Referencing our biological response to visual stimuli in the form of rapid eye movements (saccades) and the short stops our eyes make in between (fixations), Fixations & Saccades connects the work of six multidisciplinary artists whose process is grounded in abstraction. While exploring some of the same perceptual territory as Op Art, their work is not limited to generating optical effects; rather their purpose is to challenge and disrupt expectations of two- and three-dimensional mediums ranging from painting to print to sculpture. By juxtaposing similarities and differences between materials and processes the exhibition sets out to stimulate an experiential push-pull between divergent approaches to abstraction.
Jaime Angelopoulos received her MFA from York University, a BFA from NSCAD University, and studied at Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas. She was awarded the Hazelton Sculpture Prize in 2013 and recently participated in a residency at KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre in Finland. Jaime Angelopoulos is represented by Parisian Laundry, Montreal and MKG 127, Toronto.
Paul Dignan was born in Scotland and moved to Canada in 2003. He is a graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art, London and has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally since the mid 80’s. Among various awards he is a past recipient of The Rome Scholarship in Painting and was also the Canada Council for the Arts ISCP resident in New York in 2013.
Daniel Hutchinson has had recent solo exhibitions at YYZ Artists’ Outlet (Toronto), and Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery (Halifax), and participated in The Painting Project at L’Université du Québec à Montréal, and More Than Two (Let It Make Itself), at The Power Plant (Toronto). Accolades include the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, the Brucebo Foundation Residency (Sweden). Daniel Hutchinson is represented by Angell Gallery, Toronto.
Janine Miedzik has an MFA from the University of Guelph and honours BFA from OCADU. Recent exhibitions include Blaze at Artscape Youngplace in Toronto, Hedge Wedge Mantle and Façade at Evans Contemporary in Peterborough, A Clown Car Pulls Into A Smart Centre at Boarding House Gallery in Guelph, and No Fixed Address at Gallery Stratford.
Sasha Pierce is a Toronto based artist who received her MFA from the University of Waterloo. Recent exhibitions include Mixed Greens, New York (2015); Open Studio, Toronto (2015); Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina (2014); Jessica Bradley, Toronto (2013); and Mercer Union, Toronto (2013). Sasha Pierce is represented by Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles.
Gary Spearin has recently exhibited OO at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery; iNifiNiTi at the Kelowna Art Gallery, Museum London, and McMaster Museum of Art; and View from Here at OBRAS, Alentejo, Portugal. He has an MFA from the University of Guelph, and a BFA from NSCAD University. He has received grants for the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts and his work can be found in public, corporate, and private collections.