Mark Franchino: Proof
April 12 – May 19, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 6:30-8:30 pm
Mark Franchino, Proof: Untitled # 1 (Hercules Sees a Storm Coming), screenprint, 56 x 71 cm, 2009.
Open Studio is pleased to present Proof, an exhibition by Clarion, PA-based artist, Mark Franchino from April 12 – May 19, 2012. The exhibition is accompanied by a text by Pittsburgh, PA-based writer Kurt Shaw.
Franchino's work explores our constructions of everyday environments and events, and the nature of human dynamics that evolve within, around, and through them. His work addresses seemingly mundane spaces and activities as physical constructions that reinforce and perpetuate implicit value systems. What are the rules? What purpose do they serve? In the Proof series, cloud images were generated from of an organization of randomized patterns created by a computer program. Those images were then rendered in 3D software and moved through time. As in the youthful game of finding images in clouds, Franchino selected the ones in which he could "see" something and then printed the images in subtle shades of white and iridescent ink through halftone patterns. The clouds are at once present and absent. The images alluded to in their titles are fictions, as is the notion that they are anything more than random. In addition to prints on paper, Proof also includes a site-specific installation screenprinted directly on the walls of the gallery.
Mark Franchino received a BFA in 1998 from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a MFA from the University of Delaware in 2002. In the last 10 years his works have been shown in more than fifty group and solo exhibitions in the US and internationally, including exhibitions at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, Germany; the Print Center in Philadelphia, PA; and the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. He has received numerous awards, including the H. Douglas Pickering Memorial Award and purchase prizes from Lessedra Gallery in Sophia, Bulgaria and the Amity Art Foundation in Connecticut. Recent visiting artists lectures have been given at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA. Currently, Franchino is an Associate Professor of Art in the Art Department at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
Kurt Pammer, Lakeshore Supreme, screenprint, 42" x 30", 2012.
Kurt Pammer: Lakeland Drive: A tribute to family, time and place
George Gilmour Members' Gallery
A television drama set in the 1960s was the original inspiration for this series of prints. Such an era! The fashion, the furniture, the smoking and drinking, the automobiles... Family photos from 1970 and 1971 were dug up and eight were selected that would transfer well to screenprinting. After a while, the concept evolved into something less superficial, it became more about family and where we lived. Young immigrants to Canada in the 1960's, were married in Toronto and had two children. In 1970, they decided to buy their first home on Lakeland Drive, in Rexdale, Ontario, where we grew up. Our street was very special, as it backed onto the Humber River. There were a lot of children on Lakeland Drive, where playing down the ravine was simple and meant everything to us kids...birthday parties, a drive to the lakeshore, a walk in High Park...it was like a Paradise.
Brenda Joy Lem: longing and belonging
Print Sales Gallery
Brenda Joy Lem works in a variety of media including collage, installation, film, writing, printmaking, taiko drumming, jazz and improvisational music. What links this diverse body of work is her sensibility to certain recurring and overlapping themes. These themes include history, memory, language and desire. longing and belonging combines work from the traveling exhibition Homage to the Heart with new pieces. Homage to the Heart used family stories from the old hand laundry to consider the heart's capacity to endure and transform pain and sadness. The new works, which are tied to Lem's music making in many ways, look at other expressions of "longing and belonging," both physical and spiritual.
Varied Editions: Open Studio Members' Online Gallery
An initiative of Open Studio's Membership Committee, this online art gallery showcases the work of Open Studio members on a rotating basis.
Urban Nature: A Group Exhibition of Open Studio Print Sales Gallery Artists
Malton Airport Gallery
Greater Toronto Airport Authority, Pearson Airport, Terminal 1
To May 30, 2012
Using the tradition of printmaking in sculptural compositions, eighteen artists curated from the Open Studio Print Sales Gallery address the intricate and constructed relationship of nature and the city. Featuring: Nadine Bariteau, Yael Brotman, Carlina Chen, Rebecca Cowan, Faye Digulla, Elizabeth Forrest, Isabelle Hémard, Jenn Law, Colin Lyons, Liz Menard, Theresa Morin, Loree Ovens, Parvaneh Radmard, Walter Procska, Penelope Stewart, Jennie Suddick, George Walker and Pawel Zablocki.
Open Studio gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council. Open Studio also acknowledges the generous support of its members and numerous foundations, corporations and individuals.
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