Chad Murray is a Vancouver-based artist and recent graduate of Emily Carr University. He is one of the founding members of Sunset Terrace, a studio and gallery located in East Vancouver. He has shown locally and internationally in a number of group and solo exhibitions. Murray was also the winner of the 2014 Frontlines Competition for emerging artists.
Ryan Mathieson is a Vancouver-based artist working primarily with photography and sculpture. He often makes work that is intended to slow down the experience of looking and doing so, brings attention to the complexities of mapping, representation and documentation. Engaging in fieldwork, he utilizes the photographic lens and sound recording to explore and document remote locations.
Mathieson obtained an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Design from the Alberta College of Art and Design. In 2014, he presented his first solo exhibition, Inter Tidal, at Index Gallery, Vancouver.
Full CV and other art documentation can be found at his personal website
Scott Kemp’s sculptural practice draws from the formal vocabulary of familiar but peripheral objects. He has participated in group exhibitions at Avenue, Dynamo Arts Association, Access Gallery, Or Gallery and a recent solo-exhibition at Index. He received his BFA from Emily Carr University in 2014.
His latest series of work is not process based, but documentary, finding examples of "wild" abstract compositions in the streets made from incidental gestures meant to conceal very deliberate, subversive gestures. I document these layered collaborations, cropping them to appear as process based high-art abstract paintings. Essentially,they're a series of paintings of painted over paintings.
Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, BFA at Emily Carr, MFA at Concordia forthcoming.
Influences: Marc Trujillio, Hillary Doyle, Josephine Halvorson, Rene Magritte
Jaedan Chayce Leimert (1991, Kelowna, British Columbia), is a cross-disciplinary artist working in sculpture, photography, video, and installation. His work addresses materiality, transience, memory and emptiness. Leimert completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Victoria in 2013. He is currently based in Vancouver, B.C. and is represented by the Robert Lynds Gallery.
With a regard for spatial circumstance, Maya Gulin makes work that tries to understand the outcome of time and material, where the product of the two invents itself by translation of individual thought prescribed to both, explained through the materials who were curious of themselves. Perceptually sympathetic towards both simplicity and complexity, depending on the day, this bi-polarity aims to eventually articulate process through the error of explanation that celebrates the distinct language of each material amongst a current atmosphere.
In being vague, meaning is allowed to be inserted, ignored, or fully understood in a place where making sense will come eventually, if only in the face of observation. Originally from Calgary, but graduating in 2015 from ECUAD’s Film, Video, and Integrated Media program, Maya Gulin intends to make videos but ends up making paintings and writing in notebooks that are still too fragmented to become films. Having fascination with objects, thoughts, and scenery- it is the grey matter in between that is trying to be tangible via an equation of mediums.
These include; paint, plaster, pencils, paper, film, video, shadows, glue- but the list keeps growing.
Joseph Strohan is a Vancouver artist that works with photography and drawing. His intentionally idiosyncratic work sets what seems familiar as an uncertain boundary to the reveries of the sleepless and the dreamer. Night and silence are the main themes that underpin his practice, along with the sleep that may or may not come. His practice is a finite exercise in the sameness of a place, and how in repetition that sameness is constantly renewed.
Strohan earned a BFA, with a concentration in Photography from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, in Vancouver, Canada. In 2015 he was invited to participate in The Onassis Cultural Centre’s, Hello Future! Talent's Archive, in Athens, Greece. Which profiled emerging artists from more than a dozen countries.
For a complete CV and to contact the artist please go here: cargocollective.com/josephstrohan
Each of the 4 images is from his series called Nightwalks, 2014. This is a small selection from the larger body of work, each photo is individually untitled. Each one is an 11”x14” silver gelatin print.
Melanie Thibodeau (b. 1992) is a Vancouver-based queer artist whose practice is focused around ideas about the body, having a body, and the ways in which materials and colour can affect one’s body. Their work is interdisciplinary, focusing on sculpture, painting, and installation, and they have previously worked with topics surrounding nostalgia and emotion; gender, sexuality, and feminism; and comfort vs. discomfort. Thibodeau’s recent investigations have been in conversation with research surrounding the notion of the fetish/fetishism, and the etymology and usages of that word.
Mira Song is an interdisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, BC and Seoul, South Korea and has exhibited in Seoul and Vancouver. She holds a Masters of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, a Certificate in Garden Design from UBC and a BFA from Korea National University in Seoul, Korea.
