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Visiting Artists

2009 - 2010

Pierre Hebert

Guest Speaker: Pierre Hébert

Date: Thursday, March 25

Time: 6PM

Location: FIN 227

Pierre Hébert is an independent filmmaker and performance artist. He has directed more than twenty short animation films and one feature (La Plante humaine, Best Quebec Feature Award, 1996). His latest performance project “Only the hand…”, was presented as a 12- screens multilingual video installation last December in Montreal. In 2005, he received the Albert-Tessier Quebec Government Cinema Award for life time achievement.

Admission to all talks is free and open to the public. The FCCS Visiting Artists Series is sponsored by the Faculty of Creative Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan and the Canada Council for the Arts.



Isabelle Pauwels Guest Speaker: Isabelle Pauwels

Date: Thursday,March 4

Time: 6 PM

Location: ART103

Isabelle Pauwels' work in video and conceptual audio-visual installation explores the intersection of documentary realism with the artifice of staging. In the context of examination of audience expectations and the nature of spectatorship, viewers are often implicated into negotiating with spaces that are psychologically complex.

Her work has been shown at Mercer Union, Toronto; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver; Witte de With, Rotterdam; and Signal, Malmo. She is a recipient of the VIVA Award, Vancouver, and the Brink Award, Seattle. Isabelle Pauwels has an MFA (2006) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives in Vancouver.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome!

UBC O - Department of Creative Studies gratefully acknowledges
the support for this program by The Canada Council for the Arts.

Canada Council for the Arts


Roja Aslani
Guest Speaker: Roja Aslani

Date: Thursday, February25

Time: 6 PM

Location: ART103

Roja Aslani is an emerging Persian Canadian Artist. In her work, Aslani explores the boundaries between fantasy and reality by investigating fan culture, fan souvenirs, and commercial nostalgia. Aslani has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Alberta, a BFA degree from the University of British Columbia - Okanagan, and a Master's degree in Sculpture from the Edinburgh College of Art. Roja Aslani has exhibited her work in Berlin, Toronto, London (UK), Edinburgh, Kelowna, and has participated in a Triennial in Tallinn (Estonia). Upcoming shows include a solo show in Calgary, a group show in Kelowna, and a three-person show in Victoria, BC.

Admission to all FCCS Visiting Artist Speaker Series talks are free and open to the public. The FCCS Visiting Artist Speaker Series is sponsored by the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan.

Roja Aslani's website


Heather Passmore

Guest Speaker: Heather Passmore

Date: Thursday, February 4

Time: 6 PM

Location: ART 214

Heather Passmore has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions across Canada and internationally. Her conceptually based practice explores the politics of taste, class and art using a variety of processes including digital and slide projections, painting, drawing, photography, sewing, and hand-cut stencils. Passmore reconfigures everyday and discarded materials such as snapshots, linoleum, wood panelling, and t-shirts as a means to extend the notion of art as an “an everyday category of experience and popular practice in disalignment with consumer culture.”

Her work has been shown at A Space, Toronto; Artspeak, Vancouver; Modern Fuel, Kingston; Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, Vancouver; and Struts Gallery, Sackville. She has an MFA (2004) from the University of British Columbia. Heather Passmore lives in Vancouver.

UBC O - Department of Creative Studies gratefully acknowledges
the support for this program by The Canada Council for the Arts.

Canada Council for the Arts



Daniel Jolliffe
Photo by Daniela Friebel

Guest Speaker: Daniel Jolliffe

Date: Thursday, January 28

Time: 6 PM

Location: ART 103

Daniel Jolliffe's website

Daniel Jolliffe is a media and visual artist whose work integrates a wide range of artistic practices with electronic systems to examine the effect of technology on human communication and experience. His interactive works and technology-based art projects have been shown across Canada, the United States and internationally, most recently during the Biennale de Montreal 2009. Daniel's work has also received international media attention.His research interests include anonymous speech, open source approaches to creating artworks and cultural objects, and interventionist and kinaesthetic art, among others. In 2009 he co-organized the GOSH! summit on open-source hardware and cultural practice held at the Banff Centre for the Arts. He is currently an assistant professor at Concordia University and has taught previously at Simon Fraser University and The University of British Columbia. He holds a BA in Philosophy (Victoria) and an MFA in Art and Technology(Ohio State).

UBC O - Department of Creative Studies gratefully acknowledges
the support for this program by The Canada Council for the Arts.

Canada Council for the Arts


Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline painting

Guest Speaker: Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline
Date: Thursday, January 21
Time:6PM
Location: ART 103

Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline’s paintings, drawings, and prints draw from numerous models of representation and abstraction. In his versatile deployment of a vast arsenal of painting methodologies, combined with images sourced from mass media, art history, and private photographs, he produces jarring, fragmented, and complex mixed-genre paintings. He describes his painting practice as “a cycle of ingestion, gestation and expulsion of imagery.” His exhibition history includes Galerie Simon Blaise, Montreal; Katherine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto; Deitch Studios, Long Island City, NY; and Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA. His work has also been shown at Scope Art Fairs in Basel, Miami, and New York City. Kaktins-Gorsline has an MFA (2008) from Columbia University, in New York. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

UBC O - Department of Creative Studies gratefully acknowledges
the support for this program by The Canada Council for the Arts.

