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Gallery House is excited to announce Jess Cooper exhibition “Viral Series” and the sublime works of Jeffrey Chong Wang "The Night of South Peking" at Gallery House, Toronto Canada.

Gala opening Sat Sept 9, 2017 at 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. with the artists in attendance.

Jess Riva Cooper (http://www.jessrivacooper.com/) is an artist and educator based in Toronto who integrates color, drawing, and clay to create sculptures and installation-based artworks. She received her MFA in Ceramic Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, and her BFA from The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has exhibited her works throughout Europe and North America and has participated in numerous artist residencies. Cooper currently teaches at Sheridan College in the Bachelor of Craft and Design Program in Oakville, Canada.

Cooper creates installation-based artworks referencing fallen economic and environmental climates —where houses have become feral; ivy, trees and Kudzu planted generations ago twist and obscure. Cooper sees a direct parallel between her interest in insidious plant life with the Dybbuk spirit - a malicious possessing spirit from Yiddish folklore believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person. In both cases, a loss of control is suffered as the parasitic entity subsumes the host.

Viral Series is a continued exploration into the death and regeneration that takes place in deteriorating communities. Places and things, once bustling and animated, have succumbed to nature’s mercy. Without intervention, nature takes over and breathes new life into objects, as it does in her sculptures. Clay busts, once pure and pristine, are hardly recognizable. They become tattooed with nature. Their heads grow leaves instead of hair. Their faces scream out in pain — or perhaps pleasure — in the midst of transformation. Often used to represent life, here nature becomes a parable for an alternative state – one where life and death intersect.

Jeffrey Chong Wang (http://www.jeffreychongwang.com/en/index.aspx) moved to Canada from his native China in 1999. He earned a BA from OCADU and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art, with trips to France and Italy for off-campus study. Jeffrey’s artwork is a reflection of emotions and memories and although now living in Canada, his time spent growing up in China has an important influence on his artwork. His paintings are portraits of his family at different ages as well as different locations remembered.

“Deliciously unwholesome and decadently languorous”

– R.M. Vaughan, The Toronto Globe and Mail

Wang’s art is opulent in a symbolism that richly references bygone centuries rendered in a classical, almost Florentine style. His work is filled with intrigue and theatrics; his paintings exist not in the landscape of the familiar but in memories of places that do not exist. Wang’s work reveals an inexhaustible talent for reinventing historical models for an ahistorical age. They are strangely disquieting and expressionistic.

“All the figures that I create on canvas are myself in a way; they reflect my cultural upbringing, personal feelings, and experiences. I think of them as characters in a drama, and the canvas as a stage. My work is a response to the imbalance between my inside feelings and the outside world. I fuse classical concepts and traditional techniques into my work using my own exaggerated figures. These figures reflect the history of western oil painting techniques but also show contemporary themes of eastern culture".

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