Saint Helen

October 6—November 13,2011

According to legend, St. Helen travelled to the Holy Land in search of the “one true cross”. Her expedition resulted in her being named the patron saint of new discoveries. St. Helen’s ardent desire to explore and discover something new was the starting point for this exhibition. With spirits similar to St. Helen’s, each of the artists in the exhibition strive to make new discoveries by exploring the possibilities of paint. Each, in her own way, is contributing to the advancement of contemporary painting. Bool, McIntosh and Moran also share an interest in achieving a balance between abstraction and representation in their work.

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  • oil on canvas
  • oil on canvas, 75 x 90 inches
  • oil on canvas

Based in Berlin, Shannon Bool draws upon several references in her wide- ranging practice. Her paintings display an interest in space and ornament, as well as various systems of representation in the history of art. Bool’s paintings on silk are translucent, reading as veils or curtains concealing things behind their appealing surfaces. Based on found forms, Bool alters the patterns slightly creating her own unique, almost abstract, compositions.

Brooklyn-based Moran also creates paintings that engage in a dialogue between abstraction and representation. The starting point for Moran’s paintings is the idea of a figure or a space undergoing a sort of metamorphosis. The figure shifts from the recognizable into something irrational and abstract. In “Airport”, the female figure experiences a moment of psychological and emotional change that is captured in Moran’s dynamic brushstrokes.

Elizabeth McIntosh, who is based in Vancouver, and whose work in this exhibition appears courtesy of Diaz Contemporary in Toronto, creates bold, formal paintings based on the repetition of basic abstract forms that allude to representational elements. As noted by Diaz Contemporary, “McIntosh’s paintings demonstrate her interest in improvisation and the making of painting into a deliberately undefined journey.”

With its inaugural exhibition, Daniel Faria Gallery begins its own journey and explorations. Situated on St.Helen’s Avenue in a renovated industrial work site in West Toronto, the 3,000 square foot gallery’s subsequent exhibitions will aim to provide the art community with the opportunity to explore and discover the new.