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Camosun hosts visiting artists in a lecture format, allowing students to learn from professional artists and other members of the art community. Free admission, free your mind.

Visiting Artist Series

These amazing artists will be coming to speak to the Camosun community. For more info please contact John Boehme 250-370-3512
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2017 line-up

Jörn J. Burmester | performance artist, curator and dramaturg | October 11, Wednesday 3:30pm | Young 117 | Lansdowne

The Visual Arts program thanks our recent visiting artists:

Vikky Alexander is one of Vancouver’s most acclaimed artists. Her work has been recognized within Canada and internationally in New Zealand, Japan, Korea, Europe and in the United States. Working as a photographer, sculptor, collagist and installation artist, Alexander is a leading practitioner in the field of photo-conceptualism.

Alexander’s work is fantastic in both the literal and figurative senses of the words. She is playful and uses a variety of media and techniques to make her point: mirrors, photographic landscape murals, postcards collected on her travels, her own photography and video. Her work is at once both seductive and disruptive; she likes to situate the viewer within idealized spaces that reflect our aspirations and utopian desires. With Alexander’s work one can experience a sense of vertigo: a physical displacement from the natural world that mirrors and frames our desires within the dynamics of consumption and utopian ideals. She lives in Montreal and is represented by Downs & Ross, New York, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Trepanier Baer,Calgary and Wilding Cran, Los Angeles. Website

Zebra at Buttes

Chaumont, Zebra at Buttes, 2016

Istanbul Showrooms, White and Gold Greyhounds, 2013

Megan Dickie is an artist who works in the mediums of sculpture, video and printmaking. Her artistic research focuses on the seductive tension that exists between reason and play. Dickie explores this concept by subverting systems and structures with critically deployed humour. Her most recent project uses video games as a platform to question the competitive structure of contemporary art and our enduring fascination with watching human struggle. The project combines large, absurd sculptures with a HD video trilogy that is inspired by the quirky graphics of 1980’s video games. The videos have recently been shown at TUFF (Toronto) BIDDU (Reykjavik) and Eastern Edge (St. John’s). A major solo presentation of the entire project is currently on view at Open Space (Victoria) until February 20, 2017. Recent exhibitions include Oxygen Art Centre (Nelson), Latitude 53 (Edmonton), Stride (Calgary) and Grunt Gallery, (Vancouver). She is also the recipient of numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council. Megan Dickie received her MFA from the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, 2002) and a BFA from the University of Calgary (1997). Her works are part of the collections of the University of Saskatchewan, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Nickel Arts Museum. Megan Dickie resides in Victoria, BC and is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at the University of Victoria. Website

Lofty Lot | Work from exhibition, One Way or Another | OpenSpace Dec 13 - Feb 11

Megan Dickie large sculpture called Lofty Lot

Angela Teng is a painter who employs a laborious dedication to the processes of craft through abstraction and studio‐based exploration of materials. Teng obtained a Diploma from Camosun College Visual Arts Department a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2011 and has exhibited in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Saskatoon, New York, and Chicago. She is a finalist in the 2016 RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

Golden Boy | crocheted acrylic paint on aluminum panel | 50.8 x 40.65 cm | 2015

Angela Teng - Golden Boy (2015)

Matt Trahan is an artist living in Victoria, BC. Originally from Ontario, he graduated with a BFA in Art & Philosophy from he University of Western Ontario (2009) and MFA from The University of Victoria (2012) where he currently teaches drawing and contemporary art theory. His work examines the material possibilities of drawing by challenging some of the most fundamental precepts of the medium including the relationship between positive and negative space, figure and ground, and the discreteness of line. He also uses drawing as a framework for highlighting the beauty of certain mundane objects that appear to have an inherent artfulness or delicacy. Recent exhibitions include 'Conditional Statements' at Chernoff Fine Arts in Vancouver, 'Scribes & Thieves' at Wil Aballe Art Projects in Vancouver, and 'Duplicate' at Deluge Contemporary Art in Victoria. Website

Untitled (pencil shavings) (detail) | Pencil shavings, MDF & Plexiglas | 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 43 inches | 2010

Natalie Brettschneider performs Mirror, Paris, 1938

  • Marian Bantjes - TBA- rescheduled | designer, typographer, writer and illustrator

Marian Bantjes is a designer, typographer, writer and illustrator working internationally from her base on a small island off the west coast of Canada, near Vancouver.

