Dawson City Music Festival Residency
Owen Steel was raised between a farmhouse in rural Prince Edward Island and a seaside hostel in small-town New Brunswick. Since 2008 Owen has toured from coast to coast, from Texas (SXSW) to Tennessee (Folk Alliance) to Sweden, France and points in between. From folk festivals to freak festivals; basement bars to revered soft seat theatres; by thumb, boat, van and train; in the process making his way under the radar and into the ears of a small yet mighty group of supporters.
Owen will spend the month of January in the historic Macaulay House, where he will work on an EP set to accompany an original comic/zine publication as well as on soundscapes for a documentary. Owen plans to connect and share with the community through non-traditional Songwriting mentorship by exploring free-writing, instrumental soundscapes, layering, and how these techniques can aid writer’s block and act as a form of sound therapy.
Stay tuned for the opening act!
Thank you to our partners, Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC) Parks Canada and North Klondyke Highway Music Society.
Sam I Am Montolla, Montreal
Dawson City Music Festival Songwriter in Residence
Sam I Am Montolla is a singer, songwriter, and dancer from Montreal, Quebec, whose sound is as diverse as the city she lives in. Sam I Am writes and performs in a range of genres, including RnB, Hip Hop, Soul, Funk, and Gospel – all permeating with African rhythms.
Sam I Am is a former member of the notable Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, has performed with the Gospel Trio Revelation III and Black Theatre Workshop’s Youthworks program, and is a frequent collaborator in Montreal, working with many artists from around the city from the likes of Monk-e, Narcy, Waahli, Shash’U, and Jai Nitai Lotus. Sam I Am is also a prolific Hip Hop dancer and Waacker under the alias Princess Shayla and has greatly contributed to the culture in Montreal, New York and Paris. Currently, Sam is an active member of Kalmunity, Canada’s largest and longest running black arts & improv collective.
Sam I Am Montolla continues to be a pillar in the movement and her community, staying connected, teaching and working at a youth center that focuses on free youth programming. She is currently working on her new mixtape, to come out early next year.
Sam will spend the month of January in the historic Macaulay Residence house writing, researching and creating. Sam plans to connect and share with the community through music and dance. Please give her a warm welcome and stay tuned for workshop details. Save the date for Sam I am Montolla live in concert on Thursday, January 24th, 2019!
Lisa Birke, Saskatoon
YUKON School of Visual Arts Guest Resident
Lisa Birke is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is a collision of video, performance art, painting and installation. She is interested in the stories that we re-cite and re-brand and how these inform a tragi-comic conception of ourselves in a fragmented world. Filmed unaccompanied in the Canadian landscape, absurd yet insightful performative acts become entangled in complex single and multi-channel videos and installations that trouble viewer expectations in the mixing of referents from art history, popular culture and the everyday. The thin line between theatrics and documentation is blurred, exposing an indeterminate subject and an even shakier subjectivity.
Lisa Birke has had solo exhibitions across Canada and her award-winning short films have been screened at film/video festivals and media centres internationally, including: Time is Love, International Video Art
Program, CCA (Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, Scotland, touring), Vancouver International Film Festival, CAFKA (Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area), Kitchener/Waterloo Art Gallery, Athens International Film + Video Festival (USA), Cologne OFF X (Germany, touring), Cold Cuts Video Festival, along with many others. The short film Calendar Girls was awarded a “Jury Award for Creative Achievement” at the Arizona International Film Festival (USA), the Jury Award at ForadCamp (Barcelona, Spain) and was installed at Manif d’/Art (Quebec City Biennale, 2017). The Knits screened, most notably, at Slamdance Film Festival (USA, 2018) and the Florida Film Festival (USA, 2018), and was mounted as a solo exhibition at Cambridge Art Galleries (Canada, 2017). A survey program of Birke’s short film work was presented at the International Short Film Week Regensburg (Germany, 2018) and 12-14 Contemporary (Vienna, Austria, 2018). Lisa Birke is a recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, along with other awards and scholarships. Birke is currently Assistant Professor of Digital and Extended Media at the University of Saskatchewan.
During her stay at SOVA AiR, Birke will be shooting digital video footage for two new “film” projects.
When beginning new work, the process is very fluid: a performative action is tested out….which most often leads to reshoots and adjustments to the concept. Collecting of footage usually happens over the course of one to two years with different locations from across Canada manifesting into a short film or multi-channel video installation.
Freak accidents and Vanna White are currently on Birke’s mind, so we’ll see what happens.
Justin Tyler Tate
The framework of the one month residency will utilize repurposed, leftover and found materials in the construction of alternative spaces developed to engage with the local community. These temporary architectural installations will be purposefully built as habitats for relational events while also utilizing Dawson City’s unique landscape. The components of the work will not be limited to traditional modes of art production but will use methodologies from other fields to make the work more accessible to viewers/participants.
Justin Tyler Tate was born in Canada, grew up in the United States and now works internationally. Receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University and a Master of Fine Arts from Helsinki Academy of Fine Arts, his work combines elements of sculpture, installation, media, performance as well as social art. During the past decade as a professional artist he has exhibited more than 80 projects, in +20 countries, on 4 continents. His practice draws knowledge from various fields and marries them in order to find solutions to contemporary problems. Architecture, carpentry, botany, cooking, electronics, chemistry, new-media, and more are all merged under a singular umbrella of artistic production. Tate is also occasionally a curator as well as a frequent teacher of workshops focusing on utilization of available materials, tools and site specificity.
Laura Millard, Toronto, Ontario
Laura Millard’s artistic practice combines drawing, photography and painting. Millard’s work is informed by conceptual and minimal art and is inspired by contemporary representations of the landscape. In recent work she has drawn into the landscape using a snowmobile. She has made large format aerial photographs of these ‘line drawings’ made on frozen lakes by flying above them with a camera-equipped quadcopter. In past work she has photographed ‘drawings’ made from skate marks on ice and jet contrails from military airshows. From these indexical traces Millard explores gesture and drawing through unexpected approaches to mark making.
Laura Millard has exhibited in artist-run, commercial and public galleries across Canada and internationally; including Where Where Exhibition Space, Beijing, China, Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto, Glenbow Museum Calgary, Sookmyung Women’s University, Korea and St. Lawrence University Art Gallery, New York. She has been a visiting artist and panelist in various university and gallery settings including the Banff Centre, the University of Waterloo, the University of Victoria, the University of Western Ontario, the Mendel Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ontario. An artist, writer and educator, Laura Millard is currently an Associate Professor at OCAD University. She received a BFA from NSCAD University Art in 1983 and her MFA from Concordia University in 1992. Millard has done several artists residencies including the Banff Centre, NSCAD University, Brucebo Studio in Sweden and Red Gate in Beijing, China.
Laura Millard would like to create a large drawing in the landscape, possibly with community participation, and photograph this process using a camera equipped drone. As the ephemeral drawing expands, shifts, blows away, etc., she will recorded it. The end result will be a short video of the making of the work and digital prints of the completed drawing/s. Through this, Millard hopes to explore new ways of drawing collaboratively within communities. She hopes to learn from others who know this landscape and who think and move through the landscape daily.
Laura will also continue to work on drawings in the studio where she will be combining photography, drawing and painting.
Genevieve Thibault, Matane (Québec)
Genevieve Thibault’s interests for human beings and culture led her first to study and work in the field of tourism. After a year-round trip around the world and a return to her hometown called Matane, situated in Quebec, she returned to school and never stop studying after. Having now graduated in photography from the Cegep de Matane, Genevieve Thibault is currently pursuing multidisciplinary studies in University Laval, with concentrations in Ethnology and Native Studies. Combining artistic and ethnologic approaches, her work is filled with notions of otherness and proximity. The photographic series she is creating addresses daily life, ways of inhabiting and occupying a territory as well as cultural aspects. Photography is the pivot of her practice from which different links are woven with sound art, video and installation. Therefore, she explores various narrative strategies to tell stories. Many of her project involve unannounced visits in domestic environments. Through these spontaneous encounters, she creates a moment completely free of the time boxes, expectations and anticipation. Furthermore, it allows her to discover authentic places where the traces left by daily life carry stories. At the crossroads of relational art, the photographic act becomes a pretext for her to encounter and photographs, precious witnesses of these exchanges.
