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Gareth Moore
West Coast and Yukon
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).

Jason de Haan

Prairies and the North
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.

Derek Sullivan

Derek Sullivan, Installation view of Albatross Omnibus, The Power Plant, 2011, 52 artists’ books; ladders, dimensions variable, 2011. Photo credit: Toni Hafkensheid

Derek Sullivan. Employing formal and textual elements that frequently contradict and alter relationships with one another, Derek Sullivan draws upon overlapping histories of modernist design, abstraction and conceptual art to unsettle notions of meaning and authorship. Sullivan uses drawing and sculpture, in addition to producing various ephemeral conceptual projects, to explore his interest in reinterpreting familiar forms in order to open up new areas of inquiry. Recent solo exhibitions have been held at The Power Plant, Toronto, where he was awarded The Power Plant’s 2011 commission; Jessica Bradley Art + Projects, Toronto (2011); KIOSK, Ghent (2011); University of Waterloo Art Gallery (2010); Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge (2008); White Columns, New York (2008) and Tatjana Pieters/OneTwenty Gallery, Ghent (2008). He has been included in group exhibitions at Oakville Galleries (2001); Casino Luxembourg Forum d’art contemporain (2008); Artists Space, New York (2007); the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2007) and The Power Plant (2005 and 2006). Sullivan has been long-listed for The Sobey Art Award in 2009 and 2011. In 2011 his work was featured in the Biennale de Montréal.

Raphaëlle de Groot


DeGrootRaphaëlle de Groot, Port de tete (detail), inkjet print, 51 x 71.5 cm, 2010. Photo credit Mirko Sabatini.

Raphaëlle de Groot was born in 1974 in Montreal where she lives and works. She holds an MFA from the Université du Québec à Montréal (2006). Raphaëlle has presented her work actively in Canada and Europe since 1997. Over the years she has acquired valuable collaboration experiences with, among others, Dare-dare (Montréal), the Centre d’histoire de Montréal, the Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella, Italy), the Leeds City Art Gallery (UK), the Galerie de l’UQAM (Montreal), the Quartier, Centre d’art contemporain de Quimper (France), the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge) and recently with La Chambre Blanche (Quebec) and Optica (Montreal). She took part in the first edition of the Québec Triennial unveiled at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 2008, in the exhibition Femmes artistes. L’éclatement des frontiers 1965-2000, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (2010) and in the two parts of Archi-féministes! at Optica (2011-2012). Her next plans will take place at the Festival cultural de Mayo Hospice Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico and in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, for the Biennale national de sculpture contemporaine. Presently she works in collaboration with the Musée de la civilization (Quebec) and the Musée Colby-Curtis (Stanstead) for the project presented next fall with a solo show at Galerie Graff, Montreal. Winner of the Pierre-Ayot prize 2006 and a 2008 Sobey Art Award finalist, Raphaëlle de Groot was awarded the Prix Graff (14th edition) in 2011.

Eleanor King

KingEleanor King, Obso-les-sense, mixed installation, dimensions variable, 2009. Photo credit: Steve Farmer

Eleanor King presents installations and performances nationally and internationally, most notably at Nuit Blanche (Toronto), Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Eastern Edge Gallery (Newfoundland & Labrador) and Galleri F15 (Norway). She received a BFA from NSCAD University in 2001, and has participated in residencies at The Banff Centre (Alberta), Atlantic Centre for the Arts (Florida), New Adventures in Sound Art (Toronto), and the Centre for Art Tapes (Halifax). Inspired by everyday life, Eleanor’s work employs interdisciplinary strategies to create site-specific installations and events using provisional materials and improvisational methods. Her musical history includes bands The Just Barelys, The Got to Get Got and the newly formed all-female project Wet Denim. She teaches media arts at NSCAD University and is Director at Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax.