Ron Tran With his bare toes he tied and untied the knots in a length of twine (magician), 2007 Clippings from a Swedish daily newspaper, frame, 23" x 37" Courtesy of the artist and Lawrence Eng Gallery, Vancouver Estimated value: $1500
Aaron Carpenter has attended art schools in Canada and the UK. His work, which appropriates images and text from television, literature, quotidian life and popular culture, is included in the group exhibition How Soon Is Now at the Vancouver Art Gallery and Amber One Foot Below at Paul Petro Gallery in Toronto. His new projects will be featured in a solo exhibition at Lawrence Eng Gallery in May 2009 and at Artspeak gallery as part of a group exhibition in April 2009. Carpenter is one of the co-founders of the Bodgers and Kludgers Cooperative Art Parlour (http://www.bodgers-and-kludgers-cooperative-art-parlour.ca/). He lives and works in Vancouver.
Steven Hubert is a Kelowna-born Vancouver-based artist who graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design in 2007 where he received the Helen Pitt Award. Bearing the imprint of previous study in English literature, his work in painting, sculpture, drawing, and video takes cues from poetics (in a certain sense) with a backsplash of history that is partly logical, partly mystical, and perforated by alternating bouts of the simple and the complex. His work is often absurdly expansionistic and lacks clarity due to its chronic and programmatic mistaking of one idea for another. Hubert has exhibited at CSA Space, Or Gallery, Helen Pitt Gallery, Shudder Gallery, LES, the now defunct Emergency Room in Strathcona, and Eyelevel Gallery in Halifax. He has upcoming shows at Jeffrey Boone Gallery, CCA, and Gallery 101 in Ottawa. His work has appeared in Pyramid Power and The Fillip Review.
This series of drawings explore the kinetic quality of an organic pattern reminiscent of cells or skin. Intended to be visually evocative, the pattern icreates a visual oscillation between familiarity and unease.
Bernadette Phan lives and works in Vancouver, her studio is located in Japan town. She defines her work as interstitial: between figurative and non-representational. Her interest lies in the exploration of visual slippages between spaces collapsing into one another or the representations created when different intentions don’t quite come together. She is still fascinated by that the ways in which paintings slow down one’s gaze, where everything is not absorbed all at once and can be continually revisited. Phan creates works mainly in painting and drawing and is represented by Equinox Gallery in Vancouver.
This work was created for the Sydney Biennale 2008 catalogue, in which each artist participating in the Biennale was asked to contribute an original drawing.
By critically reappraising and manipulating familiar consumer goods, Brian Jungen produces startling and insightful works that link the social and environmental effects of our globalized trade in mass-produced objects with the status and power of diversion that such commodities selectively transmit. Jungen has received national and international recognition for his work and has had major solo exhibitions at Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York (2008), Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany (2007), Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver (2007), the Vancouver Art Gallery Vancouver (2006), the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (2006), the Witte de With, Rotterdam (2006) and the New Museum, New York ( 2005). Other solo shows include the Tate Modern, London (2006), the CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco (2004) and Vienna Secession (2003). Recent major group exhibitions include NeoHooDoo: Art For A Forgotten Faith, The Menil Collection, Houston,Texas (2008), The Sydney Biennale, Sydney, Australia (2008), The Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, The Barbican Art Gallery, London, England (2008), Shapeshifters, Time Travellers and Storytellers, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (2007), The History of a Decade That Has Not Yet Been Named, Lyon Biennial , Lyon, France (2007), Crack the Sky, Montreal, The Biennale de Montréal, Canada (2007) and Hot Rock, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland (2007). Jungen lives and works in Vancouver and is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver and Casey Kaplan Gallery, New York.
Sara Mameni lives and works in Vancouver. She is a graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design and studied design in Cyprus prior to moving to Canada. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Drawing on Architecture, curated by Patrik Anderssen at Atelier Gallery, and For the Record: Drawing Contemporary Life, curated by Daina Augaitis at the Vancouver Art Gallery, among others.
Claxton's photograph in this auction is part of a series entitled The Mustang Suite, inspired by Black Elk's vision of the Horse Dance. The young warrior pictured wears track pants in place of traditional Sioux leggings, thus creating a moment of collapse between the contemporary and the traditional, reinforcing how traditional cultures thrive in contemporary realities.
