• Tamara Henderson
• Stephen Kelly
• Lisa Lipton
• Michael Pittman
• Hans Wendt
Tamara Henderson, Western Fade Out, 2010, found 16 mm Film, Loop System, Markers: Red, Green, Blue, Variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist.
Tamara Henderson is from Sackville New Brunswick. She studied at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Stadelschule in Frankfurt am Main and holds a Masters Degree from the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden. Henderson has participated in The Paul Klee Center: Tin Soldiers and Nixon Coming, Banff Center for the Art: Life is Beautiful… and CCA Kitakyushu. She has exhibited at dOCUMENTA (13), Western Front, Frankfurt Kunstverein and upcoming shows include Kunstverein Nürnberg and Walter Philips Gallery, additionally she has given lectures at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Tamara Henderson’s practice involves sculpture, furniture, 16mm film and writing. Henderson works like a half asleep secretary-treasurer taking minutes from dreams and other altered states, decoding ciphers from sloppy and on occasion, illegible, nocturnal journalism. Her writing becomes the foundations of cinematic storyboards, which are worked out through sculpture and cinematography, materializing as oneiric puzzles. With spectral qualities, object/characters in the films work on behalf of the artist, and the scenes appear to have been orchestrated by a crew of phantoms.
Stephen Kelly, Open Tuning (WaveUp), 2012, kinetic sound installation, Variable dimensions. Photo: Steve Farmer.
Stephen Kelly is an artist, computer programmer, and a musician living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has exhibited and participated in residency programs both nationally and internationally. His work incorporates sound, electronics, mechanics, and other media in the creation of thematically diverse, often complex systems of cultural exploration. Interested in the intersections between audio art and music, Stephen builds unique musical instruments and approaches sound recording as a creative process. His most recent musical project is The Just Barelys. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Stephen has a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and is currently studying computer science at Dalhousie University. He plans to continue crossing art and science within public installations and ongoing research projects in Machine Learning.
Lisa Lipton, BLAST BEATS: Phase Two, 2012, performance & installation at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (mixed media – textiles, costumes, sound, music, motorcycles, staging, lights
Maritime-born artist, Lisa Lipton is a multidisciplinary artist and musician who received her B.F.A. from the NSCAD University in 2003, and M.F.A. from the University of Windsor in April 2006. Her installations exemplify a diversity of interest within the arts combining sculpture, video, knitted costume, paint with performances that involve dance and music. Lisa’s expertise as a multi-instrumentalist (violist, pianist, guitarist, drummer, etc.) and participation within the music industry – through her bands i see rowboats, IT KILLS, frankie & the CHICAGO BULLS, and currently DOLPHINS, have come to inform her current exhibitions, collaborations, directorial and curatorial practice. Some of her more recent projects, such as BLAST BEATS: Phase Two & the WINDOW BALLET Series, emphasize her multi-faceted talents, while at the same time locate a forum for the partnership and critique of multiple disciplines within the arts. She has exhibited her work on both a national and international level, most notably within Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Windsor (AGW), Banff Centre for the Arts, New York, Detroit, Texas, North Carolina, Berlin and Amsterdam. Over the past few years Lisa has been traveling across Canada, while participating in a series of residences with her new drumming project entitled BLAST BEATS. Currently, she has extended the research and is touring the U.S.A. with Phase Three of BLAST BEATS – on the road – over the course of the winter. During the month of February 2013 Lisa stopped in Los Angeles, California to execute the first installation/performance in association with Phase Three.
Michael Pittman, Waking of Insects (island of light), 2009, mixed media on panel, 124.5 x 82 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Michael Pittman was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland in 1977. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Memorial University (2001), and a research-led Master’s degree in painting from the Waterford Institute of Technology in Waterford, Ireland (2006). He works with multiple media to create images and objects that are often informed by a tangled relationship between psychology, folk belief and personal narrative.
Pittman’s work “plots the airy geography between worlds of sleep and wakefulness, experience and intuition, the rational and the mad. Linking terrains of varying substance, his paintings and sculpture are shifting maps, marking territory as elusive as a childhood memory or an irrational fear. They ply the recognizable with the uncanny.” His “process of working parallels his conceptual concerns, allowing for the surfacing of nebulous or fleeting aspects of a place in between.”
Michael Pittman exhibits regularly at View Art Gallery in Victoria, BC and at the Leyton Gallery of Fine Art in St. John’s, NL. In 2012, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery curated a significant solo exhibition of his artwork entitled Michael Pittman: Haunted Half comprised of over 5 years of the artists visual explorations.
Hans Wendt, Paper #2, 2007, watercolour on paper, 132 x 96 cm
Hans Wendt was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and grew up in Prince Edward Island. Although he studied privately, and spent one year at OCA, Wendt is mostly self-taught. He has also worked in a ceramics studio, as a finish carpenter, cabinetmaker, and boat builder. Before his permanent move to Millvale, P.E.I. in 2005 he lived in Toronto, Los Angeles, and Washington, where he was known as a co-producer of multimedia performances and designer of sets, Brueghelesque murals, and staged events. Although he has worked in many mediums over the years, for more than a decade Wendt has been painting almost exclusively with watercolours. He has exhibited mostly in Prince Edward Island (including a solo exhibition at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery, curated by Lee Plested, in 2009), but has also shown in Port Townsend, Washington, and North Adams, Massachusetts (Oh, Canada, Mass. MoCA, 2012-13). His is represented by The Apartment (theapt.ca) in Vancouver, where he has an upcoming solo exhibition in the fall of 2013.