Past Participants

Anna Taylor, Halifax, NS (February 1-28)

ANNA TAYLOR is an artist, crafter and activist from in Halifax Nova Scotia who holds a BFA from NSCAD U. Using hand embroidery and natural dyes, Taylor creates playful works that redefine norms of sexual representation in the belief that craft is the ultimate sumptuous system of radical defiance. Her work has been exhibited throughout Atlantic Canada and internationally in Iceland and Norway.


Taylor’s current body of work investigates traditional needlework as a medium to bring advocacy for the decriminalization of sex work into a public forum. Her project at KIAC explores Dawson’s vibrant history as an example of our nation’s complex relationship with sex work contextualizing moments in history when sex work functioned with legal and social acceptance. This project uses the traditional medium of needlework to break down stigma and bridge gaps in understanding present in the wider public. Sharing this dialog in such a labour-intensive and tactile way communicates the urgency of these issues, quietly and softly calling in the widest audience.


Mary Anne Barkhouse (Haliburton, Ontario) February 1-16

SOVA is pleased to welcome artist Mary Anne Barkhouse to Dawson. She will be the third lecturer in the Indexes of the Land II series, on Thursday, February 9 at 7:00pm at Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, 1131 Front Street, Dawson, across from the Dawson Visitor Reception Centre. Everyone is welcome.

Mary Anne Barkhouse will also host a workshop on Saturday, February 11 at 1:00pm in the SOVA Main Floor studio, 994 Third Avenue, Dawson. Participants are asked to bring dog-related objects or images that will be incorporated into an installation. This workshop is FREE and open to everyone. For more information and workshop registration please call 867.993.6390

Mary Anne Barkhouse was born in Vancouver, BC and belongs to the Nimpkish band, Kwakiutl First Nation. She is a descendant of a long line of internationally recognized Northwest Coast artists that includes Ellen Neel, Mungo Martin and Charlie James. Barkhouse graduated with Honours from the OCAD University in Toronto and has exhibited widely across Canada and the United States. Her work examines environmental concerns and indigenous culture through the use of animal imagery – wolves, ravens, moose and beaver are juxtaposed against a diversity of background situations.

Barkhouse is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and her art can be found in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina), UBC Museum of Anthropology (Vancouver), Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (Guelph), and Banff Centre for the Arts. In addition, she has public installations at Carleton University (Ottawa), Thunder Bay Art Gallery (Thunder Bay), McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinberg) and the Millennium Walkway in Peterborough, Ontario.

Barkhouse currently resides in the Haliburton Highlands of Ontario.

This public lecture-workshop series examines the importance of the land to Aboriginal artists with regard to a variety of concepts and practices.

The Indexes of the Land II: Aboriginal Artists Lecture-Workshop 2016-17 series is focused on the land because historic and contemporary Aboriginal art practices have consistently been rooted in products of the land, social geography, land use, terrestrial species, treaty rights and ultimately nationhood. This 2016-17 series extends from the 2015-16 Indexes series that opened up a dialogue on how the volume of ideas around the land (and not excluding the water) can be shared to promote concepts of cultural difference in Canada.


Steve Maloney, St. John's, NL, January 6-January 31
Dawson City Music Festival Residency

Steve is a trained vocalist and songwriter from the edge of Eastern Canada. Known for his “velvet voice”, Steve offers powerful and textured tones that cannot be contained by one genre. His ability to ebb and flow between folk, classical and pop music is seamless. Opening for treasured and well respected acts such as Basia Bulat, Joel Plaskett, Bahamas, Hey Rosetta!, By Divine Right, Amelia Curran, Wintersleep and The Wooden Sky,  Steve is carving a strong name for himself in Canada’s music scene.

Steve will spend the month of January in the historic Macaulay Residence house, where he will ready the final stages of PR for a new record (May 2017), while finishing writing for a second record in partnership with McGill University (Winter 2018). In addition to his own work, Steve plans to connect and collaborate with the community through skill-sharing, songwriting workshops, events and performances.

We are very excited about Steve’s outreach projects and we look forward to sharing the details with you soon!

Click here for audio and here for video.


Kathleen Ritter, Paris, France, December 13-January 15
David Ritter, Toronto Ontario


The Sound of North will be a collaboration between siblings Kathleen Ritter (artist and curator) and David Ritter (academic and musician). The idea is to borrow Gould’s methodology, that of “contrapuntal” sound, and to record the sound of the North not as it exists in our imagination, but in lived reality. We want to explore the less represented sounds—urban spaces, loudness, short sounds, cramped spaces, busy sounds—in order to hear the North as a space that is present and immersive, and not just something spacious, uninhabited, preserved or fragile. 

Kathleen Ritter is an artist and a curator. She was an artist in residence at La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, as a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts International Residencies Program in Visual Arts, in 2013. Working with sound, photography, video, and text, often in collaboration, Ritter has exhibited her work across Canada. She was recently commissioned, along with composer James B. Maxwell, to develop a soundtrack for the international conference Institutions By Artists based on the minutes from the organizers’ board meetings. Ritter was the Associate Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery until 2012, where she curated the exhibitions How Soon Is Now; Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture (with Tania Willard); WE: Vancouver (with Bruce Grenville); Rebecca Belmore: Rising to the Occasion (with Daina Augaitis); and commissioned public artworks for Offsite by Damian Moppett, Kota Ezawa, Elspeth Pratt, and Heather and Ivan Morison.


David Ritter is a musician and an academic. He is a founding member of the alternative country band The Strumbellas, whose song “Spirits” went #1 in several countries, including number one for three weeks on the Alternative charts in the United States and top five on the Triple A charts. Their album Hope debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Folk Albums Chart, #9 on the Alternative Chart, and #12 on the Rock Albums Chart. The band made their U.S. network television debuts on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. They have twice been nominated for a Juno award for Best Roots & Traditional Album of the Year, winning in 2014. Before the breakout success of The Strumbellas, David was pursuing his PhD in English at the University of Toronto and was a recipient of a Canada Graduate Scholarship. His dissertation was on character in 18th century history writing. His research interests include British and Canadian literature, historiography, the novel, and the intersection between sound and narrative.

 Marie Coté, Montreal, QC, October 3 – November15


For Marie Côté, everything begins with pottery. The pleasure she takes in throwing a clay pot has never diminished, although she is now more well-known for her sculptures and installations. Marie draws inspiration from a fundamental experience: that all forms emerge from a void. Just as all pots want to be filled, her work seeks to make us aware of the complex experience that links an object to space. One can easily imagine an empty space, but one cannot envision an object without space. From her first shadow installations to her recent works, it is these links between space and matter that kindle her imagination.

As she says: “As an artist, I seek through challenging experiences and creative engagement with the landscape the opportunity to push further my perceptions and understanding of our world. This fascination led me to explore Nordicity, the real and imagined qualities of the North. I will continue to  pursue research in which clay or any other materials I find in the North – including the soundscape and the clay and minerals of the earth – intertwine and testify to the richness and resonance of the landscape.”

Marie Côté lives and works in Montréal.

www.mariecote.ca

A Video on Marie's current show at La Fabrique culturelle (en français)

Peter Morin, Brandon, MB, October 17-27

SOVA is pleased to welcome Peter Morin to Dawson as artist-in-residence. He will also be the first presenter in the Indexes of the Land II:  Aboriginal Artists Lecture-Workshop 2016-17 series. 

Peter Morin is a Tahltan Nation artist, curator, and writer. In his artistic practice and curatorial work, Morin’s practice-based research investigates the impact zones that occur when indigenous cultural-based practices and western settler colonialism collide. This work is shaped by Tahltan Nation epistemological production and often takes on the form of performance interventions. In addition to his object making and performance-based practice, Morin has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Anthropology, Western Front, Bill Reid Gallery, and Burnaby Art Gallery. In 2014, Peter was long-listed for the Sobey Art Prize. Morin recently joined the Visual and Aboriginal Arts Faculty at Brandon University.


 

 

 

 

Rebecca Roher and Jonathan Rotsztain, Toronto, ON, Aug. 19- Sept. 30

      

Rebecca Roher is a cartoonist, illustrator and educator from Toronto, ON. She completed the Foundation Year Program at University of King's College in 2006 and received a BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2010. She graduated with a Masters of Fine Art from the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, VT in 2015. Roher recently published her first graphic novel, Bird in a Cage, with Conundrum Press about her grandmother’s decline into dementia. An early version won Best English Comic at Expozine in 2014. Her comic, Mom Body, about the physical transformation involved in pregnancy was nominated for Ignatz and Doug Wright Awards. She is currently working with an obstetrician/gynecologist at UCLA to create graphic materials about reproductive health. See more of Rebecca's work at www.rebeccaroher.com.

Jonathan Rotsztain is a writer, artist and dreamer. He is one half of Toronto and Halifax based graphic design duo ALL CAPS Design. In May 2015, Rotsztain earned his MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. His comics and performance art practice deal in personal narratives and surreal tales around ritual and self-esteem. Rotsztain has produced a one-page journal comic DrearyDiary.com, daily since 2013. Learn more at www.rotsztain.com.