Genevieve’s residency project is a continuation of a long-term project started in Quebec, but with a change of method. She started a series in the town of Percé, and she intends to pursue that work in several Canadian cities. She is interested in quiet places and those showing a variation of population in the year. These are often small and isolated cities, and she visited them during low season, preferably in winter. Because she believes it’s the best way to feel a place, she plans to knock on people’s doors unannounced, and make new encounters. Will you accept to open your door and share a moment with her? Always searching for the best way to tell stories, Genevieve wants to try a new process in Dawson City. Inspired by the spontaneous literature of Kirouac , she will show every pictures she will take, in the original order of capture. The good things, and the bad ones. This way of doing so will require her to think seriously about every photograph that is taken and to slow down her work pace. She hopes this method will allow her to tell a story more authentic and more representative of her artistic experience.
Dawson City International Short Film Festival
Nina Vroemen (Montreal) (L) and Amy Siegel (Toronto)
Amy Siegel is an artist, educator and organizer of artistic projects. She works across diverse media including video, performance, projection art, installation and community-engaged art. Her work strives to challenge conventional methods of storytelling while exploring themes of transformation and transcendence. She is particularly interested in shadows – shadows as the space beyond light both visually (in terms of projection and illusion) and metaphorically (exploring dream worlds, death, and shadow selves).
Amy is currently the Creative Director of the ReFrame Film Festival a documentary film and art festival in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough that focuses on social and environmental justice. She holds an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University and an MA in Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto.
Amy’s recent work has been exploring the relationship between dreams and documentation. Can a document capture at once the inner world and the public reality and how are we defining these borders? Working with intuition, improvisation and experimentation she will be exploring the limits and possibilities of the film medium to capture the subconscious.
One of the ways she will be exploring these issues during her residency will be wrapping up a multi-year collaboration with the League of Lady Wrestlers. As a wrestler herself, she was most interested in the profound relationship developed between wrestlers and their invented personae. She will be creating a performative documentary that explores tensions between truth/reality, document/fiction and human/character. Amy will be working with the League’s archival footage, staging vignettes and interviews, as well as editing her own footage from Toronto and Dawson City, including the League’s historic final performance, Thunderdome.
Jacqueline holds a B.F.A in Print Media from the Alberta University for the Arts and an M.F.A in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Belfast School of Art. Her more recent exploits include solo exhibitions at Main Space Gallery (Alberta Printmakers, Calgary), and Poolside Gallery (VideoPool, Winnipeg). She has also been doing various projects, installations, residencies and performances around Calgary and Finland. She is the recipient of various local and national grants and was the inaugural receipt of the Scott Leroux Media Arts Exploration Fund. She is currently on VideoPool‘s Media Art Distribution list and works out of Burnt Toast Studio in Calgary.
She is currently the administrator for Elephant Artist Relief society and recently she has become the Gallery Chair for Alberta Printmakers Main Space Gallery. Current projects include the residency with KIAC (Dawson City, Yukon) and has an upcoming residency with Piltonkueche (Leipzig, Germany).
Jackie is using the month to research and start a new comic. As well as create a variety of drawings and animated gifs.
Jennifer Norman, Toronto
Norman is a multidisciplinary artist with ecological motivations. Originally from Northern Ontario, she is now based in Toronto, ON. She received her BFA from OCAD University, and her MFA from the University of Ottawa, and she is now a member of faculty at OCADU and HSCAD, Fleming College.
Norman has been awarded multiple grants for the production of her work, most recently an OAC Chalmers professional development Grant, 2019. She has exhibited extensively, in Canada, Scotland, Italy, Korea and the USA, with her most recent solo exhibition at Karsh-Masson Gallery in Ottawa, ON, 2018. Her work is included in several private and public collections, including the Canada Council for the Arts, National Art Bank.
With ecological leanings, Norman participates in numerous artist residencies including the Banff Center for the Arts, MASS MoCA, MA, US and the NARS residency in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently savoring all the magic of Dawson City, Yukon as artist in residence at KIAC.
While here, I will wander Dawson City, taking in all that it has to offer while gathering post-consumer waste for the renovation of tree branches. The collected treasures will then be re-assembled into prosthetic tree limbs and memorialized in intimate graphite portraits.
This work is an extension of an ongoing, site-responsive project where I collaborate with various environments/communities to create hybrid branch-creatures that represent the idiosyncrasies and ecosystems from which they grow. The quirky absurdity of the DIY branch reparations, made with trash and common objects like bread-bag-ties, pen springs or broken zippers playfully alludes to ideas of pioneering determination or post-apocalyptic resourcefulness. By assembling and repurposing rubbish in a futile attempt to emulate the elegance of an extended tree branch, these hybrid creations evoke contemporary renderings of traditional 17th century Dutch Memento Mori paintings by alluding to the fleeting quality and fragility of the lives they represent.
With ecological leanings, this work explores and conflates the junctures between the biological and the manufactured. The mischievous quality of this work affably engages with both environmental and social anxiety in any given ecosystem while leaving room for play and dialogue. Given a second life and transformed into artificial memories of the tree limbs they once were, the fragile branches represented in this work evoke a playful sense of optimism that follows Alice down a rabbit hole.
YI XIN TONG (New York)
The plan was to hike the mountains, fish the rivers, visit the museums, talk to the locals, shoot with the 4 different video cameras I have, work on a new tapestry, and make my first Super 8 film.
Horowitz’s practice blurs boundaries between expert-amateur, hobby-work, and leisure-productivity. Much of her work has involved collecting and durational practices that pay attention to time and its presentation. She is also a vegetable gardener, tournament scrabble player, amateur astronomer, road-tripper, aspiring outdoorswoman, and she loves to laugh and take long walks.
Risa has brought three standard prime lenses for three camera formats and more big sheet film than she can possibly use to make art with in four short weeks as an Artist in Residence with the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture. While in Dawson City she plans to walk until it hurts, take daily joyrides on the ferry back and forth across the Yukon River, contribute in various ways to the history of moving stones in the Klondike, take several road trips with her gear, and quite possibly fulfill her goal of documenting the passing of the midnight sun while north of the Arctic Circle.
Rachel Rozanski (Toronto)
I am excited to spend the next month expanding on my previous work around subarctic environments in Dawson. I will be looking at different histories here embedded in the world’s oldest permafrost, and what they show as it thaws and becomes exposed. Resulting from both warming-induced permafrost thaw and placer mining, these land cavities reveal millions of years-worth of history. I am interested in how these transform over time, leaving behind land ghosts and revealing prehistoric material. I will be working in drawing, photography and video to portray land changes, showing layers of geological and biological matter mixed with topographical formations. I look forward to gathering inspiration from local history, industry, and research.
Rachel Rozanski is a Canadian artist whose interdisciplinary works explore biological, geological and material transformations appearing as we enter the Anthropocene. After studying Visual Arts at Emily Carr, Capilano, and Langara Universities she pursued a research-based practice exploring human imagination as an ecological force, and cataloguing unidentifiable items born of or morphed by it. She is currently working towards an MFA at Ryerson University in Documentary Media, and has exhibited across Canada and internationally, showing works that explore scientific concepts focusing on environmental timelines. Through artist residencies in Nunavut and Iceland, she was inspired by the study of local ecology, pollutants and adaptations and extinctions.
Pixie Cram (Ottawa)
Pixie Cram is a filmmaker and animator who lives in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. She creates work on themes of nature, technology, and war. Her films have screened at festivals across North America and in Europe and have aired on CBC TV. On top of her own art practice, she works as a freelance director, cinematographer and editor.
