Richard Ahnert + Silvia Taylor: All Things Considered

This past weekend marked the closing days of the co-solo exhibition All Things Considered, featuring the work of two celebrated Toronto artists, Richard Ahnert and Silvia Taylor.

While the two artists’ respective mediums vary greatly from each other, Ahnert being an oil painter and Taylor working primarily in glass and metal, the two share a masterful level of dedication to their craft and an ability to create work that grabs the audience’s attention and holds it with a sense of fantasy. The title of the show, All Things Considered, references the wide array of inspiration that builds up the work, but also the depth to which they are constantly self-improving. For this show show, Silvia even apprenticed under several fine jewellery smiths to learn how to create stunning pieces from her signature blown glass, copper and brass.

Foreground: Silvia Taylor, Ogee Calamus installation, glass and copper with aluminum, brass, and bronze

As we finish Richard Ahnert’s third solo exhibition at Wall Space Gallery, we reflect on how far his masterful use of light and soft blending has come. As his painting techniques continue to give his work a more realistic tone, this paves the way for him to take the viewer further down the path of surrealism. Further blurring the line between reality and imaginative fables, Ahnert has been increasingly introducing the human form into his work, allowing the viewer to place themselves into these uncanny tableaus.

Left: Richard Ahnert, Freeflow, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.
Right: Richard Ahnert, Starfish, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.

Silvia Taylor reflects on her several-year-long journey exploring the ogee form, seen continuously throughout her All Things Considered show. The ogee is an architectural term referring to the arch shape created by two reversed s-shaped forms. This form is particularly special to gothic architecture, especially found in cathedrals. This shapeliness appeals to Taylor for its artifact-like qualities, its delicacy, and its physical strength. She has continued to adapt this form to different ends, including seeing how the form changes from glass to other materials like bronze and aluminum, and seeing how it changes based on the nature of the art object: freestanding sculpture, hanging installations, or functional pieces.

Silvia Taylor, Idle Finial

Right: Silvia Taylor, Unimplemented

Silvia Taylor, Ogee Polysemy installation

Work from the All Things Considered exhibition are available for sale as installations and individual sculptures. Visit the gallery to enjoy the full display. We are excited to announce we have extended Silvia Taylor’s display for the remainder of the month.

~ Erin Crowell, Assistant Curator