Dana Claxton works in film, video, installation, photography, performance art, curation and the aboriginal broadcast industry. Her video installations and photography are held in such public collections as The National Gallery of Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery, Winnipeg Art Gallery, MacKenize Art Gallery, Art Bank of Canada, Eitlejorg Museum, Caixiforum Fundacio la Caixa, Barcelona, Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery and The Saskatchawen Arts Board. Her works have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art (NY), Walker Art Centre (MN), Sundance Film Festival (UT), and Microwave (Hong Kong). She is a recipient of the Shadbolt Foundation's VIVA Award and in 2007 became an Eiteljorg Fellow supported by the Lily Foundation. In 2008 Claxton presented her new series of work The Mustang Suite as part of a panel discussion at the Getty Institute in LA. The Mustang Suite is currently on exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada as part of the exhibition Stealing the Gaze.
Sarah Anne Johnson was born in 1976 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She received her BFA from the University of Manitoba in 2002, and her MFA from The Yale School of Art in 2004. Johnson has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally including, Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to Now at The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia; The Montreal Biennial; Imprints at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography and J'en Reve, Foundation Cartier, Paris, France.
Johnson is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including inaugural $50,000 Grange Prize and a major grant from the Manitoba Arts Council. Her can be found in several distinguished collections including The Guggenheim Museum and The National Gallery of Canada. Currently, she lives in Winnipeg, where she teaches sculpture at the University of Manitoba, where she is their artist-in-residence
Edgar Heap of Birds received his MFA from the Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his BFA from The University of Kansas, and has undertaken graduate studies at The Royal College of Art, in London. He has exhibited his works at numerous institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Smithsonian Institution, and The National Gallery of Canada. His work has also been shown at Documenta in Kassel, Germany and as part of a solo show at the 52nd Venice Biennale.
At the University of Oklahoma, Heap of Birds teaches Native American Studies and Fine Arts. His seminars explore issues of the contemporary artist on local, national and international bases. He has received grants and awards from The National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Lila Wallace Foundation, Bonfil Stanton Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trust.
Instant Coffee is a service oriented artist collective based in Toronto and Vancouver. Instant Coffee developed, in part, as a response to the division and exaggerated difference between studio and exhibition practice. Through formal installations and event based activities, it builds a public place to practice, where ideas, materials and actions can be explored outside of the isolated studio and in a manner that renegotiates traditional exhibition structures, but is still supported by them. For Instant Coffee, the triad of art practice production, presentation & reception becomes jumbled incorporating the social as a priority. Instant Coffee defines this social as happening in a number of ways: in getting people invested in our projects and what we are up to, but also as satisfying a way in which we like to socialize one that centers around production but is dependent on the work of others to sustain and facilitate a critical discourse or at least offer the potential for one. Recently Instant Coffee has participated in exhibitions in Oakville and Toronto; Seattle, Washington; Bergen, Norway; and Medellin, Columbia. Instant Coffee's current members are Cecilia Berkovic, Jinhan Ko, Kelly Lycan, Jenifer Papararo, Kate Monro and Khan Lee.
Neil Wedman has conducted studio courses for the School of Design and the School of Visual Arts at Emily Carr University over the past ten years. His own practise is firmly rooted in drawing although he is principally known as a painter and has also produced photographic installations and film and video works. He is a past recipient of the Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA Award and is represented by the Equinox Gallery in Vancouver. Wedman is also a Studio Arts Instructor at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. A monograph of his drawings - Burlesck: a novel was released in 1999.
Osvaldo Yero is a visual artist from Vancouver. His work investigates the kitsch object and its associations with popular culture and national identity. Yero makes use of both the method and aesthetic of the ubiquitous plaster decorations which are commonly sold in Cuba and found in many households. Using these forms his work takes mass-produced symbols and the sign of official propaganda in this vulgar form, to clearly illustrate the nature of the Cuban revolutionary-rhetoric. In the early 1990’s Yero was part of a small group of internationally recognized young artists in Cuba. Notably, Yero was one of three artists to represent Cuba in the first Johannesburg Biennale, which took place to mark the end of apartheid, as well as the 4th International Istanbul Biennial in Istanbul, both of which took place in 1995. Since immigrating to Canada in 1997, Yero has taught at the University of British Columbia and his work has been included in a number of exhibitions.
