Laura Findlay

January 21 - February 18, 2017

The exhibition Messengers features a suite of new oil paintings rendered on panel by Toronto-based artist Laura Findlay. Long associated with nightfall, bats have also been viewed by some as emissaries for the afterlife capable of ferrying messages between this world and the next. The bat as an allegorical figure first materialized in Findlay's work following the death of a friend and the reminder of the loss in the form of an unanswered email message. Death interrupts life in many ways and one of the most profound is the sudden inability to communicate with those who have passed on. In this light Findlay's paintings are read as visual reveries for fragmented conversations, unrequited sentiment and things left unsaid. Using diverse techniques involving additive and subtractive mark-making Findlay paints vivid, fantastical creatures that appear to emerge from utter darkness. The gallery, in turn, transforms into a grotto with the mimetic arrangement of certain works along the gallery's upper crevices. In paint as in life, these winged messengers defy gravity and any semblance of weightiness as they hover over an earthbound audience.

Laura Findlay (b. 1984) is a Toronto based-artist whose practice encompasses painting, photography and sculpture. The artist received a BFA from Concordia University and an MFA from the University of Guelph. Recent exhibitions include Ghost Story at Xspace Cultural Centre, Toronto (2016), @--}--- at Lord Ludd, Philadelphia (2016), Night Birds at Seafoam, Toronto (2016) and A Camel with 10 Humps, The Project Space, Banff Centre, Banff (2016). In 2013 she was a finalist in the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. Her work is found in numerous private, corporate, and public collections. Currently, she has a solo exhibition at the Kamloops Art Gallery entitled Moving While Looking at Things That Do Not Move, curated by Craig Willms and on view until March 25, 2017. The artist also has an upcoming solo exhibition at Forest City Gallery in London, Ontario, scheduled for 2018.