Motor City Stories: Karolina Baker, Dani Crosby, Joaquin Manay, Philip Nuttall

July 14th, 2015 – August 2nd, 2015

art installation

In partnership with the Motor City Boxing Club, the RMG has invited regional artists to produce new works inspired by the sport of boxing. Selected artists were invited to visit the Motor City Boxing Club (Oshawa), observe athletes in training, work in situ at the club and produce new work based on their observations.

Participating Artists:

It was an accidental visit to the Venice Biennial in 2001 that stirred Karolina Baker to make art. She studied sculpture, time based media and modern art at York University and holds a bachelor degree in Canadian Studies and Political Science from Carleton University. Karolina is an interdisciplinary artist who works in various media: installation, photography, printmaking, video, and written word. Karolina is thrilled to uncover patterns and minuscule experiences and elevate them to noticeability. Karolina is motivated by artists Janet Cardiff, Douglas Coupland and Vera Frenkel.


Dani Crosby Illustrator, Fine Artist, and Art Instructor. With a body of work ranging from observational studies to imagined interpretive conceptual projects Dani works to capture personality and develop thoughtful narratives in her diverse fine art work. As an Illustrator Dani brings a highly organized, consistent, and punctual working style to her clients. Her goal is to visually captivate and emotionally involve her audience. Dani’s main areas of focus as a visual artist have been: fine art, editorial, art for albums, merchandise, images for web and devices, posters, logos and icons.

Dani is always looking forward to exploring new subject matter, experiencing with new media, challenging concepts, meeting new clients, nurturing on-going professional relationships, taking on new commissions, and creative adventures in general. Graduate of the Sheridan College BA Illustration Program, Dani believes visual art is powerful enough to change anything from a person’s perception of a brand to a person’s perception of the world at large.


Joaquin Manay is an emerging artist/beatboxer/performer, having graduated in April of 2013 from the Honours Visual Arts Program at Brock University. Manay moved from Uruguay to Canada in 2003. Manay’s paintings continually draw from remembrances of thought and emotion to evoke uneasy feelings in his audience. The artist draws inspiration from his constant surroundings, illustrations and master paintings – especially expressionist and surrealist works. Manay creates subtleties with his imagery that allow for works to relate to one another on formal and conceptual levels. He has worked as an Artist/Instructor with organizations such as The Station Gallery, Unity Charity, Turn-Around-Project and the Art Gallery of Ontario. He currently lives Oshawa.

Philip Nuttall is a young artist from Whitby, Ontario. He studied Sculpture at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and has worked in various aspects with his art, including local theatre and magic. He works with various mediums in both painting and sculpture, and is a member of the Kingsway Boxing Club.