Deborah Koenker and Karen Kazmer, Vancouver, July-Aug 15
Natural and Manufactured Residency 2016

Northern Howl: An Installation for Dogs and People

In previous works we have explored notions of storytelling in our practices:

Koenker working with stories and clothing in “Tela de Vida” (Barcelona), and on community-engaged projects in Mexico, and Kazmer collecting stories about significant personal objects for community public art in Vancouver, British Columbia.

During our residency at KIAC we will be developing a collaborative project that will focus on dogs in Dawson City and nearby communities. Dogs genetically embody “the wild” through their ancient bloodline to wolves, acting as connecters between humans and the wildness of the land, historically playing a major role in the settlement of the Yukon, having served as sled dogs during the Klondike Gold Rush, and used by the Tr’ondek Hwëch’in. The concept of “the wild” bears examination as nearly every point on the planet is now “connected”.

A key element of our residency is to collect stories from dog owners/caregivers related to experiences with their dogs through hunting, mushing, unexpected incidents and companionship. Photo documentation of these encounters will be projected in the gallery, together with sound clips of the stories. Fact and fable—myths and tall tales (the “manufactured”) will likely meld in the stories we hear and record. The slippage between memory, history and invention could be provocative, controversial, or hilarious. What makes a compelling story, is it a story that disrupts daily reality to expose subtler truths?  A process of determining not only what stories mean, but why they are meaningful. As Metí writer and University of Guelph Professor Thomas King declared in his 2003 Massey lectures--- published as The Truth About Stories: “the truth about stories is that’s all we are.” King also said that a great way to start a story is: “ you’ll never believe what happened”; we will employ this opener and other strategies with participants.

Deborah Koenker is a Vancouver based artist with interests in writing and curating. Her years as Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design have been an integral component of her art practice. A founding member of Malaspina Print Society, she served as first Director of Malaspina Print Workshop.  Koenker utilizes print, drawing, photography and textile in mixed media installations investigating current interests in borders, globalization, migration/immigration and social justice. Her work, represented in numerous public collections, has been exhibited in Canada, Mexico and the USA over the past thirty years. Grapes and Tortillas, a solo exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery on migrant Mexican farmworkers, opens this July 15 and runs through October 30. Karen Kazmer, a practicing visual artist and part time instructor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, works with a diverse range of materials in sculpture, installations and public art. Recent work encompasses investigations of architectural space, originating from an interest in the body as messenger and the interplay of tension between the tangible and intangible. Her community based work and public art projects seek imagery from public workshops, collaborations and on site activities of people and animals. A recent work, Moving Up, refers to the ways urban animals adapt to their environment. The indigenous beavers can be seen as the designers of this site specific work located on the Spirit Trail in North Vancouver, BC.

 Robert and Kevin Yates, Montreal and Toronto, July-Aug 15

Natural and Manufactured Residency 2016

Robert and Kevin Yates (b. Owen Sound ON.) are brothers who have collaborated since 2011 and have exhibited there video installation projects in solo exhibitions at Rodman Hall in St. Catharines, Susan Hobbs in Toronto and group shows at The Tom Thompson Art Gallery Owen Sound, and Near North Arts, North Bay. Their projects revolve around themes, of nature/culture; memory/nostalgia, birding/migration, water, natural disasters, which they are currently exploring through a variety techniques that utilize and subvert pattern recognition.  Robert is a video artist and editor living near Montreal, and Kevin lives in Toronto where he is a professor at York University and is represented by the Susan Hobbs Gallery in Toronto.

Project description:

Using Dawson’s historic site Ruby’s as inspiration,  the video/sculpture installation blends and contrasts the obvious signs of the comings and goings of fashion and culture (as markers of the human migration of both persons and tastes over the decades) with that of the migratory birds that have been coming and going from the area for quite possibly millennia.  We seek to call attention to the specificity of Dawson’s location, north and surrounded by a sense of unbridled nature,  using as the nexus the traces of the culturally/commercially distorted representations of nature found in wallpaper reinvigorated with a presence of the living natural world through the reappearance of migratory birds (coming and going from south to north as many of the visitors to the Dawson area and Ruby’s specifically must also travelled). The work itself uses recorded instances of birds arriving and departing from 2 fragments of wallpaper projected into the already established collage of actual wallpaper fragments still hanging from the walls at Ruby’s today.    


Amanda White and Brad Isaacs, Toronto, Ontario, May 17-June 30

In previous works we have each been exploring aspects of the social construction of nature and the relationships between humans and other species. During our residency at KIAC we will be developing a new collaborative project that questions modes of species categorization and the resulting imaginations of wildlife as an economic resource. 

We plan to create a series of works documenting the fictional search for a rare and mystical plant species that may or may not exist in the Yukon wilderness. This work engages with the popular cultural concept of a ‘cryptid’; an animal or plant whose existence has been suggested but has not been discovered or documented by the scientific community. With this work we ask; what does it means for a species to be ‘known’ to Western science? Is it possible to become unknown in this way?  Using our loose narrative as a guide, we will be looking at the history of species identification, methods of categorization and naming, and how they are tied to colonialism and imperial knowledge. Working in Dawson, we will also incorporate a critical approach to Southern Canada’s popular imagination of Northern Canada as both untouched pristine wilderness and the site of environmental disputes around development and resource extraction.  

Brad Isaacs is an artist and independent curator based in Toronto, Ontario. He holds an MFA from the University of Western Ontario and has exhibited at galleries such as the McMaster Museum of Art, the Ottawa Art Gallery, Katzman Kamen Gallery, and Hamilton Artists Inc. His work in photography, video and installation investigates the complex relationships between people and nature.

Amanda White is an interdisciplinary Toronto-based artist; she received an MFA from the University of Windsor and is currently a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University.  Her art practice incorporates site-specific and collaborative elements as well as research and writing, examining cultural imaginings of nature with a particular interest in human-plant encounters, interspecies exchange and permaculture. Recent exhibitions and projects include: The Neighborhood Spaces Residency (Windsor), Plug-In ICA (Winnipeg), the Ontario Science Centre, Grow-Op (Toronto), Nuit Blanche (Toronto), and the thematic residency Food, Water, Life at the Banff Centre for the Arts. 


Symeon van Donkelaar, Conestoga, Ontario, April 17–May 12


Symeon van Donkelaar is an artist with a passion for local colours. His art takes many forms, but all of it is based on his passion for the brightly coloured earths he collects while on local colour pilgrimages across Canada. From coast to coast, he has visited many landscapes, and each has affirmed that when colours are experienced as place, the resulting palette is full of life and stories.

"My project begins with taking a number of local colour pilgrimages around Dawson, looking for colour in the earth. On these pilgrimages I hope to find dirt, rocks, plants, bones—anything I find as I walk that brightly stains my hands and that I think might make a good pigment! Bringing them back to the Macaulay Residence, I’ll then get to work making colours and sharing the stories of Dawson’s local colours."

 

Jillian McDonald, New York, NY, April 26–May12



Jillian McDonald is a Canadian artist who has lived in New York for 20 years.

Solo shows include the Esker Foundation in Calgary, Air Circulation in New York, and Centre Clark in Montréal. Her work has been included in group exhibitions and festivals at The Chelsea Museum in New York, The Edith Russ Haus for Media Art in Germany, and The Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Critical discussion of her work appears in several books including The Transatlantic Zombie (2015), by Sarah Juliet Lauro and Deconstructing Brad Pitt (2014), edited by Christopher Schaberg. She was featured in a 2013 radio documentary on CBC's IDEAS called Valley of the Deer, and reviewed in The New York Times and Canadian Art. 

McDonald has received grants from The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts, and Pace University. She has attended residencies including Glenfiddich in Scotland, The Headlands Center for the Arts in California, and Lilith Performance Studio in Sweden. She will participate in upcoming residencies on New York’s Governor’s Island and in the Arctic Circle at Svalbard.

In Dawson City, Jillian plans to shoot a short video made in response to the land, local folklore, and stories, both real and imagined. Buildings, animals and masked actors like statues turned to gold will populate the scene. Simple special effects will suggest ghostly presences. A parallel story of King Midas, whose wish for the power to turn whatever he touched into gold left him bereft of water, food, and even his daughter. 

Jillian will also make drawings of catalogued possessions turned gold and requests invitations to residents’s homes

Jillian is seeking local residents to be cast in a video. Please get in touch with Dan(artistresidence@kiac.ca) if interested. 


Gail Noonan, Mayne Island, March 1-31


Gail Noonan is a visual artist and animated filmmaker with a strong interest in music. Originally from the east coast, she made a slow westward migration with a sojourn in the middle to go to art school in Winnipeg where she lived for a number of years as a printmaker.  A move to Vancouver prompted her to make a lateral transfer to film animation after a compressed two years of study at the Emily Carr Institute. She abandoned the city a number of years ago to live on Mayne Island that has allowed her to focus on making her films. "Sourdough Starter" is the latest of nine animated films produced so far. Currently she is exploring how to combine her interest in songwriting with animating unusual materials including her own aging flesh.

Her plan is to invite people to participate in a brainstorming session to write a song about the experience of living here. We would come up with some key words and then do an exercise called "object writing" where you engage all the senses to write about a topic for a set period of time, usually not more than ten minutes. From there they would work on the musical elements of the song. People could be involved as much as they liked with both lyrics and music and can also work on more than one song. 

