2013 KIAC Artists in Residence:
Pavitra Wickramasinghe (November 30 - December 22, 2013)
Pavitra Wickramasinghe was born in Sri Lanka and now lives in Montréal. She is mainly concerned with new ways of conceptualizing the moving image and exploring conventions of seeing. Her work attempts to draw the viewer in through curiosity, intrigue and a sense of wonder, while hovering between experiment and play. Pavitra is guided by the need to know how things work – to break down motion, video and screen to their basic elements and to build them up again. Projections become particles of light and moving shadows; screens crystallize and deconstructs; and motion is suspended into still elements. For the past few years she has been preoccupied by the idea of giving a physical form to light, shadow and projection.
Currently, she is exploring the notion of "here." What does it mean to be here when we are citizens of the world and our families and friends are scattered over the globe? Pavitra grew up in Sri Lanka and Canada, and lived and worked as an artist in Asia, Europe and North America. The sense of place and locale plays a large part in her work and she works with imagery that provokes notions of traveling and the fluidity of place. She uses shadow as a stand in for these notions. Shadows provide an opportunity for illusion, trickery and exploring perception as an integral part of understanding. It is proof that not all meaning can be created or displayed in light and indicates the absolute consistency of change and the impossibility of fixed meaning.
Sarah Pupo (October 17 – November 27, 2013)
Sarah Pupo lives and works in Montreal, Quebec where she recently completed an MFA at Concordia University. Her practice combines aspects of painting and drawing alongside self-taught, provisional animation techniques. Her approach to making things prioritizes intuition, associative thinking and the flux of chance and control – emphasizing the immediacy of the materials and a playfulness and looseness of process.
While at KIAC she will make a series of drawings and an animation that continue her exploration of in-between spaces; the threshold between a painting and a drawing, the slowed down time/space created by the ritual of making a drawing or an animation, and the storytelling potential that opens up in the liminal worlds of darkness, sleep, dream, and the unconscious.
Zachary Gough (October 25 – November 17, 2013)
Zachary Gough makes festive, conversational and social art projects that critically explore personal values, often by connecting people and groups with one another, to challenge and inspire the ways we operate today. In the past, his projects have manifested as a marching band, a board game, dental care, a choir, and collaborative radio to name a few.
Originally from Kitchener, Ontario, he completed his BFA at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick and is currently a candidate in the Art and Social Practice MFA program at Portland State University in Oregon.
Justin Apperley (August 28 - October 23, 2013)
Justin Apperley is a Visual Designer, Photographer and Printmaker whose work is a whimsical, behind the scenes look at everyday life on the road and off the beaten track. Justin was born and raised in the prairies and now currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Justin has recently graduated from a mix of OCAD (Toronto, ON) and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam, NL) majoring in Graphic Design and Printmaking. Justin also curates †† ALASKAN EYES ††, a popular image-based blog drawing inspiration from Canadiana, northern folklore and vagabond lifestyles.
He plans to explore aspects of community life in Dawson City by facilitating a discourse about the ongoing struggle with emotional and physical shelter throughout the winter months. He will take pictures, silkscreen, blog and put on workshops to connect with the community.
Alexandra Feit (August 21 - September 19, 2013)
Alexandra Feit is an artist based in Haines, Alaska. She has a BFA and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has shown her work in various galleries across the United States including ongoing involvements with Edward T Nahem Gallery in New York City and Bunnell Gallery in Homer, Alaska. She will be showing her work at the Yukon Art Centre in May 2014.
Her current body of work are paintings made with wax and pigment. She uses a reductive rather than additive process in order to create a sense of internal light. Her work is about light and trying to capture a moment. Her paintings have one foot in landscape and one foot in Minimalism and she rocks that line around trying to find a unique balance.
Feit considers her paintings "slow art". They take time to see as they are very quiet and the depth within comes out slowly and appears differently in different light.
The Natural and the Manufactured Residency
Paul Griffin (July 7 - August 19, 2013)
Paul Griffin is an artist from Sackville, New Brunswick who has previously lived in Ontario and British Colombia. His work also covers a wide range from photography to drawing and presently focuses on installation sculpture. Griffin's practice investigates the myriad of ways that the vernacular can be used to interpret societal and personal views and perspectives. Over the last decade he has pursued an ongoing body of works titled the Woodpile Series that seek to transform this ubiquitous object into an aesthetic creation.
Griffin graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 1992 and then went on to complete his Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Guelph in 1994. He has lived in Sackville since 1988 where he has worked at Mount Allison University in various positions since 1994. Before concentrating on his academics he worked as a logger, millworker and log home builder in Hazelton, British Columbia from 1977 to 1988.
He has come to Dawson City to work on a piece that explores the aesthetic and social connection between Chinese scholar stones - large boulders that served in formal gardens as contemplative tools - and gold nuggets, both sought after throughout the world as objects of curious beauty and great financial worth. He will endeavour to create a large-scale sculpture out of wood that is embroidered with electroplated roofing nails that will focus on the curious beauty that exists mutually within these two exotic objects.
