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AtkinsAmalie Atkins, Girl in reeds with bolex, chromogenic print, 20 x 30”, 2010.

Amalie Atkins
is a multidisciplinary artist whose work hop-scotches from filmmaking to fabric-based sculpture to performance. Having studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design, Atkins currently lives and works in Saskatoon. Welcoming activities like bike ballet, cross country roller-skating, trick riding and tree climbing in both her life and art, these actions have resulted in projects like Never gonna Give you up (dance video), Bike Ballet Club on Tour (super 8 film + performance), Tracking the Wolf (cinematic performance), Embrace (site specific video installation + performance) and her newest project We live on the edge of disaster and imagine we are in a musical. Working in a do it yourself style, Atkins has created numerous films and videos under the mandate of Minema Cinema. This method favours low tech tools (like the hand cranked 16 mm bolex camera and out of tune pianos) to evoke a sense of timelessness in her work. Her films, performance and photographs have shown in festivals and galleries nationally and internationally. This spring, Tracking the Wolf will be presented as both a performance on opening weekend and as an installation for one year at Oh, Canada at the MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. Her image Girl with Bolex will appear on the cover of the spring issue of Canadian Art Magazine.


PButlerPaul Butler, Collage Party Pavilion (Version-Paris), social sculpture, 10 x 8 x 12’, 2011.

Paul Butler
is a post-disciplinary artist whose practice includes: hosting the Collage Party, a touring experimental studio established in 1997; and 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, a website that facilitates artist trading. He also initiated the experimental school Reverse Pedagogy that began at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2008 and has since travelled to Venice during the 53rd Biennale. 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 magazines Canadian Art, Bad Day and Hunter and Cook. Currently, Butler is rebuilding Greg Curnoe's favourite bicycle with Mike Barry of Mariposa Cycles, in order to research and commemorate the artist's work.


deHaanJason de Haan, Salt Beard (Mercury), salt and borrowed bust, 65 x 24 x 24”,  2010.

Jason de Haan (b. 1981) works through numerous forms to recognize the potential in various systems, materials and sets of conditions. Recent solo exhibitions include Museo de la Ciudad, Queretaro (2012), Clint Roenisch Gallery, Toronto (2012); A collaboration with Miruna Dragan at The Khyber, Halifax, (2011); Latitude 53, Edmonton (2011); ODD Gallery, Dawson City (2010); Access Gallery, Vancouver (2010); Museo Regional, Queretaro (2009) and Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton (2008). His work has been presented in group exhibitions including Oakville Galleries (2012); 98 Weeks Research Project at the Thessaloniki Biennale (2011); Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2011); MOLAF, Bergen (2011); Art Gallery of Alberta (2010); OK Quoi?, Sackville (2010) and Galleri Kling og Bang, Reykjavik (2009). De Haan recently participated in the residency The Soiree Retreat: A bit of a Chekhovian Situation at The Banff Centre and spent a year living and working in Beirut. Upcoming solo exhibitions include the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge; the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax. In October 2012 de Haan will participate in the Arctic Circle 2012 residency. He is currently pursuing his MFA at Bard College, NY.


MoodyRobyn Moody, Power 1: Hope Lake as seen through the eyes of Manley Natland, plastic, motors, MDF, 350 x 250 cm, 2009. Photo credit: Brian McKenna

Robyn Moody
currently lives and works in Calgary, Alberta where he is a sessional instructor in the department of Media Arts and Digital Technology at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Moody received a BFA from the University of Lethbridge in 2000 and an MFA from NSCAD University in 2006. He takes a whimsical and multifaceted approach to artmaking, incorporating electronics, mechanics, film, performance, installation, sculpture or whatever a project requires. Often humorous, often strikingly beautiful, and often hiding a dark secret, Moody’s work explores (in whole or in part) the complex relationships between technological advances, human belief and understanding, the public’s relationship with science, politics and the natural world. In the past decade, Moody has shown his work regularly across Canada and in Europe. Notable examples include Kling and Bang (Reykjavik), La Fabbrica del Vapore (Milan), Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery (Kitchener), PM galerie (Berlin), Lydgalleriet (Bergen), the AND festival (Liverpool) and Articule (Montréal). Upcoming exhibitions include the Sight and Sound festival (Montréal) and the Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon).


StockiElaine Stocki, Jeff, C-Print, 26 x 26”, 2009

Elaine Stocki
was born in 1979 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2007) from the University of Manitoba before completing her Masters degree in Photography at Yale University (2009). While still at Yale, Elaine’s work was included in FreewayBalconies at the Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, curated by Collier Schorr. Stocki’s work has also been shown at Zach Feuer and Julie Saul Gallery in New York and in numerous other exhibitions in the United States and Canada. Her photographs have been favourably reviewed by Sarah Lewis, Paul Graham and Wayne Baerwaldt. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Tierney Fellowship in New York in New York and the Portfolio Competition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. From 2010 to 2012 Stocki taught photography at City College in New York. Her work was recently published as a monograph for TBW Books Subscription Series III. In 2011 Elaine was nominated for the Grange Prize and exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Having just completed a residency to India, Stocki has returned to her home of Winnipeg to live and make work.



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