Sam Decoste, Hailfax, NS, March 7-31

Sam Decoste is an artist based in Halifax. In 2015 she graduated from NSCAD University with an MFA in Media Arts: Animation. Her short animated documentaryMary & Myself (prod: Annette Clarke, NFB) was nominated for a Screen Award in 2014. She is currently animating stories of artists living in Paris in the 1930s in a film called Salon

Short Synopsis / Work Plan in Dawson

Salon tells the stories of nonfictional characters attending an intellectual artist salon in Montparnasse, Paris during the interwar period. The visuals are a mix of hand-drawings, 2D puppet animation, and stop-motion. The audio is scripted dialogue inspired by what little historical evidence is available and by themes evident in their work. I’ve completed the research for this project, written a script, and designed more than a dozen characters based on their real-life counterparts. This 3-week period at the KIAC Residency will be devoted to creating visuals for scenes and putting them together in an animated storyboard.

D'Arcy Wilson, Cornerbrook, NL, February 12-29


D'Arcy Wilson is an Atlantic Canadian interdisciplinary artist, whose work considers the relationship between Western Culture and the wilderness, addressing themes of vulnerability, alienation, and isolation. She received a BFA from Mount Allison University in 2005 and an MFA from the University of Calgary in 2008. She works with performance, video and audio, installation, drawing, and a range of other media. Her projects have lead to collaborations with wildlife rehabilitation centers, natural history museums, national parks, and others.D’Arcy has exhibited her work across Canada and has received grants from artsnb, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Arts NS, and the Canada Council for the Arts. She has participated in artist residencies at the Banff Centre, Atelier D’Estampe Imago (Moncton, NB), within Halifax Regional Municipality, and now in Dawson City. D’Arcy lives in Corner Brook, NL, where she is Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus.

While Artist in Residence at KIAC, D’Arcy will be working on an ongoing project called “The Memorialist, which employs performance, video, fieldwork, social media, and drawing to unearth the story of North America’s first zoo, since the Mayan Empire. Opening in Halifax, NS in 1847, Andrew Downs’ Zoological Gardens became internationally respected and a favorite public attraction until they closed in 1868. Through researching and retelling this story, The Memorialist considers the implications of the colonial desire to establish zoological gardens beside a great wilderness, and highlights the absurdity of putting the wild animal on display.

In addition to The Memorialist, D’Arcy will begin to collect source material for a new project that explores the spectatorship of wilderness areas, and fanfare for nature.

 


Paul Litherland, Montreal, February 1-28


Paul Litherland is a visual artist/performer living in Montréal. His exhibitions in national and international venues have been reviewed in the Globe and Mail, Artnews, the New Yorker, the Montreal Gazette, The Hindu (India), Diario Monitor (Mexico) and Excelsior (Mexico). His wide-ranging practice incorporates themes of masquerade, vulnerability and machismo, explored through photography and multimedia performances. His work can be found in private and public collections such as the Canada Council Art Bank and the Musée du Québec. Recent exhibtions include "B-Side" at the Ellen Gallery in Montreal, 2015, and "Societé Secret“ at Galerie Clark, in Montreal, 2015. Other exhibitions include "Force Majeure” at the Odd Gallery in Dawson in Montreal, 2012, “Fall Out” at the University of Toronto’s Blackwood Gallery in 2009, performing “Wood vs. Wood” in Berlin 2008, and was part of the “Faking Death” exhibition at the Jack Shainman Gallery, NYC, in January 2006.

He studied photography and fine art at the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver (now the Emily Carr University of Art and Design) and graduated from the MFA program in photography from Concordia in 1994.


Louise Burns, Vancouver, January 6-31

Dawson City Music Festival Songwriter in Residence



Hailing from Vancouver, Louise is a singer-songwriter who knows how to rock. Her debut solo album, Mellow Drama, was a long-list nominee for the Polaris Prize in 2011 and she released her second album, The Midnight Mass, in 2013.

Prior to her solo career, Louise was a big contributor to the late 90’s pop scene, having co-founded the iconic pop-rock band Lillixwhen she was just 11 years old. Signed to Madonna’s Maverick Records at the age of 15, Louise toured worldwide before leaving her pop career behind to focus on her solo work.

With two decades of industry experience, Louise promises to bring a unique perspective with her to the north. She is currently working on her third solo album, which will be released this year. Louise is also a contributor and host on CBC’s Radio 3, and writes for Talkhouse and Vancouver’s Westender.


WhiteFeather Hunter, Montreal, Quebec, December 1-31


WhiteFeather's project as artist-in-residence at KIAC will respond to the local landscape, cultural history and mythology. Utilizing locally sourced biomaterials such as animal intestine, she will construct artificial bones that mimic the natural biological process of osteogenesis. These faux artifacts will be built using textile structures as scaffolds for mineral growth. Following this process of ‘mock-ossification’, she will build text-based osteobiographies (narratives) for each object, referencing and mutating the existing stories, mythologies and histories of the Yukon. 

BIO
WhiteFeather is a Canadian artist/researcher, educator, consultant and writer currently based in Montreal. She is a multiple-award winner and grant recipient, holding an MFA in Fibres and Material Practices from Concordia University.

WhiteFeather has been professionally engaged in a craft-based BioArt practice for over 14 years, via material investigations of the functional, artistic and technological potential of bodily materials. Her present focus, spanning the last three years and encompassing three different laboratory-based residencies, is on biotextile experimentation and creation of new vital specimens through tissue engineering. Also, hacking electronic laboratory apparatuses as part of the materiality of the work. 

WhiteFeather has shown and performed work in Canada, the US and Australia, given artist talks internationally, has seen her work go viral with over five million hits in three days, and has been featured in international magazines, newspapers, hardcover art books and television spotlights. 


Evan Sabourin, Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Manitoba, December 1-31

A Self taught multidisciplinary artist from Manitoba, Evan Sabourin's work is predominantly textual, Sabourin borrows heavily from his environments and experiences, from having grown up rurally, his recovery from addiction, (self help) and the ‘DIY’’ punk scene,  with these in mind  Sabourin creates a personal narrative that unravels itself  in a humourous, meditative and self deprecating manner.


While in residence Sabourin plans on Exploring the in-depth relationship between privacy, personal space, and temporary living environments. I would like to create a sculptural installation that investigates the tension between safety and vulnerability created by temporary material structures. The ‘tent’ interests me as a material base for several reasons. The physical qualities - solidly colored, geometrically shaped, and semi-translucent - allow for much possibilities when combined with lights and paint. Tents also have strong ideological and historical connections. They can be linked to ideas of “making it on your own” or “finding yourself,” as well as colonial notions of the modern pioneer setting out into the wilds of Canada (gold rush).


Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett, Calgary, November 3-30



all the darkness was suddenly dark in contrast with something else that wasn't darkness, namely light.

- Italo Calvino, Cosmicomics

 

During their residency at KIAC, collaborators Caitlind & Wayne (Calgary) intend to continue developing an ongoing series of public, site-specific light installations called The Deep Dark. Intended to illuminate the interspaces between our sacred (and natural) environments and cultural constructs of darkness, The Deep Dark takes on elevated meaning within the context of Dawson City in November – no stranger to darkness, cold, and the elemental power of prolonged night. As part of their research, the artists invite Dawsonites to reflect on what darkness means in Northern Canada through a process of open interviews, tuning in to a collective undercurrent between residents. In response to research and interviews, the artists will develop a second work for The Deep Dark series – light by which the darkness grows darker and disillusions the night.


BIO

Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett are Calgary-based artists and collaborators working with diverse mediums and materials, ranging from artificial light to re-appropriated architectural debris. Their practice combines divergent aesthetic and industrial backgrounds, often resulting in transformative public sculptures and installations. Beckoning viewers with interactive contexts and novel materials, their projects invite strangers to share in experiential moments, sometimes prompting unwitting collaborations. Previous works have appeared at festivals and museums internationally, including: Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Russia), Pera Museum (Turkey), Whanki Museum (South Korea), i Light Marina Bay (Singapore), GLOW Forum of Light + Architecture (Netherlands), and elsewhere. www.incandescentcloud.com


When working independently, Wayne is a musician and composer; Caitlind is a co-founder and co-curator of WRECK CITY curatorial collective. www.wreckcity.ca

Mandy Espezel, October 1-30


Mandy Espezel is an artist originally from Fort McMurray, and is now based in Lethbridge, Alberta. Her work embraces the perpetual filter of subjective identity, often calling on elements of personal experience as starting points for larger social discussions. She studied painting and drawing at the University of Alberta, where she received a BFA in 2007, and expanded her practice at the University of Lethbridge, where she completed her MFA in 2012. Espezel’s work often focuses on feminist-phenomenological understandings/rejections of social norms, the significance of Painting as a contemporary system of communication, and the relationship between human experience and the act of making “things” that may or may not contain artistic/spiritual/cultural value. Her current practice encompasses drawing and painting, as well as installation, animation, sculpture and performance/video.

During her residency with KIAC, Espezel hopes to explore the relationship of these themes within a daily practice of drawing and writing. She is particularly excited to experiment with the written word in concert with the development of a new/evolving visual lexicon informed by her experiences while in Dawson. 

