A Handmade Assembly, October 18 – 21, 2017, Sackville, NB
Rebecca Blankert is an art handler, artist and student living and working in Sackville, New Brunswick. Her work explores subjects such as alien theories, cryptozoology and supernatural phenomena. She has a BFA in Fine Arts from Mount Allison University and is currently studying Heritage Resources Management at Athabasca University.
Erik Edson lives, works, and teaches in Sackville, New Brunswick. His prints and installations have been exhibited across Canada. Recent exhibitions include Contemporary Currents, University of Maine Museum of Art, and material designations, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD. Other Stories, a one person exhibition of his work will open at the Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, during A Handmade Assembly and travel to The Confederation Centre for the Arts, Charlottetown, PEI, for exhibition this winter.
Born in Montreal, Deborah Margo lives in Ottawa. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University (Montreal) and a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University/Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia). She has also studied at the Haystack School of Crafts (Deer Isle, Maine) and Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta). She is a faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa where she teaches painting and sculpture. During the spring and summer months she works as a gardener. Margo's work combines different disciplines including sculpture, textiles, and ephemeral installations, questioning architectural, historical and environmental contexts of public and private spaces. Her working process is both conceptual and intuitive, based on research yet open to so-called accidents. Time, change, and touch are key preoccupations. Since 1984, Margo has exhibited in Canada, Mexico, and the United States, participating in solo and group projects. Current preoccupations include an outdoor sculpture and sound installation made with multi-media artist Annette Hegel. Following the flight paths of bumble bees, Apidictor Symphony is located in Fieldwork's meadow, in Maberly, Ontario. In addition, she is currently working on an new body of work entitled Making Colour. Its first iteration will be exhibited at the opening of the Ottawa Art Gallery's new building in December 2017.
Kelly Ruth is a textile/new media artist from Winnipeg. Most recently she has been activating her textiles and tools through electronics and sound. She has created several bodies of work using fibre, dyeing with plants, and weaving, recognizing these as early technologies and ethnographic relationships that humans have had with the land. In her work she is primarily concerned with the interplay between class, economics, and ecology. Kelly considers our place in history, our relationship to freedom, and our submissions to the controls over time, the manipulations of our thoughts and our complicities in the oppression of others in the face of global capitalism. Kelly has a background as a textile dyer/painter for dance, theater, and film companies across Canada. She is also a garment industry activist and models her manufacturing ideals through running her small business as an artisan garment designer.
Wing-Yee Tong is a visual artist who emigrated as a child from Hong Kong to Scarborough, Ontario. She works with everyday materials and consumer culture toss-aways to create images and scenarios that play with acculturation, unlearning, and the transmission of informal knowledges. Connecting to her family's history of industrial work in the needle trades from the perspective of a "deskilled" generation, her work often looks to explore and repurpose the forms, relations and histories embedded in handmade object, domestic craft traditions, and obsolescent objects of industrial manufacture.
Katherine Boyer is a multidisciplinary Métis artist living and working out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Recent exhibitions include Out of Repetition, Difference, Toronto (2017), LandMarks 2017 / Repères 2017, Place and Placelessness, Winnipeg (2017), BeadSpeak at Slate Fine Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan (2016), and Anishnaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes) Dunlop Art Gallery (2016). Later this year, Boyer will be included in the upcoming exhibition Crafting the Future at OCADU as part of the Canadian Craft Biennial, touring across Saskatchewan, and Material Girls, curated by Blair Fornwald, Jennifer Matotek, and Wendy Peart touring nationally. Boyer is currently undertaking her MFA at the University of Manitoba and is scheduled to complete in Spring 2018.
Shauntay Grant & Tyshan Wright
Shauntay Grant is a writer and storyteller. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University, and she served as Halifax's third Poet Laureate. A descendant of Black Loyalists, Jamaican Maroons, and Black Refugees who came to Canada during the 18th and 19th centuries, Shauntay's love of language stretches back to her storytelling roots in Nova Scotia's historic Black communities. Her awards and honours include a Best Atlantic Published Book Prize from the Atlantic Book Awards, a Poet of Honour Prize from Spoken Word Canada, and a Joseph S. Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. Shauntay curated the multi-media installation Stitched Stories: The Family Quilts, which opened at the Dalhousie Art Gallery last fall. Her more recent work includes the poetic/sculptural work Abeng, a collaboration with her husband Tyshan Wright. The work is currently on display at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. Tyshan hails from the historic Maroon town of Accompong in Jamaica. Skilled in the art of making Maroon instruments, his mixed media works explore intersections between traditional and contemporary craft. He has exhibited at creative and cultural events around Jamaica, and most recently, the Art Gallery of Ontario commissioned a collection of his sculptural works for the national group exhibition Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood. The exhibition is currently on display through December 10th.
