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Q&A with Painter and Artscape Award Winner, Katrina Jurjans

Emerging artist Katrina Jurjans wowed us at the 2017 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition with boldly layered paintings. Her work garnered not one but two accolades at the festival, including the Best of Painting and Best of Student Award (which is inclusive of the Artscape Award). Experience Katrina’s work at her upcoming exhibition, “for a moment it all comes together (and you’re the only one).” Opening November 16, 6 PM – 9 PM

Remembering you today, by Katrina Jurjans waiting for you (time is passing) by Katrina Jurjans

We caught up with Katrina to chat with her about her artistic journey and her upcoming exhibition.

Artscape: How has your distinctive visual style developed?

Katrina: I’m fascinated with patterns, especially when they break free from their form, like patterns from a blanket floating off into their own space. This fascination has helped me find visual cohesion between my paintings, and visually symbolize the emotions that drive my work.

Recently, I’ve been focusing on relationships and the emotions that accompany a shared moment, like grief, happiness, love, longing or disconnect. I don’t sketch out my work beforehand, so my processing of the work happens directly on the canvas.

Katrina’s Toronto Studio Space

What/who have been some of key influences?

There are so many! I love the work of Helen Verhoeven; in my opinion she is a master at revealing just enough detail in her figures. I think her compositions are brilliant. David Hockney, Matisse, Peter Doig and Miro are also some of my favourites.

Katrina Jurjans

What have you enjoyed most about winning the Artscape Award?

I was really taken aback when I won the award! It gave me confidence to keep pursuing my work. I struggle with putting my work out into the public and networking, so the Artscape Award has helped me to meet people working in the arts and to start building a social platform. The opportunity to do a solo exhibition and residency is incredible.

friends, lovers, friends (the cycle) by Katrina Jurjans the space between us widens by Katrina Jurjans

Tell us about your upcoming exhibition at Artscape Youngplace

My upcoming exhibition is entitled “for a moment it all comes together (and you’re the only one).” It’s a continuation of the series I have been developing over some years. This exhibition is meant to capture a specific, fleeting moment in time, along with the emotions and feelings attached to that moment. I’ve been working on large canvases and that’s been really exciting.

What can we expect from your work in 2018?

I’ve always loved writing, and want to explore the relationship between writing and painting further.

Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012 – Opening Reception

‘Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012’ traces the development of contemporary video practice in Israel and highlights work by artists who take an incisive, critical perspective towards the cultural and political landscape in Israel and beyond. Produced and circulated by Artis as an internationally touring exhibition and program (2016-2018), the project showcases the work of 38 artists, including early performances, films and videos never before presented outside of Israel. Divided into four historic and thematic sections, ‘Staring Back at the Sun’ focuses on the activist impulse in video art-making in Israel over the last four decades. Informed by the international history of video art, the exhibition traces the development of the medium in Israel and explores how artists have employed technology and material to examine the socio-political status quo, through themes such as the prominence of political conflict in mass media; the liberalization of the economy; and the impact of free market politics on Israeli culture.

New work from Mexico: Alec Dempster and Teresa Irene Barrera

“Luminosa Música”
Teresa Irene will be showing recent painting inspired by the diversity of traditional mexican music. She is sought after in Mexico by a wide range of musicians from different regions to create posters, album covers, animation and set design. Recently, she was commissioned by Guillermo Velázquez to create art for the annual Festival de Huapango Arribeño.

“Americanotl”
Alec’s recent series of prints is the fruit of a collaboration with Colombian musician Alejo Garcia. Each of the prints is a reflection on one of Alejo’s compositions from the upcoming album “Americanotl”. Varied themes include migration, Latin American history, relationships and mythology. In November he will join Alejo in Medellín, Colombia for the launch of “Americanotl”. Other work created since moving from Toronto to Mexico City in December 2016 will also be on display.

We hope to see you at Artscape Young Place on Friday, Septermber 8.
Time: 10am to 10pm
7pm – Artist Talk
Location: Room 107

Artscape Youngplace’s 3rd Annual Career Launcher: In Collaboration with CEAD and OCAD University
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Artscape Youngplace and OCAD University’s Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers (CEAD) joined forces once again to offer the 3rd annual Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher Opportunity! Artscape Youngplace is a recurring partner working with OCAD’s career development department to help new graduates enter the professional realm after school.

Congratulations to the 2016 recipient Sharene Shafie, a multi-talented artist and curator who is currently pursuing a BFA in the Criticism and Curatorial Practice program at OCAD University. Sharene has been awarded the opportunity to curate a group exhibition for select graduating OCAD U students from the Criticism and Curatorial Studies program. From this exhibition, Sharene along with a jury compromised of faculty and curatorial professionals will award one artist a solo show, set for 2017.

Sharene has pursued multiple projects ranging from sculpture, installation and printmaking to participatory experiences. Her recent curatorial and artistic work has been concerned with narratives surrounding the multicultural experience in metropolitan cities such as Toronto. Click here to find out more!

The group show is set for the 2016 summer months at Artscape Youngplace in the Hallway Galleries, beginning on June 27th. The solo show will follow in 2017 and will take place in one of our Flex Studio spaces, complimentary of Artscape Youngplace.

Here at Artscape Youngplace, we highly value both the variety of artists that we come in contact with as well as the partnerships and collaborations that foster these connections. Thank you to CEAD and the students from OCAD U’s Criticism and Curatorial Practice program for making this opportunity possible! We cannot wait to see what is in store for both the group and solo shows.

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