Open Studio Gallery
Visiting Artists Exhibition: Tine Bech & Suzanne Nacha
Each year Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create traditional and/or experimental works in the print medium of their choice, working collaboratively with a print media artist. These exhibitions featuring London, England-based artist Tine Bech and Toronto, Ontario-based artist Suzanne Nacha were the result of this intensive work period and the first of two 2009 Visiting Artists’ Exhibitions.
Tine Bech is a Danish artist based in London, England, who works in installation, sound, sculpture and drawing. She has exhibited widely including exhibitions in Denmark, Germany, Norway, Russia, the UK and the United States, and she was previously artist in residence at Artscape’s Gibraltar Point International Artist Residency on Toronto Island. She is currently on a Research Sabbatical from the University for the Creative Arts (Farnham, England). Bech’s work explores the membrane between the body and the world. During her residency at Open Studio, Bech worked with the technical collaboration of artist Shawn Reynar to translate her drawings—which use rain as a technique for mark making—into lithographs. A text by Tracey Warr accompanied the exhibition.
Toronto artist Suzanne Nacha works “in and against” painting. Her work makes connections between a human experience of the landscape that surrounds us and the earth as a physical body, endlessly evolving. She has exhibited widely in Toronto and across Canada, and internationally in Germany and the United States. With undergraduate degrees in Geology and Fine art and an MFA from York University, Nacha has taught in the Fine Art departments of OCAD, Sheridan/ UTM and York University, and for the past fifteen years has worked in the mining industry. During her residency at Open Studio, Nacha worked with the technical collaboration of artist Daryl Vocat, to create screenprinted monoprints, using imagery abstracted from her paintings of underground spaces such as catacombs and tunnels. A text by Matthew Brower accompanied the exhibition.