The Natural and the Manufactured Residency
Sarah Fuller (July 5 - August 26, 2013)
Sarah Fuller is a Banff- based artist working in photography, installation and video.
Her work is about multiple levels of perception, reality and narrative. In the last few years this has manifested in multi-disciplinary installation work combining photography, video and text. Place take a central role, often with personal experience as a starting point. Sarah often thinks about vantage point and an experiential view of physical and psychological landscape.
During her residency in Dawson, Sarah will be creating a site-specific installation in the historical Bear Creek site, utilizing large-scale photographs and theatrical lighting. This work is part of the Natural and Manifactured thematic residency.
Sarah was born in Winnipeg, MB. She earned a BFA from the Emily Carr University in Vancouver in 2003 after completing her first two years of study at the University of Manitoba, School of Fine Arts. Her work is held in public and private collections across Canada, including the Canada Council for the Arts Art Bank, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Cenovus Energy.
Currently Sarah is showing work in the exhibit Wish You Were Here at the Union Gallery, Kingston. In 2013, she was part of The News from Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial curated by Nancy Tousley at the Art Gallery of Alberta, and the two-person exhibit See Attached at Truck Gallery with artist Dianne Bos. Sarah has been an artist in residence at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Italy, and the Association of Visual Artists (SIM) in Reykjavik, Iceland. When she not making art, Sarah is the Photography Facilitator in the Visual Arts department at The Banff Centre where she assists artists in residence and mentors emerging visual artists.
Adriana Kuiper & Ryan Suter (June 5 - July 3, 2013)
Adriana Kuiper is an installation artist who lives and works in Sackville, New Brunswick. Her recent work explores versions of modified, hidden architectural structures meant to suggest safety from extreme forces, natural and otherwise. Her work investigates improvised structures and she often adapts and manipulates existing instructions for Do-It-Yourself shelters and small buildings. Kuiper’s work has been shown across Canada and in Oslo, Norway. Kuiper is a faculty member at Mount Allison University where she teaches sculpture and drawing.
Ryan Suter is a multi media artist currently living in deep Middle Sackville. His media work explores the spaces between things seen and things heard through the lens of video, music and installation. Currently Ryan is exploring simple electronics and computer programming as a component to his installation work, specifically technologies that track and then translates that movement into sound. Ryan teaches at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia and occasionally at Mount Allison University in Sackville. His work has exhibited throughout Canada and Cardiff, England.
Lately Adriana and Ryan have been collaborating to build site-specific sculpture using modified objects, sound and electronics. Their work investigates the local landscape and the immediate environment, both constructed and natural, taking cues from provisionally built objects and vernacular architecture. Both artists are invested in working with what is immediately available and using that resourcefulness to direct the production of their work. Public installations of their collaborative pieces have been shown recently in Dawson during the 2012 Natural and Manufactured Exhibition, Rural Readymade in Charlottetown, Saskatoon and Lethbridge, and at OKQuoi?! in Sackville.
Michael Markowsky (April 4 - June 3, 2013)
Michael Markowsky is a Vancouver-based oil painter, video and performance artist. During his two month stay in Dawson City, he will attempt to draw a portrait of every single person in town.
Markowsky often creates absurd situations for himself that frustrate or challenge his ability to make artwork. For instance, he has spent much of the past 14 years making semi-abstract paintings of the landscape while riding inside or strapped to the roof of moving cars, trucks, buses, boats, trains and airplanes.
Last year, Markowsky travelled to the North Pole with the Royal Canadian Air Force, as part of the 'War Artist' program. He spent his time there making 'plein-air' landscape paintings in the -35C weather. His primary career goal is make a painting while standing on the surface of the moon, by January 1, 2030.
Markowsky was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, where he graduated with honors from the Alberta College of Art. Michael also studied at Cooper Union (New York City) and the Royal College of Art (London, UK), and Art Center (Los Angeles) where he obtained his Master of Fine Arts Degree in 2002. His artwork has been exhibited alongside artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha and William S. Burroughs. He has exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montreal, Vancouver and even Baghdad, Iraq!
Henry Svec (April 15 - June 3, 2013)
Henry Adam Svec grew up on a cherry farm in Ontario's deep south and studied English at Mount Allison University; now he makes performance art, writes songs and fiction, and works on a PhD in Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. His performances usually blend a range of traditions and media, including folk music, field recording, the academic lecture, singer-songwriter stage banter, and the mass-mediated hoax. Henry has presented work at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, FADO Performance Art Centre, 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre's Rhubarb Festival, Eastern Edge, Ok Quoi!?, and Sappyfest, and his most recent projects (Folk Songs of Canada Now and The CFL Sessions) involved claiming to have made important discoveries in the field of Canadian folklore (the former explored the legacy of Edith Fowke, the latter Canadian football culture). His music was also recently featured in Erin Brandenburg's new play Petrichor, an alt-country musical about Mexican Mennonite field workers that was produced in last year's Summerworks Festival in Toronto, in which he also acted.