Elizabeth Zvonar’s practice considers concepts of hope, utopia and progress. Central to these possibilities and limitations are the potential for social, political, and aesthetic transformation. Works have spanned a variety of mediums, from performances and interventions to installations, and most recently, sculpture, digital collages, and text-based works. Talking Stick is a work about other artists.
Elizabeth Zvonar (b. 1972) is a graduate of the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design. Her recent exhibitions include Parallel Dimension at Artspeak Gallery (Vancouver), Fade Away and Radiate at the Cohan and Leslie Gallery (New York), and Concrete Language at the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver). She will have work in an forthcoming exhibition organized by the Museum Van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Mechelen, Belgium and solo exhibitions at The Western Front in April 2009 and the Contemporary Art Gallery in November 2009. Zvonar has participated in professional development initiatives at the Banff International Curatorial Institute and was the winner of the Vancouver Art Development Award in 2007 from the Vancouver Foundation and the Contemporary Art Gallery. In 2008 Zvonar was the inaugural artist at the Malaspina Print Research Residency and was an artist in residence at the Banff Centre during the Janice Kerbel led thematic residency, Cosmic Ray Research. Zvonar lives and works in Vancouver, BC.
Erica Stocking received her BFA in 2004 from the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design and lives in Vancouver. Her exhibition at the Lobby Gallery, which as a space within a Vancouver hotel, created a functioning, half-sized hotel room behind the existing gallery wall. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Helen Pitt Gallery, Artspeak Gallery, Burnaby Art Gallery and the Butchershop Gallery. She is a founding member of Norma, a Vancouver based collective whose work often deals with ideas of group identity and draws from visual and performance art histories, pop culture, and social behaviour. Norma’s performance and installation works have been exhibited locally at Artspeak, LIVE Biennial of Performance Art, grunt gallery, and Access Gallery.
Scott Moore is a Vancouver-based artist who focuses on instances of landscape represented through memory. A recent graduate from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Moore’s work has been exhibited at Helen Pitt Gallery, Plank Gallery and Shudder Gallery.
Working within the sphere of figurative representation, Legs comes from a drawing series by Martineau where the body is depicted as an external and alienated garment. The meat of bodily flesh within Legs is a pointedly art historical site, drawing from the socio-aesthetic ambiguity of Guston¹s Ku Klux Klan hoods and De Kooning¹s misogynistic “ground zero” Woman paintings.
Luanne Martineau lives and works in Victoria, British Columbia, where she is a Professor of Drawing and Theory at the University of Victoria. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1970, Martineau studied art at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the Alberta College of Art & Design, completing her MFA at the University of British Columbia in 1995.
Martineau’s wool sculptures and drawings explore the places in between art genres, engaging a long tradition of social satire within contemporary art. Combining various methods of craft and the legacies of 1960s fine art, Martineau blurs the boundaries between style and ideology as well as high modernist art and the baseness of the body. Major works by Martineau have are in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and Montreal’s Musée d’art contemporain, where her work will be featured in solo exhibition in February 2010. Currently, a new wool sculpture she completed is on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of the exhibition How Soon Is Now.
In 2007, Martineau was the recipient of the Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA Award for the Visual Arts, has exhibited work at the Biennale de Montréal and was a guest lecturer at the Tate Modern for the Banff Centre for the Arts and Middlesex University symposium Informal Architecture. http://www.trepanierbaer.com/artists.asp?ArtistID=54
Tania Willard completed an honours degree at the University of Victoria in 1998 and subsequently has gone on to work in the arts as an artist, educator, and curator. A former editor of Redwire, a magazine for Native youth, Willard’s practice often explores the intersections of Aboriginal history, mythology and representation.
Dreaming Terra Incognita is a series of prints and an artist book that contrasts the myths, traditions and stories of supernatural beings, cryptozoology with the cultural frameworks of early colonial travelers. Willard completed the series at The Banff Centre during a residency in 2008. This silkscreen superimposes the outline of North and South America onto an early map of The Americas, as they were known to early explorations as unknown lands or Terra Incognita.
