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Prairies & The North Artist Bios
Paul Butler, Collage Party, Plug IN Annex, Winnipeg, 2003, Social Sculpture (12 Days), dimensions variable (Photo credit: Chris Macdonald)
Paul ButlerPaul Butler is an artist, curator and dealer with an interest in multidisciplinary, social and alternative pedagogical practices. His practice includes hosting the Collage Party, a touring experimental studio established 1997; directing the operations of The Other Gallery, a nomadic commercial gallery focused on overlooked artists’ practices established in 2001. In 2007, he founded the UpperTradingPost.com, an invitational website that facilitates artist trading. In 2008, he led an experimental residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts titled Reverse Pedagogy. He has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Los Angeles; Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto; White Columns, New York City; Creative Growth Art Centre, Oakland and Sparwasser HQ, Berlin. His curatorial projects have included the works by Matthew Higgs, Mitzi Pederson, Harrell Fletcher, DearRaindrop and Guy Maddin. He has contributed writings to the book Decentre: Concerning Artist-run Culture (2008) and to the magazine Canadian Art (2008). Currently, Butler is rebuilding Greg Curnoe's favorite bicycle, in order to commemorate the artist's work as a Canadian arts activist. He has also been acting as guest curator for Winnipeg's Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art. This year Butler will attend The Mountain School for Arts, Los Angeles. In 2010 he will curate The Milwaukee International's Ice Fair on Winnipeg's Red River, and organize The Exchange, a two-part exhibition at Dorset Fine Arts, Cape Dorset and The National Gallery, Ottawa, in an effort to bring together Canada's southernmost and northernmost art communities Butler lives and works in Winnipeg.

Marcel Dzama, Welcome to the land of the bat (detail), 2008, Diorama: wood, glazed ceramic sculptures, metal, fabric, Outer: 83.8 x 71 x 101.6 cm, Window: 58.4 x 71 cm, Display height: 202 cm
Marcel DzamaMarcel Dzama was born in 1974 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. †He is represented by David Zwirner in New York. The artist’s work includes drawing, collage, sculpture, and video, which were all on exhibit for the artist’s fifth solo exhibition at David Zwirner in 2008. In conjunction with the exhibition, a fully illustrated catalogue was published by Steidl/David Zwirner. Over the last decade, Dzama has shown extensively throughout North America and Europe. He was recently the focus of a solo exhibition at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, for which he designed Edition 46 of the S ddeutsche Zeitung Magazine (2008-2009). His last major solo exhibition travelled from the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England to the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, Scotland (2006). The artist’s numerous group exhibitions include Dream and Trauma: Works from the Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria and Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria (2007); Cult Fiction, which traveled from The New Art Gallery, Walsall, England to four additional venues in the United Kingdom (2007); Into Me/Out of Me, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY and Kunst-Werke Berlin, Berlin, Germany (2006); and Down By Law: Day for Night, 2006 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2006). Dzama’s latest solo exhibition at Sies + Hˆke in Dusseldorf opens on March 21, 2009.

Sarah Anne Johnson, A Day at The Beach, 2006, inkjet print, 28 x 35.6 cm
Sarah Anne JohnsonSarah Anne Johnson was born in 1976 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She received her BFA from the University of Manitoba in 2002, and went on to complete her MFA at The Yale School of Art in 2004. Johnson's work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally including, Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now at The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia (2007); The Montreal Biennial (2006); Imprints at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and J'en Reve at the Foundation Cartier, Paris, France (2005). In 2009, she will be exhibiting at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery in Calgary and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She has also been invited to participate by The Farm Foundation, a new artist residency where a group of artists, activists and scientists will travel to the Arctic Circle for 21 days, make work about the experience. The work will then be tour internationally. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, most recently The Grange Prize and a Major Grant from the Manitoba Arts Council. She has received positive reviews from Roberta Smith in The New York Times, Vince Aletti in Modern Painters, and Jerry Saltz in The Village Voice. Her shows have been written up in Art Forum, Frieze, Boarder Crossings and Canadian Art magazines. She is included in several distinguished collections including The Guggenheim Museum in New York, and The National Gallery of Canada. In 2006-7 she taught photography at The Yale School of Art but has since returned to her hometown of Winnipeg, where she teaches sculpture at the University of Manitoba, and hold the position of Artist in Residence.

Jon Pylypchuk, and that's when i gave up trying to overcome the urge to simultaneously cry and puke, 2005, mixed media, 114.3 x 188 x 188 cm
Jon PylypchukWorking across a range of media Jon Pylypchuk populates his paintings, sculptures and films with a menagerie of dysfunctional furry creatures composed in various tableaux through which the artist examines the human condition. Using impoverished, found materials, such as old pieces of clothing, felt and glue, and an ad-hoc, yet formally complex, method of construction, the mini dramas Pylypchuk stages always have wider philosophical implications for our ideas of love, rejection and pain. Typically humorous and cruel the titles of these works express the blackly ironic personal thoughts of Pylypchuk's protagonists. Pylypchuk (Born 1972, Winnipeg, Canada) lives and works in Winnipeg and Los Angeles. He received his MFA from University of California, Los Angeles in 2001. Recent solo museum exhibitions include: Migros Museum Zurich, (in collaboration with the Schauspielhaus theatre - 2008) and Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland (2006). Jon Pylypchuk’s work is featured in the collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA; MoCA, LA; MoMA, New York; Moorilla Museum, Berridale, Tazmania, Australia, and The Whitney Museum, New York.

Althea Thauberger, A Memory Lasts Forever (still), 2004, collaborative music video, 32:00 (col.)
Althea ThaubergerAlthea Thauberger's photographs, films, videos, and performances invite reflection on self-definition, alienation, community and coercion within 'natural' worlds, and actual or pretend social/ political structures. Sometimes existing in the public domain, Thauberger's works often involve short and long term collaborations with their subjects. Thauberger took a BFA in photography at Concordia University in 2000, and a MFA in studio art at the University of Victoria in 2002. Since then, her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in North America, Europe and Asia. Thauberger currently lives and works in Vancouver and Berlin.