Paul Henderson (Torornto)
Paul Henderson is (mostly) a collage artist and graphic designer based in Toronto. After spending most of his adult life working in artist run centres and independent music communities in Sackville, NB and Dawson City, YT, he re-established an active studio practice in 2014.
During his residency he is creating a new collection of collages work made from materials sourced in and around Dawson City, responding to local media and ephemera. “Collage for me is primarily about processing and responding to the world’s ever-increasing repository of images. It is digestion, a meditation, and a slowing down on one hand but it is also about (hand) making things and creating new meanings through editing and juxtaposition.”
Jamie Ross (Montreal)
Jamie is a magical practitioner, professional tarot reader, preschool teacher, community gardener and visual artist educated outside the university system. He acted as the first Pagan chaplain for federal prisons in Quebec, serving inside for five years. His art projects engage the innate numinous power within us all to enact social and cultural change. His practice is rooted in stories of his ancestors, cultural and biological. He is based in Montreal.
This is his second trip to Tr’ondek Hwëch’in Territory, after mounting an exhibition at KIAC for Summer Solstice 2017. He will be teaching a master class on magic in contemporary art at SOVA (enrolment is still open – contact SOVA to sign up) and recording new sound art pieces on rural queer intentional communities in North America in the 1960s and 70s and an experimental video piece with local artists.
Cole Pauls (Vancouver) SOVA Artist in Resident
This fall, we are so thrilled to be welcoming our first ever SOVA Alumni to take part in the SOVA Air Program: ✨Cole Pauls✨!
Cole Pauls is a Tahltan First Nation comic artist, illustrator and printmaker from Haines Junction, Yukon Territory. After completing the Yukon School of Visual Arts Foundation Year Program in 2012, Cole went on to graduate with a BFA in Illustration from Emily Carr University.
Currently located in Vancouver BC, Cole is taking the indie comic book scene by storm with his comic series Pizza Punks, a self contained comic strip about punks eating pizza, and the incredible Dakwäkãda Warriors; Cole’s debut graphic novel, which is a bilingual comic about two earth protectors saving the world from evil pioneers and cyborg sasquatches.
During his residency in October, Cole will be visiting Jeffrey’s English classes and will also be hosting a local book launch for Dakwäkãda Warriors (Conundrum Press – Canada) while he is here in Dawson.
Kailey Bryan, St. John’s, Ktaqamkuk
Kailey Bryan is a visual and textile artist, curator, circus and drag performer based in St. John’s, Ktaqamkuk. Their works in video, performance, and installation deploy craft-based practices, cinematic references and eroticism to playfully undermine and question experiences of intimacy and desire. Kailey takes great joy and comfort in repetition, so it is no surprise that they have gravitated towards animation, weaving, and lip syncing, all of which involve doing the more-or-less the same thing over and over again. Kailey enjoys large bodies of water, puzzles, and puns.
As artist in residence at KIAC, Kailey will be hovering over a desk pursuing experimental hand-drawn, hand-painted animation and also frolicking about with Super8 and Bolex cameras having fun with film. You may even catch their alter egos \garbagefile or Floppins the Drag Clown wiggling about somewhere…
Joseph Naytowhow, Sturgeon Lake First Nation
Dänojà Zho Artist in Residence
Joseph Naytowhow is a gifted Plains/Woodland Cree (nehiyaw) singer/songwriter, storyteller, and voice, stage and film actor from the Sturgeon Lake First Nation Band in Saskatchewan. As a child, Joseph was influenced by his grandfather’s traditional and ceremonial chants as well as the sounds of the fiddle and guitar. Today he is renowned for his unique style of Cree/English storytelling, combined with original contemporary music and traditional First Nations drum and rattle songs.
An accomplished performer, Joseph is the recipient of the 2006 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award’s Keeper of the Tradition Award and he 2005 Commemorative Medal for the Saskatchewan Centennial. In 2009 Joseph also received a Gemini Award for Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Program or Series for his role in the Wapos Bay series. That same year he was also awarded Best Emerging Male Actor at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival for his role in Run: Broken Yet Brave and won Best Traditional Male Dancer at John Arcand’s Fiddlefest in Saskatchewan. He has performed for the Prince of Wales, the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan and many other notables. His demanding schedule continues to take him to conferences, symposia, forums, festivals and film sets across Canada, North America and around the world.
Fifteen years of study with a Buddhist master, combined with his Nehiyo/Cree traditional knowledge and his experience as an interdisciplinary artist, has nurtured Joseph’s generosity and compassion for sharing cultural knowledge. He is a much sought after keynote speaker, counselor, and educator for children and adults alike. Joseph frequently enjoys opportunities to work as a resident artist and cultural advisor for various organizations including the University of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, and Polytechnic Institutes.
Joseph holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
Sonia Paço-Rocchia (Québec/Europe)
Sonia Paço-Rocchia is an composer, sound installation artist, improviser, maker, creative coder, live electronics musician. Her work has been presented all over North America and Europe.
Sonia Paço-Rocchia’s research is about sounds, timbres and forms. Composing, she broaden the variety of sonic possibilities either using new techniques, live electronics, invented instruments, found instruments or automated instruments. As for her work on the form, most of her work have visual elements as well as choices given to the players, or, in this case, to the automatons. Coder/Maker/Inventor, she makes automatons, web art, interfaces, digital instruments. Talented improviser, she uses a myriad of sound-makers, invented and automated instruments, voice and mostly bassoon, along with live electronics.
Double-Tranchant, meaning double-edged in French, is a solo show-installation for invented, found and automated instruments made with object that can cut, with real-time processing in a quadriphonic setting.
A piece for musical saws, stemsaws*, automated circular saw blades*, automated mobile of knifes*, automated electric musical saws* and other sharp found instruments with a live electronics setup that is a subtle gradient between playing an electronic instrument and playing with an algorithmic “musician” using a concept of indirect control by layers of flexible automations.
Double-Tranchant is a commentary on the contrast between the brute, the sharp and the flexible, the fascinating.
This piece is a long term project that has recently received the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. The residency at KIAC is to work on the code for the live electronics setup, working on the form of the show and composition in this really inspiring environment and to find some new sonic material with the help of Dawson community.
* instruments invented by the artist
Andrea Kastner (New York)
Andrea Kastner is a Canadian painter based in Binghamton, NY whose work focuses on the overlooked corners of urban spaces and the sacred nature of rejected things. She holds a BFA from Mount Allison University (2006) and an MFA from the University of Alberta (2012). She currently teaches at Binghamton University (SUNY).
Her work has been shown in galleries across Canada, including solo shows at Harcourt House (Edmonton), the Kamloops Art Gallery, Galerie McClure (Montreal), and ODD Gallery (Dawson City), and group shows at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Esker Foundation (Calgary), The Art Gallery of Windsor and Vorres Museum (Athens). She has received grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields foundation, the BC Arts Council, the Ontario Arts council and the Canada Council for the Arts, and in 2012 was a finalist for the RBC Canadian Painting Competition. She has participated in residencies at the University of Windsor, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Haliburton School of Art.
Her project involves an in-depth study of the Dawson City dump, including several trips to document the Quigley Landfill and the Recycling Depot. She would like to use this documentation as the basis for a series of paintings about our landfills as shadow cities.
Skye Wallace, Toronto, ON
DCMF Songwriter in Residence
Skye Wallace is what happens when a classically trained singer discovers punk rock in their youth. Hailed coast to coast as a “national treasure” (Sad Mag), Skye Wallace is based out of Toronto, Ontario. Her voice and sound is a force to be reckoned with. Her most recent album Something Wicked, produced by Jim Bryson, was listed as one of Vancouver Weekly’s Best Albums of 2016 and CBC’s Top 8 Albums You Need To Hear This Month. Dubbed by CBC’s Stephen Quinn a “kick ass record”, Something Wicked will “burn you to the ground” (Vice/Noisey)!
