Anda Kubis & Meghan McKnight
August 4 - 25, 2012
p|m Gallery is pleased to present two new bodies of work from two fantastic painters.
In her newest body of work Kubis merges synthetic brushstrokes with real, full-bodied, painterly mark making. The source of either is no longer readily apparent. The digital and handmade become symbiotic where the process of making shifts through various scales and the actual painting attempts to capture the luminosity of the screen. Kubis employs strong colour, coaxing the viewer to slow down and contemplate perceptual relationships.
Born in Toronto, Anda Kubis studied at OCA, then moved on to complete a BFA at NSCAD and an MFA at York University in 1992. Currently Anda is Chair of the Drawing and Painting program at OCAD University. Before teaching at OCAD U she taught at the University of Lethbridge and at York University. As a teacher and an administrator she is committed to a multi-focal vision – a healthy reverence toward history with a keen ability to see, interpret and adapt to change.
McKnight’s paintings lure the viewer into their teeming sculptural layers, offering inviting depth and movement. Elaborate sculptural tangles of the surfaces elicit intimate exploration. Their stylized tactile vocabulary builds tension between control and turmoil, the familiar and the undiscovered. Though abstract, they are open to free association, offering a stimulating momentary confusion over what the paint is. Ambiguous in scale, her compositions change depending on the proximity of the viewer; the canvases oscillate between microcosms and macrocosms.
McKnight was born in Toronto in 1980 where she now works and lives. She is represented by p|m gallery in Toronto. Since 2004 she has had four solo shows and has exhibited with p|m gallery at international art fairs such as Mexico Arte Contemporaneo, Toronto International Art Fair, and Aqua Art Miami. In 2005 she was shortlisted for the RBC National Painting Competition. She has been featured in The Magenta Foundation’s book Carte Blanche Vol.2: Painting. Collections include the Granite Club, Teleus, and the Donovan collection.