Helen Keller in Sculpture Garden, 2008. Mixed media, 8x12”
Winnipeg-born and bred artist Daniel Barrow uses obsolete technologies to present written, pictorial and cinematic narratives centering on the practices of drawing and collecting. Since 1993, he has created and adapted comic book narratives to “manual” forms of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on overhead projectors. Barrow received his BFA in 1995 from the University of Manitoba and has exhibited widely in Canada and abroad. He is the 2007 winner of the Canada Council’s Victor Lartyn Lynch-Staunton award and the 2008 winner of the Images Festival’s Images Prize. Recent exhibitions include solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of York University (2010) and the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina (2009), a group exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2010), and performances at The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2010) and PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2009). Barrow was previously nominated for the Sobey Art Award in 2008.
Thunderbird, 2008. Recycled computer circuitboards, nails, plywood support. 47 7/8” x 116 ½” x 3 7/8”.
Wally Dion lives and works in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Born in 1976, Dion is a member of Yellow Quill First Nation (Salteaux). In 2004, Dion graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. His early work typically consisted of large scale painted portraiture sometimes working with themes including social-realism and First Nations class struggles in modern Canadian life. More recent work has involved the use of recycled computer circuit boards for large sculptural pieces. Recent exhibitions include his 2008 solo show at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina and group exhibitions at the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, and Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina. His work can be found in the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Canada Council Art Bank, MacKenzie Art Gallery and the Mendel Art Gallery.
Dollhouse, June 2007. Wood, plaster, paint, mixed media – existing abandoned house, approximately 731 cm x 365 cm x 610 cm.
Heather Benning was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan in 1980 and now lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. She completed a BFA in Sculpture from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2004, and a MFA in Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. Between her degrees Benning returned to Saskatchewan where she completed several large-scale, site-specific installations including Dollhouse (2007) and Field Doll (2009). She has had numerous solo and group shows throughout Canada (Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan) and abroad (Germany, Scotland, England). Benning’s work has been reviewed in Canadian Art magazine (Spring 2005), Sculpture magazine (Spring 2008), Galleries West (2009) and Espace (Winter 2009/2010). Benning recently received a Professional Development Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts (Summer 2009).
Family Matters (performance), 2010
Mary-Anne McTrowe and Daniel Wong have been collaboratively performing as The Cedar Tavern Singers, aka Les Phonoréalistes, since 2006. McTrowe studied at the University of Lethbridge, earning her BFA in 1998, and at Concordia University, earning her MFA in Studio Art in 2001. Wong received his BFA from the University of Lethbridge in 2003 and his MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Western Ontario in 2006. Recent exhibitions include the group shows Art+People=X, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery (2009), Arthur After Hours, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa (2009), Alberta Biennial 2010: Timeland, Art Gallery of Alberta (2010) and Underskirt, Mendel Art Gallery (2010). Their work has been acquired by the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery and the Library and Archives of Canada.
Power 1: Hope Lake as seen through the eyes of Manley Natland, 2009. Plastic gears, mirrors, MDF, motors. 350 x 250 cm
Robyn Moody currently lives and works in Calgary, Alberta, where he is a sessional instructor in the department of Media and Digital Technology at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1975, Moody received a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Lethbridge (2000) and a MFA from NSCAD University (2006). He takes a whimsical and multifaceted approach to artmaking, incorporating electronics, mechanics, film, performance, installation, sculpture, or whatever a project requires, including inventing techniques and tools for a work’s construction, sometimes adding months or years of experimentation to the process. Over the past decade, Moody has shown his work regularly across Canada and in Europe, including group exhibitions at Kling and Bang (Reykjavik), Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge), and La Fabbrica del Vapore (Milan); collaborative exhibitions at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa) and mediamatic (Amsterdam); and solo exhibitions at PM Galerie (Berlin) and Articule (Montréal). Upcoming exhibitions include the Truck Gallery (Calgary), Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery (Kitchener), and the Hardanger Kunst Senter (Ålvik, Norway).