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Division Continues at Loplops Gallery

Division, an exploration of personal ideal and illusion by artists Sherie McKay and Pat Gladu, is being displayed in the gallery at Loplops Lounge at 651 Queen Street East(next to the Duke of Windsor).
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Division, an exploration of personal ideal and illusion by artists Sherie McKay and Pat Gladu, is being displayed in the gallery at Loplops Lounge at 651 Queen Street East(next to the Duke of Windsor).

Sherie McKay's paintings are constructed using gauzy material which has been imprinted with a painted female body. This body print is then laced as though it was in itself a corset. A second image is then overlaid creating the body and wings of a butterfly. The concept revolves around the idea of transforming oneself into something beautiful, but utterly different from the original form (a caterpillar). It is an ideal, but not necessarily attainable. Evolution has allowed the butterfly to do what the human wishes to create through contraptions, surgery or self starvation. It is the division between nature and human manipulation.

Pat Gladu has been working as an artist in the Sault for just under 8 months now and recently painted a mural on the back wall at Loplops. This exhibition entitled "Division" is the first group show that Pat has been part of since his move to the Sault. The focus of the work in this exhibition is similar to his last exhibition at Loplops, which focused on ideas of pattern, cell structure and the physiological effects on the viewer. This work has moved more towards the visual effects of colour and contrast on the mind and body. The visual layers in these paintings allow the viewer to "travel" into the layers of the painting while experiencing the effects of color.

The gallery at Loplops Lounge hosts regular exhibitions featuring the works of various local and regional artists. Each display opens with a formal event and an opportunity to meet the artist. The lounge's mandate is to support local, regional and international artists.