toronto art gallery


Tadeusz Biernot
Daniel Diaz
Bozena Bar
Bogdan Luca
Debra Archibald
Franco Colalillo
Jennifer Zeitz
Sergei Firer
Sandy Groebner
Jennifer Kleinsteuber
Jason Mernick
Bujar Asllani
Sabine Berzina
Alberto Alvarez
Roy Nachum
David Ruben
Abraham Ruben
Vladimir Kush
Henry Asencio
Michael Flohr
Dominik Modlinski
Ford Smith
Dmitri Danish
Jia Lu
Leonard Wren
John Banovich
Robert Bateman
G. Harvey
Rod Chase
Larry Dyke
Bruce Greene
Andy Thomas
Bob Pejman
Other Artists

Jacob Gallery
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Oakville, ON L6J 0A2

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"Art is that which comes to a man, and stands between himself and an implacable witness – the work.
— Eduardo Chillida

Jennifer Zeitz
Original Artwork

"Objects Are Closer Than They Appear"

April 10 - 22, 2008
opening night reception
Thursday, April 10, 6pm - 10pm

The twenty works that comprise this show come from a period of time that spans over 20 years.  The large black and white abstractions ( Untitled 1, 2 and 3 ) reflect an interest in activating the painting surface in a gestural manner and allow the action of “attacking” the canvas with a loaded stick to move the painting forward.  As I worked on these paintings a kind of overall effect or script became apparent.  The figure / ground relationship continues to change as the painting is observed.  Black areas move from negative to positive space and spatial relationships are redefined.   Human form, both whole and fragmented is present in the work, although it was never my intent to produce figurative canvases.   The act of painting each day in this way with stick in hand ( on both paper and canvas) and only black and white paint allowed me to focus on painting in its purest state.  I was living in Montreal when these paintings were made and had a strong interest in the work of the “Automatistes”.  These paintings are a bridge to the more recent work that is exhibited.  The application of paint in a direct and automatic manner, without a plan or preconceived message may be likened to ‘painting blind’ but ultimately the process yielded a very pure, highly personal and expressive result.  When these painting were resurrected and viewed they became a bridge and inspired the current shadow drawings in both process and content.

     The shadow drawings ( # 11 through 15 ) were begun in 2008.  This series was in no way preconceived.  My intent was to play with materials and to see what emerged.  Over the last few years I have become interested in shadow images and written descriptions of the process of appearance / disappearance of both human and manufactured environments.  Ground graphite was dropped onto paper in a random fashion and then pushed and pulled across the surface finding form through movement.  Once again the figure/ ground relationship seems to dominate and where graphite was dropped a dynamic hole remains.

     The painting “Objects are Closer than they Appear” is composed of five panels and was completed over a 6- year period.  The central panel was begun on the afternoon of 9 / 11.  I had walked home through deserted streets in early afternoon having viewed televised images of the events earlier in the day.  The panel was in direct response to that event.  The other four panels were begun a few years later and contain found objects that were collected on daily walks past a construction site.  The mirror is a ‘loaded’ image and the myriad of references and meanings that are attached to it make it central in reading the work.  The shattered / fractured reflection works in counterpoint to other seemingly whole images that appear or disappear into the panels.  The atmospheric backgrounds are an intentional reference to appearance and disappearance.

I have recently begun to integrate spray- painted line into my work.  It is employed for the atmospheric quality that a fat nozzle will produce and for, what I call, the immediacy of intent. 

“Red / Black 1” is the first in a series of large wood panels that have developed from the shadow drawings.  I have chosen to paint directly onto wood to exploit the textural qualities ( knots provide random ‘holes’).   The large scale of the panels ( 4 by 8 feet ) provides a large surface to explore the physicality of the act of painting and the increasingly dynamic/ dramatic exploration of the shadow themes.

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My work is inspired by life, informed by training and thought and directed by process.  I am an abstract painter by nature although in my recent work figurative elements have again emerged.  Over the last few years I have become interested in shadow images and written descriptions of the process of appearance/disappearance of human and manufactured environments.  The figure/ground relationship is one which I have explicitly articulated and exploited in both large black and white painted abstractions and with my shadow drawings.  The process in both cases involved a conscious surrender to materials and an “Automatistes” approach.  The atmospheric backgrounds in some of my other works are an intentional reference to appearance/disappearance.  I have recently begun to integrate spray painted line into images for the dynamic quality it imparts and its immediacy of intent.

Jennifer Zeitz lives and works in Toronto.


B.F.A  - Queens University
M.F.A. -  Concordia University


Andre Bieler Prize
Art Venture – Honourable Mention


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Toronto Outdoor Art Show







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