MARCH 25 to APRIL 20


SURFACE TENSION brings together the contemporary figurative practices of emerging artists Stella Cade, Oreka James, and Claudia Zloteanu. All three artists begin in a place of honesty; looking at the mundane, the everyday, and celebrating what emerges from the individual experience.

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, March 25 from 2 to 5 p

Join us on March 25 for the opening of Surface Tension. The artists will be present. For more information, please visit our Facebook event page.



  Stella Cade,  Requiring Comfort (The Biggest Hug) , oil on canvas, 24" x 24", 2016

Stella Cade, Requiring Comfort (The Biggest Hug), oil on canvas, 24" x 24", 2016

Stella Cade’s work investigates the importance of ritual to process traumas. With gestural mark making and a vibrant palette, her work draws on personal memories and the verbal histories of others to create highly charged narratives with a focus on the quiet – the unacknowledged spaces that live between the action of life. The moments depicted are those typically unseen by others, and through their voyeurism create a dimension of unease in their intimacy. Showing moments of solitude and togetherness, her figures are often trying to connect, while missing slightly. Cade’s work offers an unguarded glimpse at the small actions we take to put our worlds back together after a tragedy, all the while seeking to demystify the processes of psychic healing.


  Oreka James,    Untitled (nude with bags of legs)   , oil and acrylic on stretched canvas, 60” x 72”, 2016

Oreka James, Untitled (nude with bags of legs), oil and acrylic on stretched canvas, 60” x 72”, 2016

Oreka James current body of work investigates black identity using the mundane as vehicle to explore the softer ways black women exist in the world.


  Claudia Zloteanu,  Box , wood and plexiglass, 22” x 17” x 32”, 2017

Claudia Zloteanu, Box, wood and plexiglass, 22” x 17” x 32”, 2017

Claudia Zloteanu tells the story of her everyday life through the creation of sculpture. A series of decisions and choices, some instinctive and some carefully thought through, all happens simultaneously, culminating in a single point. Zloteanu use everyday materials to explore the notion of space and language, where traces of industry and nature become visible.



Stella Cade studied at the Art Students League, Concordia University, and received her BFA from OCADU in 2013. Her abstracted figuration seeks to investigate themes of trauma, intimacy, and autonomy. Cade was presented with the People's Choice Award at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition in 2011, and The Donna Maclean Award for portraiture and representational painting from OCADU in 2013. She is the Co-Founder of NEST Collective, and most recently had a solo exhibition at 26 in November 2016.

Oreka James is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Toronto with a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). James works in a variety of mediums exploring issues of: representation, folklore, gender, sexuality, spirituality, love, and dreams. James recently exhibited in group shows at Cooper Cole Gallery and YTB Gallery in Toronto.

Claudia Zloteanu earned a Master in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto, and a Master in Fine Arts from the University of Fine Arts, Bucharest, Romania. In August 2014, she was an artist in residency at YYZ Artist Outlet, Toronto. Between 2010 and 2012, she was an artist in residency in Rome, Italy. Her work includes sculpture, drawings, and photography. Group exhibitions include: Big Bang of Thought, UTAC, Toronto (2015); I AM Community, McDonald House, Thornhill (2016); Default Programming, North York Centre for the Arts, Toronto (2015); Spazi Aperti X, Romanian Academy, Rome (2012); The Dark side of the Soul, Museo Magma, Roccamonfina, Italy (2012); Edgardo Manucci, Arcevia, Italy (2010); and Body, Caminul Artei Gallery, Romania (2009). Zloteanu currently lives and works in Aurora, Ontario.

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