Christine D’Onofrio is a visual artist currently practicing and teaching photography in Vancouver. Her photographic work is often concerned with objects and products used by women to beautify the body to examine notions of femininity and the body. She attended York University in Toronto for her BFA, and completed her MFA from the University of British Columbia in 2003. She has exhibited in Toronto and Vancouver, most recently at the Charles H Scott Gallery. D’Onofrio is represented by Republic Gallery, Vancouver
Nadia Myre is a multi-disciplinary installation artist of Anishnabe heritage (Algonquin from Kitigan Zibi reserve). She holds two Associate degrees in Fine Arts from Camosun College and the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design as well as an MFA from Concordia University. Over the past decade, she has exhibited her work across Canada and internationally. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. Her work is represented by Gallery Art Mûr and can be found in private and public collections across the country.
Slugget is interested in staging pictures which are close to but not exactly within any given genre: such as “near” landscapes, near portraits, and near still lifes. In his work he indicates various proximities to “daylight” reality and to its subconscious counterpart. The painting Girls on Carpet oscillates physically between the presence of the gestural and the removal of the hand through the transferred and traced image. Line is important in both a lyrical and structural sense to the moment enacted in the work.
Ryan Sluggett is an emerging artist who is currently completing an MFA in painting at UCLA. Born in Calgary, Alberta, he majored in painting at the Alberta College of Art and Design, completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction in 2003. Sluggett’s paintings, often figurative engage a range of styles from early twentieth-century Modernist portraiture. In Sluggett’s work disguised Cubist corpses are invaded by a plethora of voices and fractured identities: culture critic, romantic revolutionary, poolside beauty à la Reginald Marsh, innocent poet/victim and various artist alter egos. Sluggett’s work came to national attention in 2004 with the solo show On Posturing at the Art Gallery of Calgary curated by Eric Cameron. Sluggett has an active exhibition career with solo and group shows in Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal . Also working in animation, Sluggett’s third film entitled Tyranny, was recently featured in the 2007 La Biennale de Montréal: Crack the Sky, curated by Wayne Baerwaldt. His drawings were recently included in the group exhibition, There are those drawings by six artists, at the Contemporary Art Gallery. Sluggett is represented by TrepanierBaer Gallery in Calgary.
Tim Lee was born in Seoul, Korea in 1975. He obtained his Bachelor of Design degree in 1999 at the University of Alberta, and then went on to complete an MFA at the University of British Columbia in 2002. In Lee's practice, video and photography are used to integrate seminal art historical moments with seminal moments in popular culture. His practice references High Modernism and Conceptual art and is influenced by Robert Smithson, Dan Graham, Bruce Nauman, Robert Morris as well as conceptual photographer Christopher Williams. Locally, the photo-based works of Rodney Graham, Jeff Wall, Ken Lum and Roy Arden provide a context for understanding Lee's work. Lee simultaneously draws upon a wide variety of pop culture sources in his practice, including Steve Martin, the Beastie Boys, Ted Williams, George and Ira Gershwin, The Kingsmen, Harry Houdini and the Marx Brothers. By using his own figure as the central performative character in his work, he conflates high and low culture, and simultaneously highlights the issue of translation. In his recent work, Lee has used the strategy of the sight gag to play on the notion of the amateur comedian and musician.
Clint Burnham is a Vancouver-based writer and teacher. Burnham is the author of numerous books, including Airborne Photo (1999), and The Jamesonian Unconscious (1995). His latest book, Smoke Show, a novel, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2005. Burnham has written on as artists including Ian Wallace, Tim Lee, and Theodore Wan. He is the former freelance art critic for the Vancouver Sun.
Eric Deis is a Canadian artist working in Vancouver, Canada. His large format photographs of architecture and urban spaces illustrate the intertwined dynamics of nature, history, and economics. Deis was born in the Queen Charlottes on a Canadian military station,. He completed undergraduate studies at the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design, and an MFA at the University of California in San Diego. His work has been exhibited in Canada, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, Serbia, Sweden, and the United States of America. http://ericdeis.com/
Born in Montreal in 1976, Etienne Zack moved to Vancouver in 1998 to study at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. In 2005, he won the RBC Canadian Painting Competition, which has contributed to his growing recognition on the contemporary art scene in Canada, the US and abroad. His paintings are in the collections of the Musée d’art contemporain, Montreal and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. His works have been shown at several international art fairs such as Frieze in London and Art Basel in Miami. Etienne Zack currently divides his time between Vancouver and New York.