Canada Council for the Arts


The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies presents...Visiting Artists Series

Six acclaimed Canadian artists will visit UBC Okanagan this spring for the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) Visiting Artists Series. Artists and art lovers in the community are invited to attend the exciting guest lectures, starting later this month with Krisjanis Kaktins-Gorsline, a young painter from Winnipeg.

On Thursday, January 21, at 6 p.m. in ART 103 (the Arts building lecture theatre at UBC Okanagan), Kaktins-Gorsline will talk about his paintings, drawings, and prints. His jarring, fragmented, and complex mixed-genre paintings have been shown at Galerie Simon Blaise, Montreal; Katherine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto; Deitch Studios, Long Island City, NY; and Heather James Fine Art, Palm Desert, California. His work has also been shown at Scope Art Fairs in Basel, Switzerland, Miami and New York. Kaktins-Gorsline has an Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University.

The following artists will appear in the upcoming weeks:

  • January 28, 6 p.m. -- Daniel Jolliffe, media and visual artist whose interactive works and technology-based art projects have been shown across Canada, the United States and internationally.
  • February 4, 6 p.m. -- Heather Passmore, whose conceptually based practice explores the politics of taste, class and art using a variety of processes including digital and slide projections, painting, drawing, photography, sewing, and hand-cut stencils.
  • February 25, 6 p.m. -- Roja Aslani, a UBC Okanagan Bachelor of Fine Arts alumnus with a master's degree in sculpture from the Edinburgh College of Art.
  • March 4, 6 p.m. -- Isabelle Pauwels, who works in video and conceptual audio-visual installation exploring the intersection of documentary realism with the artifice of staging.
  • March 25, 6 p.m. -- Pierre Hébert, an independent filmmaker and performance artist. His latest performance project "Only the hand..." was presented as a 12-screen multilingual video installation last December in Montreal.

All six talks are in Arts building ART 103 at UBC Okanagan. Admission is free and open to the public. The FCCS Visiting Artists Series is sponsored by the Faculty of Creative Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan.

Contact Renay Egami at 250-807-9764 or renay.egami@ubc.ca for more information.



Dick Averns
Photo by Mitch Kern
“United We Stand (NYC)” 2002, photo by: Dick Averns
"United We Stand (NYC)" 2002, Photo by Dick Averns
Department of Creative Studies
Visiting Artist Speaker Series

Dick Averns

"Navigating Ambivalence Blvd."

Thursday, September 24, 2009
Green Room, FIN 227, Fine Arts/HealthBldg.
Noon

Dick Averns is an artist and writer whose practice investigates the
commodification of space. Language, media convergence and identity
politics – major arbiters of spatial control – are explored via sculpture,
performativity, text-based works and photography. Psycho-geography
and performance ethnography feature as regular approaches to
executing projects often manifested as public art.

Averns is currently exhibiting Ambivalence Blvd at the Vernon Public
Art Gallery and is one of five artists nationally selected for the
2008-2009 Canadian Forces Artists Program. As part of this initiative
he has just returned from deployment with Canadian peacekeeping
troops in the Middle East, a trip centred around the Israeli-Egyptian
border near Gaza. His presentation at UBCO will include recent and
ongoing works, plus images from his recent trip to the Middle East
and West Bank.

Born in London, UK, Averns is based in Calgary where he teaches Sculpture, Liberal Studies, and First Year Studies at the Alberta College of Art & Design. He has studied at Parsons School of Art and Design, Wimbledon School of Art, and received his MFA from UBC, in 2003.

Recent exhibitions include Revolver at the University of Manitoba’s Gallery One One One and Art & Activism (YYZ). Publications include The Vanguard War Art of William MacDonnell, for Canadian Art magazine, and Official Acts & Unofficial Actions – War Art Today, for the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art. He is a regular writer for Akimbo and his most recent print article Windy City: Reconciling The Weathermen and Barack Obama is published in the current edition of On Site Review.


Eric Metcalfe

Department of Creative Studies
Visiting Artist Speaker Series

Eric Metcalfe

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Location: SSC 026
Time:6:00pm - 9:00pm

Eric Metcalfe is a Vancouver based artist, and co founder of the pioneering artist run center the Western Front, established in 1973.

Born in Vancouver in 1940, he spent his formative years in Victoria and Seattle, Wa. He was educated at St. Michael's University Prepatory School, Oak Bay High School, and University of Victoria where he started his alter ego, Dr. Brute with his leopard skin totem motif.

Metcalfe's ongoing engagement with afro American music, film noir and west coast First Nation totemic work among other North American pop cult icons continues to be a source of inspiration for his 'ouvre'.

He is represented in 18 major collections across Canada including the national gallery and twelve other US and European collections including theMOMA in New York City. He is recipient of the following awards; VIVA (1993), Victor Martin Lynch Staunton award (2000); Audain Award (2006) and Governor Generals’ Award (2008) He was elected into RCA in 2008.

He is currently working on a commission from 'VANOC' 2010 to mount and install in collaboration with afro American George Lewis musician/composer and recipient of the 'Macarthur' genius award, to be mounted at UBC Belkin Annex Gallery in January/February 2010. Eric Metcalfe taught at Emily Carr University from 1994 until his retirement in 2005.

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