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2014 Short List


Evan Lee


Evan Lee (b. 1975) received his MFA from the University of British Columbia in 2000. He is known for his experimental photo-based work but also works across the range of media and subjects. In 2009, Lee was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award.

Exhibitions include: On the Nature of Things at the Kamloops Art Gallery; Again and Again and Again I and In Dialogue with Carr at the Vancouver Art Gallery; Triumphant Carrot: the Persistence of Still Life and Playing Homage at the Contemporary Art Gallery; Evan Lee Captures at Presentation House Gallery; Le Mois de la Photo a Montreal; At Play at the Liu Hai Su Museum (Shanghai) and Curb Appeal at Confederation Centre (Charlottetown). Recent solo exhibitions include Roots and Elders at the Richmond Art Gallery and at Monte Clark Gallery (Vancouver).

Evan Lee’s work has been featured and reviewed in Border Crossings, Flash Art International, Lapiz International Art Magazine, Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art,Canadian Art, and Art on Paper. Lee has taught at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and in the Department of Fine Arts at UBC, and has served on the Board of Directors of Centre A (Vancouver). Lee is represented by Monte Clark  Gallery.

IMAGE: Forest Fire, Kwoiek, BC, after found BCFS Aerial Photo, 2010, found photograph, unique manipulated pigment print on reverse of Kodak photographic paper, 73.5 x 97.75 cm. Courtesy of the artist/Monte Clark Gallery.

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Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber


Michael Dumontier (b. 1974) and Neil Farber (b. 1975) handle paint with a studied crudeness, bringing to mind outsider art’s earnest, underdog aesthetic and turning the act of painting–traditionally a serious, solitary affair–into something casual and collaborative. As founding members of the influential Royal Art Lodge collective, the artists perfected the imperfection of improvisational painting, and their musings with paint and text carry on in that spirit.

From a distance, the colourful pictures read like panels of a children’s comic–sunny, cheerful, and populated with people, animals, and fantastical creatures. Up close, they seethe with ironic text and bizarre, downbeat humour. They are profound musings on human psychology, and as we laugh at the absurdity of the artists’ imaginary world, we recognize in it the realities of our own.  

Their works can be found in numerous public and private collections including that of the National Gallery of Canada and of fellow artist Takashi Murakami. Both artists live and work in Winnipeg, Canada.

IMAGE: 15 Signs, 2013, acrylic on hardboard, 63 x 53 cm


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Chris Curreri


Chris Curreri (b. 1978) obtained his MFA in photography at Bard College after completing a BFA in photography at Ryerson University. Curreri’s recent shows include a solo exhibition, Something, Something at the University of Toronto Art Centre as part of Toronto’s annual CONTACT Photography festival. Curreri’s work has been included in several international group shows, most recently in Surplus Authors at Witte de With (Rotterdam), An Unpardonable Sin at Castillo/Corrales (Paris) and 50 Artists Photograph the Future, Higher Pictures (New York). The recipient of several awards and grants, Curreri was presented with the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts’ Artist Prize in 2011. His work can be found in the collections of Hart House at the University of Toronto, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston (ON) and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Curreri currently lives and works in Toronto.

IMAGE: Untitled (Clay Portfolio), 2013, Gelatin silver print, 13.4 x 19.5 cm, from portfolio of 21. Photo: Chris Curreri.

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Nadia Myre


Nadia Myre (b. 1974) is a visual artist from Quebec and an Algonquin member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. For over a decade, her multi-disciplinary practice has been inspired by participant involvement as well as recurring themes of identity, language, longing and loss. Myre is a graduate of Camosun College (1995), Emily Carr (1997), and Concordia University (MFA, 2002). Myre was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award in 2011, 2012, 2013 and shortlisted for the Powerhouse Art Prize in 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include Needleworks (McLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario), Nadia Myre: Symbology (Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa) and Skin Tissue––as part of Hides: Skin as Material and Metaphor (National Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY). Upcoming exhibitions include Formes et Paroles (Musée Dapper, Paris, for an exhibition in Senegal), the 2014 Shanghai Biennale and Orison (Oboro, Montreal). Recent group exhibitions include Before and After the Horizon: Anishinabe Artists of the Great Lakes (Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON), Sakahàn (National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON), Vantage Point: The Contemporary Native Art Collection (National Museum of the American Indian National Mall, Washington, DC), and It Is What It Is (National Gallery of Canada). Myre’s work is held by corporate and public collections including: MacKenzie Art Gallery, Canada Council Art Bank, National Gallery of Canada, Musée de la civilisation (Québec), Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, National Museum of the American Indian, and Fonds régional d’art contemporain de Lorraine in France.

IMAGE: For those who cannot speak…, 2013, Digital print, 175 x 2380 cm

Graeme Patterson 


Originating from Saskatoon, Graeme Patterson (b. 1980) now lives in Sackville, NB. His intention as an artist is to bring the viewer into 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: The Mountain (part of Secret Citadel), 2013, mixed media sculpture/video installation, 244 x 304 x 182cm. Photo credit: Graeme Patterson

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