BEING: Krista Arnold & Chen Cao: Feb 19 – March 4


Opening Reception: Saturday February 21st, 6-10pm

Exhibition Dates: Feb 19 – March 4, 2015

Krista Arnold (front space)

Krista Arnold was born and raised in Aurora, Ontario. Growing up she became increasingly involved in art, which eventually lead her to OCAD University where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2013. Krista’s body of work reflects on what it is that separates the living from the dead. Her life-sized oil paintings of human figures explore this separation between one’s physical and spiritual self, and sheds new light on the single thing that unites us all; our mortality.

“Over the past year, Krista has had her work displayed in several galleries throughout Toronto and the GTA, and was awarded a grant from The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation to pursue further investigation into the spiritual nature of her work by travelling to Israel and India in September 2014.”

Chen Cao (back space)

Chen Cao was born in China and moved to Canada at the age of nine. However he was influenced by eastern philosophy and religions throughout his life. Born with physical illness he tends to contemplate the limits of human potential. At an early age, it had occurred to him that there is this idea of mind and body. And the two are instinctively different. His relationship with his body is crude and with his mind subtle. Both are victims of impermanence yet, together they may convey the everlasting, the transcendent, and the sublime.

“I borrow the term Being as an adjective to describe act of using two imperfect entities in harmony to transcend singular perfectionism.”