West Coast and Yukon

Sonny Assu, Silenced: The Burning, acrylic on 67 Hide Drums, Dimensions variable, 2011. Photo credit: Site Art Photography.

Sonny Assu
is Laich-kwil-tach (Kwakwaka'wakw) of the We Wai Kai First Nation (Cape Mudge) and looks to his cultural heritage to challenge traditional notions of Aboriginal and contemporary art practices. Aiming to shed light on the dark, hidden history that Canada continues to harbour towards its Aboriginal people, Sonny Assu's work is conceptually and aesthetically designed to challenge the authenticity of Aboriginal art while simultaneously reflecting upon the consumption-driven nature of western culture. Since graduating from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Sonny Assu's work has been exhibited across North America, including solo shows at the West Vancouver Museum, Belkin Satellite (Vancouver); the Art Gallery of South Western Manitoba (Brandon) and Equinox Gallery (Vancouver). He has also been included in many group exhibitions: Beat Nation (Vancouver Art Gallery), Shore, Forest and Beyond: From the Audain Collection (Vancouver Art Gallery), Decolonize Me (Ottawa Art Gallery), Don't Stop Me Now (National Gallery of Canada), Changing Hands: Art Without Reservations 2 (Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis; Naples Museum of Art, Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, Santa Fe); How Soon is Now? (Vancouver Art Gallery); Challenging Traditions (McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg); SAM at 75 (Seattle Art Museum) and Futuristic Regalia (Grunt Gallery, Vancouver; Campbell River Art Gallery; Alternator Gallery, Kelowna).

Julia Feyrer, The Poodle Dog Ornamental Bar, C-Print, 24 x 36”, 2010. Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver

Julia Feyrer
(born 1982, Victoria, British Columbia, lives and works in Vancouver) is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice is centred on an experimental and improvisational approach to 16mm filmmaking and sculpture. She graduated in 2010 with a Meisterschülerin from the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Germany, following her undergraduate degree from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver. She has a forthcoming exhibition at Leonhardi Kultur Projekte, Frankfurt and recent solo exhibitions include Irregular Time Signatures, Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö (2011) and The Poodle Dog Ornamental Bar, Artspeak, Vancouver (2010). Her work has also been included in the following group exhibitions: Children's Films, Bielefelder Kunstverein (2011); The Problem of Nothing, Hayaka ARTI, Istanbul (2011); Geschmacksverstärker, MMKZollamt, Frankfurt (2010); Ghost Town, 'Ghost Town', MOTHER, Frankfurt (2010).

Gareth Moore, The Road Through the Forest by Lyman A. William, 2008, shirt, pants, leather suspenders, shoes, hand-made underwear, hat, stick, 24 photographs, box camera, cigarettes, pillowcase backpack, wool blanket, American currency, seaweed, dried blackberries, steel, raccoon tail, eraser, found painting, glasses, lucky object, button, tobacco, feathers, string, soap, conte drawing, skull, sheet, motel slip, 64 x 44 x 33 inches (162.5 x 111.75 x 84 cm), Courtesy Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver

Gareth Moore
(born 1975, Matsqui, British Columbia, lives and works in Berlin) is known for his playful and conceptually rigorous works produced from his investigations of the world around him. His relational projects consistently work to dislodge distinctions between art and life by positioning art in relation to human activity. He has been commissioned to make a major installation for (d)OCUMENTA 13 in 2012 and his project Children's Films shown at the Biefelder Kunstverein (2011) will travel to the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver in 2012. Recent solo exhibitions include Luttgenmeijer, Berlin (2009); Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2009); Witte de With, Rotterdam (2008); CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2008). His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions such as the Montreal Biennial (2010); It is What It Is, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2010); Nothing to Declare, The Power Plant, Toronto (2009); Sentimental Journey, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2009); Nomads, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (2009); Wizard of Oz, CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2008); Door Slamming Festival, Projektraum Alexander Schroeder, Berlin (2007).

Kevin Schmidt, Burning Bush, HD DVD, 5 hours 3 minutes 15 seconds, 2005. Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver.

Kevin Schmidt
(born 1972, Ottawa, Ontario, lives and works in Vancouver). His work explores the production and critique of spectacle. His works seek to subjectively disassemble and complicate the authority and seamlessness of still and moving images. Recent solo exhibitions include A Sign in the Northwest Passage, as part of Subjective Projections, Bielfelder, Kunstverein, Germany (2011); Don't Stop Believing, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto (2011); A Sign in the Northwest Passage (billboard project), The Power Plant, Toronto (2011); Epic Journey, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (2011); Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (2010); Galerie van der Mieden, Antwerp, Belgium (2009); Wild Signals, Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin (2009). His work has been included in the following group exhibitions Untrue North, Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse (2012); Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2011); Up North, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2011); Sentimental Journey, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2009); Loaded, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver, (2009); How Soon is Now, Vancouver Art Gallery (2009).

Corin Sworn
Corin Sworn, Squares, C-Print, 17 x 16”, 2012.

Corin Sworn
- Initially receiving a BA in psychology and art history from the University of British Columbia, Corin Sworn continued to study art and design and integrated media at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London, UK) and the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver, BC). Sworn recently received her MFA from Glasgow School of Art (Glasgow, UK). Sworn's practice examines the concept of historic memory and its translation in architecture and design. Using found materials and working in sculpture, photography, video and drawing, Sworn engages with the language of design as strategies for producing and negotiating cultural and historic value. In 2011, Sworn had solo exhibitions at Tate Britain, London, UK and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC. She also exhibited at galleries around the world including the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland and Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK. Her work has a permanent home in public and private collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, USA), Helen and Belkin Art Gallery (Vancouver , BC) and Modera art collection in Portugal. Her current exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery in London will travel to institutions including Galleria D'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy, Fundacion PROA, Bueanos Aires, Argentina, San Art, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas, USAA, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein Video Forum, Berlin, Germany among others. In 2010 Sworn has been selected for the Annual Artist Residency at St. John's College, Oxford.