In her practice, Mira Song explores natural and constructed public spaces, reframed through the embodiment of different senses that trigger memories and imagination. Mira investigates this aesthetic territory by gathering objects and images of architectural and natural spaces which she then re-appropriates into multi-media works, including painting and sculpture.Song has been featured in the media and magazine including Vancouver Sun and Magenta Magazine. Her work is in the private collections in Canada and South Korea. In Vancouver, BC, Mira is represented by Robert Lynds Gallery.
As a visual artist working within varying medias, directing them all within similar strains of theory and themes. Murley's practice is an outlet that has come to cultivate and develop the progress of actively thinking and reflecting upon himself as the artist and creator, and the role of his art in mediating and exploring his thoughts on femininity, sexual identity and self. Meditating upon self-awareness within his work, He has learned to discuss, mediate and depict these studies through the mediums of painting, printmaking and textiles. By relying upon repeating symbols, signifiers, text and self-related aesthetics to direct this study, he will infuse it with a sense of longing, loss and melancholy.
Exploring the pathos of interpersonal relationships, gender, and desire he begins to reference the autobiographical. In opening the private to the public, the deeply personal inner intellectual and emotional an audience can visually interact with these embodied ideas. Proposing the opportunity for the audience to relate with the literal and visual references to love and love lost, sexual longing, fleeting moments, melodramatic and sentimental musings. Through the most recent explorations with inkless embossing, He has introduced an expression of these ideas in a demure reflection on past relationships and future optimisms of communications on them.
Working with a variety of mediums, performance forms the crux of Bischoff's practice. Female sexuality—either in culturally perceived or individually asserted variations—is often the starting point of her work. These interests will often culminate by researching pornography; Bischoff observes how pornography effects behaviours and relationships formed within every-day circumstances, what the positive potentials of the medium are, and where pornography intersects with less obvious forms of fetishization.
Alexandra Bischoff received her BFA from ECUAD in 2015 and was named the Valedictorian of her Undergraduate Class.
Tiffany Muñoz primarily focuses on semi-traditional, hand drawn works of carefully detailed images. It’s a layered process involving basic or mixed media. Thus further imbued by curating a blend of lifelong interests in outsider counter cultures, as well as the golden age illustrative ephemera of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
So much of Tiffany’s work is a study in dichotomy. It derives from a fascination with our psychological tug-of-war between the shadow and illuminated self. An attempt to add a viscerally relatable sense to the often confusing world of the intangible, the unspoken, the occult of the mind.
Currently, she is working towards her Fine Arts diploma at Langara College.
Justin Somjen is a Canadian photography-based artist living in Toronto. His work often uses photography and sculpture together in formal allegories, investigating the relationship between imagery and objects. His work attempts to simultaneously abandon and embrace photography to arrive at a place in which the medium's essences are tested or revealed. Somjen has shown publicly in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montréal and holds a BFA from Ryerson University.
Chris Eugene Mills is a Vancouver-based artist working through various fields including video, drawing, sculpture, poetic computation, and the intersections that some call New Media. His digital and print works are an aesthetic exploration into imagined architectural space in two-, three-, and four-dimensional digital environments. They are constructed in relation to, and with consideration for, the limitations of the digital screen and paper mediums. Mills is incredibly interested in the concept of the singular 'structure' as a symbol of artificiality and pre-definition, and presenting those structures in a way that they can live on indefinitely.
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Dandilion Wind Opaine, also known as Dandi Wind is an interdisciplinary artist, known primarily for her work in music and performance with bands Fan Death and Dandi Wind; she has also been successful at fashion design, sculpture and video. Conceived in a tent and raised in a tiny cabin in Northern BC without running water, her work has always drawn from mother nature, the cycle of life, realms of spirituality, childhood wonderment, and female body. She has performed site-specific work as Dandi Wind at Institute of Contemporary Art in London, The Power-plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, Beijing Art Now, and Vancouver Art Gallery. She has also presented full fashion lines at Vancouver Fashion Week FW2013, SS2014. Her work has been featured in Dazed, Another Mag, Playboy and on Arte TV, BBC and CBC for music and fashion design.
Peter Ricq is an award-winning creative force. Besides his work as a Visual Artist, he is also a Television Producer, Writer, Art Director, Designer, Director, Music Composer and Performer.
Having been a part of over 40 shows in the last 10 years, Ricq’s work has exhibited internationally in San Diego, Portland, Tokyo and Moscow and has shown regularly throughout Canada in Montreal, Vancouver, Whistler and Squamish. Twice in 2013, Ricq partnered with Ayden Gallery to help organize and show his work as part of ‘Come Together,’ a collective exhibition in Bogota, Colombia. His recent exhibition at the HIFI Club in Calgary — featuring the beginnings of ‘The Doppleganger Show’ — was met with great success.
