Auction | The Fine Art of Schmoozy
The Fine Art of Schmoozy: Saturday, November 24th 2012
This year Latitude 53 is proud to showcase the work of numerous Edmontonian and Canadian artists who have donated their artworks to our Silent Auction in support of Latitude 53's vision of exploring the boundaries of contemporary art.
- Mackenzy Albright
- Zachary Ayotte
- Allen Ball
- Everett Blackwell
- Lindsey Bond
- Richard Boulet
- Blair Brennan
- Jim Corrigan
- April Dean
- Jorden & David Doody
- Brenda Draney
- Alexandra Emberley
- Jana Hargarten
- Robert Harpin
- Josh Holinaty
- Aimée Henny Brown
- Dana Holst
- Liz Ingram
- Adriean Koleric
- Jeff Kulak
- Sydney Lancaster
- Dwayne Martineau
- Mitch Mitchell
- Brad Necyk
- Christina Paradun
- Paul Roche
- Erin Ross
- Daryl Rydman
- Daniela Schlüter
- Sergio Serrano & Alexander Stewart
- Leslie Sharpe
- Yusuke Shibata
- Marc Siegner
- Genevieve Simms
- Emily Soder-Duncan
- Jeff Sylvester
- Akiko Taniguchi
- Anya Tonkonogy
- Jennie Vegt
- Samantha Walrod
- Dallas Whitely
- Maria Whiteman
- Gillian Willans
- Andrea Williamson
- Pam Wilman
- Gabe Wong
Mackenzy Albright was born in Tyler Minnesota. He grew up on a farm building stuff from garbage as a kid. Now he is currently an Intermedia MFA candidate at the University of Alberta. His current research revolves around both the love hate relationships surrounding the automotive and how that reflects on the greater culture. He explores these themes through the semiotics of the automotive, landscape and pop-imagery which manifest into two and three-dimensional works.
Zachary Ayotte is a photographer and artist living and working in Edmonton, Alberta. He uses the physical world to stimulate emotional memory. Merging images of the calm familiar with subtle dreamscapes, his work explores the space between stimulation and cognition. In 2011, he completed an internship with internationally acclaimed photographer Cass Bird in Brooklyn, New York. Recently, he participated in the final exhibition of At the Same Time, in Toronto, Ontario, and helped publish a book of the same name to coincide with the conclusion of the project.
Allen Ball was born in London and received a First Class B. A. (Honours) Degree in Fine Art - Painting, with a Commendation in Printmaking, from Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in 1984, and an MVA in Painting, from the University of Alberta (supported by a Commonwealth Scholarship) in 1990.
He is currently Associate Professor, Painting, and Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta. From August–December 2012, will reside as Scholar in Residence for Arts Research in Nanotechnology (SRARN), at the National Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada. Over the past 20 years, his work has been grounded primarily in the practice of painting, interrogating the limits of its forms and extending the language of painting into an expanded field of inquiry. Recent projects include: “The Wordless Book and other sounds” (2010), a series of paintings that interrogates the associative power of colour through Baptist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s nonverbal evangelical device the Wordless Book; “The German Autumn in Minor Spaces” (2008), a photographic and screen-based collaboration with Dr. Kimberly Mair (Department of Sociology, University of Lethbridge), pertaining to the ideological struggles of the Red Army Faction or Baader-Meinhof Gang; and, “Spectacle in a State of Exception” (2007), a multi-media project stemming from research conducted as an embedded official Canadian War Artist with Canadian Forces Operation Calumet in the Sinai Peninsula.
Lindsey Bond is a photo-media artist born in Edmonton, Alberta currently living and working in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Bond completed her BFA degree in Photography (2008) from Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC. Lindsey creates medium-format photographic and video works rooted in the contemporary-past. Her work engages topics surrounding cultural identity, communication in urban spaces, memory and the act of collecting. The subjects that center her practice begin at the periphery; they are time based and experiment with the poetics of light. Looking closer, her work transcribes a visual narrative about the experience of place; between bridges, at the edge of sidewalks and the end of rail lines. Bond’s ethic speaks to an intentional and sensitive combination of research, process and intuition that begins to challenge our connection to space and place.