Skye will spend the month of January in the historic Macaulay Residence house researching, collaborating and writing for a double EP to be released in 2018. The EP will chronical stories gathered during residencies in very different, remote corners of Canada. Skye plans to connect and collaborate with the community through a workshop and open discussions on “storytelling within songwriting”, and is excited to get involved with local community radio station CFYT – the Spirit of Dawson.
Skye will be performing in KIAC’s Ballroom on January 26th.
Jeneen Frei Njootli, Old Crow, YT
SOVA Artist in Residence
“I like to make my own microphones and have recently been into playing beadwork through contact mics, guitar pedals, and an amp. While I am here, I’m hoping to make some mitts and lil toddler moccasins, recording the sound through the process.”
Avalon Moore is a comics artist based out of unceded Mi’kmaq territory, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her webcomic, Born On A Tuesday, has been running with weekly updates since December 2012 (bornonatuesday.com), and her graphic novel Between was released online between June 2016 and July 2017 (www.thestorybetween.com). Her master’s thesis research centres on the use of comics-making as a tool for personal storytelling and community building with queer youth. During her residency, Avalon is working on a collection of collage comics that tell the story of growing up alongside domestic abuse, and coming to terms with the complexity and ambiguity of human connection.
Caroline Cox, Yellowknife, NWT
Caroline Cox is a documentary film-maker who travels extensively and is based out of a small off-grid cabin on the Liard River in the Northwest Territories. In 2016 she created and began producing a TV series called Wild Kitchen, which airs on NorthwesTel in Canada and a PBS station in the USA called First Nations Experience.
Caroline has come to Dawson City to working on her original screenplay, Ash and Snow, which is a feminist western. What better spot to look for inspiration for this gritty tale then the heart of the Klondike Gold Rush!
Her live music and video presentation One Woman’s Journey will open the DCISFF on March 29th.
.For much of my life I’ve had a love for plants and photography.
A few years ago I had been playing around with time-lapse photography and scanner photography, and thought to combine the two. This technique has given me untold amounts of joy as I’ve meticulously studied the strange motions that thousands of plants have performed as they dry up.
Joel will be leading a workshop in time lapse scanner photography leading up to a presentation at the 2018 DCISFF.
My work attempts to contextualize industrial interactions with the landscape, exposing cultural norms related to class, personal anecdote and geography – the sense and sensibility of living in and around extraction sites, as informed by my experiences in northern Alberta and Newfoundland. I use found objects that I modify and contextualize to speak to the the affect of mining, these works attempt to conceptualize the landscape near the Athabasca Oil sands as a space of new encounters with an affective geo-cultural landscape where oil is embodied. Often this takes the form of humorous and melancholic conflations of strangeness and banality. I am interested in how local built and natural environments reflect a globalized use of materials and images, the sort of encounters this engenders, and what might be seen in them that might be put into service in understanding our contemporary petroculture, issues of gender, Canadian regionalism and other cultural narratives.
Megan Green was born in Newfoundland, but was part of a worker migration to Fort McMurray in the mid 1990’s, where she spent her formative years. She received a BFA from the U of A in 2011 and completed her MFA at the University of Waterloo in 2014. During studies at the UW Megan completed their Keith and Win Shantz Summer Internship in London UK with artist and taxidermist Claire Morgan. She was included in Art Mur’s 2014 Fresh Paint New Construction in Montreal and the 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art. In 2016 Megan was an artist at the Banff Centre in the Banff Research in Culture (BRiC) On Energy residency for artists and academics, her research and artwork from this residency was presented at the Petrocultures 2016 conference at Memorial University of Newfoundland, at the University of Edinburgh’s Postcards from the Anthropocene symposium, and will be included in a group exhibition at Calgary’s Lougheed House, The Sandstone City, in the summer of 2018. Megan will be an artist in residence at the Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture in the spring of 2018 with support from an Ontario Arts Council Visual Artist’s Creation Project grant for emerging artists.
Liljana Mead Martin, BC
Liljana Mead Martin is an interdisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Martin explores the boundaries and mergence between urbanism, ecology, architecture and the body. Investigation into embodiment, residential space and questions around home, displacement and belonging are based in her lived experience of growing up a tri-national citizen between Canada, the U.S. and Australia. She develops site responsive projects through drawing, sculpture, ephemera, performance and alternative platforms. Martin is a co-founder of Hyphenated Sites, a shipping container exhibition platform, and has shared her work at the Charles H. Scott Gallery (Vancouver), Recess (NYC), and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Martin holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (’10), and MFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (’16).
I have always been fascinated with the ways people carve out, create, sustain or move through the places we live in. For the residency at KIAC I will be developing new artworks and research that look at the potential meanings and applications of soft architecture, which is defined as the movement and changeability of an architectural structure to reflect the needs of the inhabitants. An exchangeable term for “soft” in this case could be kinetic, changeable or transmutable, however, in the context of this project I am playing on the double meaning of soft, as something that is flexible and responsive and offers a sensation to the touch. While in residence I will be creating performative and collapsable sculptures which dive into haptic encounters and emergent research.
Jinny Yu, Ottawa, ON
Jinny Yu’s work grows out of an inquiry into the medium of painting, as a means of trying to understand the world around us. Denaturalizing the medium and questioning its authority, her project Don’t They Ever Stop Migrating? which addresses themes about migration and resonates with larger political concerns globally, was exhibited at the 56th Venice Biennale. It subsequently toured at The Rooms and was acquired by the Agnes Etherington Art Centre. Her work has been shown widely in Canada, Germany, Japan, Italy, Portugal, South Korea, UK and USA in various venues: Art Mûr (Berlin, 2018), Kunstvrein Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (Berlin, 2016), Richmond Art Gallery (Vancouver, 2015), Produzentengalerie plan.d. (Düsseldorf, 2014), Ottawa Art Gallery (2014), Pulse New York and Miami Beach (2011, 2014), St. Mary’s University Art Gallery (Halifax, 2013), Kunst Doc Art Gallery (Seoul, 2012), ISCP Gallery (New York, 2011), McMaster Museum of Art (Hamilton, 2011), Confederation Centre Art Gallery (Charlottetown, 2011), Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa, 2009), Sotheby’s Conduit Street Gallery (London, 2007), Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation (Venice, 2006), and Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art (Kyoto, 2004). She was an artist in residence at the ISCP in New York, Seoul Museum of Art Nanji Art Studios, and at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Yu, an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa, was awarded the Mid-Career Artist Award by Ottawa Arts Council in 2013; Laura Ciruls Painting Award from Ontario Arts Foundation in 2012; and was a finalist for the Pulse Prize New York Prize 2011 and 2014.
During her residency at KIAC, she plans to expand her understanding of migration and border as a larger issue that has been affecting our humanity throughout history. In particular, she plans to look into colonization on the traditional territory of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in as a form of migration and research its affective consequences on its territory and beyond.
Join Jinny for an artist talk in the KIAC Ballroom, Thursday, June 7th at 7:30!
April White, St. John’s, NL
April White is a St. John’s, NL-based artist who works with performance, watercolour, and animation to examine involuntary bodily actions that are commonly seen as vulnerable or embarrassing such as yawning, waking up, sneezing, laughing, and crying. In her recent project Sneeze, funded by ArtsNL and the City of St. John’s, she paints and animates her face stretching, blowing, dripping, and squinting as it endures a sneeze.
April holds a BFA in Visual Arts with concentration in printmaking, performance, and sculpture from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2017, April won the VANL-CARFAC Emerging Artist Award, received the Cox and Palmer Pivotal Point Grant, and showed her installation It’s okay to be tired in the local HOLD FAST Contemporary Arts Festival and Charlottetown, PE’s Art in the Open Festival. She has been part of national and international exhibitions, and has shown her work all across Newfoundland including her 2016 solo exhibition A Day in the Life Of at The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery and 2015 solo exhibition Every day I wake up at Eastern Edge’s rOGUE Gallery. April recently participated in the Spark Box Studio Artist Residency in Prince Edward County, ON, has a solo exhibition coming up the English Harbour Arts Centre in NL in July 2018, and will be showing her interactive Yawn animation at Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax, NS.
