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Exhibition Dates: January 9 to February 2, 2018.

Opening Reception: Thursday January 11, 6 to 8 p.m. 



The John B. Aird Gallery is delighted to present, ICONIC CANADA, a solo exhibition introducing new large format abstract work by Toronto Architect L. E. Glazer.

ICONIC CANADA comprises a collection of 22 digital paintings loosely originating from the iconic Hudson’s Bay Company’s blankets the artist took annually to summer camp as a young boy.

Over time, the Hudson’s Bay Company point blankets have come to operate as a kind of national brand. The motifs are imbedded with centuries of Canadian folklore from the time the Courier de Bois first bartered with Canada’s First Nations. Glazer has extracted, and abstracted this underlying iconography as the point of departure for his latest digital paintings on aluminum.

As objects, Glazer’s paintings have an uncanny quality. On one hand, they suggest contemporary cultures’ residual relationship to its past, while on the other hand; they are works that deconstruct specific meaning through the technology of image production. The resultant compositions oscillate between recognizable iconographic references and the unrecognizable form of colour field paintings.

This convergence of digital and fabrication technologies with art, culture, and commerce, produces the phenomenological affect unique to Glazer’s work.


L.E. Glazeris a Toronto-based Architect, Photographer & Artist. Following the completion of formal training in 1979, he has focused on creating works that challenge viewer preconceptions and expectations. Subject matter has been eclectic, with an attraction to the built forms and patterns rooted in his Architectural background.

Glazer’s images explore the deeper significance of contextual reference within the framework of abstracting composition and form.  While Glazer objectively records moments in time, his creative explorations provide viewers with opportunities for subjective reflection on their own world.  Recorded moments are transformed to challenge experiences and provoke viewer sensibilities. It is this dichotomy that provides the richness and cinematic quality to Glazer’s work.

L.E. Glazer’s work can be found in institutional and private collections across North America. He is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists, and is the immediate Past President of the organization.  Rupert Young Fine Art in Toronto, Whitehalls Gallery, Hamilton, Ontario, The Halsted Gallery, Detroit, Michigan, and Posner Fine Art, Los Angeles, California represents Glazer.

ICONIC CANADA is generously sponsored by Royal Custom Contracting


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