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Artist Talk (Tomorrow) and a Dancing Landscape for the Digital Age

No CommentsPosted November 14, 2017 by Emily McInnes

ARTIST TALK TOMORROW: In Conversation with Kristin Sjaarda and the ROM

Kristin Sjaarda

Thursday, November 16, 2017
12:15pm to 1:00pm

EYE BUY ART POP UP
FCP Gallery
100 King Street West / Bank of Montreal Tower
Toronto, ON (east corridor: past Starbucks, next to the Toronto Board of Trade).

FREE! But, please register for the event.

Please join Toronto artist Kristin Sjaarda in conversation with Mark Peck, the Orinthologist from the Natural History Department at the Royal Ontario Museum. Kristin is a rising star in the world of contemporary, fine art photography in Canada. Her botanical photographs are stunning – with distinct references to the Dutch Masters of the 17th Century – yet the work is deeply rooted in contemporary life. Kristin will discuss the critical role of nature, in the context of her work; the flowers she grows in her backyard garden here in Toronto, and the birds which she borrows from a rescue and research program at the ROM, in partnership with FLAP.

EYE BUY ART POP-UP – FINAL DAYS

There are only 10 days left to see my pop-up at the BMO Tower!

The show has been a massive success and I’d love for you to see it. It will be open every day (including this weekend) until closing on November 24th.

WEEKDAY HOURS: Monday to Friday, 11am – 3pm (and by special appointment)
WEEKEND HOURS: Saturday, 10am – 7pm and Sunday, 10am – 4pm

NEW PHOTOGRAPHS BY LORI HEPNER

Lori Hepner “Paddle #0079, Yukon River, Canada”, 2017
from the series Excursionary Auras, in Situ
16×20″ | $850 | Framed
20×24″ | $1475 | Framed
30×40″ | $3250 | Framed

Lori Hepner “Walk #6671, Kemijärvi, Finland”, 2017
from the series Excursionary Auras, in Situ
16×20″ | $850 | Framed
20×24″ | $1475 | Framed
30×40″ | $3250 | Framed

What is it exactly, that is so beguiling about these photographs. They are waves, almost fleshy in their curvature and dance-like in structure, but what are they? The answer is multi-faceted, and a journey into the intersection of dance, photography, technology and art. A space that Pittsburgh artist Lori Hepner has occupied throughout her practice.

Lori created “Paddle #0079, Yukon River” during a 21-day canoe trip into remote Northern Canada as part of a residency she participated in, in July of 2016, with 11 other artists. The series that resulted, is one-part performance art, and one-part traditional landscape – transformed for the digital age: The original photograph was taken inside the ruin of a log cabin in the gold rush region of Yukon Territory. The image is dark, because the only light coming in was through a hole in the roof that had caved in. To create this work, Lori places a digital negative of the image onto an SD card, which she transfers into a 6-foot-tall LED light stick. She opens her camera shutter, hits play, and begins her dance. As she moves, her camera captures the scrolling arc of light emanating from the LEDs, and records both movement and light into the still photograph we see above. Probably the best way to understand this process, is by watching her video.

p.s. we hung the photo horizontally above, but you can hang them any way you wish! See below.

INSTALLATION VIEWS

IN THE NEWS

A special thank you to Toronto Life Magazine, and to Tim Shore at Blog TO for their coverage “Photography Now”, an EYE BUY ART Pop-Up at First Canadian Place!

 

Thank you for being here, and being part of the journey!

Emily McInnes
Founder,
EYE BUY ART

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EYE BUY ART that Pops

No CommentsPosted October 16, 2017 by Emily McInnes

Grand Format Art Walls, First Canadian Place, Toronto. Courtesy 3M.

I just launched the biggest and most exciting pop-up in EYE BUY ART history, in the heart of Toronto’s Financial District, and I’d love you to join me!