Lindsey Bond has most recently being awarded The Emerging Photographer Award for Flash Forward 2012 by The Magenta Foundation. In May 2012, Bond was invited to do a Residency at The Banff Centre to complete “Negotiating Spaces: Visual Recollections of Train Travel in Canada” an evolving art installation surrounding contemporary train travel in Canada. Bond has also just released her first book of photography “Messages To”. This publication extends her first public art project exhibited in the Edmonton Light Rail Transit (LRT), funded by The Alberta Foundation for the Arts.
Bond’s work has been exhibited in Vancouver and Richmond, British Columbia; Edmonton and Calgary, Alberta; Winnipeg, Manitoba; Soréde, France and Edinburgh, Scotland.
A very long walk over a very long time.
Angels met there.
Devils met there.
A friend and I have gone fishing."
Blair Brennan was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1959. He received a B.F.A. from the University of Alberta in 1981. Brennan lives and works in Edmonton. His sculpture, installation work, photographs/photo-based works, drawings, book works and other works on paper have been exhibited nationally in numerous group and solo exhibitions. His work was featured in both the 1996 and the 1998/99 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art (exhibited in Edmonton and Calgary) and in recent thematic group exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Regina (Graphic Visions, 2008); Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver (Too Many Words, 2007); Harcourt House Gallery, Edmonton (New Alchemists: Catherine Burgess and Blair Brennan, 2007) and Cambridge Art Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario (Wordsmiths, 2006).
Brennan's work is represented in numerous private and public collections including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton), the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa), the Glenbow Museum (Calgary), the University of Alberta (Edmonton) and the Winnipeg art Gallery.
From 1988 through to 1995, Brennan worked with Edmonton based, nationally acclaimed dancer/choreographer Brian Webb to develop a series of collaborative performance/ installations. These highly ritualistic collaborative works have been widely performed and exhibited. Brennan and Webb collaborative projects have been presented in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa.
Brennan has been involved with various art galleries and the local arts community in Edmonton for over twenty years. He has held various board, committee, volunteer and paid staff positions. He has served on a number of arts juries and has curated/facilitated exhibitions of Edmonton artists. Brennan has contributed writing to various Canadian arts and cultural publications (Artichoke, Border Crossings, C – International Contemporary Art, Cameo, RACAR and Mix) and was recently invited to contribute a piece to Visible Language (vol. 42.1) a journal published by the Rhode Island School of Design.
Jim Corrigan was born in Red Deer, Alberta in 1955. He studied art at Red Deer College, Manchester Polytechnic School of Art in England and painting at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta where he received a Master of Visual Arts degree in 1981.
He has worked in various capacities with University Collections, University Archives and Collections and Museums and Collections Services at the University of Alberta since 1981, and has been the curator of the University of Alberta Art Collection since 1997, curating or co-curating over 20 exhibitions.
He has had his own work presented in over 50 solo and group exhibitions throughout Alberta since 1979. He is represented in public and corporate collections such as the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Glenbow Museum and Archives, the Art Gallery of Alberta, and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce as well as private collections in Canada and the United States.
April Dean is a Visual Artist, general life enthusiast and in her spare time she is Executive Director at SNAP gallery + printshop in Edmonton. She recently completed a Master of Fine Arts Degree in fine & media arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax. Her studio practice involves all forms of print media and combinations of video & installation. Her work is often developed around themes of intimacy and physical construction and/or connection. Her work is currently being exhibited in the International Print Biennial of Duoro in Alijo, Portugal and has been selected to represent Canada at the International Triennial of Graphic Arts in Novosibirsk, Russia. She is hopelessly in love with Ed Ruscha, but he is not age appropriate. www.aprildeanart.com @APTWITDEAN
Jorden & David Doody
Jorden Blue & David James Doody are both graduates from the University of British Columbia in Critical and Creative Studies. Although each artist offers a uniquely individual approach to the discourse of visual arts, they share a common focus on the materialism of cultural codification. Their combined individual practices have been heavily influenced by world travel and the cross pollination of mass media, ritual and fetishistic cultures. Their practice moves freely between new media, sculpture, and painting.
“As a collaborative team for the past eleven years, we believe that communication has been the foundation of our artistic relationship. A common thread that can be traced throughout our work is that of collage. By sampling freely from a multitude of different sources, we are able to access unlimited individual histories, societal contexts and cultural symbols. For us, collage is more than just cut and paste, it is an immediate sense of being; it is our way of participating in the re-contextualization of our unfolding culture.”