Hazel Meyer is an interdisciplinary artist who works with installation, performance, and textiles to investigate the relationships between sport, sexuality, feminism, and material culture. Recent exhibitions and projects include Propped at Oakville Galleries, Tape Condition: degraded with Cait McKinney at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Toronto, a screening of Muscle Panic at neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst in Berlin, a public art commission "No Pressure, No Diamonds" for Cambridge Art Galleries and her text PONE BONE published in Art Criticism and Other Short Stories. Presently she is working on the next iteration of her ongoing project Muscle Panic for its 2018 USA debut at the Art League Houston, as well as its offshoot They, Olympia, a project in collaboration with filmmaker Helen Reed that will begin production in Vancouver in 2018. Hazel holds degrees from OCAD University (Toronto) and Concordia University (Montréal), and presently serves as the textile-banner custodian at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Toronto.
image credit: Cait McKinney
Diana Sherlock is a Canadian independent curator, writer and educator whose projects create opportunities for contemporary artists to produce new work in response to specific collections, contexts, histories and cultures of display. Recent curatorial projects include: New Maps of Paradise (2016) with Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton (Nickle Galleries, Calgary); In the making (2014-15) (Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary and Kenderdine College Art Galleries, Saskatoon); Folly: Château Mathieu (2009-14) (Mathieu, Normandy, France; Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat and Nickle Galleries, Calgary). Current projects include tracing parallel histories of West German ceramics (Ricardo Okaranza: Un Certain Regard, Berlin, 2010) and the Medicine Hat clay industries in southern Alberta, and editing a publication on Canadian artist Rita McKeough's performances and installations. Sherlock has published over 70 texts in gallery catalogues and contemporary art journals internationally including Canadian Art, BorderCrossings, CMagazine, FUSE, Blackflash, Ceramics Art and Perception, .dpi Feminist Journal of Art and Digital Culture and The Calgary Herald. An essay, "Capitalizing on Community: The Makerspace Phenomenon," is included in the anthology Craft on Demand: The New Politics of the Handmade edited by Nicole Burisch and Anthea Black for I.B. Tauris. Sherlock teaches critical theory and professional practice in the School of Critical + Creative Studies at the Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary.
Katie Marie Bruce
Katie Marie Bruce is an artist living and working in Southern Alberta. Her practice often finds cross-sections and interweavings between print, textile, and sculpture, and focuses largely on empathy, unspoken experiences, and what those could look like. She received her MFA from York University in 2015 and was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant recipient for her thesis project.
Keeley Haftner (b. 1985) is a Canadian artist whose sculpture deals with garbage as a material and as a philosophic construct. Her work has been exhibited internationally in the US, Canada, Germany and Iceland at venues including Currents International New Media Festival (Santa Fe), MOCA (Toronto), Studio XX (Montréal), (Iceland), Schering Stiftung (Berlin), and the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her BFA in Fine Arts in 2011 from Mount Allison University (MTA) and completed her MFA in 2016 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in Fiber and Material Studies.
Alana Morouney is an artist living and working in Sackville, NB, who thinks you can make what you need.
Suzie Smith is an interdisciplinary artist from Winnipeg, Canada. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree from Concordia University in 2004 and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from The Glasgow School of Art in 2011. She has shown both nationally and internationally and has had solo exhibitions at Arprim (Montréal), Malaspina Printmakers (Vancouver), Open Studio (Toronto), Ace Art (Winnipeg) etc. She is represented by Lisa Kehler Art + Projects in Winnipeg. In addition to her solo work she is also a founding member of Parameter Press, a Winnipeg-based collective.
Karen Trask is a multidisciplinary artist based in Montréal and currently in Sackville. Her works in video, installation, artists' books and performance have been presented in solo exhibitions in Quebec, Canada, Europe, and Tokyo as well as in group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, India, Mexico City, and Columbia. She has participated in several artist residencies: Helsinki 2001, Paris 2008, and Tokyo 2014 and her videos presented in festivals across Europe, Canada, and South America. Her work is in public and private collections in Canada, Europe, and the United States. In 1980 after completing a BA in visual arts at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, she moved to Québec City. She completed a Masters degree in sculpture at Concordia University in 1999. For 2017 and 2018, she is artist-in-residnece for L'Université de Moncton in Moncton and Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.