Del Hillier (April 12 - May 17, 2015)
For the past two years Del’s primary focus has been on the craft of Marquetry: the art of using wood veneers to create pictures and designs. A self-taught ‘Marquetrician’ - a term he’s coined himself - Del mixes an adherence to high craft and history with experimentation and play. His process-based approach to Marquetry also incorporates additional medias to the craft such as pyrography and woodworking. At KIAC, Del plans to spend generous time in the studio while also sharing his knowledge of Marquetry through a series of workshops with students at Robert Service School.
Del studied Visual Art at The Emily Carr University of Art and Design and The Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague. He is the founder of The Trading Post - a rural trading post in the southern Yukon and facilitator of The Banff Industrial Park Tours. Del recently participated in the residency Winterjourney at The Banff Centre and will be collaborating in an exhibition this summer at Dynamo Arts Association in Vancouver.
Louise Reimer (April 18 - May 17, 2015)
Louise Reimer is an artist and illustrator from Vancouver. She studied Visual Art at Emily Carr University. Since graduating in 2011, Louise has spent time living in Dawson City and Montreal, and currently resides in Toronto. Her dreamy editorial illustrations have been featured in publications across Canada and the United States. Louise is also known for her delicate, feminine watercolours and drawings, which may help you to "wash your eyes from the ugliness of life." Her work explores representations of strength and femininity, notions of beauty, and our relationship to nature. She is inspired by strong women, girl-culture, feminism, and literature.
Louise plans on spending her time in Dawson working on a new painting series subverting classical representations of female bodies, exploring the psychedelic possibilities of watercolour, and visiting the dump. This is her first residency
Matthew Rankin (March 17 - April 12, 2015)
Dawson City International Short Film Festival Artist in Residence
Matthew Rankin studied Québec history at McGill University and at Université Laval before returning into the artistic underclass of his native Winnipeg to become a maker of art films. Working in photochemical hybrids of documentary, experimental drama and animated abstraction, Matthew's films have been the object of both international acclaim and outraged corporate attack. A three-time alumnus of the Sundance Film Festival, Matthew was a 2013 artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and is the winner of the 2014 National Media Arts Prize. Matthew works in English, French and, increasingly, Esperanto.
Kyle Whitehead (March 10 - April 12, 2015)
Dawson City International Short Film Festival Artist in Residence
Kyle Whitehead is an artist and filmmaker working primarily with small-format cinema, experimental sound and electronics. He prefers a careful and considered approach to image making; which should not be confused with best practices, as his work is more about embracing the potential of an indeterminate process. What he wants is the definitive by chance - leveraging trailing-edge technologies often with unusual or startling effect. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at film festivals and visual arts venues with recent presentations at M:ST 6 (Calgary, AB), Smiths Row Gallery (Bury St. Edmunds, UK), Galerie Sans Nom (Moncton, NB), Eastern Edge (St. Johns, NL), Latitude 53 (Edmonton, AB), Antimatter (Victoria, BC), The 8 Fest (Toronto, ON) and Paved Arts (Saskatoon, SK). Kyle received his BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design and currently resides in Calgary where he spends most of his time in the dark.
While in residence, Kyle will be continuing his work on an in-progress series of films, inviting local artists and filmmakers to collaborate with him on the project. Initiated during a recent open studio residency at Struts Gallery/Faucet Media Arts Centre in the spring of 2014, Interstices is an ongoing series of collaborative, in-camera, double-exposure Super 8 films, with the potential to continue indefinitely. The concept of the project is simple, Kyle makes the first exposure on 50' cartridges of Super 8 film and then the film is reloaded into a re-usable Super 8 film cassettes and subsequently re-exposed by his collaborators with no prior knowledge of the content of the first exposure. The resulting vignettes, or image-sentences, are aleatoric and non-linear amalgamations of two discrete perspectives.
Michael Belmore (February 1 - February 28, 2015)
Yukon School of Visual Arts Artist in Residence
Michael Belmore is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and graduated with an A.O.C.A. in sculpture/installation from Ontario College of Art & Design in 1994. Belmore's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in the permanent collections of various institutions and numerous private collections. His most recent exhibitions include Land, Art, Horizons, North American Native Museum, Zurich, Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art at the Peabody Essex in Salem, MA, Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, an international exhibition of contemporary indigenous art in Winnipeg, MB and HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor at the National Museum of the American Indian – George Gustav Heye Centre in New York.
Erin Fleck (February 1 - February 28, 2015)
Erin is a playwright, puppeteer and performer based in Toronto.
Erin’s Dora Award Nominated one-woman show Those Who Can’t Do... premiered at Theatre Passe Muraille, and has since toured to Victoria B.C. and New York City.
She has also written and performed original work with Mixed Company Theatre, at Theatre Passe Muraille’s BUZZ Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s HYSTERIA Festival, the Toronto FRINGE! Festival, and Tarragon’s Spring Arts Fair.
She is the Artistic Director of Caterwaul Theatre (alongside Artistic Producer Sarah Fairlie), which produces innovative and immersive storytelling in puppetry. Erin wrote and performed in Caterwaul’s inaugural production of Unintentionally Depressing Children’s Tales, which premiered at the 2014 SummerWorks Theatre Festival to much acclaim, and winning the NTS Design Award.
As a playwright, Erin is an alumna of the Stratford Playwright’s Retreat, Factory Theatre’s Natural Resources, Theatre Passe Muraille’s Upstarts, TheatreKairos’ Writer’s Circle and Nightwood Theatre’s Write from the Hip program.
As a performer, Erin frequently collaborates with the Steady State Theatre Project (Double Double: Outstanding Production/Ensemble/NOW Magazine Critic’s Pick Toronto Fringe Festival 2010, I Will Not Hatch: Outstanding Ensemble Toronto Fringe Festival 2009, Edmonton Fringe 2012) and is a company member of Dutch Uncle Puppetry, which has been featured at After Hours@TPM (Gregori’s Phantastik Big Time Show) Canzine 2010, Theatre Passe Muraille’s BUZZ Festival, the SummerWorks Festival Fiasco Playhouse performance gallery and Factory Theatre’s LabCab Festival. She has also been featured in music videos for Toronto-based bandsDigits and Bad Passion.
Khari McClelland (December 29 - Jan 16, 2015)
Dawson City Music Festival Song Writer in Residence
Reared on gospel, blues, jazz and soul in Hitsville, USA, the home of Motown Records, Khari began his musical education early. Every Sunday provided lessons in the roots of African American music and cultural expression,through the wafting sounds of Gospel from street corner churches and local radio programs. Every other day,the sounds of hip hop and contemporary R&B blared from car speakers and boom boxes.
Khari made his exodus from Detroit a decade ago and is currently based in Vancouver, Canada. There, he cut his teeth with some of the best in roots and folk music. Khari is currently a member of the Juno nominated and 2014 Western Canadian Award winning band, The Sojourners. He has worked extensively with the likes of Jim Byrnes, Steve Dawson and Frazey Ford (of the Be Good Tanyas). Khari also had a singing role in a television movie staring Toni Braxton (Twist of Faith, on the Lifetime Network) and sang background vocals for Michael Buble on his NBC Christmas Special.
Khari is currently writing a suite of songs based on the book: I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land (2007). The book won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction and was written by Karolyn Smardz Frost, who fullyendorses the project. The book explores the lives of a couple from Kentucky and their escape from slavery to their eventual freedom in Canada. The suite will be used as material for The Sojourners’ next album and an accompanying theatrical interpretation.
During his time in Dawson City, Khari will be working on various outreach projects within the community as well as working on his own songwriting.