Her career spans 3 stages: she worked as a book typesetter from 1984–1994: she co-founded and ran a graphic design studio, Digitopolis, from 1994–2003; and since 2003 she has worked on her own as a designer/artist/letterer. It is this latter work for which she has become internationally known.

Her 2010 book I Wonder (published by Thames & Hudson, 2010) is an exploration of the marriage of word and image, written and illuminated by herself throughout, it is alternately mysterious, thoughtful, personal and funny. It was shortlisted for the British Design of the Year award in 2011, and along with several other pieces or her work, is included in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York.
In 2010 she spoke at the renowned TED Conference in Long Beach, California. In 2008, she was accepted as a member of the prestigious international design organization, Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), and in 2010 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada.
An extensive monograph of her work, Pretty Pictures was published by Thames & Hudson in the fall of 2013, to critical acclaim, and was named one of the best 20 art books in the past 20 years by BookForum. Website

Natalie Brettschneider performs Mirror, Paris, 1938

Carol Sawyer is a visual artist, performer, and singer. Since the late 1980s her work has been concerned with the connection between truth, fiction, performance, memory, and history. Her current work takes the form of photographs, videos, and multi-media installations. She has also created musical performances and interdisciplinary performance pieces, and performs improvised music with her ensemble ion Zoo. Sawyer received her Diploma in Photography (Honours) from Emily Carr College of Art and Design (1982) and an interdisciplinary MFA from the School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University (1998). She has exhibited widely in both solo and group shows across Canada. Sawyer has been the recipient of numerous Canada Council and BC Arts Council grants, and has participated in several residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She has taught courses in interdisciplinary studio and the history of photography at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and studio courses in photography at Simon Fraser University. Sawyer’s work is represented by Republic Gallery, Vancouver.  
Photo caption: Natalie Brettschneider performs Mirror, Paris, 1938

(note about the photo caption - because Carol has created a fiction about this historical artist named "Natalie Brettschneider" and creates work in her name, she typically only captions the work from this series with Natalie's name, the title and the fictional date - i.e. she doesn't typically use her name or the real date of production.)

Natalie Brettschneider performs Mirror, Paris, 1938

Cedric Bomford lives and works in Victoria, BC and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Victoria. His installation and photographic work has been exhibited in Canada as well as inter-nationally in Germany, Sweden, Australia, the United Kingdom, Iran, and Taiwan. He has also participated in residencies in Europe, Asia, Australia, and North America. Bomford holds an MFA from the Malmö Art Academy (2007) and a BFA from Emily Carr University, Vancouver (2003).

Nathan Bomford is a visual artist mainly working in photography and installation. He was born in Kamloops, BC and is currently based in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island. Nathan received an MFA from the University of Victoria in 2006, and a BFA with a major in photography from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2003. Nathan is also a graduate of the Camosun Visual Arts Program (2001). He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Germany the United Kingdom and across Canada.

Johanna Householder has been working in performance, dance, video and intermedia art practices since the late 1970s. Working at the intersection of popular and unpopular culture, she shapes plundered source material in order to talk back to mass forms. Householder practices her own brand of cultural détournement, often in collaboration with other artists. She has performed most recently at Performancear o Morir in Chihuahua, Mexico, the IARC in Singapore, at undisclosed territory in Java, and at M:ST in Calgary, AB. With Tanya Mars she edited Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women, YYZ Books, 2005 – and they are currently at work on Volume Two. She is one of the founders of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art which will hold its 11th biennial festival in Toronto in October 2016, and she chairs the Artistic Research Working Group for the Board of Performance Studies international.

Margaret Dragu works in video, installation, web-based/book-publication and performance. Spanning relational, durational, interventionist and community-based practices, her performances have been presented in galleries, museums, theatres, nightclubs, libraries, universities and site-specific venues including parks, botanical gardens, and public parade routes across Canada, the United States and Europe. An innovator and pioneer in Canadian art, Dragu was the recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts in 2012. See more...