While at KIAC, April will be exploring and questioning the vulnerability of laughing and crying through watercolours, drawings, and short animations.
Stayed tuned for the dates of April’s open studio at Macaulay House.
Natural & Manufactured
JOSH WINKLER & LINDSAY DOBBIN | INFO/FLOE
Curated by Michael McCormack
Opening Thursday, August 16th (part of the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival)
INFO/FLOE is a project that brings together work from two methodologies of communicating with the land as archive; through listening and performance, and through synthetic reproduction of found objects. It considers the impermanence and malleability of information, language, experience and storytelling, through time-based, and print-based media. Josh Winkler, and Lindsay Dobbin have developed practices that deeply consider our relationships as stewards, protectors, active communicators and archivists of the natural environment.
Josh Winkler (Minnesota)
JOSH K. WINKLER is a Minnesota artist working primarily with traditional and contemporary print media. Since receiving his MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2010, Josh has been creating works on paper, running a small gallery, building a stone cabin, and exhibiting work nationally and internationally. He is currently an Associate Professor of Printmaking at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota. Winkler’s work stems from an interest in how humans manipulate and label the land. How time, politics, and social change alter the context of both natural and inhabited locations. By combining personal experience with historical investigation, Winkler builds layered landscape narratives to reflect on an uncomfortable disconnect between contemporary Americans and the history of the land. He utilizes a range of drawing, printmaking, and sculptural processes to facilitate these ideas.
Josh Winkler will be hiking the Chilkoot Trail for two weeks as part of the Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency program where he will accumulate raw material through sketches, photographs, and mushroom spore prints that he will compile and realize during his residency at KIAC in the form of an installation at the ODD Gallery for the 2018 the Natural & the Manufactured exhibition. The installation will cumulate a variety of printed material in 2D and 3D that animate the gallery space with reproductions of objects found during both residencies. With this, Winkler continues to connect ideas of printmaking as an early form of recorded media, with questions around archival presentation, ecological stewardship, and political and environmental issues around preservation and educational access to natural materials.
LINDSAY DOBBIN is a Mohawk – Acadian – Irish artist, musician, curator and educator who lives and works on the Bay of Fundy in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the L’nu. Born in and belonging to the Kennebecasis River Valley in New Brunswick, Dobbin has lived throughout the Maritimes as well as the Yukon Territory.
Dobbin’s place-responsive practice includes music, media art, performance, sculpture, installation, social practices and writing, and is invested in and influenced by Indigenous epistemologies and cultural practices, such as drumming. Through placing listening, collaboration and improvisation at the centre of the creative process, Dobbin’s practice explores the connection between the environment and the body, and engages in a sensorial intimacy with the living land.
In their project, Intertidal Cymbal Works, Lindsay Dobbin honours the animacy and rhythms of water by employing drums and cymbals as tools for listening to the natural world. Working with a factory-made, four-piece drumset that was their first introduction to drumming as a child, Dobbin is dismantling the conventional use of these drums as sounding objects to be used in a specific configuration, and revealing the myriad of possibilities when in direct relation to landscape — resonant bodies that facilitate communication and relationship, and frame our experience of vast processes.
For more information on The Natural & The Manufactured, click here.
August – September 2018
Kelly Zantingh graduated with a B.A.H in Studio Art from the University of Guelph, ON in April 2016. Later that year she co-founded the Carrying Root Collective with Allison Henry. Her practice is currently based in many places, and she has recently participated in artist residencies in Porto, Portugal and the traditional Mi’kmaw territory on Turtle Island (Nova Scotia, Canada).
Kelly Zantingh’s work explores the passage of time and its inevitable association with loss. She examines the fragile and complex structures of natural ecosystems, as well as how they are instrumentalized by humans. Using stop-motion animation, photography and books, she documents and investigates the myriad ways humans are entangled with our surroundings. Her work is situated on the edge between a fascination with the natural world, and the acknowledgement of our current role on the changing earth within the Anthropocene.
While in residence at KIAC, Kelly will continue a body of work that spans across mediums including animation, photography, collage, and book-making. The project is an examination of change within a natural environment combined with human intervention in an environment, with an emphasis on a rapid and altered progression of time. She will record the motions of water, plants, rocks, and earth, with interruptions by her own actions and movements throughout the landscape.
Whess Harman (Carrier Wit’at Nation)
Whess Harman is mixed race, trans/non-binary/2SQ artist from the Carrier Wit’at Nation and a graduate of the Emily Carr University’s bachelor of fine arts program. They are currently based out of the ancestral territories of the Musquem, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations in the Skwachays Lodge artist residency program.
During their residency at KIAC they will be working with their on-going project, “Potlatch Punk”; a collection of thrifted and modified jackets that blend traditional materials with punk and DIY approaches to discuss urban Indigenous identity, understandings of wealth, and inherited memory and history. They will also be working on assembling a small chap book of poems created through their text-based projects. This work aims to explore their compounded and intermingling identities and the way it affects their relationships with settlers and their governments and the fractures of language that come in trying to communicate across those distances.
Yukon School of Visual Art Residents
We are so excited to have Maureen Gruben joining us for the next 10 days as the SOVA Artist in Residence. Maureen was born and raised in Tuktoyaktuk, NT; she creates multidisciplinary works that share intimate perspectives on contemporary life in the Western Arctic. Also joining us is Maureen’s collaborator; curator, and writer, Kyra Kordoski.
This is an image of Stitching My Landscape (2017); a large scale work of land art consisting of 111 ice holes connected with red broadcloth on an expanse of the frozen ocean surrounding Ibyuq Pingo, south west of Tuktoyaktuk. Photo by Kyra Kordoski.
Watch a video of the installation.
Welcome Maureen and Kyra!
Justine Skahan (Montreal)
Justine Skahan was born in Montreal, where she currently lives. She obtained her MFA from the University of Ottawa in 2016, and her BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in 2010. She has participated in residencies in Banff, Alberta, in Val-David, QC, and in Montreal. In 2015, Skahan was the recipient of the inaugural Stonecroft Foundation Venice Scholarship from the University of Ottawa, and in 2016 received the René Payant Award for Outstanding Thesis Support Paper from the University of Ottawa. She was a finalist in the 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Competition and has participated in numerous exhibitions in throughout Canada.
I am interested in the construction of an image: both the process of building it as a painting, as well as how visual elements have come together or are falling apart. My main interest in terms of subject matter runs in parallel to this: how we construct, decorate, and maintain our homes, and I consider this as a useful metaphor for emotional states and intimate relationships. During my time at the KIAC residency, I plan to pursue these questions using images of local architecture, particularly sites that are undergoing some sort of transformation, or structures that are provisional.
Kuba Bakowski (Warsaw)
Graduate of the Multimedia Communication Faculty of the University of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland. Kuba Bąkowski’s work is characterized by experimental activities in the realm of photography, sculpture, and performance. Bąkowski also creates installations, kinetic objects, and recently robotized sculptures as well. The source of his inspiration is new technologies and issues from different areas of science, anthropology, and natural history. He cooperates with scientists, engineers, and constructors.
Kuba Bąkowski has exhibited his work in solo and group exhibitions in the Zachęta National Gallery, Foksal Gallery, and Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. He has taken part in exhibitions at Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna, Museé d’Art Moderne in Saint-Etienne, Artspace Sydney, National Center for Contemporary Art w Moscow, Palazzo Delle Arti Napoli, Centro d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Manin, Chelsea Art Museum w New York, Royal Scottish Academy w Edinburgh. He is the grant recipient of Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, National Centre for Culture, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Creative Scottland, and Canada Council for the Arts.
