Andrea Kastner

Selected Works

Biography

 

EDUCATION

2009-2012       Master of Fine Arts, Painting: University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

2002-2006       Bachelor of Fine Arts: Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB

  

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2014    The Waste Land, ODD Gallery, Klondike Institute of Art and Culture
             
Dawson City, YT

2014    The Waste Land, Comox Valley Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC

2014    Conspicuous Collapse, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, ON

2014    L’Inventaire des rêves / The Inventory of Dreams, Galerie BA Montreal, QC

2014    The Waste Land, Kamloops Art Gallery (The Cube), Kamloops, BC

2013     Small Disasters, Harcourt House, Edmonton, AB

2012     Amass, MFA Thesis Exhibition, FAB Gallery, Edmonton, AB

2010     Urban Diary, Eleanor London Côte Saint-Luc Public Library, Montreal, QC

2010     Urban Diary, Red Bird Gallery, Montreal, QC

2009     Façade Arrière, Galerie Port-Maurice, Montreal, QC

2009     Ruelles, Maison de la Culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal, QC

2006     Alleyways, Galerie V, Café Shaika, Montreal, QC

2006     Jolies Poubelles, START Gallery, Sackville, NB

 

DUO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015    Brainstorms: UAlberta Creates, University of Alberta Museums Galleries 
            Edmonton, AB

2015    Vestiges, Galerie BAC, Montreal, QC

2014     Art Toronto, Galerie BAC booth, Toronto, ON

2014     Public School, A/P Gallery, Calgary, AB

2013     The Lure of the Local: Women Artists in the Canadian Land(scape) 

             Vorres Museum, Athens, Greece

2013     Windsor Issues V.4, Civic Space, Windsor, ON

2012    RBC Canadian Painting Competition 2012, Power Plant, Toronto, ON

2012    Art Toronto, Toronto, ON, RBC Painting Competition booth

2012    The New Alberta Contemporaries, Esker Foundation Gallery, Calgary, AB

2011    Innovation, Little Gallery, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB

2011    Revisiting Ephemera, ArtLAB Gallery, University of Western Ontario 
            London, ON

2010    Archive and Everyday Life, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton, ON

2008    Architectures for Nostalgia, Niagara Artists’ Centre, St. Catherine’s, ON

2006    stART: Emerging Artist Show, Studio 21, Halifax, NS

2006    BFA Graduate Exhibition, Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, NB

 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2013    Another World in the Studio, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, AB

2013    Emerging Artist Research Residency Program, University of Windsor
            Windsor, ON

2010    Urban Diary, Red Bird Gallery, Montreal, QC

 


SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

2014   Project Assistance for Visual Artists, British Columbia Arts Council

2013    Professional Development Project Assistance, British Columbia Arts Council

2013    Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts

2012    Finalist: 14th Annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition

2012    Edmonton Arts Council: Individual Project Grant

2012    The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Artist Grant

2011     Graduate Students Association Professional Development Grant
             University of Alberta

2011     Faculty of Arts International Travel Award, University of Alberta

2011      Alberta Advanced Education Achievement Program

              Graduate Student Scholarship

2010      Don McColl Graduate Scholarship, University of Alberta

2010      Alberta Foundation for the Arts Graduate Scholarship in Art and Design

2010      Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta

2009      Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship

 

COLLECTIONS

Kamloops Art Gallery (Kamloops, BC)
Colart Collection (Montreal, QC)
University of Alberta Museums and Archive (Edmonton, AB)
Davis & Company LLP (Toronto, ON)
Numerous private collections in Canada, Europe and Australia
 

 

Artist Statement

The Inventory of Dreams is a series of paintings that takes account of the uncountable. It is a body of work that traces the haunting nature of our rejected possessions. To gather imagery for this project, I have travelled to landfills, searched through archives, dug through bags of household garbage, and documented the alleyways of the cities I’ve lived in. The collages based on this documentation are what I use to create these paintings: the housing complexes that seem to grow out of mountainous landfills, the skeletal façades and the piles of forgotten things.

At the heart of my work is the concept that our trash is akin to our unconscious mind. When we throw away our rubbish at the end of the week, we seal it into a black bag in an act of forgetting, wishing to never see it again. The very idea of someone else glimpsing the contents of our garbage seems incredibly intimate or invasive. My paintings are something of an act of acknowledgement toward this largely private and unexplored realm of our possessions. Even the landfills are teeming with our stuff, though we choose to disavow it. These mountains of things are a sort of accidental construction of our times, a shadow city built beside the one we live in. I wish to take a symbolic inventory of these things, to claim them as part of our lives.

Though we may have forgotten, old stories tend to revisit us in our sleep. Our streets and surroundings are shaped by our desires and our choices, the things that we keep and the things that we leave behind. The Inventory of Dreams takes stock of the collaged, recycled and surreal world we live in everyday.