- BEING: Krista Arnold & Chen Cao: Feb 19 – March 4
Opening Reception: Saturday February 21st, 6-10pm
Exhibition Dates: Feb 19 – March 4, 2015
Krista Arnold (front space)
Krista Arnold was born and raised in Aurora, Ontario. Growing up she became increasingly involved in art, which eventually lead her to OCAD University where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2013. Krista’s body of work reflects on what it is that separates the living from the dead. Her life-sized oil paintings of human figures explore this separation between one’s physical and spiritual self, and sheds new light on the single thing that unites us all; our mortality.
“Over the past year, Krista has had her work displayed in several galleries throughout Toronto and the GTA, and was awarded a grant from The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation to pursue further investigation into the spiritual nature of her work by travelling to Israel and India in September 2014.”
Chen Cao (back space)
Chen Cao was born in China and moved to Canada at the age of nine. However he was influenced by eastern philosophy and religions throughout his life. Born with physical illness he tends to contemplate the limits of human potential. At an early age, it had occurred to him that there is this idea of mind and body. And the two are instinctively different. His relationship with his body is crude and with his mind subtle. Both are victims of impermanence yet, together they may convey the everlasting, the transcendent, and the sublime.
“I borrow the term Being as an adjective to describe act of using two imperfect entities in harmony to transcend singular perfectionism.”Opening Reception: Saturday February 21st, 6-10pm Exhibition Dates: Feb 19 – March 4, 2015 Krista Arnold (front space) Krista Arnold was born and raised in Aurora, Ontario. Growing up she became increasingly involved ...
- ECHOES: Cate McGuire & James Nye: March 5-18
A key point of thematic intersection between the works of Cate McGuire and James Nye is in both artists’ exploration of the parallels between inner and outer spaces. Their practices align in their use of contemporary aesthetics and palettes, as well as the incorporation of the everyday uncanny, and an emphasis on turning the typical into something unusual, and at best, beautiful. Together McGuire and Nye’s work is strengthened as the core idea of integrating diverse fragments of spatial imagery to create a unified and stimulating image is echoed in both of their practices.
Opening Reception: Saturday March 7th, 2-6pm
Exhibition Dates: March 5 -18th, 2015
Cate McGuire is a Toronto artist with an extensive and varied background in art and design; having graduated with both a bachelor of fine arts degree from Concordia in 1989, and a post-graduate degree of architecture in 1995 from UBC.
For the most part, McGuire uses her own photography, found images, paint, and bits of paper to piece together images that create an architecture that is a stand in for the built world we live in. Her goal is to refresh places, to invent or to recombine them, in the hope that this makes us notice what we may take for granted about where we choose to live and what we choose to build. Using architecture and landscape to represent social constructs and emotional attachments are ongoing themes in McGuire’s work.
Cate McGuire has been actively producing art for the past thirty years. She has shown her work at the Artist Project, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, the Elora Centre for the Arts, and other venues. A survey of work can be seen at Davis Canadian Arts, in Stratford Ontario, on an ongoing basis. McGuire’s work can be found in the permanent collections of Teleglobe Canada, Concordia University, John Abbott College, as well as in many corporate and private collections in Canada, the United States and abroad.
James was born in Kitchener and grew up in Ajax and Pickering. After graduating from high school he moved to Vancouver Island where a slow and steady process of awakening took place involving the discovery of painting. Within two years he was studying art full time at the Victoria College of Art where he graduated in 2002. James has since moved back to Ontario, and has shown his work throughout Canadian significantly in Ontario, Vancouver, and Montreal, as well as New York City.
“In my paintings the beauty is in looking and not necessarily what you are looking at. So whether they consist of clouds, graffiti or people, means little. What matters to me is how these things are given shape through the fundamental principles of light. My paintings are rooted in the realist, descriptive tradition of oil painting. I try to paint honestly, accurately and economically. I use a camera to try and capture what I see. Fleeting moments of light. Quick glances. The photograph outlines the scene and becomes the starting point for me to express my ideas. What is uninteresting and what is beautiful are the questions I pose to viewers.” – JamesA key point of thematic intersection between the works of Cate McGuire and James Nye is in both artists’ exploration of the parallels between inner and outer spaces. Their practices ...
- NIA – SKIN DEEP: March 19 – April 1
NIA CENTRE’S ANNUAL GROUP EXHIBITION – EXPOSED 2015
SKIN DEEP:(RE)IMAGING THE PORTRAIT
Exhibition Dates: March 19 – April 1, 2015
Opening Reception: March 19, 7:00 – 11:00 pm
Artist Presentations/Panel: March 21, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
This exhibition presents photographic and video portraits by artists addressing the visualization of presence and its relationship to various notions of representation, subjectivity and the body. Each artist brings a diverse point of view and critical eye, interrogating the place and positioning of contemporary individuals and historical figures within the public sphere as activated through the camera’s lens. From empowering assertions of Black female being within the iconic Canadian landscape, insightful ruminations on loss explored through minimalism and disembodiment, to markings of individuality within the faceless urban realm, the artists re-imagine regimes of the image away from fixed inscriptions of race, gender, class and corporeality. Complex, poetic and celebratory, together their work engages and encourages new ways of knowing and recognizing the visual, the visible and the viewed.
Featuring Artworks by:
Curated by Pamela Edmonds
Image Credit: Carolyn Roberts, Untitled (from Convenience series), 2014, C-Print. Courtesy of the Artist