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Lissa Bockrath, Fracture, oil on canvas

Lissa Bockrath

April 24 – July 22, 2018


Lissa Bockrath’s newest series of works, her first created in Canada, are large scale abstract paintings, oil on panel and canvas. Bockrath describes these works as “historical urban decay” and “a stream of consciousness”, suggesting to their raw physicality and directness with relation to environmental change, impact of humanity and regeneration after natural disaster.

Several pieces from the panel series have been subjected to multiple processes of adding and removing layers of paint to reveal its corporeality: regeneration, regrowth and release to something new. Her paintings are lyrical assemblages of motifs, shifted and re-shaped into abstract gestures. Through reduction and repetition Bockrath imbues these abstracts with fragility and sensuality.

Bockrath references personal memories to the ‘rust belt nation’ in Cleveland, Ohio where she grew up, in compositions characterized by deep perspectives, surreal cityscapes and soft, ethereal tones. Her panel works subtly explore and reference classical painting; JMW Turner’s The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons of particular influence. There is articulation of temporality, light and space, fading and dispersing; encouraging the viewer to examine further. These physically scaled abstracts reveal both a relation to humanity and growth as individuals as well as ecological rebirth after geological natural disaster.

Lissa Bockrath lives and works in Toronto, Ontario. She was born just outside of Cleveland, OH, USA. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery solo exhibition 2016, Cleveland Ohio, SCA gallery solo exhibition 2015, Solon Ohio, Moen Mason Gallery, Group show 2015, Tucson, Arizona, Las Laguna Art Gallery, Women in Art, 2015, Laguna Beach, California, Zanesville Museum of Art, 70th Annual Exhibition 2014, Zanesville, Ohio, Butler Museum of Art, 78th National Midyear Show 2014, Youngstown, Ohio, University Hospital’s Humphrey Atrium Gallery Solo Exhibition 2013, Cleveland Ohio, Wooltex Gallery ‘Dissolving Nature,’ solo exhibition 2007, Cleveland, Ohio, Unison Gallery ‘Smaller than a Foot’ New Paltz, 2001, New York, Olga Dollar Gallery ‘Landscape, Cityscape,’ 2000, San Francisco, CA, and Trias Gallery ‘Group Show,’ 1999 Toronto, Canada. Lissa Bockrath’s work can be found in public and private collections worldwide.

Lissa Bockrath, Fracture, oil on canvas, 48”x48”. Image ©Lissa Bockrath


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Since 1965, The Art Gallery of Ontario's Art Rental & Sales has consigned artwork from Toronto's top galleries and independent artists, including Olga Korper Gallery, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Bau-Xi Gallery, Georgia Scherman Projects, Feheley Fine Arts, Project Gallery, and many more, totaling over 40 galleries, and more than 50 independent artists. Our entire rotating inventory of over 500 works is available for rent and purchase.


IMAGES: [1] Artwork on wall: Lynne Schumacher, A Walk in the Woods, acrylic on canvas, 40”x60”. Photo by: Maria Martin [2] Lilian Crum, Untitled XIII, 2013, Sumi ink on paper, 50” x70” [3] Tessar Lo, beam, back, black, blue, mixed media on canvas, 60’x48” [4] Joanna Johnston, Doree, archival print on acrylic dibond mount, 60” x 40” [5] CA Henry, Clear Day Portage, oil on canvas, 36”x48” [6] Claire Desjardins, First Day of Fall, acrylic on canvas, 40”x34” [7] Sarah Letovsky, Side Eye, oil on canvas, 36”x30”


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