Beguile: James Carl and Lyn Carter

July 10, 2014 – October 26, 2014
Installation shot of “Beguile: James Carl and Lyn Carter”. Photo: Andre Beneteau
James Carl and Lyn Carter
July 10 to October 26, 2014
Janice Laking Gallery
Reception: Thursday, July 10, 7 to 9 pm

Beguile brings together contemporary post-minimal sculptures by Canadian artists Lyn Carter and James Carl as a complement to ETROG / MOORE. Carl’s anthropomorphic forms visually summon the truncated limbs and abbreviated torsos of the sculptures by Moore, Brancusi and Arp. Eschewing traditional modernist materials―marble, granite and bronze and the associations of permanence they elicit―Carl constructs his fragile forms by intricately weaving slats from venetian blinds. Also fashioning her abstract sculptures from consumer materials, Carter employs cloth sections that are cut and sewn together and fitted around nominal armatures. While the silhouettes of her delicate structures echo the undulating curves of the human form, they also recall the contours of decoratively carved furniture, a domestic resonance shared with Carl. Like his sculptures, Carter’s luminous volumes possess a disarming beauty. Beckoning our engagement, these provocative works engender a dialogue between mass and volume, elevation and gravity, the translucent and the opaque.

James Carl holds a MFA from Rutgers University and degrees from McGill, the University of Victoria and the Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing. He has exhibited extensively, nationally and internationally, and his work is in collections in North America and Europe. Carl is a Professor of Studio Art at the University of Guelph. He lives in Toronto. Lyn Carter completed an AOCA from the Ontario College of Art and a MFA at York University in Toronto. She has exhibited across Canada, the United States, Australia, Britain, Spain, Mexico and China. Carter is a Professor in the Art & Art History Program at Sheridan College/University of Toronto Mississauga. She is based near Grand Valley, Ontario.