Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cosmology – Paintings by Marina Malvada

Explosion Time! (and I)
48 x 60 acrylic on masonite
 Last month, I had my first exhibition at Carriageway Studios in (my adorable, newly adopted hometown of) Almonte, Ontario.
Carriageway Studios is a charming meeting place with artists'studios, a gallery, and epicurean delights from North Market. For those of you who couldn't be there in person, here's a quasi-virtual version of the show:
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 This was my ‘Hello World’ exhibition to introduce my work to new friends and fellow creatives in downtown Almonte.
 All of these works except for ‘Sister Planet 
Sister Planet
18 x 30 acrylic on wood
and ‘Explosion Time!’ were completed in my previous studio in Montreal, between the years 2013 and 2015. Looking back on where I was then and where I am now, their symbolism has only gotten deeper.

 
 The exhibition is divided into two segments. Space Scapes is an ongoing series expressing the beauty of celestial bodies, both known and unknown. Tiny particles of metal and minerals are incorporated through action-painterly processes that harness the laws of physics and produce geological analogies.
Imminent on the left incorporates acrylic
and clay from Algonquin Township.
Kostabi has gold-coated titanium particles.
 Tethered Souls is a subset of my planetary paintings in which tiny astronauts act as gestural metaphors for deep or heightened emotional states that are felt at important moments in all of our lives.  At first glance, they have a certain whimsy, which initially draws curiosity and the false promise of easy interpretation. But reflective viewers may find themselves reconnecting to past feelings once forgotten. 
Detail from 'Harvest'
This piece speaks about experiences
from which we gain in some way. 
 
If there is consciousness after death, I'd love to take the time and soar throughout our solar system, reveling in it’s diverse and incredible beauty. It was an honour and a pleasure to share this sentiment with so many Earthlings of the Ottawa Valley!
"Bye for now."(another detail from 'Harvest')

Sunday, July 2, 2017

NEW ROAMING ART GALLERY SHOW


 My work here is featured as the promo image for the 'Roaming Art Gallery' at Brioche Dorée, 648 King St West, Toronto. This piece, entitled Gravitational Lensing and Gas Giants is one of four of my paintings whose images rotated on a large HD screen along with other artists' works.

This year's virtual exhibition features four new paintings of Saturn. It will run for 12 weeks. If you're in the area and want a delicious snack with 'un bon café', go to Brioche Dorée!

The Roaming Art Gallery owes it's very existence to the many talents of Jim at
TorontoArt.ca




Friday, May 26, 2017

Expo at Art Square


Earlier this month I had the opening for my abstract show at Art Square Gallery.
The location is choice; across from the Art Gallery of Ontario and my old alma mater OCADU.
The gallery space is well laid out and accessible from Dundas St. West, and although it's a partially underground walk-down entrance,  it's  a much larger gallery than the space above street level.

The vernissage was very well attended with press from Snap magazine and many of my loved chums from my school days and cool days.
Thanks for hanging with me, guys!



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Thursday, April 27, 2017

100 Million Years on 'Suits'.


100 Million Years on 'Suits'.
Apr 13 at 8:57pm
It may be Mercury retrograde, but communication and travel are working just fine. I got a call from Tammy, my art dealer at  Partial Gallery late last Friday afternoon. She said that the people making season 7 of the tv series 'Suits' wanted this painting - on Monday!
So, we scrambled, emailed and called each other until we made it happen.
Many thanks go to the set decoration buyer, and the rest of the 'Suits' production people. They extended the window, so that the painting could arrive on Tuesday, which it did.

Can't wait to see it on the show!

Last but not least, a HUGE shout out and thank-you hug to  Partial Gallery!
https://www.instagram.com/partial.gallery/ https://twitter.com/partial_gallery 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Thank-you Big Brothers Big Sisters

Rire a la Blague Cosmique (Laughing at the Cosmic Joke)
Mar 27 at 3:08pm
Rire_a_la_Blague_Cosmique_48_x_36_by_Marina_Malvada_web.jpg

This 48 x 36 splash of colour sold for 1,000.00 last Saturday evening at the Big Brothers, Big Sisters fundraiser. It feels so good to use the power of art to help others!


The idea, and feelings in this piece are about imagining what it would be like if you were in a small boat at sea, in the midst of a hurricane. Pretty terrifying, right? I mean it would be absolutely stunningly beautiful, but you'd likely be way too terrified to appreciate it. So, this painting allows us to enjoy the beauty without the fear. We can laugh at the danger and our own mortality, at least in symbolic form.

¬Marina
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