Joseph Tisiga – SOVA artist in residence (October 15-28)

SOVA is pleased to announce that Joseph Tisiga will be our artist in residence for the 2015 Fall Term, and will be at the school October 13 – 28. Working in a variety of mediums, including painting, collage, sculpture, and performance, Tisiga draws on his Kaska Dene heritage and Euro-American art traditions. His work was included in the “Oh, Canada” exhibition by MASS MoCA (2012); he was a finalist in the RBC Painting Competition (2009); and was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award (2011). Joseph Tisiga lives and works in Whitehorse, and is represented by Diaz Contemporary in Toronto.

http://www.diazcontemporary.ca/Artists_Tisiga.html


JOSÉ LUIS TORRES (October 1-8)


José Luis Torres will create a site-specific installation for the ODD Gallery using everyday objects and recycled materials from domestic environments collected from Dawson City.

"My pieces are frequently spontaneous configurations, in the form of site-specific installations and ephemeral interventions with architectural aspects. Throughout the constructions, notions of sculpture and architecture are melded together. Spectators are invited to look, explore and experience the physical work of art which is life sized. 

The goal of my constructions, accumulative, viral and invasive, is not the form but rather the action of giving form to a use or a situation. The dialogue established between the location and the piece of work directly influences the configuration of my constructions, which are sometimes created without sketches or plans, the choice of materials and their proportions.Beyond their sometimes-rudimentary aspect, my works touch on the notion of the memories of a location, a building and the inhabitants. Some of my projects also integrate the public in in their production."     

- José Luis Torres

José Luis Torres was born in Argentina and has a Bachelor's Degree in visual arts, a Master's Degree in sculpture and training in architecture and integrating art with architecture. He has been living and working in Quebec since 2003.

His work has been showcased in many solo and group exhibitions, in public interventions and artist residencies in Canada, Argentina, the United States, Mexico and Europe.

www.joseluistorres.ca

Laura Lamb, (September 1-30)


Laura Lamb is a Vancouver-based visual artist (BA Simon Fraser, MFA UVic) working in video, drawing, photography and texts. Performing objects (such as puppets and masks), fascinate her, especially the gap between their clumsy mimesis and their narrative power. Her work investigates the process of the appearance of narrative and image.

For several years Laura’s work has been organized as Lamb’s Performing Objects, a fragmented narrative evoking a troupe of performers who, like many of us, struggle to live authentically and effectively in treacherous times. Over the years this fictive world has grown to include characters, acts, performances, geographies, travels, advertising, songs, slogans and auxiliary troupes.

Laura believes that Dawson and Lambs Performing Objects have many affinities.  For instance, both ask questions around how to live with the past and survive loss, and both propose strategies that allude to other times while attending to the present, create narratives non-hierarchically through fragments, and accept themselves as fiction.  During her stay in Dawson, Laura is exploring these affinities.

Laura talks to Dave White of CBC Yukon

Laurence Dauphinais (September1-30)

Laurence Dauphinais lives and work in Montreal, Quebec. She studied screenwriting and journalism at UQAM and then, went to study commercial photography. Her practice is mainly focused on photography and video, but her process is strongly influenced by her past studies.  She received her BFA from Concordia University in 2014 and been awarded with the Gabor Szilasi price. She also have been nominated for the BMO 1st Art in 2014. Laurence has also been awarded a residency at the Sagamie Center, in Alma, Quebec, for this upcoming November. She currently works as a freelance photographer and teaches photography and video to teenagers.

PROJECT

Her artistic practice is focused on photography and video, although she was interested over the years by cinema, scriptwriting and journalism . These different interests have greatly influenced her artistic work. Indeed, her images are often located at the confluence of documentary and fiction and the research of subjects is made in anthropological manner : on the field and by creating strong link with people. The recurring themes in her work are related to time, memory and decline in relation to human being and his territory.

In her work there is a dialectic of presence and absence and idea of loss and nostalgia. The geographic , demographic and historical situation of this territory appears ideal for her to portray these concepts. She is expecting to find in the banal gestures, places and situations, images that evoke these concepts.

Hear her talk to Dave White of CBC Yukon



Kevin Murphy, (July 2–August 17, 2015) 
The Natural & The Manufactured Thematic Exhibition and Residence


Kevin Michael Murphy is a Vancouver-based artist working primarily in three dimensions, using a variety of materials, often in combination with pre-existing systems, cycles, or organisms. From his contemporary urban perspective, and against a backdrop of growing environmental crises, Kevin explores the ways that humans interact with the living world around them in material, economic, and imaginative terms.

A recurring concern in Kevin’s work is the idea of landscape, the accumulated human and social lenses through which we view land. His project at KIAC will explore the legacy of the Klondike Big Inch Co., a 1950s Quaker Oats cereal promotion that distributed deeds to actual one inch squares of land near Dawson. Capitalizing on romanticized associations with the North and the Klondike Gold Rush, the deeds were wildly successful in capturing children’s imaginations and encouraging cereal sales, yet were ultimately never intended to have legal property value, prompting decades of confusion and occasional dispute. Having collected many Klondike Big Inch deeds over the last year, Kevin will attempt to locate the tiny lots, and will create a series of sculptural and photographic works that examine the sticky relationship between land and landscape.

Kevin received his BFA at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver in 2009, and went on to work there for a number of years as UBC's Drawing, Painting & Sculpture Technician. This September he will begin his MFA at the University of Guelph in Ontario.

kevinmichaelmurphy.ca



Colin Lyons
 (July 7–August 17, 2015)
The Natural & The Manufactured Thematic Exhibition and Residence

Colin Lyons is a Hamilton based artist, whose recent work fuses printmaking, sculpture, and chemical experiments. He explores industry through the lens of fragility and impermanence, considering sacrificial landscapes, planned obsolescence, and the nature of what we choose to preserve. 

While in Dawson, Colin will be excavating metal fragments and ruins from the dredge tailing piles, and bringing them up to the midnight dome.  There, he will be creating an off-the-grid, etching powered shelter which will be used to restore and etch these fragments using electro-chemical processes. 

Lyons received his BFA from Mount Allison University (2007) and MFA in printmaking from University of Alberta (2012). Recent projects have been presented at The Soap Factory (Minneapolis), Platform Stockholm (Stockholm), OBORO (Montreal), ARTSPACE (Peterborough), Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery (Sarnia), Kala Art Institute (Berkeley), SPACES (Cleveland) and Kamloops Art Gallery (Kamloops).

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.

www.rankino.com

 

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.

Eric Watts (November 9 - December 29, 2014)

Eric Watts is a Chicago-based artist working in moving image and installation. His work questions the filmic structure of convincing historical narratives in relation to space, place and landscape. Watts’ installations examine the connections between cinematic trope, editing and believability as means to understand the relations between image, experience and memory. He has exhibited at spaces including Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff, AB), Regina Rex (New York, NY), and The Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts (Chicago, IL). Watts earned his MFA from the University of Chicago in 2012 and his BFA from The School of Visual Arts (New York) in 2009 culminating in an MA Exchange program at The Royal College of Art (London, UK). He is currently working on a large-scale project that explores individual and collective interpretations of the concept of Northerliness in relation to the Canadian landscape. Residencies in 2014 at The Banff Centre (Winterjourney), Banff, AB and The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC), Dawson City, YT support work on this project.

 

Carolyn Simmons (December 4 - December 31, 2014)

 

Carolyne Simmons is a visual artist who works to remove masks, explore origins, and better understand the stories, forgotten and current, which humans tell and live by, revealing humanity in a relationship of land and Nature.

In the 1980s, she did sculpture and installation work regarding pesticides, the genetic manipulation of farm animals, and the question of why can’t land be held in common. She was an active member in the early days of artist-run-centres.

The breadth of her work brought her to live in the Yukon, to more deeply understand Nature, by living near wilderness.

She is currently finishing work coming out of photographing the Sandhill Crane migration at the Yukon Central Plateau, having uncovered its connection to ancient Greece where letters of the alphabet were attributed to the passing of the migration over that land in early times.  She is also working with aerial maps of the Yukon migration route, and the traditional Greek Crane Dance, as they reveal a relationship of land to human psyche.

Previous to arriving in the Yukon, she exhibited her work at the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff, PSI New York, The Paris Biennale, The Issacs Gallery in Toronto, Mercer Union, YYZ and other Canadian artist run centres.

 

Deirdre Logue (October 17 - October 31, 2014)

Yukon School of Visual Arts Artist in Residence


 

For the past 20 years, the film and video work of Canadian artist Deirdre Logue has focused on the self as subject. Using ‘performance for the camera’ as a primary mode of production, her compelling self-portraits investigate what it means to be a queer body in the age of anxiety.

Logue has been prolific and steadfast in her engagement with the moving image and has subsequently produced upwards of 60 short films and videos as well as some of this country’s most celebrated video art installations including Enlightened Nonsense (1997-2000), ten hand- processed performance-based works about childhood worries; Why Always Instead of Just Sometimes (2003-2007), twelve works that are reflections on aging, breaking down and reparation; and her most recent commissioned project, Id’s Its (2012), an ambitious suite of thirteen installations exploring the richness of our malfunctions, the power of the abject and our tendencies towards self-destruction. Diving deep into the unconscious, Logue’s recorded performances are a tangle of fragmentation, doubt, perversion, symbiosis, sexuality, and psychic unrest. Uniquely located on the golden mean between comfort and trauma, excess and deficiency, self-liberation and self-annihilation, her works are at once unruly and uncanny.

