Studio Sixty Six



Omnishambles | September 18 - October 18

Instagram Live Reception: Friday, September 18, 6 pm
Location: Studio Sixty Six, 858 Bank Street unit 101


Omnishambles is a made-up word that hit me with a flash of clarity when I came across it. The word perfectly describes the context that these new paintings were made in. I knew right away it would be the title for this show. These are COVID-19 lockdown paintings. After March 13th, 2020 my life, like everyone’s, was turned upside down.  

Working from home, with no access to the studio, the kids off school for months, keeping the household going, painting at night in a temporary corner between the furnace room and the kids’ Lego zone, keeping the virus at bay … all cards were thrown into the air, and are still there—spinning and shifting in constant need of attention to keep them from falling to pieces. Omnishambles.  

Many of the figurative paintings in this show were worked out before the lockdown. Not painted, but images decided upon and drawings done. Their slightly off-putting, something-not-quite-rightness fit perfectly with what I was suddenly feeling. Once the lockdown hit, I shifted gears a little and decided to paint images of artists’ studios. All the artists I knew were experiencing the same thing, and I couldn’t help but think about all the suddenly quiet, empty studio spaces. This is not how it’s supposed to be.  

For many years, I have methodically divided up the surfaces of paintings. I have needed and found ways to break up images into pieces, to create hard-edged structures where intuition and accidents can get to work. The imagery in this exhibition presents different kinds of situations and states. Each painting in its own way is a product of the difficult and frightening time of its creation. The lines are sharp and the shapes are flat, but the colour is alive and generous. My goal has been to make paintings that are true to the chaos of this strange moment, as chaotic as it has been, but to depict it with a visual language of optimism and joy.



Omnishambles | September 18 - October 18

Poetics of the Field | September 4 - October 4

Instagram Live Reception: Friday, September 4, 6-7 pm
Show Runs: September 4 - October 4
Location: Studio Sixty Six, 858 Bank Street, Suite 101

What do the photographer and the painter have in common? Photographer Barbara Brown and abstract painter Daniel Sharp maintain separate studios and practices that do not overlap, yet, there are similarities and coincidences between their works. These two practicing visual artists have been life partners for the past 30 years. It is intriguing to view their works side by side. Their artworks seem to cross over at certain points and ‘talk’ to each other in a dialogue of light, colour, and organic forms.

Brown uses photography to capture compositions she creates using natural materials from her local environment. The plants and flowers she selects are both the subjects and mediums of her complex compositions. These compositions represent particular gardens, seasons, or natural environments. Brown seeks to create immersive images that refer back to the experience of being in a garden or forest. She is interested in breaking down the barriers between subject and object in nature. In her work, Brown negotiates an ancient relational way of being in the world.
Sharp paints compositions that he describes as proto-poetic abstractions. He sees these gestures as utterances of thoughts and feelings sequenced into visual essays, prior to linguistic descriptions or writing. His works are fairly simplified abstract paintings, something like an early stage of expression, analogous in some ways to a poem or a song. He is interested in the impulsive and unmediated gesture, balanced with a constructed, composed structure. He strives for deep colour, the dynamism of forms, and the soft nuances of a composition.

Brown has looked towards abstract expressionist painting for compositional clues similar to Sharp's use of photography as a research tool to see the world.

Poetics of the Field | September 4 - October 4


Ledger, 23..03..18 | October 8 - November 8
Equal Time | November 13 - December 23


Harmony of the Spheres | August 21 - September 13
Rationing Time, Data & Paint | July 9 - August 2
Passages | July 24 - August 16
Lemon | June 19—July 12
Andrew Beck: VANISHING POINT | March 27-April 26
DAVE HEATH | Concert For The Silent Witness
The Art of Giving 2019
Christine Fitzgerald : CAPTIVE | October 17 - November 24
Leslie Hossack : FREUD THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS | September 5 - October 10
Neeko Paluzzi: THE GOLDBERG VARIATIONS | July 19 - August 4
Leslie Hossack: D-Day, Normandy 1944 | June 6 -16
INTERPLAYS | March 8 - April 21
Land & Memory | January 11 - March 3
Art Gifts Show & Fundraiser
WARP : Allyson Rousseau & Gabriela Avila-Yiptong November 9th - January 6th
Gallemit | Thériault
After the Fact | Tony Fouhse | September 21st -28th
IN DETAIL: Amy Barker, Kristina Corre and Kathryn Shriver July 12th - August 12th
Christian Chapman - Gaa-mazinaateseg & Animikiig
September 6th - October 7th 2018
FEMININE REDUX: Lori Brethour Coulter & Ruth Steinberg
POST NEO : Julia Campisi + Manon Labrosse
BALANCING ACT : Troy Moth | Yvonne Wiegers | April 13th
THE SYMPATHETIC MYTH | October 26 - November 18 2017
ARTICULATIONS | November 30 2017 - January 20 2018
SOMATIC SATIATION | September 14 - October 14 2017
FALLING: THE PAST IS ALWAYS PRESENT | August 24 - September 2 2017
RETURN TO FIGURATIVE | July 6 - August 19 2017
IN·HABIT | June 8 - June 30 2017
(tra)digital reveries | May 11 - June 3 2017
PRESENT TENSE | April 6 - May 6 2017
TIME / FRAME | February 23 - March 25 2017
KANATA 150? | January 12 - February 18 2017
UNHOLY OBJECTS | November 10 - December 31 2016
ERUPT | October 5 - November 5 2016
NATALIE BRUVELS | Lovers' Imbroglio | SEPTEMER 8 - OCTOBER 1 2016
these may (not) be places | JUNE 30 - AUGUST 27
ALANA LATINCIC | the game doesn't start until you say YES | JUNE 2 - JUNE 25 2016