West Coast & Yukon Artist Bios

  


Langergraber
Keith Langergraber, The City of Future Passed, 2008, charcoal conté and powdered graphite on paper, 183 x 244 cm
Keith LangergraberKeith Langergraber grew up in Kelowna, British Columbia and received his BFA from the University of Victoria and his MFA from the University of British Columbia. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group shows in galleries in Canada, the United States, and Asia since 1995 and has received many grants and awards for his work on the leading edge of Canadian Art. His art work grows from an interest in social, cultural and political change found through scrutiny of a selected site. His research allows an understanding of the shifts that have taken place at that location over time. His exhibitions then consist of the accumulation and reconstitution of information through the peeling back of layers of the vernacular landscape. Langergraber has given numerous lectures and presentations related to his art work and research. In 2004, using surfing as the vehicle and in conjunction with his solo show at the Richmond Art Gallery, he created an artist’s bookwork Impact Zones exploring the effects of tourism on the indigenous people in the Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island. In 2005 he was selected to represent Emily Carr at the Canadian Art Colleges Collaborative Banff Residency, Media and Visual Arts, Banff, Alberta. In 2007, he created three public sculptures for the Evergreen Cultural Centre. These sculptures were exhibited in the gallery space during his solo show, Concrete Poetry. During the summer of 2007, his installation at the Portland Art Centre explored the effects of globalization on the small community of La Push Washington. His most recent art work was exhibited in Shanghai China. He currently teaches at Emily Carr University.

Lee
Evan Lee, A Pile of Flies, 2006, Giclée print, 81.2 x 101.6 cm 
Evan LeeSince the mid-nineties, Evan Lee’s practice has been engaged with the multiple possibilities of artistic depiction inside and outside of photography. He combines radical exploration and technical improvisation with historically informed models to create visually engaging and playful works that speak to relevant subjects in art, and in the world. From experimental still life to earnest documentary, Lee’s overlapping images and series often present prosaic material in a way that suggests otherworldliness and wonder. His transgressive and evolving practice has also explored video, drawing, and archive-based works. Born in 1975 in Vancouver, Evan Lee received his M.F.A. from the University of British Columbia in 2000. In 2006, Presentation House Gallery exhibited a survey of the artist’s works from 1998-2006 in an exhibition entitled Captures. Lee has exhibited in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Charlottetown, Seattle and Shanghai and is represented by Monte Clark Gallery in Vancouver and Clark & Faria in Toronto. Lee’s work has recently appeared in Flash Art International, Lapiz International Art Magazine, Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Canadian Art, The Walrus, Art on Paper and Pyramid Power. Evan Lee has been a sessional faculty member at the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design as well as in the Department of Fine Arts at UBC.

Weppler Mahovy
Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky, Thirty Foot Yawl (collapsible), 2006, fir veneer, resin, clamps, 1.67 x 9.14 x 9.45 m
Rhonda Weppler and Trevor MahovskyRhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky are Vancouver-based artists who have worked collaboratively since 2004. Born in Winnipeg and Calgary, respectively, both artists have MFA degrees from UBC, where they met in 1996. Solo exhibits include: Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Mount Saint Vincent University Gallery, and the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver). They have participated in group shows at the National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta, Tokyo Wonder Site, and loop-raum (Berlin). Weppler's work has also been exhibited at the Palazzo delle Papesse (Siena), and COCA (Seattle), while Mahovsky's work has been shown at the Queens Museum of Art (NY). Mahovsky has written for journals including Artforum and Canadian Art. In 2000, Mahovsky was a resident at apexart in New York, while in 2007 Weppler completed an ISCP residency in New York. Their work is represented in public collections including the Musee d'art Contemporain de Montreal and the National Gallery of Canada.

Martineau
Luanne Martineau, Dangler (detail), 2008, dyed wool, silk fibre, pin-felted wool, industrial felt and thread, 277 x 66 x 71 cm
Luanne MartineauLuanne Martineau currently lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia, where she is an Assistant Professor of Drawing and Theory at the University of Victoria. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1970, Martineau studied art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the Alberta College of Art & Design, completing her MFA at the University of British Columbia in 1995. Martineau’s wool sculptures and drawings explore the places in between art genres, engaging a long tradition of social satire within contemporary art. Combining various methods of craft and the legacies of 1960s fine art, Martineau blurs the boundaries between style and ideology as well as high modernist art and the baseness of the body. Major works by Martineau have recently been acquired for the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and Montreal’s Musée d’art contemporain, where her work will be presented in solo exhibition in February 2010.

York
Julie York, Matter, 2003 (detail), porcelain, metal, plastic, light, 76.2 x 45.7 x 33 cm
Julie YorkJulie York’s work deals with complex themes – means of processing information, cognition and recognition, how one sees and perceives objects – issues typically not explored within the ceramics medium. She is one of a handful of young makers currently redefining the use of clay in sculptural work and her efforts have been recognized. York received the Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2007, the Independence Foundation Fellowship in 2006 and two Creative Production Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts. Her work has been included in numerous shows internationally, including a solo exhibition at the Garth Clark Gallery, NY and is included in permanent and private collections nationally. York is currently represented by the Perimeter Gallery, Chicago IL and Pentimenti Gallery in Philadelphia PA. York received her BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver, BC and her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred NY. From 2002 – 2003 she was the recipient of the prestigious Evelyn Shapiro Foundation Fellowship at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA and part of their Resident Artist program through August of 2007. She is currently a professor of ceramics at The Emily Carr University of Art and Design.



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