Deirdre Logue holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MFA from Kent State University. Recent solo exhibitions of her award winning work have taken place at Open Space in Victoria, Oakville Galleries, the Images Festival in Toronto, the Berlin International Film Festival, Beyond/In Western New York, YYZ and at articule in Montreal. She was a founding member of Media City, the Executive Director of the Images Festival, Executive Director of the CFMDC and is currently the Development Director at Vtape.

Logue has been dedicated to working at the Independent Imaging Retreat (the Film Farm) in Mount Forest Ontario since 1997 and directs the F.A.G Feminist Art Gallery with her partner/collaborator Allyson Mitchell. 

http://www.deirdrelogue.com

Heidi Neilson (October 2 - November 9, 2014)

 

Heidi Neilson is an artist addressing topics such as weather, fake snow, and the cultural landscape of outer space. She co-founded an artist-run weather station on a studio building rooftop and presented her Queens, New York City neighborhood as a gigantic sundial, with a lone skyscraper as the shadow-casting spire. She seeks to conceptualize a bigger context for a given place and explore the overlap between the natural environment and our built environment. Her work, often collaborative and publishing-based, has been supported by the Art Matters Foundation, the Center for Book Arts, the College Book Art Association, The Drawing Center, the International Print Center New York, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Queens Museum of Art, Visual Studies Workshop and others. She is a member of the international ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative, and her work is included in over 60 museum and university collections. Born in Oregon, Neilson received a BA in biology from Reed College and an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute, and lives and works in New York.

www.heidineilson.com

 

Jess Lincoln (September 22 - October 16, 2014)

 

Jess Lincoln is an artist from Calgary, AB, currently living in Montreal. Her practice is rooted in painting and drawing and focuses on the figure, investigating interactions and relationships with an emphasis on the strange, humorous, quietly vicious and gently tragic moments of our interpersonal lives.  While in Dawson, she is working on an ongoing project, I am so self-absorbed, consisting of tiny, decorative and dreamy but also compulsively confessional and mildly mocking self-portraits in watercolour and embroidery. This work aims to satisfy the transient’s (the artist being one) need for compactness and portability but also for preciousness; the need to be reminded of our own presence and to document the gouges dug and gaps filled in our sense of self by the places we live. Jess Lincoln graduated from NSCAD University in 2012 with a bachelor's of fine arts.

 

Fae Logie (August 21 - September 30, 2014)

Fae Logie chose to come to Dawson City as it falls at + or - 64 degrees north. This is not an arbitrary point of reference. Rather it signifies a global line of interest through northern settlements that border on forested habitats limited by a cold climate and short growing season as well as the expected impacts of climate change.

Logie’s current sculptural and video work focuses on articulating a correspondence between dwelling and forests as unique indigenous and modified treed landscapes, both local and distant. She is interested in how communities create a sense of identity though the ecology of a particular place - considering the forest ecosystem, its natural history, it biodiversity, its languages, its cultures, its myths, its poetry. Operating within the registers of the scientific and the poetic, her work subverts purely objective inquiry to find alternatives ways of knowing our engagement with nature.

Working out of her home near Vancouver, Logie has exhibited across Canada as well as in Iceland, England and New Zealand. Next year her plans are to continue the ‘+ or - 64 Degrees North: A Forest Project’, in Norway and Finland.

 

ODD Gallery Exhibition & Residency: The Natural & The Manufactured

Dylan Miner (July 22 - August 18, 2014)



"By using the language of anti-capitalist activism and Indigenous visuality, I make intentionally unrefined objects that, if nothing else, challenge artistic ambiguity by operating within a tradition of political didacticism and egalitarian cooperation. Through the production of print-based installations and socially-engaged collaborations, I employ the art object in an attempt to narrate a particular anti-colonial and anti-capitalist desire. As an artist, I am a storyteller whose practice narrates a uniquely visual account based in an anti-authoritarian tradition. By collaborating with Indigenous and immigrant communities, as well as working in collectives, I remake history and reterritorialize colonized spaces."

During his time in Dawson, Dylan will be working towards an exhibition as part of the ODD Gallery's 10th annual The Natural & The Manufactured project. Michin – Michif, as this project is called, uses traditional plants as its starting point. The title of this project plays on the linguistic similarities between the Métis word for medicine (michif) and the word used to describe Métis language and people (Michif).

DYLAN MINER
(Métis) is Associate Professor at Michigan State University, where he coordinates a new Indigenous Contemporary Art Initiative. He holds a PhD from the University of New Mexico and has published more than fifty journal articles, book chapters, critical essays and encyclopedia entries. In 2010, he was awarded an Artist Leadership Fellowship from the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution).

Since 2010, he has been featured in thirteen solo exhibitions and been artist-in-residence at institutions such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, École supérieure des beaux-arts in Nantes and Santa Fe Art Institute. His work has been the subject of articles in publications including ARTnews, Indian Country Today, First American Art Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian and Chicago Sun-Times. Miner is descended from the Miner-Brissette-L’Hirondelle-Kennedy families with ancestral ties to Indigenous communities in the Great Lakes, Prairies and subarctic regions.

dylanminer.com/


ODD Gallery Exhibition & Residency: The Natural & The Manufactured 

Terrance Houle (July 12 - August 18, 2014)

 

Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist and a member of the Blood Tribe. Involved with Aboriginal communities all his life, he has traveled to reservations throughout North America participating in Powwow dancing along with his native ceremonies. Houle utilizes at his discretion performance, photography, video/film, music and painting. Likewise Houle's practice includes tools of mass dissemination such as billboards and vinyl bus signage.

During his time in Dawson City, Terrance will be working towards an exhibition as part of the ODD Gallery's 10th annual The Natural & The Manufactured project. Using Native American Sign Language & Signals to communicate personal/general stories, history, time travel, myths, legends, life and a diverse points of view, Houle will be creating a performance / installation using local environments, buildings, historical and local sites with the help of participants from the area.

While in residence Houle will also be working on a project called Ghost Days, a new project consisting of written music for the historical ghost of the Macaulay House along with his own personal ghosts that haunt the place. (for more info on this project and to support it's creation, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/ghost-days/ )

A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, TERRANCE HOULE received his B.F.A in 2003. His groundbreaking art quickly garnered him significant accolades and opportunities, including the 2003 invitation to participate in the Thematic Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in. This Residency focused on 34 international indigenous people exploring issues of colonization and communion. Houle received the 2006 Enbridge Emerging Artist Award presented at the Mayors Luncheon for the Arts, City Of Calgary. After receiving many screenings of his short video/film work at the Toronto 2004 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, Houle was awarded winner of Best Experimental Film. His work has been exhibited across Canada, Parts of the United States, Australia, Europe and England.

www.terrancehouleart.com/

 

ODD Gallery Exhibition & Residency: The Natural & The Manufactured 

Alison Judd (May 27 - July 6, 2014)

   

Alison Judd is an artist whose practice is rooted in printmaking, drawing, installation & language. Her work makes evident ruminations on transience, impermanence, loss and landscape. 

Currently, Alison is interested in places where the movement of the earth is in evidence, allowing her to explore ideas of time and its implication for both social and natural ecologies. During her time in Dawson, she will be creating a new body of work titled Living with a Landslide. She will be exploring the Moosehide Slide - an ancient landslide that serves as a backdrop to daily life in Dawson City. Researchers at Simon Fraser University, have demonstrated that the split trunk of one tree has displaced over the last 40 to 45 years at an average movement rate of 4.5 cm/year. How many centimeters does it have to travel to town?

In preparation for the residency, Alison has been making sheets of Abaca paper - a fibre that is both strong, translucent - and has the ability to shrink and hold a shape. She will be making daily trips to the slide to cast the stones and bring them in to town and into the gallery. Working slowly, repetitively with her hands and body are important aspects of the work. It allows her to think slowly and use repetition as a tool to understand change.

She holds a Diploma in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, a BFA in Print Media from Concordia University in Montreal and her MFA in Print Media from York University in Toronto. She teaches printmaking at the University of Guelph and the Ontario College of Art & Design University, (OCADU) Toronto.

alisonjuddwork.com

 

Rebecca Barfoot (June 4 - July 6, 2014)

 

Rebecca Barfoot is a multi-media studio artist with a serious crush on the Far North.  Her recent work explores the confluence of art and earth, ecology and creativity.  Equal parts backcountry enthusiast and wilderness advocate, Rebecca traveled to Arctic Greenland recently for an art expedition related to climate, culture, and changing landscapes. Her journey culminated in a series of paintings, sculpture, and installation work called Last Places: A Love Letter.

A fellow of Guldagergaard Ceramic Research Center in Denmark, Rebecca has also been a ceramics resident at Women's Studio Workshop in New York and received multiple painting fellowships at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village, Colorado.  Her work has been featured at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, BoxHeart Gallery in Pittsburgh, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and internationally in Denmark, Norway, and Canada.  Also an arts educator, Rebecca is adjunct faculty at New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe. 

