Exhibition Openings & Artist Talks
Join us at Open Studio on Thursday, June 27.
Artist Talks with Micah Adams & Alexei Vella: 6-7 PM
Opening Reception: 7-9 PM
Open Studio Gallery
2013 Visiting Artists Residency Exhibitions
Micah Adams: Coinage
Alexei Vella: Beings from Beyond
Open Studio is pleased to present the second of two 2013 Visiting Artists’ Exhibitions featuring Micah Adams and Alexei Vella, June 27 – July 27, 2013. Each year, Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create works in the print medium of their choice, working closely with a professional print artist to realize their projects. These exhibitions by Adams and Vella are the result of this intensive work period.
Originally from Nova Scotia, Micah Adams received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax). In 2008 he began a three-year residency at Harbourfront Centre's Metal/Jewellery Studio (Toronto). He is currently based in Philadelphia, PA, and is represented by MKG 127 (Toronto). Adams collects and reassembles objects to create new meaning and new possibilities, engaging a playful balance between humour and formal issues; size and perception of scale; longevity versus ephemerality; and how these relationships inform the value of work. Coinage combines coin collecting and jewellery techniques, using maple leaves and beavers removed from the context of the pennies and nickels from which they were derived. Adams sees the coins as a bridge between metal-smithing and printmaking, and based on coin details, created large etchings, and used coins themselves as tiny printing plates. A text by Yael Brotman accompanies the exhibition.
Alexei Vella (b. Tal-Pietà, Malta, 1983) is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist and illustrator. He received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interpretive Illustration from Sheridan College, receiving multiple awards and scholarships, and has enjoyed a successful career as a freelance illustrator/designer. In 2011, he completed an MFA through OCAD University’s Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media & Design program. Stylistically informed by his commercial practice, Beings From Beyond explores and addresses Vella's personal interest in monstrosity and ungodly things, influenced by pulp fiction and pop-culture. Recalling an alignment with the monster at an early age, Vella sympathized with these creatures, imagining himself in their position, adopting their personae, becoming a different monster depending on the qualities he wished to portray on the playground. Beyond a childhood fascination, alignment with the monster stemmed from Vella's attempt to process his feelings toward his body and his struggle with his own physical transformation; the fictional monsters became beings to which Vella could relate his own experiences. A text by Mark Laliberte accompanies the exhibition.
George Gilmour Members’ Gallery
Susan Cunningham: Covering the Story
Long-time member of Open Studio and Toronto artist Susan Cunningham exhibits a series of screenprints — begun at a residency at Atelier Graff in Montréal — entitled Covering the Story. Cunningham worked with Claude Fortaich, the technician at Atelier Graff, to create digital prints of dust jackets from 1940s and 50s novels. As she screenprinted layers of text, images and textures to obscure the original content, new narratives emerged.
Print Sales Gallery
Sandi Ralph: The Strength of Resilience
Sandi Ralph’s printmaking has created and followed a theme of "deconstruction - reconstruction." She literally breaks her original landscape photographs into their components, deconstructing their natural and manmade features. She then reconstructs these elements to create new scenes. Her audience is intrigued not only by her colours and images but by the imaginations of her theme. What is original and what has been remade from the disparate pieces? Her latest major series is titled The Strength Of Resilience. Sandi takes critical elements from her own life and reconstructs them to illustrate her own witness of processes that both disrupt or "deconstruct" the natural environment and enable or "reconstruct" our human environment.
Varied Editions: Open Studio Members’ Online Gallery
Featured Artist: Astrid Ho
An initiative of Open Studio’s Membership Committee, this online art gallery showcases the work of Open Studio members on a rotating basis.
Astrid Ho is a Hong Kong-born, Toronto-based artist. She received an Associate of the Ontario College of Art and Design with Honours in 1997, and received a BFA from OCAD University in 2010. She has exhibited in group and solo shows in Canada and the US, has completed various residencies and is a recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Access and Career Development Grant. Ho's print-based work explores romanticized notions about her cultural heritage through the perspective of her familial experience.