Micah Adams & Alexei Vella open June 27 @ Open Studio

Micah Adams: Coinage
Alexei Vella: Beings from Beyond
2013 Visiting Artists’ Residency Exhibitions
June 27 – July 27, 2013

Artist Talks: Thursday, June 27, 6-7 pm
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 27, 7-9 pm

Left: Micah Adams, Penny Leaves, etching, 22" x 18", 2013. Printed by Laine Groeneweg under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artist Residency, 2012-13.
Right: Alexei Vella, TRYON – The Toothed Tri-Sighted Terror God, screenprint, 17” x 11”, 2013. Printed by Nicholas Shick under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artist Residency, 2012-13.

For Immediate Release — Toronto, ON — Open Studio is pleased to present the second of two 2013 Visiting Artists’ Exhibitions featuring Micah Adams and Alexei Vella, June 27 – July 27, 2013. Each year, Open Studio selects four professional artists with or without printmaking experience to create works in the print medium of their choice, working closely with a professional print artist to realize their projects. These exhibitions by Adams and Vella are the result of this intensive work period.

Originally from Nova Scotia, Micah Adams received his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (Halifax). In 2008 he began a three-year residency at Harbourfront Centre’s Metal/Jewellery Studio (Toronto). He is currently based in Philadelphia, PA, and is represented by MKG 127 (Toronto). Adams collects and reassembles objects to create new meaning and new possibilities, engaging a playful balance between humour and formal issues; size and perception of scale; longevity versus ephemerality; and how these relationships inform the value of work. Coinage combines coin collecting and jewellery techniques, using maple leaves and beavers removed from the context of the pennies and nickels from which they were derived. Adams sees the coins as a bridge between metal-smithing and printmaking, and based on coin details, created large etchings, and used coins themselves as tiny printing plates. A text by Yael Brotman accompanies the exhibition.

Alexei Vella (b. Tal-Pietà, Malta, 1983) is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist and illustrator. He received a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interpretive Illustration from Sheridan College, receiving multiple awards and scholarships, and has enjoyed a successful career as a freelance illustrator/designer. In 2011, he completed an MFA through OCAD University’s Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media & Design program. Stylistically informed by his commercial practice, Beings From Beyond explores and addresses Vella’s personal interest in monstrosity and ungodly things, influenced by pulp fiction and pop-culture. Recalling an alignment with the monster at an early age, Vella sympathized with these creatures, imagining himself in their position, adopting their personae, becoming a different monster depending on the qualities he wished to portray on the playground. Beyond a childhood fascination, alignment with the monster stemmed from Vella’s attempt to process his feelings toward his body and his struggle with his own physical transformation; the fictional monsters became beings to which Vella could relate his own experiences. A text by Mark Laliberte accompanies the exhibition.


Showing Concurrently
George Gilmour Members’ Gallery – Susan Cunningham: Covering the Story
Print Sales Gallery – Sandi Ralph: The Strength of Resilience
Varied Editions – Open Studio Members’ Online Gallery: Astrid Ho


Open Studio gratefully acknowledges the support of The City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the generous support of its members and numerous foundations, corporations and individuals.

Open Studio
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 104
Toronto, ON M5V 3A8
T/F: 416-504-8238
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 5 pm

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