• Diane Borsato
• Brendan Fernandes
• David R. Harper
• Kristiina Lahde
• Duane Linklater
Diane Borsato, Falling, 2010, performance. Commissioned by the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (restaged at Vancouver Art Gallery, 2010). Dancers (Toronto): Cara Spooner, Michael Caldwell, Evan Webber, Alicia Grant, Keon Mohajeri, Matthew Romantini. Dancers (Vancouver): Cara Spooner, Carolyn Chan, Alex Thompson, Noah Drew, Paul Ternes.
Diane Borsato works in performance, intervention, video, installation, and photography. She has exhibited in galleries and museums across Canada and internationally including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec, the Art Gallery of York University, MOCCA and the Power Plant. Her works have been featured in numerous catalogues and publications, including the monograph Diane Borsato recently published by the AGYU. She is a recipient of the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for her work in the Inter-Arts category from the Canada Council for the Arts. In the coming year Borsato will be the Artist in Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and is creating a new mass-participatory performance for beekeepers for Nuit Blanche 2013.
Brendan Fernandes, Encomium, 2011, performance, variable dimensions. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid. Courtesy of Diaz Contemporary.
Born in Kenya of Indian descent, Brendan Fernandes immigrated to Canada in 1989. He completed the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art (2007), earned his MFA (2005) from The University of Western Ontario and his BFA (2002) from York University in Canada. He has exhibited internationally including exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Art and Design New York, the Musee d’art contemporain de Montréal, The National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Mass MoCA, The Andy Warhol Museum, Deutsche Guggenheim, The Bergen Kunsthall, The Third Guangzhou Triennial and the Western New York Biennial through The Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Fernandes has participated in numerous residency programs including The Canada Council for the Arts International Residency in Trinidad and Tobago (2006), The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Work Space (2008) and Swing Space (2009) programs, and invitations to the Gyeonggi Creation Center at the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea (2009) and ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2011). He was the recipient of a New Commissions project through Art in General, NY (2010) and was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award (2010). Fernandes is based between Toronto and New York.
David R. Harper, Settlement in the Place of Lore, 2012, vitreous china, glaze, industrial felt, dimensions vary/life-sized objects. Courtesy of the artist.
David R. Harper
David R. Harper obtained a BFA at NSCAD University, Halifax (2006) and an MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2001). Ontario born, Harper started his professional career in Halifax, Nova Scotia and currently works in Chicago. His work has recently been shown in several solo exhibitions, including The Last to Win (Stride Gallery, Calgary, 2009), Skin and Bone (Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, 2010), Better, Still. (Antennia Gallery, New Orleans 2012) and Entre le Chein et le Loupe (Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto, Toronto, 2013). Harper has also exhibited in numerous group exhibitions in Canada and the US, including Oh, Canada (MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA, 2012) and Builders: Canadian Biennial 2012 (National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2012). His work is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, ON), The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation (Los Angeles, CA) amongst others.
Kristiina Lahde, Metric System (white and blue), 2012, altered measuring tapes, 44.5 x 38.5 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Kristiina Lahde received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1999. Lahde alters and re-formats familiar objects and materials such as telephone books, newspapers and envelopes. In 2011, her work was featured in La Biennale de Montréal. In 2012 she had her second solo exhibitions at MKG127 in Toronto, titled Beyond Measure. Lahde is currently participating in a residency at Open Studio, Toronto. In September 2013 Lahde’s work will be included in the exhibition More Than Two curated by Micah Lexier at The Power Plant, Toronto. In summer 2013 Lahde will be an Artist in Residence at the Anna Leonowens Gallery at NSCAD University, Halifax. Lahde is working toward solo exhibitions at Open Studio and The Koffler Gallery in Toronto and the Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax. In 2012 Lahde received a Canada Council Creation/Production Grant and her first Mid-Career grant from the Ontario Arts Council. A feature article on Lahde’s work by Kristin Campbell will be published in the spring 2013 issue of C Magazine. Lahde’s work is in the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank. Kristiina Lahde is represented by MKG127.
Duane Linklater, (Untitled) A raspberry garden for 21st Street, 2012, 12 raspberry bushes, soil, string, bamboo, canvas, chalk, chalkboard, clip, printed email, Variable dimensions. Courtesy of the artist.
Duane Linklater is Omaskeko Cree, from Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario and is currently based in North Bay, Ontario. He was educated at the University of Alberta, receiving a Bachelor of Native Studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Duane attended the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College in upstate New York, USA, completing his Master of Fine Arts in Film and Video. Duane produces a range of work including: video and film installation, performance, sculptural objects, and often works within the contexts of cooperative and collaborative gestures. He has exhibited and screened his work nationally and internationally at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta, Family Business Gallery in New York City, and at the Power Plant in Toronto. His collaborative film project with Brian Jungen, Modest Livelihood, was originally presented at the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre in collaboration with dOCUMENTA (13). This exhibition travelled to the Reva and David Logan Centre Gallery at the University of Chicago in the winter of 2013.