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Steam Whistle presents One 2 Many

Ten Toronto based artists explore "the collision of nature with an urban environment" through various mediums, styles, and sizes. On display at Steam Whistle Art Gallery until May 2, 2010. Open Night Reception party Wed. April 7, 2010 from 7-11pm! Come down, check out the incredible collection, and enjoy an ice cold Pilsner.

This dynamic Art Show brings together the creative forces of ten emerging Toronto artists: Jim Mezei, Patrick Thompson, Kellen Hatanaka, Ryan Lake, Patrick Kyle, Chris Kuzma, Alexa Hatanaka, Adrian Forrow and Beside Herself Printing (Carolyn Self and Alda Escareno). Their varied backgrounds and disciplines amalgamate paint, illustration, collage, digital work, design, print, tapestry, and mural creation to echo their cohesive theme: a provisional attempt to survive in the world we’ve created.

ONE 2 MANY examines the formation of makeshift communities in the natural world as they collide with the urban sprawl and technological advancements that make our human populace possible. The title ONE 2 MANY alludes to the amount of people collaborating in the show, the theme of co-existing populations, and the imbibing that is sure to take place in the celebration. It can mean one to many, one too many, or one, two... many.

The physical appearance of the show is a well designed weave of varied sizes and styles of pieces, and looks right at home against the beautiful exposed brick walls of the Steam Whistle Art Gallery. Join us on Opening Night to experience this raw, emotive art work and all ten artists on Wednesday April 7, 2010 from 7-11pm! Food on Opening Night to be provided by Toronto's Grindhouse Burger Bar Inc.

About the Artists:

Jim Mezei is a Toronto based illustrator, with a Bachelor of Design from OCAD. While working in many facets of design he also loves to explore gallery shows. He enjoys creating and is adding to the ways in which he is capable of doing so.

Patrick was introduced to graffiti when he moved to Ottawa from Chelsea. He started seeing goldfish images on walls and found out the guy who did them lived close by. Eric Grice took Thompson under his wing and introduced him to other graffiti artists, like Gene Pendon, one of the Heavyweight guys. Their work, and that of the city’s early graf writers, can be seen at the Tech Wall, a kind of shrine to graffiti at Slater and Bronson. Long since they moved to Montreal, the Heavyweights have become a force on the international stage. “I was lucky enough to be the tagalong although they didn’t treat me as a tagalong. When I first started doing it, graffiti wasn’t hip; there were very few influences, no Internet.”

Alexa Hatanaka is a visual artist that was born and raised in Toronto. Although she has a strong background in painting, she has since acquired new skill sets and a passion for printmaking and fibre arts. Alexa first attended the Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in 2006 and earned a diploma for
the Art Fundamentals program, and went on to complete Year 1 of the BAA Illustration Program. She made the switch to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the Ontario College of Art and Design and excelled in many painting and drawing courses before realizing her affinity for printmaking.

“Beside Herself” represents the collaborative work of two Toronto based printmakers. They are drawn together by a common compulsion to create hand printed multiples. Their works range from traditional printed editions to interactive art objects and wearable pieces. Calling upon both printing and crafting traditions, Self and Escareno challenge the handmade form to mimic mass production. “In our work, conceptual themes of multiplicity and repetition, inherent in printmaking, interweave themselves with seductive colours, textures, humour and dreamlike imagery”.

Ryan Lake is an illustrative designer and artist based in Toronto, Canada. Utilizing a seamless blend of traditional and digital techniques his work strives to create a loose narrative of characters caught in a world of their own. Influenced by nature and technology his work flawlessly walks the line between surrealism and documentary. It is both detailed and abstract, capturing a mood in what appears to be a fleeting moment in time.

Chris Kuzma is an artist who currently lives in Toronto. He holds a degree in Design/Illustration from the Ontario College of Art and Design and a degree in Studio Arts from the University of Saskatchewan. He divides his time teaching life drawing at OCAD, producing illustrations for magazines and newspapers, creating
paintings and drawing comics. He is one-third of the art collective Wowee Zonk. Their book, Pobodyís Nurfect, will be released by Koyama Press in May 2010.

Patrick Kyle is an illustrator and comic book artist who lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He Graduated from The Ontario College of Art and Design in 2009. Patrick is the co-founder and editor of Wowee Zonk, a comic book anthology featuring contemporary comic strips by up and coming artists from Toronto

Kellen Hatanaka was born and raised in Toronto and recently graduated from the Illustration Program at OCAD. In addition to doing commercial design and illustration work, Kellen focuses his talents on fine art projects and gallery shows.

Adrian Forrow spends most of his time creating idiosyncratic works of art, the rest of the time is spent on a bike or at least thinking about them. Adrian attended Sheridan for Art Fundamentals, and is a recent graduate from OCAD University with a BDES majoring in illustration. He often contributes work for gallery showings and
continues to branch out with installations for various storefronts.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, April 07, 2010
End Date: Sunday, May 02, 2010
Event Type: Art
Location: Steam Whistle Gallery
Time: Opening Night Reception April 7 at 7pm-Show on display until the end of the month
Ticket: free