January 23, 2017, 7:30PM, Glen P. Sutherland Gallery of Art
Amy Malbeuf is an emerging Métis visual artist from Rich Lake, Alberta, Canada. Through her interdisciplinary practice that moves between traditional caribou hair tufting, beadwork, installation, and performance, Malbeuf explores identity, place, language, and ecology. With a background in contemporary performance art as well as Inidgenous art practices, her fluid practice coveys narratives surrounding Indigeniety, place, tradition, myth, and consumerism. Having shown extensively throughout Canada, she is currently based in Kelowna, BC, and is receiving an MFA from University of British Columbia Okanagan.
ANIMAL HAIR TUFTING WORKSHOP
January 24, 2017, 12:30PM Indigenous Peoples' Centre, Brandon University
Workshop is free and genenrously sponsored by the Margaret Laurence Endowment Fund through Gender and Women Studies, Brandon University.
February 13, 2017, 7:30PM, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
Zachari Logan is a Saskatoon based artist working in large-scale drawing and ceramic sculpture. Logan’s meticulously executed works quote freely from art historical references, including still life, decorative arts, tapestry, and scientific illustration. Engaging in a dialogue around masculinity and queer narratives, he re-wilds the body as a queer embodiment of nature and a site of intersections of masculinity, identity, memory, and place. He holds an MFA from University of Saskatchewan and has exhibited extensively and participated in residencies throughout Canada and abroad.
March 6, 2017, 7:30PM, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
Divya Mehra’s research-fueled interdisciplinary practice explores marginalization, otherness and the construct of diversity. Through appropriating, editing, and reassembling a variety of literary, comedic and musical sources, Mehra’s work addresses head-on the consumption and construction of race and identity politics. Mehra’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions and screenings across North America and overseas, most notably with Creative Time, MoMA PS1, MTV, and The Queens Museum of Art (New York), Artspeak (Vancouver), Georgia Scherman Projects, and The Images Festival (Toronto). She holds an MFA from Columbia University, New York.
The Visiting Artist Series is co-produced with Brandon University Visual & Aboriginal Art Department, funded by Canada Council for the Arts, and Whitehead Foundation.
PAST TALKS 2016/2017
October 3, 2016, 7:30PM, Glen P. Sutherland Gallery
Colleen Cutschall is a senior Oglala-Sicangu Lakota artist originally from Pine Ridge, South Dakota. For over twenty years, she has been working and living in Southwestern Manitoba as an artist, art historian, educator and curator. Her early work in painting and installations focused on Lakota creation mythology and themes of sacred time and space. Continuing with apocalyptic scenes from some of her earlier work, her most recently drawings focus on the chemtrail patterns left by aerosol spraying. Cutschall, is Professor Emerita from Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba, where she was instrumental in the establishment of its current Visual and Aboriginal Artprogram.
October 17, 2016, 7:30PM, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
Aaron Nelson is an established interdisciplinary ceramics artist based in Medicine Hat, Alberta. His research has been focused on integrating a rarely used highly translucent porcelain in complex sculptural installation, mold making, and exploration of intersections of digital technology with traditional ceramic practice. He is currently the Associate Director of Medalta, the most well-known international ceramics residency program in Canada. A graduate of Emily Carr University, he has exhibited extensively in Canada and abroad.
October 24, 2016, 7:30PM, Location TBD
Paul Robles, originally from Philippines, currently lives and works in Winnipeg. Recognized for his intricate origami cut paper works, he combines the delicacy associated with fine and traditionally handwork with themes of trauma, grief and sexuality. Playing with ideas of the silhouette, popular in the 19th and 18th century as women's art, and an early form of portraiture, Robles re-employs the practice as a narrative device that shatters cultural stereotypes of race and masculinity. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba, he has exhibited extensively throughout throughout Canada and the United States, including Plug In ICA, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Julie Saul gallery, and others.
Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan, November 26
The Winnipeg-based artist duo Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan has a rich collaborative career that spans twenty-five years of performance that continues to provoke, amuse, critique and pervert. Their wry, queer-based practice infiltrates popular media genres to challenge heterosexist bias and misinformed stereotyping from within.
An experimental diversity of media approach includes work in performance, video, film, publications, curating and public art projects. They have exhibited extensively across North America, Europe, Australia and Japan and recently released a DVD compilation of a selection of their twenty five years of video projects at the WNDX Festival of Moving Image this fall.
Daina Warren December 2nd, 7:30PM
Daina Warren is a contemporary Aboriginal art curator and artist of the Akamihk Cree Nation in Maskwacis (Bear Hills), Alberta. She completed her studio training at the Emily Carr University (BFA, 2003) and then received her Master’s in Art History in the Critical and Curatorial Studies program at the University of British Columbia in 2012.
Warren was the associate curator and administrator at grunt gallery (Vancouver) from 2000 to 2009. She has a critical curatorial focus that often involves experimental collaboration with her artists. Notable exhibitions include Home (2007), an online curatorial project with Rebecca Belmore and Don’t Stop Me Now (2010), produced while she was the Canada Council Aboriginal Curatorial Resident at the National Gallery in Ottawa. Since 2011, she has been director at Urban Shaman Gallery in Winnipeg
Adrian Stimson, October 8
Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation in southern Alberta. He is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator with a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. As an interdisciplinary artist, Adrian’s work includes paintings, installations, sculpture and performance. Recent exhibits and performances include, Agnes Etherington Art Centre | Queen's University, Sovereign Acts, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Story Telling: Contemporary Native Art Biennial, Art Muir, Montreal, Witnesses at the Belkin Gallery, UBC, Vancouver, Reconsidering Reconciliation, Buffalo Boy’s Coal jubilee, House of the Wayward Spirits- ANDPVA, Toronto, White Shame Re-Worked, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, Photo Quai, Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, France.Adrian was awarded the Blackfoot Visual Arts Award in 2009, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003 and the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005.
Eric Simon’s non-conformist artistic practice, that includes fiction writing alongside visual art, has a media focus on drawing and painting. His experimental mindset engages with a range of approaches from Art Brut to photorealism. His work is often determined in a conceptual or programmed manner but manages to be imbued with a wry, playful sense of humour. He is an assistant professor in the Painting department at Concordia University, Montreal and has exhibited extensively in Canada and Europe.
Amelie Proulx, April 1, 2015
Amelie Proulx’s engaging ceramics installations also have included a kinetic component that merges high and low technology. These works challenge the assumed permanent and stable nature of the ceramic material and allude instead to its potential state of change or impermanence. She has exhibited across Canada and participated in a Quebec ceramic survey show in Bandol, France and won the RBC Emerging Ceramics Award in 2013. She is also a ceramics and visual arts instructor at the Maison des métiers d’arts de Québec and Cégep Sainte-Foy in Quebec City.
Eliza Au, February 26, 2015
Eliza Au received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (2005) and her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (2009). Au’s work is ceramic based and centers around the process of slipcasting. She is interested in how sacred space is transformed by the use of pattern and geometry in Gothic and Islamic architecture. Her large scale ceramic and glass based projects investigate how systems work and how they relate to symmetry, repetition and scale. She has previously completed residencies with Greenwich House Pottery (NYC, NY), The Museum of Contemporary Craft (Portland, OR), and the Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY). Recent exhibitions include the 66th Scripps Ceramic Annual at Scripps College and The RBC Emerging Artist People’s Choice Award at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, ON. She has taught previously at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the Alberta College of Art and Design. Currently she is a visiting professor at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.