Things are Looking Up

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Pooling Ideas, 2013 Acrylic Painting On Canvas 60" X 30" © Courtesy of the artist and The Elaine Fleck Gallery
Things are Looking Up

888 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1G3
April 4th, 2013 - April 30th, 2013
Opening: April 4th, 2013 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Queen West
416 469 8005
Tuesday - Sunday, 12-5. You can also visit by appointment or by chance.

Amy’s paintings offer an alternative view to all the inconvenient truths about environmental degradation. Using natural forms as examples for sustainable design, she suggests innovative solutions for urban planning and development. 
“This new series of paintings began with a vision I had while looking up in a forest. The trees towered in from all directions much like high-rise buildings in city centres. When i made this connection, I had to bring the two worlds together on canvas. I juxtaposed vertical tree panoramas from Banff National Park and the Halliburton Highlands with buildings from Toronto, Calgary and Cincinnati. A few energy efficient buildings emerge in the works to remind us of the progress being made all around us. By shifting the vanishing point from low to high in space, I force the viewer to keep their chin up and be optimistic about the future of cities. “ ~Amy Shackleton
Amy also introduces her new, ambitious series: The Canada Project
The Great Canadian LEED-scape project is a 53-foot-long, 13 panel painting that explores the natural environment and the recent development of sustainable buildings across Canada. With this project, she reveals the progress that is being made with the design, construction and operation of energy efficient buildings. More and more developments are making changes by incorporating green roofs, rain gardens, solar energy, geothermal heating/cooling, and urban agriculture. An internationally recognized rating system, called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), is in effect to classify and encourage these innovations. Using Canada’s LEED certification program as a guide, she pairs Canadian landscapes with brilliant examples of sustainable development across the great Canadian LEED-scape.