PHOTOGRAPHY NOW
A 6-week Pop-Up by EYE BUY ART
October 16 – November 24, 2017

Opening Thursday, October 19th from 5:00 – 7:00pm
Please RSVP to fcpevents@brookfield.com

FCP Gallery
100 King Street West / Bank of Montreal Tower
Financial District
Toronto, ON
WEEKDAY Hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm, Monday to Friday and by appointment
WEEKEND HoursSaturday November 18th and Sunday November 19th (ONLY) from 10am – 4pm

Note: it’s a good idea to call ahead during the week to make sure the gallery is open, as it is sometimes closed for private events. Please text or call 416-200-8774 to confirm.

 

This exhibition is unlike anything I’ve presented before, and will comprise over 1500 square feet of new work, including one-of-a-kind paper cut-outs by Ontario artist Becky Comber, floated paint shadowboxes by newcomer (to me) Heidi Conrod, and limited edition, large-scale photographs by LA artist Ryan Schude and Toronto artist Kristin Sjaarda (see preview below – pricing and details available upon request).

I am also launching a very special partnership with 3M, who have generously provided support to exhibit grand
format, limited edition murals in the lobby of First Canadian Place (in the BMO Tower, where my pop-up is), where over 80,000 people a day will be passing through. This new program will launch the release of a new kind of art form; mural-sized, limited edition photographs that can be custom fit to your wall.

ARTIST TALK: In Conversation with Kristin Sjaarda and the ROM

Thursday, November 16, 2017
12:15pm to 1:00pm
FCP Gallery

Join us for a chance to win $250 in art!

Please join Toronto artist Kristin Sjaarda in conversation with Mark Peck, the Ornithologist from the Natural History Department at the ROM. Kristin is a rising star in the world of contemporary, fine art photography in Canada. Her botanical photographs are stunning – with distinct references to the Dutch Masters of the 17th Century – yet the work is deeply rooted in contemporary life. Kristin will discuss the critical role of nature, in the context of her work; the flowers she grows in her backyard garden here in Toronto, and the birds which she borrows from a rescue and research program at the ROM, in partnership with FLAP.

This is a story about the interconnectedness of the natural world; a world that is beyond human perception, and yet which we rely upon for our survival. This will be a deeply fascinating conversation that will reveal layers of meaning within Kristin’s work, and which will speak to the importance of narrative in art.

The event will conclude with a draw to win a $250 gift certificate from EYE BUY ART!

 

EYE BUY ART in the NEWS

A big thank you to Chatelaine Magazine for including EYE BUY ART in the September issue, featuring the article “The 3 Best Places to Buy Art (And How To Do It Well)”. It’s an honour to be recognized in this way. Chatelaine is Canada’s most widely circulated magazine, and is known as the preeminent leader in Canadian coverage of women’s issues, including the rise of feminism as a social phenomenon. What a badge of honour.

POP UP PREVIEW


Kristin Sjaarda, Dahlia and Pink Oyster Mushroom, 2017

Transparent Sky Over a Mountain in My Homeland, 2014, from the series Home

Becky Comber, Forest Floor No. 3 (Rankin Inlet), 2017, from the series Her Space

THANK YOU NEW YORK

A special thank you to everyone who visited me at The Affordable Art Fair in New York. This was my 5th time participating, and it was my most successful fair to date. I’ll be back for the Spring edition in March of 2018, and I look forward to seeing you again then!

I am sincerely grateful to have been on this journey with you so far. Thank you for being a supporter!I hope you can join me in celebrating this exciting new adventure in the story of EYE BUY ART.

Emily McInnes
Founder,
EYE BUY ART

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Free General Admission: Affordable Art Fair, New York

No CommentsPosted September 13, 2017 by Emily McInnes

EYE BUY ART

AFFORDABLE ART FAIR NEW YORK

September 13 – 17, 2017

Booth 2.6

Metropolitan Pavillion
125 West 18th Street
(between 6th and 7th Avenues)
Chelsea, New York

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Our bags are unpacked, and the work is hung and ready for the autumn edition of the Affordable Art Fair! I have a spectacular booth this year, with new work  by Kristin Sjaarda (see above), Becky Comber and newcomer Heidi Conrod – a painter from Canada who I am thrilled to be working with for the first time. Keep your eye on my Instagram account for stories and a look at what’s going on!