Through their open processes of art-making they allow happenstance to regurgitate cultural intuition in an act of artistic survival.
Brenda Draney grew up in Slave Lake, Alberta. She completed an English degree at the University of Alberta before graduating with a BFA in Painting. She graduated with her Master’s degree from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and became the 11th winner of the annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition in 2009. Her work has been exhibited at the Power Plant in Toronto, the Toronto International Art Fair, and at MKG127 Gallery in Toronto. She took part in a show at Stride Gallery in 2012. Brenda currently lives and works in Edmonton, Alberta.
Some animals are predatory, some are cute, a lot of them are extinct. The message is subliminal--illustrating zoological acrobatics; suggesting ecological, and economic imbalance. Complete cooperation is necessary to maintain the power structure. Are side by side compositions more stable?
Robert Harpin has a degree in Fine Art. Bucking the trend, this degree has been put to good use (it’s currently being used as a drawer liner). Also, and perhaps most surprising, Harpin has an arts related job. He makes pop art collages and installations when no one is looking.
Dana Holst is a mid-career artist living and working in Edmonton, Alberta. Public collections include the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston; Art Bank, Ottawa & Glenbow Museum, Calgary. Lo and Behold is an upcoming solo exhibition at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects in Toronto running November 29 – December 23, 2012. www.danaholst.com
Liz Ingram was born in Argentina and grew up in New Delhi, Mumbai and Toronto. For over thirty-six years she has been teaching at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, and is currently Distinguished University Professor in printmaking and drawing/intermedia. She has participated for many years in juried international biennials and triennials and has received awards for her prints in Canada, Slovenia (Yugoslavia), Korea, Brazil, Estonia, India and Finland. In 2008 Ingram was the recipient of the Gordin J. Kaplan Award for Research Excellence at the University of Alberta, in 2009 she was elected into the Royal Society of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture, and she was the University Cup winner for 2011. She has completed a number of large permanent public art commissions including installations at the Edmonton International Airport and the Southern Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary. A few selected exhibitions include: Perceptions of Promise, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada, and the Chelsea Art Museum in New York, 2011; Beyond Printmaking: Images in Objects (installation), the Jesuits Gallery of Contemporary Art, Poznan, Poland, 2009; Imagining Science: An Artistic Exploration of Science, Society and Social Change, (Installation) Art Gallery of Alberta, 2008; Human/Nature: Contemporary Canadian Installation, Doland Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China, 2004; Fragile Source 2, Open Studio Gallery, Toronto, 2003. The human body and the elemental in nature are recurring sources for her art practice which investigates transitional states between material presence and the ephemeral, and issues relating to the fragility of life and the environment.
It was a dark and stormy night.........
After being found and retrieved from the smoky and ominous mountain terrains of northerly Delwood, Adriean Koleric soon began plans for partial World domination. Plans that would involve devouring unsuspecting planets and rural Hamlets that stood in his treacherous path. Unbeknownst to the locals who soon befriended the man they only knew as Honey Button, they were in the midst of an apocalyptic tirade that has not been seen since the unforgiveable shark jump of ’77. Families were about to be torn apart, houses burnt to cinders and Arctic Puffins told that their time was now up.
When Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell uttered the infamous line “Ain’t No Mountain Higher,” the sound engineer opted to leave out the full line of “Ain’t No Mountain Higher that you can hide from Adriean Koleric.”
Jeff Kulak is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator based in Montreal. His work can be found across the print spectrum in national publications and materials for cultural institutions. He maintains a drawing and printmaking practice alongside his commercial work.
Sydney Lancaster is an Edmonton-based mixed media artist. She has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Canada, and was the Harcourt House AIR for 2011 - 2012. Her work explores the relationship between objects, memory, and identity. Please see www.sydneylancaster.ca for more information.
Brad Necyk is a practicing artist and MFA candidate at the University of Alberta in Photography and Video. His work primarily focused around the historicization of the medical body, psychiatry and melancholia. He also writes creatively and theoretically and has presented his work at a number of conferences. He is also an sessional instructor at the University of Alberta teaching Drawing and Intermedia.
Stepping into a flow of grace, it begins again. The creation of fine lines, the beauty of science and alchemy, creating while the world sleeps. All this to feed the soul and spark the heart, to give with love.
