VISITING ARTISTS 2022-23

Rafa Santos Kara Springer Dorian FitzGerald

Rafa Santos

Rafa Santos’ work fragments both real and imaginary moments in Caribbean and Mediterranean history with artistic liberty. They address the subject of identity with both a private and a public voice at once. Post-minimalist and undisciplinary in their aesthetic, Santos strives to embed something irrational in the seemingly decipherable composition of their work.

Rafa’s work has been exhibited as part of the AIR Vallauris residency and the Celine Bureau residency, as well as at Concordia University’s FOFA Gallery.

Born in Toronto, raised in Ottawa, of Afro-Dominican and Italo-Canadian descent, Rafa’s artistry is currently based in Montreal.

Left: an image of the artist, Rafa Santos
Right (artwork): Detail of Just Me and You, 2021, My grandparents’ books, pewter, pastel on cotton placemats, found objects. Installation view, dimensions variable.

Kara Springer

Born in Barbados, Kara Springer lives and works in Toronto and New York. Her practice is particularly concerned with armature – the underlying structure that holds the flesh of a body in place. She uses photography, sculpture, and site-specific interventions to confront and engage with architecture, urban infrastructure, and institutional and political power systems. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Toronto), Artists Space (New York), the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), the National Gallery of the Bahamas, the National Gallery of Jamaica, and the Frankfurt Museum of Applied Arts. She is an alum of the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art and recently held a 2-year fellowship with the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

Left: an image of the artist, Kara Springer
Right (artwork): the earth and all its inhabitants, wood, primer, industrial lightbox, cart made of found materials.

Dorian FitzGerald

Dorian FitzGerald makes monumental paintings of materially excessive situations, using an idiosyncratic technique he has been refining for several years. Past subject matter includes the dining room of Stefano Gabbana’s yacht; Drummond Gardens, the oldest privately held formal gardens in the United Kingdom; the VIP room in the Casa de Musica in Lisbon; and the oldest crown found in Europe. He lives and works in Toronto, where he is represented by the Clint Roenisch Gallery.

Note: Visiting Artist residency extended (selected in 2021-22) due to Covid19.