MAIN SPACE EXHIBITION
JANUARY 14 – FEBRUARY 4, 1994
RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 1994 AT 8 PM
LOCATION – STRIDE GALLERY
722, 11 AVE S.W, CALGARY, ALBERTA
Arlene Stamp was born in London, Ontario in 1938. She currently lives and works in Calgary, Alberta.
This show lies somewhere between Toronto and Calgary. It is brought to you via trans-continental telecommunications networks.
It lies somewhere in-between my Gladys Johnston work and my recent work with Tilings. Somewhere between my love of painting and mathematics.
It came together after a telephone call from my Calgary collaborator, Chris Cran, in which he told me of his plans to have a rug hooked from a digitized image of a Gladys Johnston painting. He said, “It reminded me of the Tilings you’re doing,” and I said, “Yeah but, I’m coming at the problem from the opposite end, the Toronto end.”
At the Toronto end, I have been working with recursive binary patterns; that is, patterns which manifest themselves simultaneously at every scale. They seem to embody a different kind of planar “space” for me, a space which both surrounds and embeds the eye. It reminds me of the kinds of concerns which brought me to do the Gladys Johnston paintings ten years ago.
So this show brings the two ends together in an attempt to narrow the gap between my two different journeys towards that always elusive, missing middle.
-Arlene Stamp 1993