Henry's creative work has bled into his research—academic interests include authenticity, utopia, and media archeology, and his dissertation is about technology and the American folk revival. His scholarship has been published in the Canadian Journal of Communication (forthcoming), Reviews in Cultural Theory, Loading…, Celebrity Studies, and Popular Music and Society, and his first short story recently appeared in The New Quarterly.
Dawson City International Short Film Festival Artist in Residence
Christina Battle (March 11 - April 2, 2013)
Working with film, video and installation, Christina’s works are often inspired by the role of non-official archives, our notions of evidence and explore themes of history and counter-memory, political mythology and environmental catastrophe.
Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Christina holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Biology from the University of Alberta and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has worked within Toronto’s vibrant artist-run culture as jury member, arts administrator, technical coordinator, committee member, board member and curator for various organizations including the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, Gallery 44, The Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, and The Images Festival. As an educator she has worked with students at the Ontario College of Art and Design and the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has exhibited internationally in festivals and galleries including: The Images Festival (Toronto), The London Film Festival (UK), The International Film Festival Rotterdam (The Netherlands), YYZ Artists’ Outlet (Toronto), White Box (New York), The Foreman Art Gallery at Bishops University (Sherbrooke, QC), MCA Denver, The Aspen Art Museum and in the Whitney Biennial, Day for Night (New York, 2006).
Dawson City International Short Film Festival Artist in Residence
Brian Lye (March 4 - April 12, 2013)
Brian Lye is a Vancouver-based filmmaker and artist who uses imagination and humour to reflect on life experiences. Outside of Canada he has lived, worked and studied in Japan, Uganda, Australia (where he attended the Sydney Film School), and the Czech Republic (as a guest student at the Film and TV Academy of Performing Arts in Prague). His films have been included in numerous national and international festivals including: the Vancouver International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and the Melbourne International Film Festival. He was the winner of The Ellen, Filmmaker to Watch Award, at the Aspen Shortsfest in 2011. He loves shooting on film.
Brian is happy and grateful to be here, it is his first time in the Yukon. While in Dawson City - Brian will make a short film, play with animation, and prepare for an upcoming collaborative documentary on the Uganda Skateboard Union, a group he co-founded in 2007.
Dawson City Music Festival Songwriter in Residence
DIGITS aka Alt Altman (February 1 - March 1, 2013)
The Dawson City Music Festival and the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture are pleased to host Alt Altman aka. Digits as our 2013 Songwriter in Residence. Alt will be braving the sub-arctic climes and spending February in the historic McCauley Residency. While in Dawson, in addition to developing new material, Alt will be sharing his skills and hosting an electronic music and hip-hop production class for youth and immersing himself in our community.
Digits is a melancholy minimalist synthpop/R&B artist from Toronto, currently living in Berlin after six months in London. In April 2012, Digits went from being almost unknown to becoming a critical darling among newspaper critics, online magazines and influential blogs with the release of a 12-song mixtape of all-original songs called Death and Desire. It featured a remix by minimalist R&B pop artist Nite Jewel (Secretly Canadian). The release instantly found an audience among webzines. Tastemaking underground blogs also loved it, with 20jazzfunkgreats, I Guess I'm Floating, Largehearted Boy, Abeano, and No Fear of Pop being the most prominent supporters. Features in The Guardian and The Toronto Star (Canada's most-read newspaper), and The Line Best Fit followed.
The Where Do You Belong EP was released in July 2012, under an experimental distribution model: a free download link was given to anybody that e-mailed Digits evidence of purchasing music from any other musician in the past two months. Wired called the distribution idea "bold and brave", and it also received coverage from Canada's largest newspaper and CBC Radio 1.
Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) Artist in Residence
Steven Loft (January 4 - January 20, 2013)
Steven Loft is a Mohawk of the Six Nations with Jewish heritage. He is a curator, scholar, writer and media artist. In 2010, he was named Trudeau National Visiting Fellow at Ryerson University in Toronto, and Scholar in Residence at the new Ryerson Image Centre, where he is continuing his research into Indigenous art and aesthetics. Formerly, he was Curator-In-Residence, Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada and Director/Curator of the Urban Shaman Gallery (Winnipeg), Aboriginal Curator at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and Artistic Director of the Native Indian/Inuit Photographers’ Association. He has curated group and solo exhibitions across Canada and internationally and has written extensively on Indigenous art and aesthetics for various magazines, catalogues and arts publications and lectured widely in Canada and internationally.
While in Dawson, Loft will spend time working with Yukon SOVA students and give a public presentation on the role of activism and resistance within Native Canadian Art.
Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) Artist in Residence
Jin-me Yoon (January 13 - January 20, 2013)
Jin-me Yoon’s work has been exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. For the past two decades, Yoon’s lens-based work in photography, video and installation, has explored questions concerning history and place supported by her underlying interest in the formation of the subject and subjectivities.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Yoon immigrated to Vancouver in 1968 where she lives and works. She teaches at the School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University and is represented by the Catriona Jeffries Gallery.
While in Dawson, Yoon will work with students in Nicole Rayburn's 4D New Media class at the Yukon School of Visual Arts.