"She … allows [people] to see that art exists on the streets and happens in the home." - Lynn Beavis, Director, Richmond Art Gallery (nominator)

Artist in Residence for 2015

  • James Luna | performance and installation artist

Art by James Luna

Internationally renowned performance and installation artist James Luna (Puyukitchum/Luiseno) resides on the La Jolla Indian Reservation in North County San Diego, California. With over 30 years of exhibition and performance experience Luna has given voice to Native American cultural issues, pursued innovative and versatile media within his disciplines, and charted waters for other artists to follow.  His powerful works transform gallery spaces into battlefields, where the audience is confronted with the nature of cultural identity, the tensions generated by cultural isolation, and the dangers of cultural misinterpretations, all from an Indigenous perspective.

Since 1975, he has had over 41 solo exhibitions, participated in 85 group exhibitions and has performed internationally at venues that include the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Canada, and Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, NM.
His performances have been sponsored by a range of presenters, including Nippon International Performance Festival (UK); SITE Santa Fe (Santa Fe, NM), Wing Museum (Seattle, WA), Toronto Free Gallery with Red Sky Performance and imagineNATIVE (Toronto), TRIBE INC/Neutral Ground, (Saskatoon), Paved Arts,  (Regina), (Mesa Art Center, Mesa, AZ;), and Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA).  

He has received several major awards and grants including the Painters & Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Distinguished Artist Award and the Eiteljorg Museum Fellowship for Native American Fine Art from Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in 2007, US/Japan Creative Artist Exchange Fellowship, from the Japan-US Friendship Commission, the Performing Arts/Emerging Fields production grant from Creative Capital, Andrea Frank Foundation grant, In addition, Luna has received media arts grants from the Native American Public Broadcasting Consortium for the production of Bringing It All Back Home in 1995 and a Rockefeller Foundation Intercultural Film/Video Grant of for the production of The History of the Luiseno People-Christmas 1990.
Most notably, in 2005, he was selected as the first Sponsored Artist of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian presented at the 2005 Venice Biennale’s 51st International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy. In 2012 James was awarded Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM

Art by Rozita Moini-Shirazi

Rozita Moini-Shirazi is an Irania...n-Canadian multi disciplinary artist. Her work deals with contemporary socio-political issues as well as enchanted imagery from the world of illustration. She works in various mediums including painting, illustration, photography and installation.

Having lived in Iran until the age of twenty-one, Rozita experienced both the tumultuous times of the Iranian revolution, and the horrors of the Iran-Iraq war that followed. She first immigrated to Germany in 1984 and studied communication design in Essen and then to Canada in 1990, where she pursued an education in Fine Arts at Langara College and Emily Carr University. Returning to Iran in 2003 she completed an MFA at Tehran’s Azad University with a comparative study of three generations of Iranian female artists, from pre-revolution, post-revolution and the current generation.

She currently lives in Victoria BC completing her PhD in the department of art education at the University of Victoria and teaches at Emily Carr University.

Bill Jeffries has curated c. 140 exhibitions since 1983. He has also worked as a freelance writer, lecturer, artist and community and environmental activist. Bill was the owner of the Coburg Gallery in Vancouver from 1983 to 1987, which was the only privately-owned photography gallery in the Lower Mainland.

In 1984 he founded the Canadian Photographic Portfolio Society, which continues to operate to this day. From 1988 to 1991 he was Curator and Director at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver. From 1998 to 2001 he worked in a variety of registrar positions at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He was Director/Curator at Presentation House Gallery from 2001 to 2005, and held the same post at the Simon Fraser University Galleries from late 2005 until the end of 2012. He has texts in some twenty books in addition to a hundred or so shorter exhibition
essays.


Dawit L. Petros Desert image

Dawit L. Petros - This visiting artist lecture corresponds with the JAN 24, 2015 TO MAY 31, 2015 IN ANOTHER PLACE, AND HERE – EXHIBITION AT THE AGGV Organized by Michelle Jacques and Toby Lawrence | Ker & Centennial Galleries.

