Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6 from 2 - 4 pm.
“Last summer, I worked for 6 weeks as the Reclaim Artist in Residence at Haliburton School of Art and Design, a residency developed in conjunction with the Municipality of Dysart Landfill. Every day, I would bike up the hill from my cabin to the dump and draw, paint, photograph, and chat with the workers and the folks dropping off their carloads of refuse. The work that came out of this endeavor is called The Edges of Things, which refers to the spaces both on the edges of our urban environments and the place they hold in our consciousness, the stuff that is both “of us” but also not. The edges are also the cutting and collaging I do in my studio with these images, arranging these spaces to highlight the gaps and crevices and the fragile ways they hold together.
There is a teetering quality to the spaces I am chasing. Something loaded with tension that could break but doesn’t – whose stillness exists with potential disaster in plain sight: a house raised over an abyss, an entire mountain of waste that will take millennia to biodegrade. The consequences of our actions that seem at once inevitable and absurd. The Edges of Things speaks to the building half torn down with its nerves and membranes of wallpaper and rebar exposed, mirrors still in place which look in that context like portals to other dimensions. I look for gaps in the solid spaces of our environment, places where the building wrap has torn and you can see through to the construction happening behind. These little frayed edges are then painted with absolute tenderness, allowing the rubble of our lives to glow in all its strangeness and wonder.”
Andrea Kastner is a Canadian painter whose work focuses on the overlooked corners of urban spaces and the sacred nature of rejected things. She holds a BFA from Mount Allison University (2006) and an MFA from the University of Alberta (2012). She currently teaches at Binghamton University (SUNY).
Her work has been shown in galleries across Canada, including solo shows at Harcourt House (Edmonton), the Kamloops Art Gallery, Galerie McClure (Montreal), and ODD Gallery (Dawson City), and group shows at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Esker Foundation (Calgary), The Art Gallery of Windsor and Vorres Museum (Athens). She has received grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields foundation, the BC Arts Council, the Ontario Arts council and the Canada Council for the Arts, and in 2012 was a finalist for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. She has participated in residencies at the University of Windsor, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Haliburton School of Art.