Kubas project is financially supported by Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Bubzee Feller, Sinixt Territory (Slocan Valley BC Canada)
Photo by Tekoa Predika
Born gifted to an artist mother whose support continues to be endless, nurtured by the mountains and rivers of Sinixt Territory (Slocan Valley BC canada) since a young child as well as travelling often finding the spaces in between as home, Bubzee is a self-taught white settler artist who transforms experience and vision through a vast variety of mediums, from skin to dying buildings she has drawn her lines on.
Guided by dreams, creatures, the creative, inspired by Nature and the Spirit world, her work is for the beings of the earth.
Bubzee takes pieces of our fractured world and returns us to our origins.
A lifelong self employed artist who began exploring art at a very young age and has never strayed far from her path even through the struggles and pressures of the material world.
Her artistic ability holds very little limitations, and spans across two decades, leaving Bubzee and her art on growing demand.
There is a feeling and presence to her work that connects us all deeply.
Unfurling spells of stillness, unveiling truths we have kept hidden from ourselves, while laying all secrets to rest. Bubzee gently encourages our own awakening to possibility and growth giving us the inspiration and ability to sea the strength hidden within that is monumental to our healing.
Written by Uschi Tala
I am interested in exploring large pen drawings/paintings to be screen printed as a wall hanging on fabric, the feeling of freshness here and inspiration is endless for me , the landscapes , animals, and plants speak so loudly in this cold stillness.
I will be sharing my tattoo practice as well incorporating the drawings I’ve made into skin.
The work I have made over my stay here and a tattoo flash (pre drawn original art) will be shared at the end of the month.
Kathleen Hearn (Toronto)
Kathleen Hearn is a Toronto-based visual artist, director and educator. Hearn works with teens in an attempt to understand the relationship between teenage experience, cultural specificity and universal themes of entering adulthood. This research was initiated with the project eat ‘em and smile (2009), followed by so long (2011) and the short film The Boys (2014), which interwove conversations from iconic coming of age films into a new teen drama.
In my work I focus on spending time in communities and rethinking ethnographic curiosity as a culture of exchange. Often developed in extended residencies or repeated stays I work with members of particular communities to understand and depict aspects of their worlds, noting that I am a ‘visitor’ and, in a way, an interlocutor, a documentarian, an interpreter, and a collaborator. As an approach to video and photography I am interested in exploring the relationships and conflicts between fiction and non-fiction, documentary and drama, narrative and poetics, and the dialogue between choreographed and natural. The themes in my work are drawn from transitional moments, youth culture, coming of age, locationality, storytelling and narrative structure, portrait and landscape and how media helps shape the stories we tell ourselves.
Robyn Anderson, Cornerbrook, Newfoundland & Labrador
Robyn Anderson hails from Corner Brook, Newfoundland where she received undergraduate degree in visual art. She studied art history as well as contemporary and historical curatorial practices for a short time in Harlow, England. She received a master’s degree in Visual Arts in 2016 from the University of Saskatchewan. She recently returned to Corner Brook, where she now works as the Visual Arts Coordinator at the Rotary Arts Centre and pursues her art practice. She works in various media including drawing, printmaking, installation and pigment making. Her work explores the necessity of negative emotions such as anxiety, depression, failure and the need for narrative and escapism to express these emotions.
During her time in Dawson City, Anderson will be working on (re)Processing. An effort to understand a new place by collecting old paint from places in Dawson and reprocessing it into usable pigment and then using this pigment in a handcrafted artist book.
Robyn would like to thank the Newfoundland and Labrador arts councils for their support, without which this experience would not have been possible
Remi Dean, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
Having spent a few years on and off in Dawson city, I have witnessed the wonders of migration that takes place in and around the town. From the caribou that pass by in the winter, to all the new birds and hordes of people that arrive in the spring and leave at the end of summer, to the wolves that travel through the area in search of prey, to the salmon and other fishes that swim by in the rivers and to the trucks that bring supply to the town. Dawson City would not exist as it does today without these migration.
During this residency I plan to explore the theme of migration on a deeper level by creating a series of 4 large scale illustrations that depict migration. One illustration will show a large flock of flying birds, one will show a herd of caribou on the move, one will show a lone wolf and its trail, and the last will show human migration through illustrations of airplanes, automobiles, trains, canoes, snowmobiles etc.
I also plan to create a temporary outdoor installation with this theme in mind. My idea is to make approximately a dozen waterproofed papier-mâché birds and hang them with string from tall poles planted in the snow near the river in front of town (or on the river bank if there is no snow).
Ever since I was born I have been travelling, from someone’s arms to another’s, from one house to the next, town to town, province to province. By hands, fire, water, wind, wood and steel I have been migrating. I am fascinated with migration, whether it be animal migration, human migration, plant migration or even migration of non-living objects.
Life of a Craphead, Toronto, Ontario
Life of a Craphead is the collaboration of Amy Lam and Jon McCurley since 2006. Their work spans performance art, film, and curation. Their first feature film Bugs premiered in 2016 and is distributed on DVD and VHS by Random Man Editions (NYC), and they organized and hosted the performance art show and livestream Doored from 2012–2017. They recently presented King Edward VII Equestrian Statue Floating Down the Don (2017), a public art performance in Toronto in the Don River. The project was covered widely by the press, including in The Guardian, The Washington Post, Vice, and CBC radio and TV.
Life of a Craphead work has been shown across Canada and the US including at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Night Gallery, Los Angeles; The Western Front, Vancouver; Parsons School for Design, NYC; and The Khyber Centre for the Arts, Halifax. They are Chinese and Vietnamese and live and work in Toronto, Canada.
During their KIAC residency, Life of a Craphead are working on a screenplay for a new feature film, tentatively titled White Supremacist Elf.
Michéle Provost, Gatineau, QC
Born in Montreal, Michèle Provost is a long time resident of the Ottawa-Gatineau area, where she first studied and worked as a parliamentary translator, before digressing into visual arts. In recent years, her practice has been largely focused on our society’s relationship with culture. Her labour-intensive artwork, which encompasses various improvised media, is part of several private and public collections, including those of the Cities of Ottawa and Gatineau, the Canada Council Art Bank , Carleton University, and The Ottawa Art Gallery, and has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions, across Canada and abroad.
Science Fiction Double Feature (borrowing its title from The Rocky Horror Picture Show), involves the appropriation and reinterpretation of two cult science fiction films from the 70s, namely Soylent Green and Logan’s Run. Having much in common in terms of intrigue and social comment, the two films have often been paired as movie-theatre double-bills, as both are set in dystopic, ageist future societies. Their eerily precognitive scenarios struck me as a perfect model to explore the increasingly institutionalized art world, and how it affects individual artists.
In the months leading to this residency, I have been scrutinizing the two film scenarios and the more elaborate novels on which they were based, and now aim to reconstruct a pointed narrative, in comic book form, based on appropriated film stills, layered imagery, and abstracted text. Wish me luck.
In addition to this, as a take-away assignment, I am contemplating a side-project entitled Exhibit A / Evidence of art, based on the art and culture that can be found in Dawson City. My plan is to formulate my findings as a reflection on art-making away from the major centres. I would be grateful to all artists, working in any medium and any scope, who wish to make themselves known to me, so we can discuss this. Thanks.
Tamika Knutson, Dawson City, Yukon
Yukon School of Visual Arts Resident
Tamika Knutson is Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation from Dawson City, Yukon Territory. After completing the one year foundation program at Yukon School of Visual Arts in 2013, Tamika transferred to Nova Scotia College of Art and Design to further explore a variety of mediums and subjects in visual arts. Tamika earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in jewellery design and metalsmithing in April 2017. Her Current body of work is influenced by traditional First Nations craft.
