Andrea Kastner is a Canadian painter whose work focuses on the overlooked corners of urban spaces and the sacred nature of rejected things.
Her somewhat nomadic existence has taken her from her hometown of Montreal, QC to Sackville, NB, Edmonton, AB, Kamloops, BC, Hamilton, ON, and now Iowa City, IA. Perhaps unsurprisingly, her work deals with a sense of dislocation within the urban landscape and an unsettled vision of constructed space. She holds a BFA from Mount Allison University (2006) and an MFA from the University of Alberta (2012).
Her work has been shown in galleries across Canada, including solo shows at Harcourt House (Edmonton), the Kamloops Art Gallery, and ODD Gallery (Dawson City), and group shows at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Esker Foundation (Calgary) and the Power Plant (Toronto). She has received grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields foundation, the BC Arts Council, the Ontario Arts council and the Canada Council for the Arts. She has participated in residencies at the University of Windsor, the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. Andrea Kastner was a finalist for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2012.
“The city is a text being written and re-written, with evidence of revisions in every delicate scar traced on a brick wall. As buildings are torn down, façades exposed, garbage collected and dumped in the landfill, drafts and corrections to the city are made visible. These paintings are a half-written poem to the shadow city, the secrets and ghosts in crumbling and neglected objects, doors that are not walked through but rather appear as portals to alternate worlds. ” Andrea Kastner