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Upstairs Downstairs

Upstairs Downstairs: The Resident Artist Show 2016

September 2o – October 15, 2016
in the North and South Galleries

Opening Reception:
Friday September 30, 5 – 7 p.m.

You can meet some of the artists and visit their studios during the Culture Days / Doors Open weekend on October 1 & 2, 12 – 5 p.m.

An exhibition where the upstairs artists come downstairs.

This is the show where the resident artists from upstairs come downstairs. Our artists represent several disciplines including mixed media, photography, sculpture, and painting. We want you to see the amazing work these artists are doing here at The ARTS Project and in your community. This will also be a great opportunity to connect with the artists to learn more about their processes, their ideas and the development of their latest works.


Studio 2B: Adam Giroux

Adam Giroux is a self-taught artist who explores the boundaries of identity and the obsession with self-improvement. Inspired by personal metaphors of his own experience, his work speaks to themes of control and determination with dark, cryptic characters and bold markings. He is currently preparing for a two-person show in Montreal and a solo show in Toronto.

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Studio 2D: Angie Quick

Angie Quick is an oil painter that explores identity and self through the relationship of our bodies and objects. Within her paintings she establish the transitory nature of how memory or fantasy sits within a space. Her paintings emphasize the idea of the painting as an interior (both depicted and metaphorically) to allow the mind to dwell, to fill. The large scale of her paintings act as an entrance. Recently her work has dealt with the process of image making— deconstructing and editing the painting itself—pairing initial mark making and deletion; primarily playing with techniques of pentimento and palimpsest.

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Studio 2E: Rob Nelson

Saturday Night, The Look, Elm Street, Interview… these are just a few of the publication credits for the photographs of Rob Nelson. Living wherever the work takes him, Rob has spent time in New York, Montreal, Toronto, and everywhere in between in order to shoot notable faces.

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Studio 2F: Stefan Andrejicka

After working for a time in the medical field Stefan had a reawakened interest in fine art and acquired an Honours Bachelor of Fine Art Degree with distinction at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. He completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at Bathspa University in the U.K. and returned to Canada to take courses in Art Gallery and Museum Management.

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Studio 2G: Amanda Van Gelder
amanda image 2016

Amanda is originally from Wallaceburg, Ontario. She studied Fine Arts at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario and is currently working in London, Ontario. Amandaʼs work covers a plethora of interests including: the connection between art and music and the possibilities of induced synesthesia, the ethereal and the presence of oneʼs soul; depictions of sexual violence and the psychological responses of both victim and victimizer; and the portrayal of internal demons caused by mental illness.

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Studio 3A: Peter Kryshtalovich

The earliest visual influences on the artist’s work were l’Art Brut, l’Art Informel and Matter paintings, as well as certain aspects of North American Abstract Expressionism – most particularly as reflected in Cy Twombly’s works. Additionally, his visual art has been informed by extensive studies in 20th Century music. The compositions of Anton Webern, Edgard Varese, Milton Babbitt and Denis Smalley remain seminal artistic influences. Peter is a specialist in audio synthesis and signal processing, and considers painting and sound design as facets of a single artistic vision.

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Studio 3B: Craig Guthrie

Craig Guthrie was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario.

Following four years of study in the the University of Windsor’s Fine Arts Acting program, Craig stepped behind the scenes and into the world of set design and scenic art. This path lead Craig to many scene shops throughout Ontario, including those in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Hamilton, Grand Bend, Stratford, Toronto, and finally to the Grand Theatre here in London.

The last decade has been spent in the Forest City of London, Ontario which Craig, his husband Richard, and their cats Tina and Doug all call home.

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Studio 3C: Jessica Kliza

Jessica has been drawing since she was a child. Studying art through high school and then for 3 years at BealArt, Jessica worked in a variety of different studios including ceramics, animation, film, art history, drawing, commercial design, and in her final year specializing in photography and painting full time. She then studied photography at Ryerson University in Toronto for 4 years, receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts and is now pursuing her passion for both art and music.

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