Space #8 is a drawing from an ongoing series, entitled Recollection, which began in 2004. This series depicts the built environment in unfamiliar ways conflating architectural space with physiological states of mind. Recollection stems, in part, from memory exercises that the artist practiced after experiencing short term memory loss including trying to memorize objects and spaces and drawing them later in the studio. The resulting drawings, from a bird’s eye view, are abstract and non-perspectival.
Babak Golkar is a Vancouver based artist and educator. He has been practicing and exhibiting in Canada, Europe and Asia since 2001. Golkar's practice spreads across diverse mediums, ranging from drawing, video, performance, sculpture and site-specific installations; however, issues surrounding his practice remain constant. While employing strategies such as humor and performance of difference systems, subjects of his concept-driven projects centre on specific politics, issues of cultural tropes and art in relation to its economy. Golkar is represented by Artneuland Gallery, Berlin.
Tom Burrows completed a BA in Art History at UBC in 1967, and went on to post-graduate studies at St. Martin's School of Art in London, England. Burrows’ work has been included in exhibitions in London, Rome, Tokyo, Berlin, New York, Edinburgh and across Canada.
In 1999 his work was included in survey exhibitions of Canadian art at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Glenbow Gallery in Calgary, and the Windsor Art Gallery in Ontario. He has been awarded grants by the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Japan Canada Fund, and the BC Arts Council. He works predominantly with cast, pigmented, polymer resin with which he creates subtle, luminescent abstractions. Brilliant colour fields, sometimes transparent, sometimes opaque, give the illusion of a panel lit from within. His work is held in private, corporate, and public collections in Europe, Asia and the Americas. http://www.bau-xi.com/dynamic/artist.asp?ArtistID=22
The photograph included in this year's auction, Untitled #2 (come in cielo cosi in terra), was included as part of the artist's retrospective exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery in 2008.
Born in Upsala, Ontario, Rebecca Belmore is an artist currently living in Vancouver, British Columbia. She attended the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and is internationally recognized for her performance and installation art. Since 1987, her multi-disciplinary work has addressed history, place and identity through the media of sculpture, installation, video and performance. Belmore was Canada's official representative at the 2005 Venice Biennale. Her work has appeared in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally including two solo touring exhibitions, The Named and the Unnamed, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver (2002); and 33 Pieces, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto at Mississauga (2001). Her group exhibitions include Houseguests, Art Gallery of Ontario (2001); Longing and Belonging: From the Faraway Nearby, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico (1995); Land, Spirit, Power, National Gallery of Canada (1992); and Creation or Death: We Will Win, at the Havana Biennial, Havana Cuba (1991).
The Vancouver Art Gallery organized a survey exhibition of Belmore's work in 2008, Rebecca Belmore: Rising to the Occasion. The exhibition included an accompanying hardcover catalogue with texts by Kathleen Ritter, Marcia Crosby and Richard W. Hill.
Ron Tran is a Vancouver-based artist whose practice explores the ways in which chance and coincidence influence daily life. Tran employs a subtle methodology of interaction and collaboration to produce works in a variety of media. Inserting art into public life through quiet, playful interpersonal gestures, Tran pushes the limits of absurdity, physical endurance and provocation. Recent work at Western Front featured a lone wooden door which was the door to Tran’s apartment, which he lived without for the duration of the exhibition.
Tran’s work explores issues of power and cultural anxiety while engaging the critical potential of humour. He studied at the Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design and has participated in group and solo exhibitions at the Saidye Bronfman Centre, the Helen Pitt Gallery, Artspeak, Access, and the Charles H. Scott Gallery. Tran has exhibited internationally at the Liu-Haisu Museum in Shanghai, China , recently completed a two month residency at Neon Gallery in Sweden, and was selected to be in East International 2007 in Norwich England. His new work was recently featured in a solo exhibition at Lawrence Eng Gallery, Vancouver.