Workman Arts “Pop Up” Gallery Toronto
Participating Artists: Barbara Greene Mann and Annette Seip.
The windows of Workman Arts “Pop-Up Gallery” space will be transformed by a multimedia installation featuring outlandish scenarios created in the stream-of-consciousness storytelling style of mixed media artist Barbara Greene Mann. Illuminated enlargements of Barbara’s playful works will be complemented by a looped video installation featuring animations of Barbara within her own paintings, which have been created by Annette Seip. Both artists interweave fantasy and reality to magical effect, blurring the line between memory and imagination gone haywire.
Barbara Greene Mann is an MFA graduate in printmaking from Wayne State University (1973) and a founding member of the Tribes of the Cass Corridor in Detroit. She is a prolific artist who paints from memory and imagination. Barbara seeks inspiration from current global issues in order to portray her personal inventions to solve world problems. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Annette Seip graduated with an MSc from McMaster and turned her talents to photography, digital work, and video art after many years in science. Her award-winning photography studies the relationship between order/chaos, isolation/connectedness, and light/darkness. She has exhibited in juried and solo shows, including Visual Arts Mississauga, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, and CONTACT Photography Festival. R.M. Vaughan of Globe & Mail described Annette’s “Ice Diamond” as a “photograph so dappled with liquid light, it could be mistaken for a Mary Pratt painting.