FREE ADMISSION

I have a limited number of free general admission tickets to give away. Please reply to this message, or send an email to emily@eyebuyart.com, to claim a pair. The fair runs from September 13th – 17th at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th Street in Chelsea. Look for us on the second floor, booth 2.6.

TOP 3 HIGHLIGHTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO AT THIS YEAR’S FAIR


1. Absolutely stunning new work by Becky Comber. She has created a small selection of one-of-a-kind, hand-cut photographs as part of a current series called Her Space. The pre-cut image is a composite of 7-8 photographs that have been stitched together; a document of the various flora and fauna Becky collects during her daily walk through the forest on her land in Southern Ontario. The piece I have in New York was actually photographed in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. I thought it looked almost tropical, but they’re actually small plants collected from the arctic tundra. The shadow play on this work is incredible.

2. Kristin Sjaarda’s work was the buzz of the booth last year (and the year before that). This year will be a show stopper, with 3 large-scale new photos taking up an entire 12′ wall. Her work is luscious, grounded and handsome in a wonderfully, powerful, feminine way. Very excited about this. More images available upon request.

3. Paintings! I’m showing the work of Canadian painter Heidi Conrod for the first time. I love Heidi’s work, and apparently, I’m not the only one (her work is on a wait list of clients from across North America). I’m honoured to be working with this artist. There’s something special about this work; honest, gestural, with just the right dose of everything. I’ll be showing one large 48×60″ painting, alongside a series of seriously beautiful, floating layered plexiglass shadowboxes. Each one-of-a-kind box, contains 5 layers of painted plexiglass and measures 16.5×20.5″ each. Plans are underway to make these on a much larger scale. Come see them in person at the fair, or send me a message if you details and jpgs!

PLEASE NOTE: most of these works I dedicate to the art fairs will not be released online in wider editions. Are you from out of town or can’t make it to the fair? Not to worry. Send me a note if you would like jpgs and more detail about the work. I can even create a mock up of artwork on your wall if you send me a snapshot of your space.

See you in New York, and thank you for being here!

Emily McInnes
Founder,
EYE BUY ART

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The Life Force That Is Ellen Jantzen

No CommentsPosted June 2, 2017 by Emily McInnes


Ellen Jantzen “Cornucopia”, 2015
from the series Unity of Time and Place
14×11″ | $250 | Framed
20×16″ | $550 | Framed
32×24″ | $1750 | Framed
40×30″ | $3150 | Framed
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Ellen Jantzen “To Time and Life”, 2015
from the series Unity of Time and Place
14×11″ | $250 | Framed
20×16″ | $550 | Framed
32×24″ | $1750 | Framed
40×30″ | $3150 | Framed
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I feel particularly connected to these meditative and life-affirming photographs by the wonderful being that is Ellen Jantzen. Yesterday was my birthday, where I always have the pleasure of being greeted by heady blossoms and the abundance of new life. I also spent the afternoon celebrating the life of my friend Simon Ibell, a man who was born with a rare disease, and who fought the odds to survive almost a full four decades longer than anyone said he would.

These images are a reminder that something bigger is at play in our lives. They hover on the portal between body and spirit, with a calm knowingness. Santa Fe-based artist, Ellen Jantzen describes this work in her own words:

This series is a continuation of a body of work I was doing when my father suddenly died. I feel that my life has fundamentally changed, but sometimes seems the same. Where did my father go? What does a life mean after it leaves the body? Does the life-force rise and connect the terrestrial with the celestial, or does it evaporate into thin air? These are questions I contemplate as I create my work. Some say, all time exists at once; the indefinite, continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future are regarded as a whole. I am vastly interested in these states of reality. This cohesion is mesmerizing to me, and after spending the last several years immersed in the past, I am embracing the future. As I set out, the past is with me, transformed. All the losses are still there but there is a brightness forming that allows me to see the entirety, the unity of time and place.