Rebecca is also a passionate and patient observer of the natural world, inspired as much by the boreal forest as by Arctic sea ice and glaciers.  While in residence at KIAC, she'll be exploring the internal landscape as a mirror of external environment.  When not making art, she favors long distance bike-packing, hiking, dharma practice, and sitting under tall trees at night, listening for the pulse of the planet. -- 

http://www.rebeccabarfoot.com

Kirsten McCrae (April 24 - May 25, 2014)

 

I'm an artist, illustrator, and the Director of Papirmass, an affordable art subscription that since 2009 has mailed over 30,000 art prints to people around the world for $5.75 each, including postage. I honed my drawing skills in Montreal's bustling collaborative art scene, making large scale murals alongside dozens of artists, occasionally indoors but often in the city streets. I now live in Toronto, where I paint, draw, print, & publish. Named a Top 30 Under 30 artist by Blouin Artinfo Canada, my work has exhibited in Toronto's AGO, Montreal's Musée des Beaux Arts, and has appeared in numerous publications, including The Globe and Mail, Canadian Art, & BUST Magazine. I live with my husband and collaborator Jp King.

www.hellokirsten.com and www.papirmass.com

 

Sarah Smalik (April 24 - June 3, 2014)

 

Sarah Smalik is an emerging artist, writer and traveller haunted by vivid dreams, strange synchronicities, supernatural encounters and the serendipitous, which collectively culminate to become the basis of her multidisciplinary practice spanning installation, video/animation, sculpture and performance. Her current work is invested in the connection of faith/fear, the parallels of religious/psychedelic experience, and a scientific and metaphorical study of reflection and light. Recent travels to the locales of her genealogical origins--a haunted Catholic fishing village of Acadia, and the ancient veiled Islamic city of Lahore, Pakistan--have also unravelled a renewed fascination with the webs and cobwebs that grace and disgrace the branches of the family tree, and how we inhabit them. She graduated with distinction from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2010.

 

Dawson City International Short Film Festival Artist in Residence

 Michelle Latimer (March 11 - April 21, 2014) 

A Métis/Algonquin filmmaker, actor, and curator, Michelle’s goal is to use film & new media as a tool for social change. She is interested in exploring how sound and image can transform space to create a visceral experience that lends itself to greater cultural awareness and understanding. Her films have been described as “visual poems exploring humanity”, and are often experiments of creative form expressed from a personal point of view. She has just completed post-production on a feature length documentary, Alias, which premiered at HOT DOCS this year. Alias examines the inner world of gangsta rap and the hustle known as the rap-trap. It follows 5 struggling rappers/artists. Most recently she was named "one of Canada's top 10 filmmakers to watch" by Playback magazine.

www.michellelatimer.ca

 

Dawson City International Short Film Festival Artist in Residence

Madi Piller (March 21 - April 21, 2014)

 

Madi Pillar is a Toronto based Filmmaker/Animator born in Lima-Peru. She is a graduate from the University of Lima in Communication Sciences and began her career in advertising producing TV commercials for a wide variety of products, living in both Paris and Bogota. In 1998 Madi moved to Toronto and started working closely with the independent film community doing experimental short films, programming and mentoring. Her films have been shown at many Festivals and Art venues across Canada and abroad. Her work has been produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and the National Film Board of Canada.
For several years she has been active in programming and creating special commissioned projects in animation. Madi’s admiration for the art of animation has motivated her to serve as volunteer President of the Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS) Board of Directors.

www.madipiller.com

 

 

Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) Artist in Residence

Terrance Houle (March 10 - March 20, 2014)

 

Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist and a member of the Blood Tribe. Involved with Aboriginal communities all his life, he has traveled to reservations throughout North America participating in Powwow dancing along with his native ceremonies. Houle utilizes at his discretion performance, photography, video/film, music and painting. Likewise Houle's practice includes tools of mass dissemination such as billboards and vinyl bus signage.

​A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, Terrance Houle received his B.F.A in 2003. His groundbreaking art quickly garnered him significant accolades and opportunities, including the 2003 invitation to participate in the Thematic Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in. This Residency focused on 34 international indigenous people exploring issues of colonization and communion. Houle received the 2006 Enbridge Emerging Artist Award presented at the Mayors Luncheon for the Arts, City Of Calgary. After receiving many screenings of his short video/film work at the Toronto 2004 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, Houle was awarded winner of Best Experimental Film. His work has been exhibited across Canada, Parts of the United States, Australia, Europe and England.

terrancehouleart.com


Dawson City Music Festival Songwriter in Residence

Nick Ferrio (February 1 - February 28, 2014)

 

The Dawson City Music Festival and Klondike Institute of Art and Culture are very excited to host Nick Ferrio from Peterborough, Ontario as our 10th Songwriter in Residence. Nick’s first album, “Introducing Nick Ferrio & His Feelings,” was released in September 2012 to glowing reviews in the Globe & Mail, Magnet, Exclaim!, and No Depression, who said the album “captures the spirit of country music at its best.” He followed that release with a seven-inch record produced by Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo in the spring of 2013.

 

Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) Artist in Residence

Spring Hurlbut (January 24 - January 31, 2014)

Spring is an internationally acclaimed artist with a diverse and fascinating practice. She works with ideas of human mortality, ephemerality, collecting and multiples to produce breathtaking work.

For the past several years, Spring Hurlbut’s work has examined themes of life and death using motifs of stillness and motion. Her photography, installations, videos and sculptures, which use taxidermied animals, human remains and, most recently, ventriloquists’ dummies, confront us with our own mortality.

Among her many past projects,  an important turning point was when Spring worked for a year researching and presenting an installation at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto entitled "The Final Sleep", creating a "museum within a museum." The work involved selecting 400 objects from the over 10 million items in the ROM's historic collections. She decided on a selection of white and albino birds and animals that she found preserved as study skins and skeletons lying in the endless drawers in the scientific study collection and never intended for public displays.

Spring has been recognized both nationally and internationally, with exhibitions in New York, San Paulo, Paris, and Mexico & at the Nature Museum in Ottawa, the National Gallery of Canada, the Manchester Museum  Natural History collection, and the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal.

 

Lynn Cazabon (December 23 - January 31, 2014)

Lynn Cazabon is an artist who utilizes photography, web and mobile device platforms, audio, video, and installation. Her work over the past decade has explored the side effects of human progress, from the perspective of what is left behind in the wake of its momentum. Her work has been exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally in museums and galleries over the past 20 years and has been featured in numerous books and exhibition catalogs. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan, and is currently Associate Professor of Art at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. 

www.lynncazabon.com

 

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.

 www.pavitraw.com

 

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.  

www.zacharygough.ca



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.

www.alaskaneyes.tumblr.com

www.flickr.com/photos/alaskaneyes


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.

 www.sarahfullerphotography.com


Adriana Kuiper & Ryan Suter (June 5, 2013 - 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.

While at Macaulay house Ryan and Adriana will be working on some projects that may or may not utilize the endless hours of sunlight, the neighborhood’s howling dogs, makeshift trailer design and local greenhouse technologies.

www.adrianakuiper.com


Michael Markowsky (April 4, 2013 - 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!

www.michaelmarkowsky.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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. 

At KIAC, Henry is going to build an artificially intelligent and generative database of Canadian folk music, and he also hopes to lead a workshop on stage banter and performance.  

www.henryadamsvec.ca 


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.

www.brianlye.com



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 class at the Yukon School of Visual Arts.



Leah Byrne (December 14 - January 3, 2013)



Leah Byrne is a multidisciplinary artist working in photography, film and performance. Her work deals with memory, perception, and physicality. During her residency in Dawson, Leah will be doing a combination of research, archiving, and developing new performance work in the studio. Leah Byrne is a Canadian artist currently living in Invuik, Northwest Territories. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards and has participated in residencies and exhibitions in Canada and internationally. She loves the North and is especially excited to be in Dawson City at this special time of year.


Sarah Crawley (November 20 - December 28, 2012)




Sarah Crawley is a visual artist who lives and works in Winnipeg. In her art practice she works with ideas generated from lived experience using different photographic technologies and materials. She is currently interested in the impact that place has on identity and has been using pinhole photography, with its long, slow exposures to explore this complicated relationship. Landscape, climate, seasonal changes and quality of light as well as built environment and cultural history together shape her investigations as they all subconsciously play a role in the development of identity.

While in Dawson, Crawley will explore the town and its surrounding landscape by making long-exposure pinhole photographs during the hours of darkness.  During the daylight hours, Crawley will make pinhole self-portraits and hopefully portraits, which test the subject’s endurance as exposure times run around 30 minutes.

Sarah Crawley has exhibited across Canada in solo and group shows as well as internationally. A recipient of many grants and awards, she enjoys sharing her passion for photography through teaching and mentoring and is an active member of the visual art community in Winnipeg.  Currently she works at the Martha Street Studio as the Community Programming Coordinator and is mentoring an emerging artist through the Arts and Cultural Industries Manitoba Youth Mentorship Program. She recently completed a community public art project working with the Eritrean Community in Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.


Sarah Burwash (September 16 - November 16, 2012)



Sarah Burwash is a multidisciplinary artist from Nova Scotia. Based in drawing and installation, her work is nostalgic, reflective and narrative. Drawing on personal history, literature, memoirs, myths and firsthand stories she creates characters, environments and subject narratives that are lyrical yet quiet. Through human interactions, social behaviour and relationships to the land, nature, spirituality and community, Sarah's work explores how the natural world mirrors humans emotions, psyche and relationships to life and death, the light and dark, and the interdependency of these complimentary forces. 