Paul Roche is an Irish born artist who has worked as a graphic artist, teacher & design consultant in the UK & Ireland and more recently as a decorative and visual artist in Edmonton, Canada. With a leaning towards semi abstract landscapes his unique eye for line and colour enthuses the senses with a child like vigour. His works are held privately and in corporate collections throughout Europe & North America.
Erin Ross was born in 1983 in Edmonton, Alberta. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alberta in 2006, and has also studied Visual Communication Design at Medicine Hat College. She has had her work represented in commercial galleries since 2008. She has received public attention for her work, including an award of excellence in Illustration from Communication Arts magazine and a feature in their 2005 Design Annual, the cover and a feature article in SEE Magazine, a documentary segment on Alberta Primetime, interviews with CBC Radio One, Parlour Life and Profile magazines. Erin was just recently nominated as an Emerging Artist for the 25th Annual Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Awards. Erin lives and works in Edmonton, with her studio located in the historic Great West Saddlery building on 104th street.
Daryl Rydman currently plays an active role as a practicing artist and continues to teach in the Department of Art & Design at the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan University. He has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions and is represented in public collections that include the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Edmonton Art Gallery and the University of Alberta, as well as numerous private art collections. Although known primarily as a painter, Rydman produces work that exists at the intersection of painting, photography and printmaking.
Daniela Schlüter holds an MFA in Print Media from Concordia University, Montreal (2004) and a MFA in Printmaking and Design with a Commendation in Philosophy from the Fachhochschule Münster, Germany and a BFA form the Ruhrakademie Schwerte (2000). Daniela has taught Printmaking, Drawing and Design courses as Assistant Professor at Felician College, NYC, USA (2004–2008). She is currently Assistant Professor in printmaking and drawing/intermedia in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta.
Daniela’s work, which has been exhibited in Europe, the United States, Canada and the Middle East, addresses questions of unity and fragmentation from different angles, such as consciousness, social cohesion, biotechnology and history. Recent exhibitions and Triennials include "Perceptions of Promise", Chelsea Art Museum NYC, USA/Glenbow Museum Calgary, Alberta; “Crossing the Atlantic” 40 Years DAAD New York, Chelsea Art Museum NYC, USA and the "International Artist's Book Triennial Vilnius", Vilnius, Lithuania. She has received support and grants from the University of Alberta; Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technologies, Concordia University, Montreal; DAAD Germany; and Aldegrever Gesellschaft Münster, Germany.
Sergio Serrano & Alexander Stewart
Sergio and Alexander are a collaborative duo Woking in the intersection of Art and Design. Their works are an examination of contemporary visual culture and our relationship to technology. Each piece is a statement in an infinite and emergent conversation.
Yusuke Shibata was born in Fukuoka, Japan, now based on Tokyo. He got MFA of printmaking course at Musashino University in 2007. Recently he was in residence at University of Alberta as a visiting artist by receiving the grant from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan.
Marc Siegner was born in Ottawa, Canada and grew up in southern Ontario. Since 1981 he has been living and working in Edmonton, Alberta, where he has been working for the Department of Art & Design at he University of Alberta. He studied at the Ontario College of Art, apprenticed as a lithographer under Don Phillips and Ed Zingraff at Sword Street Press, Toronto, and completed his Masters of Visual Arts at Norwich University, Vermont College, Vermont. Marc has been developing his most recent work during month long intensives at the Red Gate Residency in Beijing since 2009. His print and multi-media installation works have been exhibited across Canada, as well as internationally in Germany, Thailand, Mexico, Brazil, Slovenia, Poland, Japan, London and now China. He is co-founder of the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP) and a contributor to the arts community of Edmonton and Alberta. The Alberta Foundation for the Arts collects his work as well as the Canada Council Art Bank and several corporate collections both in Canada and internationally.
Inspired by a deep appreciation of food and conversation, the basis of culture, Marc’s visual research engages the theme of cultural adaptation utilizing images from encroached communities. Generally it is assumed that one undertakes the adaptation to a new culture when we move to a new country. But what happens when we have to culturally adapt in our own country? What does it mean to be displaced in our own backyard?
Robyn Stuart sells her soul as a graphic designer during the day, while Matt Whitson is a petty bureaucrat, even at night. Once a year they put their relationship on the line to work on a collaborative piece for Schmoozy.
