A chandelier motif, layered colour and an affinity for Japanese graphics–such as woodblock prints, manga (comics) and anime–link the works of Toronto-based artists Yael Brotman and Libby Hague. Their collaborative installation is composed of Brotman’s miniature acrylic and ink paintings mounted on wooden cubes and Hague’s spectacular, wall-sized cascade of freely hanging woodcuts and cut-paper shapes. Inspired in part by the disastrous tsunami of 2004, this curtain-like composition filled with tumbling gymnasts and explosions has been compared to “an apocalyptic passion play set under Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway.” Brotman’s diaphanous, three-inch paintings offer a delicate counterpoint. Born in Israel, Yael Brotman emigrated to Canada as a child and now practices painting and printmaking in Toronto. Also Torontonian, Libby Hague works in printmaking, photography, sculpture and video.
Meet Libby Hague and Yael Brotman at the opening reception on Saturday, May 13, at 2:00pm. Board the free charter bus at Dalhousie Arts Centre at 2pm. The bus departs MSVU and continues to Saint Mary’s Art Gallery at 3:00pm, then travels to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia at 4:15pm