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On the Now What? Podcast
Episode #14: Preparing For Life After Art School

Anda Kubis interview:

Toronto based artist, educator, and administrator: “I don’t think art is about teaching people something… It’s a blend of giving people permission and steering them in a direction that challenges them.”

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One Bedford – installation

One Bedford Proposal 2 copy-2One Bedford (condominium) lobby installation, Toronto (January 2014)

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Three Nocturnes, Digital Painting on canvas, 2013

3 of 3′ x 9′ paintings

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Landskrona Weekend Magazine

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Digital paintings in the gallery

Jonas Lundin (translated from Swedish)

It’s not often she exhibits outside Canada, but now Canadian artist Anda Kubis is doing it for the second time in Sweden. In Teckomatorp. We can thank Hans Tapper for this. He and Anda Kubis met at one of her art

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exhibitions at the Drabinsky Gallery in Toronto in 1995. Ten years later this led to a show in Malmö.

Digital paintings

Last Saturday was the opening or Anda Kubis’ exhibition “Sequencing” at Galleri Tapper-Popermajer. 23 digital paintings on canvas and on paper. Colors that are adjacent. Clear and simple. Or are they? “All my artworks are abstract. My biggest inspiration is color, space and light. It is a mix of natural and artificial light”, says Anda Kubis. She mentions names like Morris Louis, Helen Frankenthaler and Mark Rothko as their role models. Since Anda Kubis began painting professionally in 1986, she has mostly painted in oil. But nowadays she even paints digitally. Anda Kubis has been a professor at Canada’s largest art college, Ontario College of Art and Design, for 15 years. I clearly prefer to paint, she says.

Numerous Canadians are familiar with the Swedish hockey player Mats Sundin and Kurt Wallander the films. Anda Kubis, however, has a stronger relationship with our northern part of the world. Her parents came as refugees to Toronto from Latvia during World War II. Since I have a Latvian background I have attraction to the Nordic mindset. I feel at home here, says Anda Kubis.

Until Christmas

More than putting up your pictures and being part of the opening – What will you do here in Sweden? We will visit art galleries! I do not want to miss the Jorn & Pollock exhibition at Louisiana in Copenhagen, or the Danish National Museum or the Museum of Modern Art in Malmö.

Anda Kubis exhibition “Sequencing” is at Galleri Tapper-Popermajer up to Christmas.

Published: 25. November 2013 12:00

Läs mer: http://landskrona.lokaltidningen.se/digitala-maalningar-i-galleriet-/20131125/artikler/711279939/#ixzz2mXSDE8gN

Sekvensering, Galleri Tapper-Popermajer, Sweden Nov.22 – Dec.22

Untitled-1Set in a centuries old train station in the tiny town of Teckomatorp, Galleri Tapper-Popermajer is a cultural destination within the Skane region of Southern Sweden. Here one finds great art and authentic Swedish hospitality. Having travelled all the way from Toronto, Canada, artist Anda Kubis has installed a new solo exhibition of digital paintings and works on paper. The exhibition is titled Sekvensering (Sequencing).

In this new body of work Kubis further explores the digital painting by distinctly playing with the multiple layers that make up various large, complex digital paintings. The manipulation of the sequences of layers allows for the inexhaustible production of unique cropped configurations of imagery. Where the paintings on canvas employ a vast number of layers conversely, in the works on paper, Kubis limits herself to a maximum of five layers. She takes random cuts from within the existing paintings challenging herself to make engaging compositions from these cuts. In the puzzle-like nature of her process Kubis embraces chance ‘operations’ while also imposing decisive creative problem solving. It is the fluidity of this digital process that allows Kubis a rich and generative artistic experience.  This work continues her decades long interest in improvisation as an important aspect of painterly abstraction historically and through her own emphasis upon it within the contemporary technological environment.

The seemingly random processes and colourful compositions contrast the ordered and reserved landscape of southern Sweden. The uniquely dedicated community that is Galleri Tapper-Popermajer welcomes Anda Kubis for her second solo exhibition at the gallery.

For more information please view in ‘bodies of work

& the gallery website: http://www.tapper-popermajer.com/

Art With Heart YEAR 13

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Julie Hannaford
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Anda Kubis
Pool #1 (2OO2)
Oil on canvas 24″ x 3O”
Drabinsky Gallery

For the past decade, Art with Heart has been a point of convergence for seeing old friends and new, for seeing the work of emerging and established artists, and for making a difference in the lives of those served by Casey House – all in one place and all at one time. My first Art with Heart experience was back in the day when it was at 80 Spadina, and I have been following the event ever since.

