Watch a time lapse video of Karen Tam’s installation process for 鸕鶿飛 (Flying Cormorant Studio [For Lee Nam]). This video represents seven days compressed into two minutes. Tam’s installation is on view until September 14, 2014, part of Convoluted Beauty: In the Company of Emily Carr.
Karen Tam is a Canadian artist whose research focuses on the various forms of constructions and imaginations of seemingly opposing cultures and communities, expressed through installations in which she recreates spaces such as the Chinese restaurant, karaoke lounge, opium den, and other sites of cultural encounters. For Convoluted Beauty, Tam considers notions of cultural, political, and social exile in her imaginative reconstruction of the studio of Chinese Canadian artist Lee Nam, a friend of Emily Carr.
Saturday, September 13 at 1 p.m.
The program connects two concurrent exhibitions, Sympathetic Magic, curated by Troy Gronsdahl, and Convoluted Beauty: In the Company of Emily Carr, curated by Lisa Baldissera. The curators will introduce the exhibitions followed by presentations from exhibiting artists Marianne Nicolson and Raymond Boisjoly.
Raymond Boisjoly (born in Langley, British Columbia, 1981) is an artist of Haida and Québécois descent, living and working in Vancouver. He completed his undergraduate studies at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and holds an MFA from University of British Columbia. Boisjoly’s practice engages with issues of aboriginality, language as cultural practice, and the experiential aspects of materiality. He has presented work in solo and group exhibitions in Canada and the United States including exhibitions at Simon Fraser University, Catriona Jeffries Gallery, and The Contemporary Art Gallery, all in Vancouver; The Power Plant, Toronto; Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa; Platform centre for photographic and digital arts, Winnipeg; and Western Bridge, Seattle. Boisjoly is participating in SITE Santa Fe, and La Biennale de Montréal. This fall, Boisjoly will serve as Lead Faculty for “In Kind” Negotiations, a thematic residency at the Banff Centre.
Marianne Nicolson (‘Tayagila’ogwa) (born in Comox, British Columbia, 1969) is an artist of Scottish and Dzwada’enuxw First Nations descent. The Dzwada’enuxw people are a member tribe of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Nicolson’s artistic training encompasses traditional Kwakwaka’wakw forms and culture as well as Western European-based art practices. Her work engages with issues of Aboriginal histories, politics, and language, arising from a passionate involvement in cultural revitalization and sustainability. Nicolson completed a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, in 1996, followed by studies at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, where she received an MFA (1999), a Master’s in Linguistics and Anthropology (2005), and a PhD in Linguistics, Anthropology, and History (2013). Nicolson has exhibited paintings, photographs, and installation works locally, nationally, and internationally. Recent exhibitions include the 17th Biennale of Sydney (2010) and the nationally touring group exhibition Beat Nation, organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery (2012). Her solo shows and installations include The Return of Abundance (Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2007) and The House of Ghosts (Vancouver Art Gallery, 2008).
In this episode we hear from Sandra Fraser, co-curator of the major retrospective David Thauberger: Road Trips & Other Diversions. We speak with David Thauberger about the development of his practice that spans four decades and hear from Laura Kinzel about the perennial favourite, School Art. Joi Arcand also reflects on her work in the RBC Artists by Artists mentorship exhibition. Music has been provided by Little Criminals.
Credits (songs in order of appearance)
Nice Windbreaker, Grandma
Popeye & Olive Oil Dancing
In this episode we speak with Rhiannon Vogl, curator of the landmark group show Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada. We hear from artist Trace Nelson about her playful solo exhibition and we preview the RBC Artists by Artists mentorship exhibition, by June J Jacobs and Gwen Klypak. Music has been provided by Minor Matter.
The current exhibitions consider regional artmaking in an international context. In this episode we speak with Amy Fung, curator of They made a day be a day here, and Lisa Baldissera speaks about her exhibition Rewilding Modernity. We also preview the RBC Artists by Artists mentorship exhibition by Bruce Montcombroux and Cory Schewaga. Music has been provided by We Were Lovers.
Credits (songs in order of appearance)
All songs by We Were Lovers from the album Pyramids
Hunger for You
Barry Schwabsky is a writer and editor based in New York. He is the art critic for The Nation and his essays have appeared in Flash Art, Artforum, London Review of Books, and Art in America. His books include The Widening Circle: Consequences of Modernism in Contemporary Art, Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting, and several volumes of poetry, the most recent being Book Left Open in the Rain.
Schwabsky was a keynote lecturer and panelist for Call of the Wild, a series of artists’ talks and a round-table discussion that took place on September 28, 2013 in conjunction with the exhibition Rewilding Modernity. This lively conversation with local, national, and international art professionals reflected on the complexities and contradictions around the histories of modernism, to explore its current manifestations and future possibilities. Call of the Wild was presented in partnership with the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Art and Art History, MFA in Writing, and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity.