Tamara Henderson | Ursula Johnson | Eleanor King | Graeme Patterson | Becka Viau
Born in Sackville, NB, in 1982, Tamara Henderson studied at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Städelschule in Frankfurt and holds Masters Degree from the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.
Boasting an extremely international exhibition record: dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012); Rodeo, Istanbul; Magasin 3, Stockholm; Western Front, Vancouver, and Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis. Recent solo exhibitions include: Sleep Walk, Nordenhake in Stockholm, Corpse Reviver, ESP, Toronto, Evergreen Minutes of the Phantom Figure, Nuremberg Kunstverein, and Bottles Under the Influence (with Julia Feyrer), Walter Phillips Gallery. In 2014, upcoming exhibitions include Grazer Kunstverein, Austria, Apartment, Vancouver and ICA Philadelphia with Julia Feyrer. She was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award in 2013.
Her practice necessitates 16mm film, sculpture, painting, and printed matter, maintaining an affirmative pursuit towards hallucinatory plot twists, a labyrinth dedicated to the idea of scrutinizing sculpture as character. She investigatively decodes and transforms her nocturnal journalism and “evergreen minutes” into sprawling cryptic screenplays to conclusively embody them in form, and film. The sequences allude to chain reactions, operations carried out with great seriousness and loaded with meaning, but whose causality and signification remain occult.
IMAGE: Wake of Limbs, 2014, Copper, Paint, Sand, Glue, Wood, 90cm x 157.5cm x 94.5cm
Galerie Nordenhake (Stockholm)
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Ursula Johnson is an interdisciplinary artist from Nova Scotia with Mi’kmaw Ancestry. She received her BFA in 2006 from NSCAD University and is currently based in Cape Breton where she is artist-in-residence at Cape Breton University. Johnson’s art incorporates the traditional Aboriginal art form of basketry expressed through a variety of mediums, including, performance, installation, and sculpture.
Her cooperative based performance series L’nuwelti’k will be touring nationally with Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art (curated by Heather Anderson). Ursula is creator of the 21st Century O’pltek Basket, a subtly non-functional form that utilizes traditional techniques and methods of traditional Mi’kmaw Ash Splint basketry. Her current body of work will be featured in a nationally touring exhibition titled Mi’kwite’tmn(Do You/You Do Remember), curated by Robin Metcalfe, and will debut in 2014 at Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery (NS) and includes stops at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery (PEI), The Reach (BC) and University of Manitoba Art Gallery (MB).
IMAGE: Awije'jk, 2012, Black Ash and Sweetgrass Weaving, 13 x 18 x 20.5cm. Photo credit: Wendy McElmon
Eleanor King presents installations and performances nationally and internationally, most notably at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto, ON), Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Nuit Blanche (Toronto, ON), Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Confederation Centre Art Gallery (PEI), and Galleri F15 in Norway. She received a BFA from NSCAD in 2001, and participated in residencies at The MacDowell Colony, The Banff Centre, Atlantic Centre for the Arts (FL), New Adventures in Sound Art (Toronto, ON), and the Centre for Art Tapes (NS). She has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Arts Nova Scotia, and was shortlisted for the 2012 Sobey Art Award. Inspired by everyday life, Eleanor's work employs interdisciplinary strategies to create site-specific installations using provisional materials and improvisational methods. Her musical history includes bands The Got to Get Got, The Just Barelys and new all-female outfit Wet Denim. She teaches media arts at NSCAD University and is Director at Anna Leonowens Gallery in Halifax, NS.
IMAGE: Stacks, 2012: Southern Alberta Art Gallery , Latex paint, reclaimed electronics
painting: 3048 cm x 213 cm; sculpture: 130 cmx 152cm x 152cm. Photo credit: Eleanor King
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Originating from Saskatoon, Graeme Patterson now lives in Sackville, NB. His intention as an artist is to bring the viewer in to the world of play he exists in while creating miniature worlds based on personal memories and experiences. Graeme's practice stems from a self-taught method of producing stop-motion animations but has expanded into building large video/sculptural installations. These installations consist of animation, sculptural models, robotics, sound, music and some interactive elements. Graeme's inspiration comes from a desire to constantly develop an alternate reality that stimulates reflective engagement with universal themes of longing, loss and recovery. Since graduating from NSCAD in 2002 his work has shown nationally and internationally including several solo exhibitions at significant Canadian art galleries. Some of his recent accomplishments include; 2012 Canada Council for The Arts Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award (media arts) Atlantic finalist for the 2009 Sobey Art Award, finalist for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award, and a 2011 Juno award nomination for album package of the year. Graeme recently completed a new body of work entitled Secret Citadel, which is currently exhibiting as a national solo tour.
IMAGE: Secret Citadel (animation still), 2013, Digital still, 7360px x 4912px. Photo credit: Graeme Patterson
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Becka Viau is a Canadian Artist from Charlottetown Prince Edward Island. She received her BFA, 2008 and MFA, 2013 from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and has exhibited in many galleries throughout the Maritimes and the United Kingdom. She was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award in 2011 and has recently completed a three-month creative/research artist residency in Newfoundland. She has worked as a curator, educator and coordinator of arts collectives and arts festivals. Much of her artistic activity engages with questions relating to the institutions, dissemination and social networks of art and culture.
Her art practice is grounded in the research of historic and contemporary media techniques, theories of the everyday and social research methods. The histories of documentary, portraiture, cultural presentation and anthropological research influence her creative studio process through various explorations of people, place and identity.
IMAGE: Agrarian Monument 00, 2014, Round Hay Bale, Red Roses, 152cm x 152cm. Photo credit: Becka Viau
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