I look forward to the catalogue each year, and, each year, a group of loyal devotees of Art with Heart get together to review the lots and discuss our “most wanted” pieces. Each year, Art with Heart has given me the chance to add to the art in my office. So, each day at work is a chance to enjoy each work, to remember the fun and anticipation of the bidding, and, most importantly, to be reminded how we all make life meaningful through art – and how Art with Heart makes meaning in so many lives.

new work : Transplendent (Sep 12-Oct 12 2013) Reception: Sep 21, 4-7pm

PM Gallery
Anda Kubis: Transplendent

September 12 – October 12, 2013
Reception:  Saturday, September 21, 4-7pm
1518 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6K1T9

Nocturne (2013)

Nocturne (2013)

Statement

Converse to the expectation that a digital image is cold and impersonal – a romantic flamboyance pervades this body of work. Since it is possible to control so much of the digital process, through multiple layers, easy erasure, etc., I’ve embraced an improvisational approach to the initial creation of these digital paintings.  As the work develops complexity my visual judgment and manipulation increases, culminating in painterly interventions that add to the richness of the painting. Through dynamic compositions, the depiction of radiant light and distinct scale shifts from the screen to the final output – I’ve allowed my imagination to roil, embracing the emotional potential of the image.

I am drawn to the subdued power of the Northern Landscape tradition where the representation of the sublime reflects “…nature’s humiliating disregard for the hubris of Western technology”. My work is a personal and unabashedly aesthetic response to facing mortality and the forces of the natural world beyond our control.

Paglia, Camille, Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt to Star Wars, New York: Pantheon Books, 2012

For more information please go to: pmgallery.ca

‘A scent of cedar’

Our home has been featured in the April/May 2013 issue of the Swedish magazine Vårt Nya Hus.

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Download the complete article: Vårt Nya Hus AprilMay2013

what our traditional ‘makers’ are making with digital technology

what our traditional ‘makers’ are making with digital technology

By Charlene K Lau

OCADU Sketch Magazine, Summer 2012

Painting is not dead

Anda Kubis, OCAD U Chair of Drawing & Painting, sees new technology as an enabler of older technology, and asks, “Could anyone have predicted there would be a resurgence of craft and handmade culture in an age of global interconnectedness aided by the Internet?” Just as surprising are the relationships that have developed — all of them fuelled by the push and pull between digital and analog. Painting, considered the most exalted traditional art form for many centuries, is experiencing a shift in the form of digital painting. The term “digital painting” is a hybrid of new technology and traditional medium, but are “digital” and “painting” really opposites? Kubis doesn’t think so:

“The tradition of painting has created and absorbed scientific discoveries throughout its history. The invention of perspectival space within drawing and painting was a revolutionary ‘view’ of the world that impacted Western philosophical thought for a long time — and we’re not quite done with it yet. Digital space is simply a new potent platform for this activity.”

Kubis’s current work reflects this in-between of old and new, incorporating several layers of images created using a digital tablet. The final images are then printed onto canvas, and she paints overtop of the canvas in oil to create texture in what she calls a “mixing of synthetic and organic brushstrokes.”

To read more, go to page 16 of the OCADU Sketch, Summer 2012.

 

Anda Kubis & Meghan McKnight August 4 – 25, 2012, Artist reception: Saturday, August 18, 4-7pm



Press release

p|m Gallery is pleased to present two new bodies of work from two fantastic painters.

Anda Kubis

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.

Meghan McKnight

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.

For more information please go to:

pmgallery.ca

Anda Kubis’ North at bulthaup Toronto

 

 

New exhibit now up!

Exhibit run: July 3, 2012 – September 28, 2012

Location: bulthaup Toronto
Address: 280 King St East, Suite 100, Toronto ON

About the exhibition:

North is a direction, a location and a sensibility. These paintings celebrate this time of year – when northern light stays with us longest. It is a time of possibility and leisure.

Anda Kubis’ work is strongly influenced by the tradition of Northern European painting. These paintings allude to an expansive scale and a quiet solitude. She uses colour to slow the eye with shifting perceptual relationships. Emerging from Modernist ideals, her paintings revel in equivocality. The works hover between: abstraction and representation; materiality and the ephemeral; ideas and emotion.

Exhibit information: bulthaup exhibition profile on bulthaup website

For more information please contact: toronto@bulthaup.ca or 416 361 9005