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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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.
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