Hallway Galleries at Daniels Spectrum
Sat - Sun: 10 AM - 6 PM
Mon - Fri: 8 AM - 9 PM
Statutory Holidays: Closed
The Daniels Spectrum Hallway Galleries (2,500 square feet) are open to the public and free of charge. You can visit anytime to view our ongoing art exhibitions showcasing the work of artists from Regent Park and beyond. Find the Hallway Galleries on the main floor and on the second floor, throughout the hallways.
16 January – 28 January 2020
Reception: 16 January 2020, First Floor, 6pm – 8pm
This is a joint show of Toronto-based artist/designer Libs Elliott and Halifax-based artist/designer Andrea Tsang Jackson. Both artists work in the quilting medium, pushing the boundaries of the medium in their own ways while respecting its traditional roots.
FACETS A facet is one flat side of something that has multiple sides. The term can be scientific, describing molecular structures and precision of gemstone-cutting, but facets can also describe the richness and mess of human life. The flat planes of facets become geometric forms when depth is added. Quilts as two-dimensional objects are only flat in theory; in reality, they develop depth at the levels of construction and meaning. Layers of materials and seams give minute but significant dimension. Their use as functional objects also render them three-dimensional — on a bed, folded up, thrown on a couch. By wall-mounting them in an exhibition setting, they can be perceived as art objects divorced from their use and seen for their richness as connections to the past and bridges into the future. The black, white, and greyscale schemes of the work allow both the intended geometry and its altered purity in a pliable medium to show through. Libs’ ongoing ‘Quilting with Code’ project is an exploration in how modern technology can transform a traditional craft into modern functional art without abandoning the inherent pleasures of handcrafted products. Her goal is to underline the importance of craft as art in our contemporary age by producing bespoke modern heirlooms – just like quilts from a century ago, these are pieces that can be passed down through generations. Andrea’s work takes the traditional craft medium of quilting and applies it to a contemporary context, often using bright hues and bold graphics. She abstracts intentionally accessible imagery, inviting points of connection from the viewer to spark discussion and inquiry. She strives to push the limits of the quilting medium by exploring scale and dimension and by moving traditionally domestic objects into the public realm.
LIBS ELLIOTT is a textile artist and designer exploring the intersection of technology and traditional craft by using programming and generative design to build handmade quilts. She is based in Toronto, Ontario and studied Material Art & Design at OCAD University and received a B.A. in Cultural Studies at Trent University. Her commissions include work for individuals and corporate clients such as Absolut Vodka. Libs has exhibited her work and done speaking engagements internationally. She designs fabric collections for Andover Fabrics Libs’ ongoing ‘Quilting with Code’ project is an exploration in how modern technology can transform a traditional craft into modern functional art without abandoning the inherent pleasures of handcrafted products.
ANDREA TSANG JACKSON is an emerging textile artist, quilt designer, author and educator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After working in various design fields, the quilting medium called to her as a way to explore place, belonging, and agency. She holds a Master of Architecture from McGill University and a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was the 2017 Artist-in-Residence at the Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. She strives to push the limits of the quilting medium by moving traditionally domestic objects into the public realm and aims to initiate conversations about the role of domestic arts in the fine art world. In 2016, she was awarded the Etsy Canada Award for New Talent.