Abstract Paintings Exhibition by “Kathy Toth

July 15- July 27, 2010
Tuesday – Friday 11:00 am–6:00 pm
Saturday 1:00-5:00 pm
Sunday & Monday by appointment only
Please call 416 361 6045

Opening reception:
Thursday July 15, 2010, 6:00-9:00 pm

Kathy Toth’s paintings are inspired by personal experiences she has had. While attending art school she learned that being messy and having drips was something one should aspire not to do, in that it showed sloppiness and carelessness. Stability and professionalism is represented with cleanliness, and staying within the lines as professional. In her involvement with street art, drips, streaks and whatnot were even more frowned upon.

Cleanliness in lines,  fills and patterns defined ‘proper’ and ‘professional’ for her until she finally decided to  let go and attempt to portray emotions without any figurative forms and focus on the ‘essentials’ themselves.

The liquidity series does just this, and is the second in a series of abstract works where color, action and suspension of motion are painted on wooden surfaces. These works represent a real change and evolution from her earlier work because all the rigid ‘formal’ rules have been ignored and everything has been stripped down to their most basic forms. Colors, actions, lines, drips and splatters all make an evocative visual plane that either illicit a response, or not. It’s not only the works which are liquid in form themselves, but also a representation of the liquidity of our marketplace and all the changes that have taken place in the past year or so. Nothing really feels solid anymore, not just people’s finances, but other more fundamental concepts of our ideas in politics, institutions and so forth. Nothing is really as it seems.  Society’s confidence in many of the institutions that used to define stability have eroded away to the point where everything literally just slides off the surface.

Kathy is a visual artist and photographer from Toronto who is largely a self taught.  She has exhibited her work locally for almost a decade in many different types of venues and her work can be found in collections in Canada, the United States and Hungary.