FlatSunonaDiscofWater_Installation

Flat Sun on a Disc of Water

Leon Benn, Michelle Blade, Lisa DiQuinzio, Paul Hardy, Hanna Hur and Josh Thorpe

Opening Reception:
Wednesday July 29
from 6-9pm

Artists Leon Benn, Michelle Blade, Lisa DiQuinzio, Paul Hardy, Hanna Hur and Josh Thorpe come together to create a harmony of tropic illusions as they contemplate the dualities of nature and the moods it can provoke.

Leon Benn
Leon Benn (b. Philadelphia, PA, 1981) received his B.F.A. in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and his M.F.A. from University of California, Los Angeles. He currently lives and works in Portland, Maine.

Michelle Blade
Michelle Blade (Los Angeles) received her M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California. Blade’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Jack Hanley Gallery, SF; Roberts & Tilton, LA; Bravin Lee Gallery, NYC; Western Exhibitions, Chicago; The Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe; Union Gallery, London and V1 Gallery, Copenhagen among others. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Blade is represented by CULT Exhibitions in San Francisco, CA and works with RVCA as part of their ANP (Artist Network Program).

Lisa DiQuinzio
Lisa DiQuinzio (Toronto) received her B.F.A. in Painting and Film at York University, Toronto and has formal training in theatrical costume construction. Her work has been shown at ESP Gallery, G Gallery and Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto. She received a Toronto Arts Council Individual Artist Grant in 2014 and is currently working on an exhibition for Spring 2017 at Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre in Kingston, Ontario. She currently lives and works in Toronto.

Paul Hardy
Paul Hardy (b. Summerside, P.E.I., 1980) received his B.A. from the Université de Moncton and his M.F.A. from Concordia University, Montreal. In 2014 Hardy held his first solo exhibition at Parisian Laundry, Et ensuite, on recommence. His work has been shown on numerous occasions in the Canadian Maritimes as well as in Montreal and is found in many private collections in Canada. Hardy recently participated in the Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul, has taken part in artist residencies at Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto Islands), RUD AIR in Laxarby, Sweden, and has been shortlisted for this year’s RBC Painting Competition. He currently lives and works in Montreal.

Hanna Hur
Hanna Hur (b. Toronto, ON, 1985) received her B.F.A. from Concordia University, Montreal. She has recently exhibited at Shanaynay, Paris; Daniel Faria,Toronto; Rock512Devil, Baltimore; and YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto. She is a finalist for the 2015 RBC Painting Competition. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Josh Thorpe
Joshua Thorpe (Toronto) received his Master’s in Visual Studies from University of Toronto and teaches and consults on writing and rhetoric. Thorpe has written several books, including Dan Graham Pavilions: A Guide (Art Metropole), The House, and A dog at sea (both beaucagearts press). He currently lives and works in Toronto.
Runs July 29 – August 29, 2015

Selected Artwork

Leon BennBikini Fungi, 201531 x 39 in. Oil, oil pastel, dyes, bleach, faux-batik, and rabbit skin glue on hand-woven Moroccan fabric.

Leon Benn
Bikini Fungi, 2015
31 x 39 in. unframed. Oil, oil pastel, dyes, bleach, faux-batik, and rabbit skin glue on hand-woven Moroccan fabric.

Leon BennMoon Over Camp, 201536 x 39 in. Oil, oil pastel, dyes, bleach, faux-batik, and rabbit skin glue on hand-woven Moroccan fabric.

Leon Benn
Moon Over Camp, 2015
36 x 39 in. unframed. Oil, oil pastel, dyes, bleach, faux-batik, and rabbit skin glue on hand-woven Moroccan fabric.

Michelle BladeEvanescent Sanctuary, 201548 x 60 in. unframed.  Acrylic, ink on canvas

Michelle Blade
Evanescent Sanctuary, 2015
48 x 60 in. unframed. Acrylic, ink on canvas

Michelle BladeMoonlight, 201520 x 20 in. unframed. Ink on canvas.

Michelle Blade
Moonlight, 2015
20 x 20 in. unframed. Ink on canvas.

Michelle BladeMomentary, 201514 x 20 in. unframed. Ink on paper.

Michelle Blade
Momentary, 2015
14 x 20 in. unframed. Ink on paper.

Lisa DiQuinzioSee You at Home, 201230 x 40 in. unframed, 30.25 x 40.25 in. framed.  Oil on canvas.

Lisa DiQuinzio
See You at Home, 2012
30 x 40 in. unframed, 30.25 x 40.25 in. framed. Oil on canvas.

Lisa DiQuinzioMinty, 201224 x 30 in. unframed, 24.25 x 30.25

Lisa DiQuinzio
Minty, 2012
24 x 30 in. unframed, 24.25 x 30.25 in. framed. Oil, acrylic on board.

Lisa DiQuinzioRabbit Blues, 201516 x 16

Lisa DiQuinzio
Rabbit Blues, 2015
16 x 16 in.unframed, 16.75 x 16.75 in. framed. Mixed media on canvas.

Hanna HurWhose sun is this, 201530 x 40

Hanna Hur
Whose sun is this, 2015
30 x 40 in. unframed. China marker and colour pencil on linen.

Paul HardyLipper, 201416 x 24 in. unframed. Oil on linen.

Paul Hardy
Lipper, 2014
16 x 24 in. unframed. Oil on linen.

Paul HardyNight Swim, 201448 x 60 in. Oil on canvas.

Paul Hardy
Night Swim, 2014
48 x 60 in. unframed. Oil on canvas.

Paul HardyDune, 201416 x 20 in. Oil on linen.

Paul Hardy
Dune, 2014
16 x 20 in. Oil on linen.

Josh ThorpeFireworks (silver and cream), 201517 x 22 in. 18.75 x 23.25 in. framed. Screen print, edition of 6.

Josh Thorpe
Fireworks (silver and cream), 2015
17 x 22 in. 18.75 x 23.25 in. framed. Screen print, edition of 6.

Josh ThorpeBlue  Sea #2, 20159 x 12 in. 13.5 x 16 in. framed. Soft pastel on paper.

Josh Thorpe
Blue Sea #2, 2015
9 x 12 in. 13.5 x 16 in. framed. Soft pastel on paper.

Josh ThorpeBlue and Red Sea, 20159 x 12 in. unframed, 13.5 x 16 in. framed. Soft pastel on paper.

Josh Thorpe
Blue and Red Sea, 2015
9 x 12 in. unframed, 13.5 x 16 in. framed. Soft pastel on paper.

Josh ThorpeMaritime Pines, 20159 x 12 in. unframed, 13.5 x 16 in. framed. Soft pastel on paper.

Josh Thorpe
Maritime Pines, 2015
9 x 12 in. unframed, 13.5 x 16 in. framed. Soft pastel on paper.