Þrír listamenn deila gestavinnustofunni í Mars 2008. Robert Mailinowski, Paul Fortin og Erin Glover. Þau koma öll frá Kanada.
Robert og Paul verða með sýningu í Populus Tremula 21. mars og Erin Glover mun sýna í galleriBOXi sama dag. Auglýst síðar.


The drawings in my current body of work deal with relationships. The portrayal of these relationships varies. Some drawings illustrate people involved together in a situation, while other images show individuals in a solitary moment. To stage these relationships a representation of each character is rendered. Specific gestures and postures are assigned to these characters. Along with physical portrayals, a further enhancement is made. Surrounding these individuals are symbols. The symbols vary depending on the mood of each character and the situation that they are involved in. Hearts, numbers, letters or a combined variety of symbols are used to give thought and emotion a physical presence on the page. Since our thoughts make up so much of who we are I feel that it is important to trace these internal elements. The intention of these drawings is to examine the physical as well as the internal state of an individual.

Robert Malinowski was born in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. It was here along the rapids of St. Mary and the shores of Lake Superior that Robert waited to see the subtle lines of life. It was also here where he waited amongst the industrial nature of the area. In the quietest of the night he could always hear the machinery of the steel plant. It was while listening to these sounds that he realized man’s material evolution was in close timing with nature’s. Robert’s work entertains the thought that one is not only shaped by their environment, but that one shapes the environment in which they are in. It is in this environmental regeneration that Robert traces his lines. His move to Toronto, Ontario allowed him to develop a new vocabulary with his images and sculptural forms. Robert’s formal art education from the Ontario College of Art allowed him to participate in the off campus exchange program in Florence, Italy for one year where he further developed the images that populate his work. Robert’s artwork has been exhibited with galleries at the Affordable Art Fair in New York as well as the Toronto International Art Fair in Toronto. His work can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Canada.

Robert is currently represented in Canada by XEXE Gallery in Toronto and AK Collins Gallery in Port Hope, Ontario.


Paul Fortin originally hails from Peterborough, a community nestled in the mixed agricultural and woodland landscapes of the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. His formal art training has taken him to the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine and to the Nova Scotia college of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Over the past ten years he has lived a somewhat nomadic lifestyle settling in and moving throughout numerous regions of Canada. This has allowed for the collection of a vast database of visual imagery, both two and three dimensional, which has been used to create an eclectic and diverse body of paintings, sculptures and installations. His work is strongly influenced by connections and disconnection with environments (both natural and manmade) and draw upon the emotion of loneliness and feelings of emptiness. His move to Inuvik, Northwest Territories in 2004 along with the unique arctic geography, isolation and the study of Inuit prints and graphics has been a major influence in his work. Paul is the recipient of numerous grants and has been awarded artist in residence positions at the Pouch Cove Foundation in Newfoundland, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Canada Council International Residency Program at CCA in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Kulturhuset USF in Bergen Norway and artist in residence at the Gil-Society in Akureyri, Iceland. Work from 1997 to the present can be found in public and private collections in Canada, the United States and Europe. Paul is represented by Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario.

Fortin recently returned to Canada after nine months in the Caribbean and Europe. He was a 2006 recipient of the Canada Council for the Art’s international residency program at CCA7 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. After launching the exhibition Boca del Drago at the InterAmericas Gallery in Port of Spain, Fortin travelled to Norway where he spent the first three months of 2007 working on new paintings while on residency at USF Verftet in Bergen. The work produced during this time was exhibited with Apertura Gallery in Toronto and the ODD Gallery in Dawson City, Yukon. From Norway, Fortin continued to travel and research in Paris, Krakow, Venice and Rome while on route to Iceland where, in May, he participated in the Gil-Society artist in residence program and the Jokulhlaup exhibition. Fortin continued research in Europe throughout June where he traveled to summer exhibitions in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and London before returning to Canada. 2008 will be a busy year with exhibitions scheduled in Ottawa and Iceland, more travel, research and work being produced in Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Antwerp, Berlin, France and Spain.

Fortin has been selected by the Magenta Foundation to be included in the second volume of the Carte Blanche collection - Carte Blanche Vol. 2: Painting. The main purpose of this book is to provide a survey and showcase of the current state of painting in Canada. The book will be published in Autumn 2008 and will be available through book sellers across Canada and around the world.

Erin Glover

E d u c a t i o n
2 0 0 4 BFA Ontario College of Art & Design
2 0 0 0 AOCAD Ontario College of Art & Design
1 9 9 8 / 9 9 OCAD Florence Off Campus Program

My work is comprised of two consecutive series. The first is a collection of garments that wrap, cover and protect. Each article of clothing is shown empty, but carrying shapes and forms that reference the body. These articles of costume serve as our social armor and become an extension of our own skin. The second series is a gathering of personal objects and furniture taken from domestic settings. All of the items are worn from use and tend to adopt grand and layered personalities when transplanted into new compositions.

Each image begins with a photograph. The pictures are transferred onto paper or board and layered with pastel, pencil and paint. Lines both real and imagined extend beyond the edge of each image allowing for shapes and textures to become softened. The pieces are small pockets of private space.