Tamika will be teaching a workshop to the SOVA students about the basics of enamelling for jewellery and enamelling techniques.
August 23-September 28
Madeline Kloepper, Prince George, BC
Madeline Kloepper graduated in 2015 with a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, majoring in illustration. She has recently illustrated the children’s book Little Blue Chair, published by Tundra Books, 2017 and has more picture books in the works. Although she loves children’s illustration, she is keen to simultaneously pursue other venues of art that allow her to make sense of the world she inhabits and grow as an artist.
Her recent two person exhibition this past June with Ben Hawkins, Unfixed Presences, reflected upon ideas of the ongoing and ever-changing history between the landscape and the individual while taking up themes of nostalgia, multiple histories and outdoor exploration.
During her time in Dawson City, Madeline would like to continue exploring these themes with an emphasis on forming relationships and narratives between contemporary and historical landscapes, objects, people and experiences. Through creating a series of mixed media, 2 dimensional works, she is interested in the role history plays within Dawson City and the tensions and celebrations of contemporary living in a historical site.
You can view her work at madelinekloepper.com
Andy Belanger, Montréal, QC
I am curious in what makes nature a preferred location for an alternative lifestyle in community.
My artwork allows nostalgia to manifest itself in a positive way through memories of travel. I
create pieces that, I hope, transport the observer, via collective and individual memory, toward an
encounter with nature. The art acts as a gateway transporting the subject between the liberating
exhilaration of travel once experienced and the simplicity of the present moment. In my
creations, I give form to pieces with my own subjectivity. From my emotional investment in
projects, I let an emanation of sense direct my art rather than restrict myself to a rational point of
view. Through the arrangement of the works, I articulate a story. It takes the shape of a series of
elements. I like to design my projects as an amalgam of clues that, together, speak of the same
moment. This time, it will be imprinted with my past and soon to come stay in Dawson City.
Open Studio at Macaulay House (Princess and 7th) with Madeline and Andy on Wednesday, September 27th, 7-9m! Join us!
July 11 – August 21, 2017
The Natural and the Manufactured
Leila Armstrong has an M.A. in Media Studies from Concordia University. She works both independently and in collaboration with other artists such as Chai Duncan (in 12 Point Buck) and Darcy Logan, Maria Madacky, and Rick Gillis (in M.E.D.I.U.M.). Her most recent solo exhibition was “Coyote,” a body of work addressing the intersection of wildlife with rural, suburban, and urban spaces. Her interest in traditional natural history methodologies and their intersection with drawing and printmaking has led her to her current focus on those media. Armstrong also organizes bi-annual community-based exhibitions titled “Cabinet of Queeriosities” that celebrate LGBTQ history, identity, culture, and pride through a diverse range of subject matters and approaches.
Lisa Hirmer an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans social practice, visual media, performance, community collaboration and experimental forms of publishing. Working under the pseudonym DodoLab, she explores the complicated nature of public opinion and the public life of ideas. In her photo- based work she studies the forces that transform ecological systems and human relationships with the more-than-human world. She has shown her work across Canada and internationally including at Confederation Centre of the Arts, Harbourfront Centre, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Peninsula Arts (U.K.), Blackwood Gallery (Mississauga), Art Nuit Blanche Toronto, CAFKA (Kitchener-Waterloo) and Flux Factory (USA). She was recently commissioned by the Art Gallery of Ontario to create a new work in response to the sesquicentennial as part of Every.Now.Then. Recent residencies include Time_Place_Space by Arts House (Australia), the Santa Fe Art Institute and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Hirmer is a graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture and is currently based in Guelph, Canada.
June 1–July 7, 2017
Susan Wolf, Toronto, Ontario
Susan Wolf is a multidisciplinary artist working from a place of empathy, exploration, and relation. She creates animation by hand under-camera, and dance-based performance. Recent professional honours include grants from the Canada Council, National Film Board of Canada’s Filmmakers Assistance Program, and Nova Scotia Arts Grants to Individuals, as well as screenings in Canada, the USA, and Mexico. Artist in residence highlights in 2016/2017 include BANFF, Atlantic Centre for the Arts (USA), and Toronto Animated Image Society. Wolf holds a BFA from NSCAD and a BA from McGill University. She is grateful to be in the Yukon among the forests and waters.
While in Dawson, Wolf will carry out research and development for a performance based on the underwater soundscapes of the Yukon and Klondike Rivers. The project is a collaboration with Dr. David Barclay, Professor of Oceanography at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS (http://noise.phys.ocean.dal.c
Claire Falkenberg, Brooklyn, NY
Claire Falkenberg is a visual artist who makes landscape-based work about the familiar and the mysterious, the ephemeral and the material. Currently Falkenberg is working with cardboard, paper, and paint making sculpture-painting constructions, as well as photo bookworks. While in the Yukon, Claire Falkenberg will be making small observational paintings of light and trees, taking photos, and writing notes. Claire Falkenberg was born in Toronto, ON, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and the Shelia Hugh Mackay Foundation; and residencies from Willapa Bay AiR, WA; Ucross Foundation, WY; Vermont Studio Center, VT; La Fragua Artist Residency, Spain; and Chashama North, NY. Recent exhibitions include the Java Project, NY; Campbell River Art Gallery, BC; Dose Projects, NY; Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, ON; and, Inman Gallery, TX.
Nina Elder, New Mexico, May 1-30
I create photorealistic drawings using mining ore, radioactive charcoal, and dam silt. Through narrative performance, I reinterpret my experience of environmentally impacted, geographically distant, and economically important places. I will explore the ambitions, conflicts, corporations, and cultures that shaped the myth, legacy, secrets, and reality of mining in the Yukon.
Kerri Flannigan, Victoria, May 1-30
I plan to create intuitive stop-motion videos that respond to a series of conversations I’ve recorded on the topic of care. I want to focus on care-collectives as a place of exploration in light of Johanna Hedva’s statement that “the most anti-capitalist protest is to care for another and to care for yourself.”
Sarah Gignac, Halifax, April 2-30
Sarah Gignac is a filmmaker and writer based in Halifax. Her work weaves highly stylized elements into everyday life to evoke a sense of magical realism and fantasy.
She is using her time with the KIAC Residency to create a visual style for her new film, Gone Town – the story of an unwanted woman trying to solve the mystery of her disappearing city.
Sarah is committed to telling stories that are often overlooked or misrepresented. She believes that stories have the power to connect people and change minds, and wants to spend her life finding and sharing tales people might not otherwise encounter.
She also really, really loves sushi. And making things with bright colours.
Sarah will screen two short films during the film festival and discuss her exploration of magical realism in filmmaking.
Nick Kozak, Toronto, March 1-April 14
Nick Kozak (b. 1982) is a freelance photojournalist whose current work is focused on the issues of community and identity, their inseparability and constant state of flux. He explores communities that are displaced, marginalized, and/or those carving out new social spaces out of necessity or a desire to redefine a collective identity. His curiosity is combined with a keen eye, innate sensitivity and desire for greater social awareness. By nurturing relationships with communities and placing a great importance on learning from the people he photographs, Nick is able to create intimate pictures that tell informative stories.
Nick will spend the month of March, 2017, developing a photographic story-telling project while volunteering as a photographer with the Klondike Sun in Dawson City as well as working with the CFYT Community Radio Station. He also hopes to involve himself and his camera with the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation. As a visiting photographer Nick hopes to contribute a fresh eye to the stories in Dawson. By working alongside members of the community he hopes to find out what life is really like in town. Nick’s photographs will be a testament to his learning about both the important issues of the day and what residents are most proud of.