Winter season opening Friday, January 23, 2015 | 7-8pm / Opening Reception: Friday, January 23, 2015 | 8-10pm
Dawit L. Petros is a visual artist born in Eritrea and based in New York City. Working with installations, photography, research and extensive travels, his practice centers around a critical rereading of the relationship between African histories and European modernism. In recent projects he employs abstraction as an act of translation to push against naturalized ways of understanding form, colour, and subjectivity. By drawing upon forms rooted in diverse histories, Petros' artistic language enables a metaphorically rich articulation of the fluidity of contemporary transnational experiences and attendant issues of displacement, place-making, and cultural negotiation.

Petros studied Art as a Fulbright Fellow at Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Photography at Concordia University, Montreal and History at The University of Saskatchewan. Recent exhibition venues include The Studio Museum in Harlem, NYC; The National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, MI; The Prince Claus Fund Gallery in Amsterdam, NL; The Durban Art Gallery in Durban, SA; Medina Galerie Mediatheque in Bamako, Mali; The Royal Ontario Museum of Art in Toronto, ON and The Lianzhou International Photo Festival in Lianzhou, China. His works have been recognized with awards including an Independent Study Fellowship at the Whitney Museum of American Art, an Art Matters Fellowship, Canada Council for the Arts Production Grants, and Artist Residencies at The Studio Museum in Harlem, The McColl Center for Visual Art, Addis Ababa Photo Fest, and Invisible Borders TransAfrican Photography Collective. His works are in institutional collections including The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Royal Ontario Museum of Art, The Saskatchewan Arts Board and numerous private collections.

Jackie Duys-Kelly
Website - Awarewolf Creative

Keith Harrison speaker installation
Website - Keith Harrison was born in West Bromwich in the Black Country and from the age of 8 grew up in Birmingham. Harrison didn’t intend or expect to be a ceramicist and in a bizarre set of circumstances was banned from the ceramics room on the first day of his art foundation course in Bournville, Birmingham. Whilst on the BA Industrial Design course at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff he enjoyed the freedom and versatility of clay during one of the projects and later switched courses to ceramics. Harrison completed an MA in ceramics and glass at the Royal College of Art in 2002. The potential for the direct physical transformation of clay from a raw state utilising industrial and domestic electrical systems has driven a series of process-based live public experiments since 2002. The use of portable household appliances has enabled live firings to take place in alternative venues such as a living room, science laboratory, café and not-for-profit artist run spaces in Brighton and London. In addition, large-scale works have been realised for public galleries and museums including the V&A, De La Warr Pavilion, Jerwood Space, Camden Arts Centre and Mima, Middlesbrough which take on the given space to produce site-specific time-based works. The exploration of possibilities for a wider ranging sensory experience of the firing process other than heat began in 2007 with the work ‘20 Whittington Street’ at Camden Arts Centre. A living room carpet made from chapatti bread dough and spices heated underneath until the smell became unbearable for the audience in the gallery space. Float, commissioned for Jerwood Open Makers in 2011, was a large-scale culmination of a sequence of smaller scale works and experiments involving sound in conjunction with clay and electricity and included Blue Monday/White Label (Landmark, Bergen, 2010), Brother (Mima, Middlesbrough, 2009), and Grand (Permanent Gallery, Brighton, 2008). In the realisation of past works Harrison has received the support of a Gasworks/Arts Council International Artists’ Fellowship in 2004, Arts Council England Grant for the Arts in 2006 and 2013, AHRC Small Grants Award in 2007, Henry Moore Foundation Award in 2009, and the Jerwood Makers Open Commission in 2011.Residencies have been undertaken at KHOJ, New Delhi in 2003 and at the V&A Museum in 2012/13. During the V&A Residency Harrison staged a series of ‘Disruptions’ temporarily sited and enacted in venues throughout the Museum, intended as a riposte to the conventional lunchtime recital and providing a succession of short, experimental shocks within the structure of the institution. Harrison has been Associate Senior Lecturer at Bath School of Art and Design since 2002 and visiting lecturer at a number of art schools in the UK and Europe.

