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"Anda Kubis - Details: Paintings from the Last Decade"
2001-01-20 until 2001-03-04
Cambridge Galleries
Cambridge, ON, CA Canada

Anda Kubis's paintings contrast the symbols of sentiment with the graphically cool. Making reference to the 1960's art movement, Minimalism, she plays with the style's influence in commercial advertisement and product design. Kubis studied packaging and print advertising directed at the female market - how decorative motifs in ads for domestic or feminine products were used to embellish the format of a layout - and she became interested in how notions of purity and cleanliness were related to the Minimalist project.

Kubis's work acknowledges utopian Minimalism as the laboratory of pure thought and sensation, and infects it with the sentimental and the mundane. Flies, confetti, soap bubbles and other ephemera drift in and out of these colour fields, humourously and ironically. Rigorous yet romantic, this work exudes a sophisticated charm, and may be a reflection our contemporary tendency away from abstract absolutes and toward contextual, detached and self conscious assessments of ourselves and of the world in which we live.

I love the traditions of painting but I believe that the only way to have it be relevant is to reflect the experience of living in a contemporary context. I realize that most artists do this in some way but my particular way of addressing this is the mix of high and low art references with a sense of play and an odd Minimalist aesthetic.

Anda Kubis studied at the Ontario College of Art before finishing her BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She graduated from the York University MFA program at in 1992. Her work has been included in numerous group and solo exhibitions across Canada, most recently Stumble at the Triananon Gallery in Lethbridge, Fluffy at the Dunlop Regional Art Gallery in Regina and Bubble Vision at the Zsa Zsa Gallery in Toronto.


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