Paul Wong is a media-maestro making art for site-specific spaces and screens of all sizes. He is an award winning artist and curator who is known for pioneering early visual and media art in Canada, founding several artist-run groups, leading public arts policy, and organizing events, festivals, conferences and public interventions since the 1970’s. With a career spanning four decades he has been an instrumental proponent to contemporary art.
Born in Prince Rupert, BC, Canada. Paul has shown and produced projects in North America, Europe and Asia. His works are in many public collections including those of the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), Museum of Modern Art (NYC) Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa), Whitney Museum of American Art (NYC), Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver) and Audain Art Museum (Whistler). He is the recipient of major awards including The Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Art (2015) and the Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts (2016)
Chris Reed is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist with a focus on photography. He uses light, colour, costumes and fashion to create emotional and stylistic photographs. Taking portraits and using them as a personal time stamp, representing concepts and aesthetics that are either current, or reminiscent, he is strongly influenced by the experiences, struggles, and social trends that surround him.
Chris is also a painter and performer, he has been a member of the Sin Peaks Live Improvised Soap Opera Company for three years, performing weekly in Downtown Vancouver. His current artistic residence is at Sandbox Studios at Creative Coworkers.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta 1992. He has now resided in Vancouver for 5 years.
Artist Statement –
Button Mum is an artist’s attempt to take that which is manmade and strive to make it as beautiful as something naturally produced. Societally, imagination is something that is commonly discounted. Being such a powerful entity, Button Mum takes the imaginative instinct and acts as a canvas for minds young and old to paint whatever realm of thought they want to. Not simply a bystander, but a tangential, creative, port key.
Janice Toulouse is an Anishinabe kwe artist and instructor, born and raised in Serpent River First Nation, Ontario. She lives in Vancouver and France. She has maintained a dedicated painting practice, exhibiting her work internationally for over thirty five years. She holds an MFA from Concordia University in Montreal. Toulouse is a recipient of several awards such as the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian award and residency in New York. Currently she is teaching Visual Art at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where she has taught as sessional faculty since 1997.
Artist Statement –
My art is my statement on my life as an Anishinabe kwe through the language of contemporary art. I have been a painter for over 35 years. My work concerns human relation to nature and the evolving transformation towards a caring environment. My research is revising history from an Indigenous perspective, to respect and connect all life. My painting practice includes abstract works on the conservation of nature, and mixed media historical events that commemorate Indigenous people. As an artist and teacher, during my lifetime I have worked to bring Indigenous art to the world. I won a REVEAL Indigenous Art Award April, ,2017
Michael Lee A.K.A. michaelmichaelmichael is a cross-media artist and designer, graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, British Columbia, Canada. Lee is the co-founder of “PRESS MINI”, as well as “Mini and Michael GALLERISTS”, a cross-media project, incorporated since 2008 and airing since 2011. Lee, at Mini and Michael GALLERISTS, co-curated more than 69 art exhibitions from Asia to North America. In Hong Kong, as a Creative Director, Lee worked in leading media and communication companies include Hong Kong Commercial Broadcasting Co., Ltd. (Commercial Radio), Television Broadcasting Limited (TVB), and PCCW Limited. Beside the communicational and commercial works, as an Artist, Lee showed his works of art in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, China, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Italy, France, and Canada.
Artist Statement –
I first participated in Danny Yung’s theatre work “Two or Three Things You Want to Know About Hong Kong” in 1993. I’d like to contribute this Blank Boy Canvas (i.e. TTXS figurine) to Danny, Hong Kong’s ultimate cultural pioneer. The picture on this figurine was photographed by me at Zuni Icosahedron in 2013.
Annie Briard’s practice challenges visual perception through video, photography and installation. Her inspiration is drawn from strange encounters with the visible and a desire to survey these with others.
Her work has been presented in solo exhibitions across Canada and group shows, events and festivals internationally, including at Back Gallery Project, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Capture Photography Festival, VIVO (Vancouver), Joyce Yahouda Gallery (Montreal), Three Shadows Photography Centre (Beijing), the Lincoln Film Centre New York, Matadero Madrid, and the Switzerland Architecture Museum (Basel), among others. Regularly, Annie produces while in residency, which has spanned the Maritimes, Spain, New York, the Banff Centre, and her projects have been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the British Columbia Art Council. She holds a BFA from Concordia University, and a Master’s from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, where she currently teaches.
Work title – RGB BOY
Artist Statement –
My art practice explores how we understand the world through visual perception. I make moving image and photography-based work that often uses vision theories or optical illusions as their starting points. RGB BOY reflects on sight by representing the sole three colors our eyes physically perceive – red, green, and blue. These are the same three colors composing video. The connections between how we perceive moving images and reality are fascinating – how can so much be understood from so little?