Virginia Mitford, Mayo, March 1-31, April 15-30
Virginia Mitford is an emerging artist who divides her time between Newfoundland and the Yukon. Her childhood spent on a remote trapline in the Yukon with her family and dog-team has had a huge influence on her art practice. Working with a variety of media, namely printmaking, dancing and drawing, she examines her own personal history within broader concepts of feminism, uncertainty and change. She uses the processes and actions involved in making art as a tool to orient herself within an overwhelming store of emotion, experience and memory, while attempting to look to the present as a renewed source of meaning. Graduating from Memorial University with a BFA in 2013, Virginia has since taken part in multiple artist residencies in Montreal and across Newfoundland. She is excited to be back in the Yukon for the the KIAC residency, as well as the Chilkoot Trail Residency later in the summer.
Let Myself (Go) is a recent body of work that approaches nostalgia and feminism with humour and discomfort. Through the act of revisiting and reclaiming the way Virginia presents herself through clothing and movement, this watercolour and performance project works to untangle convoluted emotions with respect to body image and childhood. During this residency, she will be working on watercolour self portraits that document the re-wearing of childhood outfits and as well as present day clothing choices scrounged from around MacCaulay House. Virginia also plans to use this residency as an opportunity to incorporate more performative actions into her practice, by spending time in her studio and elsewhere awkwardly recreating and relearning a dance rehearsal from age thirteen.
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!
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Kathleen Ritter, Paris, France, December 13-January 15
and 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.
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
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
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.
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–May 1
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(email@example.com) 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.
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.
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.
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, Lethbridge, Alberta, 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.
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.
Laura Lamb, Vancouver, BC (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, Montral, Quebce (September 1-30)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. —
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pavitra Wickramasinghe (November 30 – December 22, 2013)
Pavitra Wickramasinghe was born in Sri Lanka and now lives in Montréal. She is mainly concerned with new ways of conceptualizing the moving image and exploring conventions of seeing. Her work attempts to draw the viewer in through curiosity, intrigue and a sense of wonder, while hovering between experiment and play. Pavitra is guided by the need to know how things work – to break down motion, video and screen to their basic elements and to build them up again. Projections become particles of light and moving shadows; screens crystallize and deconstructs; and motion is suspended into still elements. For the past few years she has been preoccupied by the idea of giving a physical form to light, shadow and projection.
Currently, she is exploring the notion of “here.” What does it mean to be here when we are citizens of the world and our families and friends are scattered over the globe? Pavitra grew up in Sri Lanka and Canada, and lived and worked as an artist in Asia, Europe and North America. The sense of place and locale plays a large part in her work and she works with imagery that provokes notions of traveling and the fluidity of place. She uses shadow as a stand in for these notions. Shadows provide an opportunity for illusion, trickery and exploring perception as an integral part of understanding. It is proof that not all meaning can be created or displayed in light and indicates the absolute consistency of change and the impossibility of fixed meaning.
Sarah Pupo (October 17 – November 27, 2013)
Sarah Pupo lives and works in Montreal, Quebec where she recently completed an MFA at Concordia University. Her practice combines aspects of painting and drawing alongside self-taught, provisional animation techniques. Her approach to making things prioritizes intuition, associative thinking and the flux of chance and control – emphasizing the immediacy of the materials and a playfulness and looseness of process.
While at KIAC she will make a series of drawings and an animation that continue her exploration of in-between spaces; the threshold between a painting and a drawing, the slowed down time/space created by the ritual of making a drawing or an animation, and the storytelling potential that opens up in the liminal worlds of darkness, sleep, dream, and the unconscious.
Zachary Gough (October 25 – November 17, 2013)
Zachary Gough makes festive, conversational and social art projects that critically explore personal values, often by connecting people and groups with one another, to challenge and inspire the ways we operate today. In the past, his projects have manifested as a marching band, a board game, dental care, a choir, and collaborative radio to name a few.
Originally from Kitchener, Ontario, he completed his BFA at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick and is currently a candidate in the Art and Social Practice MFA program at Portland State University in Oregon.
Justin Apperley (August 28 – October 23, 2013)
Justin Apperley is a Visual Designer, Photographer and Printmaker whose work is a whimsical, behind the scenes look at everyday life on the road and off the beaten track. Justin was born and raised in the prairies and now currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Justin has recently graduated from a mix of OCAD (Toronto, ON) and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Amsterdam, NL) majoring in Graphic Design and Printmaking. Justin also curates †† ALASKAN EYES ††, a popular image-based blog drawing inspiration from Canadiana, northern folklore and vagabond lifestyles.
He plans to explore aspects of community life in Dawson City by facilitating a discourse about the ongoing struggle with emotional and physical shelter throughout the winter months. He will take pictures, silkscreen, blog and put on workshops to connect with the community.
Alexandra Feit (August 21 – September 19, 2013)
Alexandra Feit is an artist based in Haines, Alaska. She has a BFA and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has shown her work in various galleries across the United States including ongoing involvements with Edward T Nahem Gallery in New York City and Bunnell Gallery in Homer, Alaska. She will be showing her work at the Yukon Art Centre in May 2014.
Her current body of work are paintings made with wax and pigment. She uses a reductive rather than additive process in order to create a sense of internal light. Her work is about light and trying to capture a moment. Her paintings have one foot in landscape and one foot in Minimalism and she rocks that line around trying to find a unique balance. Feit considers her paintings “slow art”. They take time to see as they are very quiet and the depth within comes out slowly and appears differently in different light.
The Natural and the Manufactured Residency
Paul Griffin (July 7 – August 19, 2013)
Paul Griffin is an artist from Sackville, New Brunswick who has previously lived in Ontario and British Colombia. His work also covers a wide range from photography to drawing and presently focuses on installation sculpture. Griffin’s practice investigates the myriad of ways that the vernacular can be used to interpret societal and personal views and perspectives. Over the last decade he has pursued an ongoing body of works titled the Woodpile Series that seek to transform this ubiquitous object into an aesthetic creation.
Griffin graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 1992 and then went on to complete his Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Guelph in 1994. He has lived in Sackville since 1988 where he has worked at Mount Allison University in various positions since 1994. Before concentrating on his academics he worked as a logger, millworker and log home builder in Hazelton, British Columbia from 1977 to 1988.
He has come to Dawson City to work on a piece that explores the aesthetic and social connection between Chinese scholar stones – large boulders that served in formal gardens as contemplative tools – and gold nuggets, both sought after throughout the world as objects of curious beauty and great financial worth. He will endeavour to create a large-scale sculpture out of wood that is embroidered with electroplated roofing nails that will focus on the curious beauty that exists mutually within these two exotic objects.
The Natural and the Manufactured Residency
Sarah Fuller (July 5 – August 26, 2013)
Sarah Fuller is a Banff- based artist working in photography, installation and video.
Her work is about multiple levels of perception, reality and narrative. In the last few years this has manifested in multi-disciplinary installation work combining photography, video and text. Place take a central role, often with personal experience as a starting point. Sarah often thinks about vantage point and an experiential view of physical and psychological landscape.
During her residency in Dawson, Sarah will be creating a site-specific installation in the historical Bear Creek site, utilizing large-scale photographs and theatrical lighting. This work is part of the Natural and Manifactured thematic residency.
Sarah was born in Winnipeg, MB. She earned a BFA from the Emily Carr University in Vancouver in 2003 after completing her first two years of study at the University of Manitoba, School of Fine Arts. Her work is held in public and private collections across Canada, including the Canada Council for the Arts Art Bank, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Cenovus Energy.
Currently Sarah is showing work in the exhibit Wish You Were Here at the Union Gallery, Kingston. In 2013, she was part of The News from Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial curated by Nancy Tousley at the Art Gallery of Alberta, and the two-person exhibit See Attached at Truck Gallery with artist Dianne Bos. Sarah has been an artist in residence at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Italy, and the Association of Visual Artists (SIM) in Reykjavik, Iceland. When she not making art, Sarah is the Photography Facilitator in the Visual Arts department at The Banff Centre where she assists artists in residence and mentors emerging visual artists.
Adriana Kuiper & Ryan Suter (June 5, 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Festival, Andreas 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.
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 Festival, Priestley 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.