Even before completing his BFA in film animation at Concordia University in Montreal, Ricq was well on his way to creating a name for himself. In 2005, the artist sold his first animated TV series: “The League of Super Evil” (YTV, CBBC, NICK) which ushered him into his role as Art Director in 2007.
Ricq went on to co-create and art direct several other animated with his creative collaborator Phil Ivanusic-Vallee including “Oh No! It’s an Alien Invasion” (Teletoon, ABC3, Canal J) and the coming series “Freak Town” (Teletoon) set to debut in fall of
2015 is shaping up to be a banner year for Ricq. His band “HUMANS” will be releasing their first full-length album “Noontide” worldwide, followed by a world tour. Meanwhile, his side project “Gang Signs” will be releasing their debut album in the fall. Ricq also plans on releasing his first graphic novel in early 2016. Peter Ricq currently lives and works out of Vancouver Canada.
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Nate McLeod is an artist, curator, and arts administrator who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2010. McLeod has been involved in the founding of numerous projects including The Bakery (a studio collective offering affordable studio space to emerging artists), Fresh Bread (a print and web-based publication focused on the practices of Calgary based artists), and most recently, AVALANCHE! Institute of Contemporary Art (a gallery, shop, and studio space dedicated to emerging, experimental practices).
In addition to his role as Programming Director of AVALANCHE!, McLeod has curated several independent exhibitions and is the Associate Curator of Contemporary Calgary, where he has recently coordinated a large-scale installation project by Montreal-based artist Dominique Pétrin (June-July 2015), and a new annual residency project for emerging artists called NEXT2015 (August-December 2015).
McLeod’s studio-based projects are currently focused on ideas of ownership, authenticity, immediacy, value, remediation, and the role of the Internet and other digital technologies in contemporary painting. His work has been included in exhibitions across Canada.
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Erica's work and mediums are in a constant state of flux, although she is currently focused on net art, digital collage, and video work. She focuses on topics ranging from social media as performance to sexuality in online communities. Much of her work could be considered humorous although if you ask she will say “I am NOT funny.” As the self proclaimed founder of Froth wave Feminism, she plays with "genderfuck", bodily humour, and "hypersexual glitching". She is currently working on being more tangible and creating a line of appeal and objects called "Skin Products."
Erica Lapadat-Janzen is an interdisciplinary artist/curator originating from Vancouver, BC. She graduated with a Bachelors of Visual art from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Erica curates and organizes arts events that create exposure for emerging artists, and contribute to the changing art scene in Vancouver (and online). She is the idea woman behind The New Flesh, Selfie and Camera/whore. She actively participates in solo and group exhibitions on and offline and screenshots everything.
Erica's current project is titled "Skin Products". Skin Products takes what photoshop erases and over saturates the print or object with body parts that are so often rejected in the world of mass media. Skin products glorifies the things that we are made to feel shameful about. Crooked yellow teeth, fat, genitalia.. these are the body parts that occupy the world of skin products in the hundreds.
Each print includes hundreds and hundreds of photographs of body parts gleaned from the internet.
Scott Lougheed is a visual artist and illustrator based in Vancouver. Scott is currently studying Illustration at Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design.
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Uniquely straddling the doctrines of Street Art, Post Modernism and Arte Povera, Gabriel Dubois’ practice is born out of an innate desire to express and inscribe his heterogeneous life experiences through the formal language of abstraction. A penchant and curiosity for foreign affiliations has lead to international artistic endeavours, promoting a visual practice that is informed by multiple imprints, perspectives and traditions. Dubois operates primarily as an abstract painter, employing hard-edge and gestural components within an absorbing playing-field of deft iconography. Utilizing sign painting mechanisms to create contemporary calligraphs, he emphasizes a recognizable artistic authorship. Site-specific works, structural installations, sculptures and collage based imagery act as formal counterpoints to his painted compositions. Gabriel lives and works between Vancouver, BC and Hamburg, Germany.
Carson Cartier is a multidisciplinary artist whose work aims to unify painting, photography, digital art, and fashion as one vision, voice and ethos.
Envisioned and created amid the journey of the individual, his work retains a unique and contemporary yet forward thinking stance - Expressing of the internal self while embracing external influence - visual arts, music, subcultures, and humankind as a whole.
The design and ideology of Carson’s work is complex and abstract, though minimalistic in it’s entirety, with intent of pure visual communication.
Carson Cartier is based in Vancouver Canada
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