Atlantic Artist Bios

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 Flood
Alexandra Flood, Smadar, 2004,  acrylic on canvas, 109.2 x 137 cm
Alexandra FloodAlexandra Flood is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, who lives and works in New Brunswick. Her paintings address elements of feminine adornment and decadence, with a deep luminous technique similar to traditional stained glass, which also suggests contemporary visual mediums such as cinematic lighting, and television. Flood’s work appears both representational, surreal, and sometimes abstract. She flips the channels of subject matter and approach with a non polemic voice rooted in painterly virtue and a fascination with technology. Her work in turn, is allowed to float freely between past, present and futuristic approaches to image making. Over the past seventeen years Alexandra has exhibited her work in solo and group shows in North America, and Europe. In 2008, she presented a survey solo show at the New Brunswick Museum. Flood’s work was also presented last Fall at The Mare Street Biennial in London (UK), Katharine Mulherin Contemporary, Paul Petro Projects Space and the MOCCA, in Toronto. Her work has been reviewed in numerous publications, including Canadian Art, Border Crossings, the Toronto Star, Vernissage (Germany) and Now Magazine. Alexandra will present a solo exhibition at the Wyer Gallery, London, England, in Fall 2009.

 MacKay
Joe McKay, Cellphone Piano, 2007, cellphones, keyboard, amplifier, speakers,
Joe McKay Joe McKay is an artist who makes work with and about digital culture, and that requires viewer interactivity. As versatile conceptually as he is materially, his diverse pieces range from live colour mixing sessions to approximate a fading sun, to screenings of accidental videos made with digital cameras, to a website where he reviews movies that haven't yet come out, to klutzy robotic simulations of the sleek cool computer trappings that enhance our lives. Computers and other equipment are used as sculptural components, and video and game imagery are recontextualized in unexpected ways. McKay grew up near London, Ontario, and studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. He lived and worked in New York for ten years before moving to San Francisco in 2004 to earn an MFA from UC Berkeley. In 2001, McKay participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program and had a two-person collaborative exhibition with Kristin Lucas titled The Electric Donut. In 2004, he had his first solo show at VertexList in Williamsburg, New York. His work has subsequently been shown in the Berkshire Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, the ICA in San Jose, the Pacific Film Archive, and the New Museum, and he has participated as artist in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, which is internationally recognized for bringing together pioneering artists in all disciplines.

 Patterson
Graeme Patterson, Hockey Organ, 2007, mixed media, 122 x 245 x 245cm
Graeme PattersonOriginating from Saskatoon, now living in Halifax Graeme Patterson’s practice stems from a self developed approach to creating stop-motion animation. This “do it yourself” method is consistent in all facets of his production. Since graduating from NSCAD in 2002 his projects can be described as sculptural installations consisting of video, robotics, audio, music, and some interactive components. Generally he works in miniature using a 1:10 scale which originates from childhood. His installations attempt to bring the viewer in to the world of play Graeme exists in while creating his stop-motion animations. From 2004 - 2007 he created a large body of work entitled Woodrow. This 10 piece installation encompasses all aspects of his practice. All of his work is based on personal memories and life experience with a mix of fantasy and surrealism. Currently Graeme is working towards another 3 - 4 year project focusing on finding and renewing his ties with a long lost friend from his childhood. Much like Woodrow Graeme will be traveling and plans to take temporary residence in Japan to create connections between his memories and reality.

 Sandler
Ilan Sandler, A Left Ear to the Sky, 2008, bronze, 228 x 101 x 38 cm (Permanent Installation: Busan Biennale Apec Naru Sculpture Park, Busan South Korea)
Ilan SandlerIlan Sandler has received numerous awards including grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Nova Scotia Department of Culture. Recent solo exhibitions of his sculptures, installations and videos were in, South Korea, the US and Canada. Born in Johannesburg (South Africa) in 1971, Ilan Sandler and his family emigrated to Toronto six years later, in 1977. Ilan studied at the University of Toronto, where he received a B.Sc. in Physics, and at the Ontario College of Art and Design, where he completed an Honours Fine Arts certificate. In 2000 he was awarded an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Ilan then went on to teach at the University of the Arts and Moore College of Art and Design, and most recently at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He is currently living and running a studio in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is the Executive Director of the Centre For Art Tapes, and a research Fellow at NSCAD University.
 Wells
Tara K. Wells, Starlite Drive-in Installation, 2009, mixed-media sculptural installation with projected animation, Installation dimensions: 1.52 x 1.52 x 2.29 m, Sign dimensions: 30.5 x 20.3 x 7.6 cm

Tara K. Wells
Maritime-born and raised, Tara K. Wells has spent the last fourteen years quietly working and living in Sackville, New Brunswick. Wells is a multidisciplinary artist with wide-ranging interests that are currently focused on animation, photography, audio art, kinetic and static sculpture. She brings these elements together in her latest installation work, The Starlite Drive-in. Wells finds the bulk of her art materials in dustbins, ditches and thrift stores. From this vast and varied collection of detritus, she crafts endearing sculptural pieces, many with kinetic potential that can often be realized with a gentle nudge or a camera’s shutter. Her work is a reminder that even the most dysfunctional and rejected elements of our society can find a sense of place and purpose in the right hands. Experimentation and play are also vital aspects of her art practice. A new scrap of discarded material can inspire a sculptural piece and her willingness to try new things has led to the development of countless works and is at the root of her self-taught, non-traditional animation technique. Wells’ award-winning animated work has screened widely across Canada and internationally in both festivals and galleries.



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