Thank you Ellen, and thank you, Simon, for your unique gifts that make this world shine so bright. If you feel inclined, here is a link to iBellieve, the foundation that Simon founded, where you can make a donation.

POP TIL YOU DROP: THIS WEEKEND AT MY NEW SPACE

Stumble: a pop-up featuring a collective of local designers, creators, and curated goods.
June 3 – 4th, 2017
9am to 6pm
250 Emerson Ave. (near Dupont and Lansdowne)
Toronto, ON

Are you itching for more of Le Pop? Last weekend was a huge success and I’m riding the wave into my new digs! Stumble is a collective pop-up featuring carefully sourced antiques, vintage Moroccan rugs, handcrafted Canadian furniture and ceramics, contemporary lighting and of course, fine art.

Stumble will feature special pieces from:

EYE BUY ART
Atelier Nomade
Coolican and Company
Shelter Bay
TAS
Treehouse Soaps
Charlene McConnell
+ more

I hope you can join us!

Also, mark your calendar for the Affordable Art Fair New York, September 13 – 17th, 2017! I just got my official acceptance letter this afternoon. More to come.

Thank you for being here,

Emily McInnes
Founder,
EYE BUY ART

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Le Pop… and a Move!

No CommentsPosted May 21, 2017 by Emily McInnes

Le Pop!
May 27 & 28, 2017
9am – 4pm
100 Niagara Street, Toronto
(in the former Diaz Contemporary space at Niagara / Bathurst)

Join me next weekend, here in Toronto, for a very special event that is the brainchild of my good friend Charlie Scott, one of the three founders of Trufflepig Travel… and one of the finest purveyors of chic I have ever met. (If you know Charlie, you know what I mean). We are teaming up to bring you Le Pop, a two-day sale featuring spectacular treasures that have been hand selected from around the globe.

LE POP WILL FEATURE…

  • Contemporary, and industrial, hand-made custom lighting from Maude Rondeau of LUMINAIRE AUTHENTIK of Montréal. This will be LUMINAIRE AUTHENTIK’s first show in Toronto.
  • A sneak preview from EMA+P (Emily McInnes Art + Projects), an off-shoot of  EYE BUY ART – and new gallery I’m about to launch! – where I will be representing fine art photographs, singular edition photo-based media and paintings. You’ll have a chance to see work by artists that have been selected just for this show!
  • Antiques, furniture and fine collectibles from DITOUI (a.k.a. Charlie Scott). His collection of curiosities, artifacts and antiques are the real deal, collected over many years of scouring brocantes, flea markets, souks and antique shops from around the world. This carefully curated assortment of oddities is available for the first time at Le Pop.
  • Socially conscious, earth-friendly rugs and textiles from Ali Yaphe of Y&CO, featuring flatweaves from Madeline Weinrib and Oliver Yaphe, wool area rugs and all kinds of fabrics, cushions and wallpaper – a rare opportunity to buy at 50-70% off!

Please join us, next weekend, for this one-time event to collect rare and very special pieces from an incredible gathering of minds in art, design and lighting. It’s next weekend, friends… so, please, put this in your calendars, share the event far and wide and come give me a squeeze!

COMING UP NEXT

My favourite saying is, “tragedy is opportunity in disguise”. While our industrial-era brick building in downtown Toronto has been slated for re-development, it’s allowing me to move on to a new, jewel box sized, street-level space at Dupont and Lansdowne in the city’s reigning gallery district. I’ll have details soon. In the meantime, stay tuned to your inbox next week for a new pair of photographs from EYE BUY ART and details on our fall schedule of shows in New York.

Thanks for being here!

 

Emily McInnes
Founder,
EYE BUY ART

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