November 18, 2017 - January 6, 2018
The exhibition Wading Through presents a suite of new paintings by Toronto-based artist Haley Uyeda. Expanding upon her signature cut-canvas technique, the series attempts to capture the transient and translucent qualities of water, as well as its effects upon the body and psyche. Through a sequence of cut marks that pierce the canvas, the eye is led across the threshold to a space once held from view where a myriad of colours (cast from the painting’s undercarriage) ripple and undulate like reflections skimming just beneath the surface of water. In a second group of works, the artist reverses the subtractive technique by applying delicate touches of paint that mimic the appearance of water droplets falling through the sky. At once atmospheric and serene, Uyeda’s work renders in paint the fluid movements of natural phenomena.
Haley Uyeda is a Toronto-based artist whose practice presents painting as a responsive proposition rather than a fixed, permanent gesture. In 2016 she received an MFA from York University and was the graduate recipient of the Samuel Sarick Award. She has exhibited at Diaz Contemporary (Toronto, 2016), Art Mür (Montreal, 2016) and VSVSVS gallery (Toronto, 2014). This past summer, Uyeda participated in the Once Upon Water artist residency on Pico Island in the Azores, Portugal. Uyeda’s work can be found in private and corporate collections.
This exhibition has been organized in collaboration with Diaz Contemporary, Toronto.