Cathy Daley: She

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 10:00am to Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 6:00pm

Cathy Daley: She

Opening October 19th at Project Gallery in Toronto

Mining iconographies of the feminine through vocabularies of glamour, fashion, popular culture, cartoons, street signage, films, social media, fairy tales and mythology, Cathy Daley’s work acknowledges and explores masquerades of feminine identity with humor, depth and edgy beauty. Cultural imageries including historic female objectification in a range of civilizations inform her drawings.

This new body of work, inspired by a variety of representations, also explores the territory of childhood memory, feminine identity, as well as dresses and their relationship to movement as observer and observed. Daley’s drawings emerge from Russian constructivist costume, contemporary avant-garde fashion, Degas’ ballerinas, Toulouse Lautrec’s can-can dancers, the painted clothing of Matisse, vintage Hollywood cinema and many other sources.

The series of small-scale drawings interrogates clothing as cover, protection, and as a social display often relating to gender. Compositions are constricted and flowing; legs and torsos dance with swirling emotion and gestures. Her drawn bodies explore energy, strength and vibrancy while at other junctures something more unrealizable and unreadable occurs through stillness, vulnerability, and delicacy. Daley’s exaggerated use of form alludes to her sophisticated integration of figure and abstraction.

Daley draws with charcoal and black pastel on translucent vellum, in both large and small scale, individual pieces and linked series. Commenting on her use of media, she says, “Black pastel is an elemental drawing material that allows for the potential of overwriting involving a spontaneous direct working process with a wide range of depth and tonality that borders on a sculptural presence”.

Cathy Daley is a celebrated Canadian artist with work in numerous private, corporate and public art collections including the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is the recipient of many awards and grants, and her work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. Reviews of her work have also been published in Art in America, Border Crossings, Canadian Art and many other publications. She is an Associate Professor at the OCAD University.

Venue & Address: 
Project Gallery 1210 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON
Website: 
http://www.cathydaley.com/
https://projectgallery.ca/upcoming-exhibitions/
Phone: 
(416) 315-1192
abstract figurative work, black on white

Cathy Daley

delay
Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, June 1, 2008 - 4:00am

Cathy Daley is a Toronto-based artist and Instructor at OCAD, who mines contemporary vocabularies of glamour, fashion, popular culture, to examine the iconography of femininity as it exists in cultural imaginary, personal memory, and fantasy. Building on persistent cultural images inspired by ballerina tutus, the garb of fairy-tale princesses and Barbie doll couture, her large scale pastel-on-velum drawings investigate childhood memories of what it means to be female in Western culture and explores cultural representation of the feminine and the body. She often incorporates the iconography of cartoons, street signage, Hollywood cinema, fairy tales, and mythology into her work.

“These drawings constitute a virtuoso performance... [and] reflect a contemporary post-feminist ambivalence toward fashion, critiquing the garment industry’s wrapped-and-bound feminine ideal and the notion of woman as spectacle.” - Roni Feinstein, Art in America

Venue & Address: 
Edward Cella Art + Architecture 10 E. Figueroa Street, Suite 3, Santa Barbara, California
Email: 
director@edwardcella.com
Cost: 
Free

Captive Visions: Contemporary Canadian Art

Cathy Daley at Eli Klien Fine Art, NY
Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 5:00am to Saturday, March 8, 2008 - 5:00am

Eli Klein Fine Art presents a major gallery exhibition of important contemporary Canadian art. This show includes a selection of some of the most prominent Canadian artists such as Cathy Daley, Marcel Dzama, Tony Scherman and Max Streicher--several of whom will be showing in New York for the first Time--in addition to the work of emerging artists who are beginning to gain recognition such as Talia Shipman, Elena Willis and Christopher Ross. Reflecting Canada itself, the artists present a multiplicity of aesthetics and
perspectives and present painting, sculpture, photography and drawing. This exhibition is titled Captive Visions. Captive is defined as held in bondage, enslaved and also as enraptured, as by beauty; captivated. Ideas are unleashed from captivity, and beauty is revealed; Canadian art is discovered.

Venue & Address: 
Eli Klein Fine Art 462 West Broadway, New York, New York
Email: 
Info@EKFineArt.com
Cost: 
Free

Cathy Daley

Cathy Daley at Birch Libralato Gallery
Saturday, November 24, 2007 - 5:00am to Saturday, December 22, 2007 - 5:00am

Birch Libralato Gallery in Toronto presents new work by Professor Cathy Daley.
"For the past number of years, I have been exploring the iconography of and representation of women in popular visual culture. In this new body of work, employing the medium of black pastel, I have drawn partial views ' a woman wearing a scarf, the edge of a coat lapel, the contours of a billowing checked skirt, the mystery of a darkened room, a string of pearls. These various sized fragmented images are positioned in various relationships to one other, suggesting some larger context. Some are abstracted to schematics; others are like stills from a film, suggestive of narrative. The exhibition will also include a new series of collage work that combine images extracted from fashion magazines juxtaposed to, and/or embedded within drawings of furniture and architectural structures."
-- Cathy Daley

Venue & Address: 
Birch Libralato Gallery 129 Tecumseth Street, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free