It's Personal

September 7 to September 25, 2022

Location: Parkview Gallery

Presented by: 34T Collective

Reception: Thursday, September 8, 2022, 6 pm – 9 pm

The three artist group 34T Collective consists of Teri Donovan, Arnie Lipsey and Rachael Speirs

Part of this exhibition’s aim is to challenge current visual arts definitions and boundaries, while at the same time encouraging connection and engagement. The work embraces the personal and emotional, rejecting the dryly aesthetic considerations of much contemporary work, both representational and abstract. In so doing, these artists hope to connect on a visceral level with the viewer, using the power of narrative and biography. In these times, making those deeper connections has taken on an urgency that grows with each passing day.

The show consists of the work of three Toronto based visual artists who have found commonality in their approach to self expression. From their individual perspectives and backgrounds, they seek to illuminate inner emotional landscapes, legacies of family history, childhood mythologies and the myriad ways in which the past inserts itself into the present. The show consists of two-dimensional works by all three artists. Each piece stands on its own and in dialogue with the other pieces in the show, and speaks to the universally shared impact of family on personal histories and stories. Each of these artists; Teri Donovan, Arnie Lipsey, and Rachael Speirs, use varied media and formats, displaying both a high degree of technical accomplishment, and a diverse exploration of visual styles.

These three artists recognize that it is the personal aspects of their work that unites them in commonality. It is their hope that the impact of their work will similarly resonate with the memories and experiences of the viewer.

Banner Image: Teri Donovan, Scapegoat

Teri Donovan, The Good Girl
Arnie Lipsey, Leaving Vilkomir
Rachael Spiers, If You're Quiet You'll See Them