During her time in Dawson, Sarah will be working in watercolour to create elusive narrative drawings for a book being published by Conundrum Press in 2013. The work seeks to personify and illuminate humble and provocative histories, specifically those of the brazen women who were persistent in forging a new social order in Canada, and draws upon stories of earlier settlers, immigrants, first nations and the goldrush. 

SARAH BURWASH received a BFA from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2009, during which she spent a semester abroad in Hamburg, Germany at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. Her work is included in private and public collections and has been shown in Canada, the United States and Europe. She has participated in residencies in British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Colorado and the Yukon. Sarah recently presented a solo exhibition at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts and completed her first animation through The Centre for Art Tapes Media Arts Scholarship program in Halifax. Sarah currently resides in Nova Scotia, working full time as an artist and freelance illustrator.

www.sarahburwash.com


Jessica Vellenga (October 4 - November 4, 2012)


Based in Whitehorse, Yukon, Jessica Vellenga is a textile artist and emerging designer whose practice is grounded in craftivism (combining the genres of craft, art and activism) and community engagement.

During her stay in Dawson, Jessica will develop a community-based art project celebrating the tradition of the diary. Entitled Dear Diary, the project combines the artist’s personal entries with those by celebrities, historical figures, and Dawson residents. Selected narratives and images will serve as source material for a series of embroidered works on vintage hankies and textiles. The artist welcomes local residents to contribute their own personal anecdotes and diary entries (anonymously if requested) – please contact KIAC for more information.

JESSICA VELLENGA is an active member of the Yukon fibre arts community, servng as Vice President of the Northern Fibres Guild and coordinator of Yarn Bomb Yukon, a fibre arts collective which creates large-scale community based art projects through the medium of yarn bombing. She has participated in a wide variety of art exhibits, conferences, workshops, and public lectures at modern and contemporary art spaces throughout Canada and Europe.  Currently she works at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery coordinating community outreach for the visual arts.

www.jessicavellenga.com


Lewis & Taggart (September 5 - October 2, 2012)




Primarily concerned with notions of place and the potential of a site to shape an artwork, Lewis & Taggart's practice often relies on immersion into foreign environments, whereby the experience of a given environment and its materiality become inextricably linked to their artistic process.

In parallel to their studio practice, Lewis & Taggart operate and program The Museum of Longing and Failure (MOLAF), a small museum based in Bergen that manifests from time to time in faraway places.  During their time in Dawson City, Lewis & Taggart will present a new installment of the MOLAF while laying the groundwork for an upcoming exhibition that explores the concept of "terminality." 


ANDREW TAGGART AND CHLOE LEWIS are a Canadian artist duo based in Bergen, Norway. Their work has most recently been exhibited at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland; The Kuntsi Museum of Modern Art, Vaasa, Finland; Rogaland Contemporary Art Centre, Stavanger, Norway; SIM, Reykjavik; and The Factory for Art and Design, Copenhagen. In 2010, they completed a collaborative MFA at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts, Norway, where they are currently guest teachers.

www.lewisandtaggart.com  |  www.molaf.org


Anna Heywood-Jones (August 20 - September 14, 2012)



Anna Heywood-Jones is a textile artist currently living on Vancouver Island, BC. The basis of her work comes from a passionate desire to investigate and explore the diverse world of natural colour. The materials inspire her, as they tell a story long told throughout the ages. Humans, the world over, have utilized the plants, trees and insects in their local environments to create and hold colour in their daily lives for a millennia and beyond. In recent memory, as the world quickly synthesized around us so did our colour palette; thus our collective knowledge of natural dyes dwindled and has been nearly lost to time. This is what Anna wishes to pay homage to in her work: the invaluable lineage of natural colour

During her time in Dawson City, Anna intends to explore the local natural colour palette as sourced from the flowers, berries, trees and vegetation found in these northern climes. She is inspired by the notion that our memories are left behind in the places we inhabit, or the objects we hold close, and that our personal history is continually layered upon the memories and experiences of those who came before and who, hopefully, will come after. With much of the area's history still self evident, it appears a natural situation to discover the ghosts of past and present while examining a sense of place through an outsider's insight.

HEYWOOD-JONES was raised in rural Ontario where she was home-schooled by ‘back to the land’ parents who encouraged her to learn the traditional fibre arts of spinning and weaving. With strong familial encouragement for exploration in such endeavors, she was able to pursue such childhood dreams as creating a fashion line materialized entirely out of recycled garbage bags; her parents assured her it was ‘trash chic’. Eventually, this life-long interest in textiles led her to the Kootenay School of the Arts (Nelson, BC) in 2006. During her time at KSA Anna discovered natural colour as an area of passionate study. Since graduating from KSA, she has continued to investigate diverse applications of natural colour in conjunction with the study of the historical cultivation and wild crafting of natural dye-stuffs. Anna is both a student and teacher of this age old medium. Between the physical and the intellectual a balance is struck; Anna's work is borne from this tactilely intuitive practice, it is in essence a layering of idea and process. 

 

 

 


The Natural & The Manufactured Exhibition Artist in Residence

 

 

 

 

 


Andrew O'Connor (June 29 - August 20, 2012)


Andrew O'Connor is a transmission artist based out of Toronto.  Active in community radio for over 15 years now at stations like CKMS FM in Waterloo, CKLN in Toronto and Shouting Fire Radio in San Francisco, his work has also been heard on programs across the CBC network including Inside the Music, The Signal, Two New Hours and The Current among others. 

While he is in Dawson City, Andrew will be creating an installation for a series of micro FM transmitters as part of the ODD Gallery's thematic The Natural & The Manufactured project. He's also developing a live theatre project with Kitchenband Productions http://kitchenbandproductions.blogspot.ca/ at the Theatre Centre in Toronto about Boblo Island an abandoned amusement park in the Detroit River.  

ANDREW O'CONNOR'S radio work has also been featured internationally on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, WGXC in New York State, and Radio Zero in Lisbon.  His sound installations, often radio based, have been presented at The Vancouver New Music Festival, The Third Coast Filmless Festival in Chicago, Megapolis in Baltimore, OK Quoi in Sackville, and the Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound in Kitchener.   


The Natural & The Manufactured Exhibition Artist in Residence

B.j. Vogt (July 4 - August 20, 2012)


B.j. Vogt creates sculptures, installations, photographs, and video based works that explore the confluence of humans and nature in an effort to present humanity as a natural process unfolding along the evolutionary time line of the earth. Influenced by research and findings in the fields of geology, astronomy, history, and biology, his work adopts forms and images from these disciplines as vehicles to investigate this concept.

While in Dawson, B.j. plans to adapt themes used in his dynamic installation series: Polypropylene Cycle to the infrastructure of the ODD Gallery, as well as to explore the concept of human actions equating to glacial processes through photography, drawing, and video. The end result will be exhibited as part of the ODD Gallery's thematic The Natural & The Manufactured project.

B.J. VOGT lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri, USA where he received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture in 2006 from Washington University. Vogt has been the recipient of a Critical Mass for the Arts Creative Stimulus grant, a Santo Foundation Individual Artist award and, in conjunction with a residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, France, the 2006 Bill Kohn Travel Scholarship from Washington University in St. Louis. His work is currently featured in the Urbanity exhibition at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the 2011 Creative Stimulus Award exhibition: Anomalous Perspectivesat the Sheldon Art Galleries in St. Louis, Missouri.



Charley Young (April 29 - May 30, 2012)



Charley Young is an interdisciplinary artist working in printmaking, drawing, installation and mixed media.  She is predominantly interested in creating large scale, site-specific, ephemeral artwork involving historic buildings that respond to the ever-adapting city.  Her work deals with themes of destruction, loss, memory and architecture.  Deeply rooted in research, these projects showcase the fleetingness of architecture and therefore our own identity and histories.

Originally from Calgary, Alberta, CHARLEY YOUNG moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia where she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at NSCAD University. Following that Charley worked to develop engaging youth arts programming at NSCAD University. Young has exhibited around Halifax, and has worked with a variety of heritage groups to preserve, in print, the memory and architecture of heritage properties. This spring, Charley will be starting her MFA degree at the Maine College of Art in Portland Maine. Charley has also been awarded a residency at the Vermont Studio Center schedule for this upcoming February. 

 

 

Dawson City International Short Film Festival Artist in Residence

Andreas Horvath (March 5 - May 1, 2012)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A guest of the Dawson City International Short Film FestivalAndreas Horvath will screen a selection of his short films and host a Q & A as part of this year's program (April 5-8, 2012). During his time in Dawson, Andreas will also work on a new documentary, which investigates the life and work of a few independent gold-miners in and around Dawson City.

ANDREAS HORVATH was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1968. He studied photography in Vienna and multimedia-art in Salzburg. As a freelance photographer and filmmaker he publishes photo books and creates independent films. Horvath's documentaries have received awards at international film festivals, such as Chicago International Documentary Film Festival and Karlovy Vary IFF. As a photographer Andreas Horvath published black and white photo albums about Yakutia, Siberia and rural America.


andreas-horvath.com

 

Dawson City International Short Film Festival Artist in Residence

Joanna Priestley (March 20 - April 12, 2012)

 

A guest of the Dawson City International Short Film FestivalPriestley will screen a selection of her short animations and host a Q & A as part of this year's program.  While she is in Dawson, Joanna will also work on a new animation about what it means to grow old and to be an elder in modern society.


