Stanzie Tooth, The Distance of the Moon: The title of this dreamy, delicate show tells you something specific, and knowing it helps. Borrowed from a short story by Italo Calvino telling a tale of earth and moon existing in such close proximity that the distance between them is travelled by boat, the show takes its metaphor to near-literal heart. For Tooth, a young Toronto painter with a nomadic urge (she’s spent the past couple of years largely in Berlin, with sojourns to such far points as Iceland), The Distance of the Moon, with its soft, cool palette and seductively oblique forms, is nearly autobiographical. From her beginnings as a painter of landscapes here at home, Tooth has let her feet leave that familiar turf and drift upward, into a great blue yonder of her own imagining. And what a lovely place it is.
Opening March 9 at General Hardware Contemporary, 1520 Queen St. W., until April 8.