Visiting Artists 2012-2013

Micah Adams Kristiina Lahde Suzie Smith Alexei Vella
Micah Adams, Penny Leaves, etching, 22" x 18", 2013. Printed by Laine Groeneweg under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artist Residency, 2012-13

Micah Adams

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.

Kristiina Lahde, Criss-Cross 1, embossment on paper, 2012. Printed by Laine Groeneweg under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artist Residency, 2012-13. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Kristiina Lahde

Kristiina Lahde is an artist from Toronto, Canada. She received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in 1999. Lahde’s work is in the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank and she is represented by MKG127, Toronto. She was recently longlisted for the Sobey Art Award. Criss-Cross is a series of new works that Lahde created during her recent residency at Open Studio. Using familiar measuring tapes and setsquares that have been embossed into white paper, Lahde has created a range of low relief patterns and effects. The series incorporates layered geometric patterns as well as intricate masses of spirals and zigzags. The work focuses on the form of an object without its function. A text by Bill Clarke accompanies the exhibition.

Suzie Smith, Lines Not Straight, lithograph, 15” x 15”, 2012. Printed by Pudy Tong under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artist Residency, 2012-13.Photograph by William Eakin.

Suzie Smith

Suzie Smith is an interdisciplinary artist from Winnipeg, Canada. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University (2004) and a Master of Fine Arts from The Glasgow School of Art (2011). With a focus on printmaking, she makes art that looks at issues surrounding transformation, representation and the process of making. The work included in Smith’s Lines Not Straight is a series of lithographic prints of paper sculptures playing with the idea of transformation. The process for creating the work is indicated in the title of each work; for example, Circle Imitating Square was created by folding an image of a circle into an image of a square. Through deconstructing and reconstructing, Smith attempts to reveal a new truth, perspective, or double meaning. The work focuses on simple forms, shapes and patterns and highlights the breaks, bends and folds that create them. A text by Jenny Western accompanies the exhibition.

Alexei Vella, TRYON - The Toothed Tri-Sighted Terror God, screenprint, 17” x 11”, 2013. Printed by Nicholas Shick under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artist Residency, 2012-13.

Alexei Vella

Alexei Vella (b. Tal-Pietà, Malta, 1983) is an interdisciplinary artist and illustrator based in Toronto. He received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interpretive Illustration from Sheridan College, receiving multiple awards and scholarships. After graduation he went on to pursue a freelance career in illustration and design, becoming noticed for his signature style. This recognition gave him the opportunity to exhibit in many shows and garner many professional awards. In the Spring of 2011 Alexei completed his MFA through OCAD University’s Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media & Design program.