JOANNA PRIESTLEY has directed, produced and animated 24 films that explore abstraction, botany, landscape, aging and human rights. She has had retrospectives at MoMA (New York), Center for Contemporary Art (Warsaw, Poland), REDAT (Los Angeles), Stuttgart Animation Festival (Stuttgart, Germany) and the American Cinematheque (Los Angeles) and has received fellowships from Creative Capital, National Endowment for the Arts, American Film Institute, MacDowell Colony, Fundación Valparaíso and Millay Colony. Priestley teaches animation workshops worldwide, was founding president of ASIFA Northwest and has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1992. Her films are available on DVD from www.primopix.com or Microcinema International.



Dawson City Music Festival Songwriter in Residence

 


Colin Huebert (February 3 - 28, 2012)

The Dawson City Music Festival and The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture are excited to be hosting COLIN HUEBERT as the 2012 songwriter in residence. Colin returns to Dawson City after having visited us with the Great Lake Swimmers in 2007. Colin has since absconded from the band to focus on his own project, Siskiyou, his collaboration with Great Lakes Swimmers compatriot Erik Arnesen. Colin will spend the month of February in the historic Macaulay Residency where he will be recording new material and developing work for Siskiyou. In addition to his own work, Colin will also be hosting a songwriter’s circle and sharing his talents with some of the students of our local Robert Service School.



Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) Artist in Residence

 

 


Bill Burns (January 11-25, 2012)

BILL BURNS is a multi-media artist who works in sculpture, photographs, multiples and books. His gallery installation The Veblen Good: art, fuel and celebrity was presented as part of the ODD Gallery's The Natural & The Manufactured project in August 2011. A guest of the Yukon School of Visual Arts, Burns will be working with the YSOVA students in Charles Stankievech's 4D class during his time in Dawson.

Bill Burns was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria and an MFA from Goldsmith's College in London, UK. His projects such as, Safety Gear for Small Animals (1994-2007) and Bird Radio and the Eames Chair Lounge (2003-2011), have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Bienal del Fin del Mundo (Ushuaia, Argentina), and KW - Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin). Since 2008, Burns has exhibited projects at the Institute of Contemporary Art (London, UK), MKG127 (Toronto), Tensta Konsthall (Spanga, Sweden) and Kunsthallen Nikolaj (Copenhagen).

billburnsprojects.com/


Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) Artists in Residence


Ed Pien & Johannes Zits (January 12 - 26, 2011)



ED PIEN uses drawing, papercuts, performance and video to create large scale installations. While in Dawson, Pien will be working with students in Veronica Verkley's 2D class at the YSOVA.


Ed Pien is a Canadian artist based in Toronto. He has been drawing for nearly 30 years. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of eleven. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University in Toronto and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario. Ed Pien has exhibited nationally and internationally including the Drawing Centre, New York; La Bi- ennale de Montreal 2000 and 2002; W139, Amsterdam; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Middlesbrough Art Gallery, the UK; Centro Nacional e las Artes, Mexico City; The Contemporary Art Museum in Monterrey, Mexico; the Goethe Institute, Berlin; Bluecoat, Liverpool; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; as well as the Na- tional Art Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. As an art instructor, Ed Pien has taught at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the Ontario College of Art and Design. He currently teaches part-time at the University of Toronto. Pien is represented by Birch Libralato in Toronto, Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain in Montreal and Galerie Maurits van de Laar in The Hague.

www.edpien.com/


JOHANNES ZITS works with and combines digital imaging, collage, photography and painting to focus on the body. His work intends to draw attention to both the conventional image-making process as well as the ways images from mass media are disseminated and consumed. While in Dawson, Zits will be working with SOVA students and on performance and video work which will be shared with the community.


Johannes Zits received his BFA from York University in 1984. He has shown both in Canada and abroad. Zits travels widely while pursuing his art research. His extended stays in various cities include Taipei, Paris, Amsterdam, Vienna, Shanghai, Manchester, Hamburg, Santiago, London and Berlin. In January 2008 he presented a major solo exhibition highlighting his many disciplines at the Centre DíArt Contemporain de Basse Normandie, Caen, France.

www.johanneszits.com/



Ursula A. Johnson (December 2 - 19th, 2011)




URSULA A. JOHNSON of the Mi’kmaw First Nation utilizes performance, installation and traditional Aboriginal art forms to create conceptual works combining images and elements from a multitude of sources that explore and challenge ideas of ancestry, identity and culture.  Johnson is part of the 2011-12 Visiting Aboriginal Artist Series hosted by the the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre & Yukon School of Visual Arts. 

During her time in Dawson Ursula will present an artist talk at DZCC, host an open studio at Macaulay House, and visit Old Crow and Robert Service School, in addition to working on her own studio practice.

A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Ursula A. Johnson lives in Halifax, NS. Her work has been featured in The Coast, Visual Arts News andExpressions, her performances have been part of Prismatic and Nocturne in Halifax. 


Caitlin Erskine-Smith (October 31 - December 12, 2011)

Erskine-Smith’s MISSIVES is currently on exhibit in the ODD Gallery until the end of November.  Focusing in textiles, her work incorporates traditional techniques to consider modern conflicts of identity, language and change.  Caitlin hand weaves large-scale pieces that explore the challenges inherent in communication and understanding.  Through a labor and time intensive process, layers of text are woven together, their legibility and meaning obscured in the process.

During her time in Dawson, Erskine-Smith will work on a series of weavings based on letters to family and friends, reflecting on her time in Dawson City.  Since her arrival at the Macaulay house she has been writing a letter a day along with a line drawing on velum to accompany the text.  These two layers will be used as the basis for woven versions of the letters, where the layers will be intertwined rather than overlaid, incorporating image and text into one piece.

CAITLIN ERSKINE-SMITH was born in Toronto, and has studied art and design in Europe, South America, and at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design.  She has exhibited in numerous juried exhibitions across Canada and Internationally, including Unity and Diversity, at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Korea, at Nuit Blanche and Luminato in Toronto, and at Nocturne, in Halifax.

www.scattermint.com

 

Curtis Grahauer (October 31 - November 30, 2011)

Curtis Grahauer is a Vancouver based artist and filmmaker whose social art practice involves fun, community and a DIY spirit. Grahauer is part of the collective Weekend Leisure, who collaborate with artists, musicians, comedy groups, and filmmakers to produce short video sketches, public access television shows, and karaoke videos and events.  He is currently collaborating with a group of Vancouver filmmakers, comedians and musicians to put together Steel Viper Force: Fiero's Redemption, a feature-length homage to direct-to-video action movies of the 80s and 90s, which is directed by Grauhauer.

In addition to his work with Weekend Leisure, CURTIS GRAHAUER curated Public Access: 1999 & Beyond for the Helen Pitt Gallery and has collaborated on various internet shorts with Vancouver comedians and performers. His recent projects have been included in the LIVEPerformance Biennale and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto. In June 2012, he will be an artist in residence at SÍM in Reykjavik, Iceland.

http://steelviperforcemovie.com/

http://www.weekendleisure.ca/ 


Joi Arcand (September - October, 2011)

JOI T. ARCAND is a photo-based artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan currently residing in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her photo work merges the personal with the political through the use of her own family history in addressing the Canadian aboriginal experience. Drawing from her family narratives, Arcand’s work connects memory and landscape with humour and nostalgia, while asking questions about what it means to be a mixed-race Aboriginal woman. She became interested in her own family's history through her work with the Muskeg Lake Community Archives, where she compiled old photographs and interviewed Elders in the community. 

While in Dawson, Arcand will be working from her grandmother's collection of family snapshots to create embroideries with her own hair, which she recently cut specifically for this project. She will also be building a miniature replica of her family farm using found materials and family photographs, which will be re-photographed using stereo-photography.

Arcand received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. She has served as chair of the board of directors for Paved Arts in Saskatoon and was the co-founder of the Red Shift Gallery, a contemporary aboriginal art gallery in Saskatoon. Her work has been exhibited at Gallery 101 in Ottawa, York Quay Gallery in Toronto, Mendel Art Gallery and Paved Arts in Saskatoon, grunt gallery in Vancouver, and published in BlackFlash Magazine.

 

Jp King (September - October, 2011)


Jp KING's story-telling techniques attempt to unpack popular American & Canadian mythologies in whimsical and historically slippery ways through collage, writing, and book-making. Seeing the collage-original not as an end, but instead as a means to a final print, he often enlarges his works to make visible the delicacy of paper and ink . Through a digital process the original becomes an inexhaustible plate from which variable prints are pulled. He uses language much like a painter uses a palette. Relying on absurdity to refrain from finger-pointing at what is upsetting, King uses humour as a practical device to deliver a softened sadness and emptiness in the world. In trying to understand his own masculinity, relationships, and fragmentary family unit, he carries, and lays to rest, a handful of feelings surrounding heroship and failure.

While in Dawson Jp is working on a series of collages and a new manuscript that explores a post-information, post-history future, in which a band of miners seeks documents from buried landfills of the past, while battling another group that wishes to not look back.

Originally from Toronto, Jp King has lived in Montreal for the last six years, graduating from Concordia University, and then managing a small print shop. His book of poems and illustrations We Will Be Fish, was published by PistolPress in 2008. He is moving to Toronto to start his own unique print-production facility called Paper Pusher.

www.paperpusher.ca


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