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Item Name: Drawing
Title: Loop Piece
Maker: John Noestheden
Year: 1978
Country: Canadian
Materials: graphite, pencil on paper
Measurements: overall: 89.5 cm x 66 cm
ID Number: PC98.1

Extended Label Info: John Noestheden describes his work as “visual experiences that focus on aspects of the universe and our collective destiny.” This drawing is part of series inspired by an art performance Noestheden organized in the 1980s, in which he commissioned a skywriter to draw a 4-mile diameter ‘smoke ring’ over downtown Toronto at sunset. In his drawings, Noestheden often contemplates questions of philosophy and science. Here, the artist invites us to look up and ponder a cloud-like loop in the sky. In many cultures, loops, knots and crosses symbolize philosophical concepts such as eternal life, the sun, or the relationship between the sky and the earth. John Noestheden (1945 - ) was born in Amsterdam, and moved to Canada in 1952. He received a BFA in 1973 from the University of Windsor and a MFA in 1975 from Tulane University, New Orleans. In 1990 he accepted a position at the University of Regina teaching sculpture and drawing. In 2010, John moved to Hamilton, Ontario where he maintains a rigorous art practice. His work is exhibited internationally and is represented in Canadian and American art museums as well as public and private collections.