Art Works Consulting is proud to present BOX, an exhibition of new works on cardboard by contemporary artist Tessar Lo at the Mi-Yu Gallery (703 College St) from Oct 14 – Nov 4, 2016.
Tessar Lo creates dynamic mixed media paintings where contemporary, historic, and imaginative cultural and aesthetic influences converge. Lo’s artistic works and practice emphasizes the importance of the authentic processes of discovery, expression, and transformation.
Tessar Lo has exhibited internationally at Jaski Art Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Door Studios, Paris, France; Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, USA; Atticus Gallery, Barcelona, Spain; and in Hong Kong, China. His artworks have been featured in Toronto at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Cooper Cole Gallery, and Project Gallery Toronto.
BOX features artworks on pieces of cardboard that were found hanging out in Chinatown, and slowly made their way from the curb into the studio. They were used to make notes, then for doodling, then drawing, then painting, then for cutting up, then reassembling, then painting again. Each stage emerged and merged organically between repeated trials of doing, looking, and looking again.
These pieces originally existed as containers for transport. Acting as keepers- they protected gifts, snacks, mementos, belongings and hopes, as they travelled from one place to arrive safely to the next.
The appreciation of cardboard comes from its simple, effective character, and its inherently changing state. Painting with cardboard in this approach has engaged, among many other things, very personal notions on the meaning of moving things- and effectively, the lives attached to those things- over large distances. In its illusive humility, this material and method provided an opportunity to speak candidly, about things unimportant and imperative, equally- things that will continue to move and change over time.