Devon Knowles
Website
- Devon Knowles is a Canadian artist currently based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her material centered practice assesses historical and contemporary models of production, interrogating their cultural positions and how they form material language.Through the investigation of a material’s history, economic and social contexts, the philosophy and theory surrounding a material manifest themselves in language. This language establishes an intimacy directly between the physical material, its use, and history. It is from within this blended configuration where Knowles’ practice engages, and where the conscious act of making becomes conceptually productive. By inhabiting the role of the fabricator, she allows subjective material sensibilities and attentiveness to the optical experience to expand beyond the range of material and craft customs. While acknowledging material history, Knowles asks how a known material language can be cajoled into delivering a new understanding.

Website - London-based, Japanese artist Hiraki Sawa’s videos explore psychological landscapes, unexpected worlds and the interweaving of domestic and imaginary spaces.  Populated with animals, inanimate objects and people, his characters search for their ‘place’ in the universe as he explores ideas of memory, displacement and migration.

Hiraki Sawa

Rachel Echenberg (Montreal, Quebec) is a visual artist who primarily works in performance and video. Echenberg's continual interest in possibilities for active empathy has led to artworks that highlight vulnerable, intimate and uncontrollable relationships. Since 1992 Rachel Echenberg's work has been exhibited, performed and screened across Canada as well as internationally in Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland and the United States. Many of her videos are available through Vidéographe Distribution in Montreal. Echenberg holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Canada (1993) and an MA in Visual Performance from Dartington College of Arts in the UK (2004). Rachel Echenberg currently teaches in the Fine Arts Department of Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec. Rachel Echenberg

Born in 1935, Glenn Lewis graduated from the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art + Design) (1958) with honors in painting, drawing, and ceramics. Subsequently, he received a teaching certificate from University of British Columbia (1959) and he studied ceramics under Bernard Leach in St. Ives (Cornwall, England) (1961-1964). Lewis has worked in video, performance, film, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and writing. He was an active member of the avant-garde art scene in Vancouver during the 1960s, producing work that blurred the boundaries between media and between viewer and artist. He has taught widely, including ceramics and art teaching methods in the Education Department at the University of British Columbia (1964-1967), media workshops at the National Film Board in Vancouver (1968-1970), and ceramics, sculpture, and drawing in the Fine Arts Department at the University of British Columbia (1971-1974).

As one of the co-founders of the Western Front, Lewis initiated and administered the Video taught ceramics 1970-71 at Alfred University in upper New York State. Program (1974-1976), curated the Performance Art Program (1977-1979), acted as arts administrator and program coordinator (1979-1987), initiated and coordinated the Computer-Integrated Media Program (1985-1987) and was Acting Director for three months in 1994. In addition, Lewis was head of the Media Arts Section of the Canada Council (1987-1990). Lewis has served on countless boards, including the Intermedia Board of Trustees (1970-1972), the Vancouver Art Gallery's Board of Directors (1973-1976, 1986-1987), the Western Front Board of Directors (1974-1987, 1991-present), as well as serving on various Canada Council juries (1978-1985). Performances and groups exhibitions include Floor Piece (1968), Japanese Pickled Cabbage (1969), Taping of the International Art Critics (with Michael Morris, 1970), participation in international correspondence activity (1970-1972), The Intermedia Society (1995), Thrown (2004). Solo exhibitions include the Douglas Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Belkin Satellite. Lewis lives and works in Vancouver. Also a solo exhibition in 2010 at the presentation House Gallery, N. Vancouver

Additional information and materials about Glenn Lewis are available on request in Art, Architecture and Planning at the University of British Columbia Library.

While Glenn is at Camosun, he plans to throw pots, do some sculptural decoration on them, glaze and fire them for most of the residency during the student classes and other times. He  intends to be available during these times to the students so they can see the techniques and skill used to make the work, and to help them and answer their questions. He will also give an illustrated talk to on various ceramics and potters.

"I hope to able to pass along some of my knowledge and skill to these students and discuss my views on art."

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