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Needles and Pins

June 4, 2016 - January 8, 2017

Colleen Heslin’s paintings resonate with the tension of material and gestural complexity. The artist hand-dyes cotton and linen in small batches, and hangs them to dry, which develops residual surface textures. The stained fabric is then cut and pieced together – similar to quilt-making construction. Colour is in constant dialogue; the pure simplicity of isolated colour is central to every painting. Considering formal abstraction and craft-based methods of mark making, Heslin’s work thoroughly explores colour, shape, and texture, while acknowledging the histories of photography and textiles, and finding connections with the Colour Field painters of the 1960s and 1970s. Aspects of her process – specifically dyeing and sewing – are also inextricably linked to domestic labour, feminism, and craft.

These paintings do not immediately reveal how they are made or what they are about, yet each advocates for close and sustained reading. The work seeks the space of open interpretation, positioned between the unfamiliar and the familiar. Chromatic expanses and complex shapes play off each other to create paintings that are narratively ambiguous, yet intensely evocative and poignant.

The McMichael’s presentation of Colleen Heslin: Needles and Pins includes nearly a dozen new works created specifically for our site.

Curator: Naomi Potter

In partnership with the Esker Foundation, Calgary

Details

Start:
June 4, 2016
End:
Jan 8
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Venue

10365 Islington Ave
Kleinburg, Ontario L0J1C0 Canada
Phone:
1(905) 893-1121

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McMichael
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905.893.1121
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info@mcmichael.com
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