Jeff Sylvester is an Edmonton based artist, represented by The Front Gallery. His works are enjoyed in private collections throughout Canada since 1995.
Akiko Taniguchi was born and raised in Tokyo and currently living in Edmonton. Since completing her MFA Taniguchi has had nineteen solo-exhibitions and ten two-person exhibitions, also been in numerous international printmaking exhibitions throughout Japan, Canada, Russia and the United States.
Anya immigrated to Edmonton from the former Soviet Union at the age of 10. She earned her BA at the University of Alberta in 2001, and completed her Master’s degree in Art Therapy at Concordia University, Montreal in 2007. In addition to formal education, Anya has pursued individual apprenticeship with local figurative painter Tessa Nunn over the past 6 years. She has also spent extensive time in New York City studying in an atelier setting under Jacob Collins, an established American realist painter.
Anya’s work centers on the human form. The passing of time and the resulting impact on memory is a personal fascination. Creation of ‘personal myths’ about who we are as individuals feeds the artist’s imagination. Anya has been working on a relatively small scale, which beckons the viewer to come closer, to get near, in order to really see. Though Anya works quite deliberately, her hope is to let the ‘accidental’ and the mysterious moments of creating, speak louder than mere skill.
Anya has exhibited at numerous group shows in Edmonton, including an Edmonton Public Works Installation of Banners on Downtown light-posts, in collaboration with Cadence Weapon. Anya has done various freelance illustrative projects, and has been actively selling her work for the past 7 years, with a focus on commissioned portraits.
Jennie Vegt completed her BFA at the University of Alberta. Enamoured with painting since her childhood in Vernon BC, Jennie has grown to be very involved in the Edmonton community making art and taking names. Commissions, murals, and art shows are on her plate right now, and she always wants for more.
Samantha Walrod was born in Calgary Alberta and studied at Alberta College of Design, where she graduated in 2008. Walrod often works paint and ink on canvas, with a focus on photographic collage. She is an MFA candidate at the University of Alberta. Her work has been exhibited through out Canada, and internationally.
I take photos of people in my life because I feel like it is my
responsibility to document our experiences. Black and white printing
is a skill that takes a lifetime to learn, and I've decided to do just
Maria Whiteman is Assistant Professor of Drawing and Intermedia in Fine Arts at the University of Alberta. She teaches courses in mixed media, photography, video, drawing and installation art. Her current art practice explores themes such as art and science, relationships between industry, community and nature, and the place of animals in our cultural and social imaginary. In addition to her studio work, she conducts research in contemporary art theory and visual culture. She is currently working on The Retreat (co-editor; to be published by Autonomedia) and Refiguring the Animal: Plasticity and Contemporary Art (co-edited with Amanda Boetzkes; to be published by University of Minnesota Press). In 2011, Whiteman was the recipient of an Interdisciplinary Course Seminar Grant from the Kule Institute for Advanced Study. She is presently a scholar in the Canadian Institute for Research Computing in the Arts. In 2011, she had a solo exhibition at Latitude 53 and she will be included in the 2013 Alberta Biennial at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Whiteman is a co-director of the 2012 Banff Research in Culture/documenta 13 research residency.
Andrea Williamson was born and raised in Calgary and this is where she maintains her art and critical writing practice. Andrea graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2007 with a double major in Fine Arts and Media Arts.
I paint on location throughout Alberta to increase the awareness of loss of wildlife habitat and wildlife corridors. My purpose
of landscape painting is so that future generations will preserve the natural beauty of Alberta.
Among my favourite places to paint are the beautiful viewscapes of the Whaleback, the Castle, and the Crowsnest Pass. My aim is to draw attention to the fragility of these landscapes. I use my art as a tool to help achieve better protection for these threatened landscapes in Alberta. As an avid hiker and skier, I paint most of my work outdoors, even when creating large-scale oil paintings.
My Bachelor of Fine Arts degree includes studies at the University of Alberta and Yale University. I have exhibited in 80 group exhibitions and 16 solo shows in Canada and the United States. My work can be found in public and corporate collections and the Art Gallery of Alberta, Art Rental and Sales.
Gabe Wong wears many hats, from designer, illustrator, artist to product maker. He graduated from the visual communication design program at the University of Alberta where he now teaches.