felt paper lace
May 20 - July 10, 2016
In the work of Chung-Im Kim and Pam Lobb the materiality of our everyday surroundings is confronted, both in its making and in its textural expression.
Chung-Im Kim screen-prints, stitches and contorts industrial felt into grid-like patterns that curve in organic architectural formations, echoing 3D topographical maps. Bright reds and strong graphics punctuate the neutral colours. Dangling threads whisper the beauty of the handmade and underscore Kim’s delicate balance between tradition and technology.
Pam Lobb’s sculptural paper and lace constructions recognize the social context and creativity of women’s work in rural Ontario. The delicate and whimsical objects are overlaid with embroidery that highlight sections of the crocheted patterns and insert motifs from porcelain china. The pieces embody a feminine history and point to the possibilities of creating new narratives.
Chung-Im Kim was born in Seoul, Korea and received her MFA from Seoul Women's University in 1984. She began her career working in the textile industry as a surface pattern designer while also teaching and running a studio in Seoul before moving to Canada in 1990. Since her arrival, Kim has been a resident in the Textile Studio at Harbourfront Centre and a freelance designer in the design industry before becoming an associate professor in the Fibre Dept at OCAD University in Toronto. Kim places equal emphasis on both her teaching and artistic career. Her role as an educator has expanded towards institutional collaborations challenging her students to work in a variety of public settings. At the same time she has also maintained an active studio practice: recent exhibitions include group show “Sensorial Objects” at Craft Ontario Gallery in Toronto, and upcoming group show “Objects in Flux” at Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and “Soul of Bowl” at Bogojae Gallery in Seoul, Korea, and solo exhibition at David Kaye Gallery in Toronto this fall.
After graduating from the University of Guelph in 2007, Pam Lobb spent five years as a studio assistant with printmaker, Tammy Ratcliff. In 2011, she co-founded Graven Feather Studio with Erin Candela and Jessica Bartram. The studio/ gallery/ workshop space is located in Toront on Queen Street West. Graven Feather is her studio space, as well as where she is able to work with different artists each month to exhibit and create work. This is constant source of inspiration and creative energy.