., framedLynne McIlvride Evans, A Brief Moment of Happiness #2, 2010, watercolour on paper, 24 X 57.75 in., framedLynne McIlvride Evans, A Brief Moment of Happiness #3, 2010, watercolour on paper, 24 X 57.75 in., framedLynne McIlvride Evans, A Brief Moment of Happiness #4, 2010, watercolour on paper, 24 X 57.75 in., framedLynne McIlvride Evans, 16 de Gener #2, 2010, watercolour on paper, 48 X 34 in., framedLynne McIlvride Evans, 18 de Gener, 2010, watercolour on paper, 48 X 34 in., framed, SOLD.Lynne McIlvride Evans, Cave at Montserrat, 2010, watercolour on paper, 48 X 34 in., framedLynne McIlvride Evans, Feliç Reys, 2010, watercolour on paper, 34 X 48 in., framedLynne McIlvride Evans, 16 de Gener #1, 2010, watercolour on paper, 34.25 X 48.25 in., framed, SOLD.Lynne McIlvride Evans, Heaven and Earth: new landscapes. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride Evans, Heaven and Earth: new landscapes. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride Evans, Heaven and Earth: new landscapes. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride Evans, Heaven and Earth: new landscapes. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride Evans, Heaven and Earth: new landscapes. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride Evans, Heaven and Earth: new landscapes. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride Evans, Heaven and Earth: new landscapes. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride Evans, Heaven and Earth: new landscapes. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride Evans, Heaven and Earth: new landscapes. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride Evans, Heaven and Earth: new landscapes. Exhibition installation view.Lynne McIlvride Evans, Heaven and Earth: new landscapes. Exhibition installation view.

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OSA in the GTA: a year later
LYNNE McILVRIDE EVANS
JUDITH GRAHAM
JOSEPH MUSCAT
July 30 - August 23, 2009

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Cottage Country

Currently I am haunted by landscapes: that mysterious impenetrable landmass on the far side of any lake; the beckoning forests to which we pilgrimage, heading north on clogged highways. We search for wonder and we sometimes find it.

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LYNNE McILVRIDE EVANS
Tourists Welcome: a chapel of recent paintings
November 29 – December 23, 2007

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The Virgin of Guadalupe Will Serve You…, 2007, oil on canvas & wood,
74 X 38 in.