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Visiting Artists 2017-18

The Faculty of Creative and Critical studies is pleased to announce the following visiting artist lectures for the winter term.

Each lecture will be held at 2:00pm, at the UBC Okanagan campus in UNC 106.

Gary Pearson - Monday, Jan. 22, 2018



Gary Pearson is an artist and Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Creative Studies at UBC Okanagan, in Kelowna, BC. He is also a freelance exhibition curator, art writer, and author. He primarily works in painting, drawing, and video. Gary Pearson's exhibition history includes solo and group exhibitions in Canada, the US, Australia, Mexico, and Europe. He has received numerous grants and awards, including the Vancouver Institute of Visual Arts VIVA award in 1991, and the Okanagan Arts Award in Visual Arts, in 2010, and was elected as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2017. He is represented by the Winsor Gallery, in Vancouver, where he will have a solo exhibition in March 2018.


Kevin Schmidt - Monday, Jan. 29, 2018

SchmidtKevin Schmidt (b. 1972, Ottawa, ON) is a BC-based artist.  His practice is an exploration of the role of the artist immersed and implicit within spectacular economy.  He employs strategies of appropriation and displacement, equating Do-It-Yourself practices as artistic through exhibition in gallery space, or conflating the categories of natural and artificial by situating homemade spectacle in remote wilderness.  His works contain nods to pop culture, religion, and ritual.  They take spectacular form but hold viewers in suspension, withholding easy resolution to reflect critically on the nature of spectacle, and what it also withholds. His work has exhibited across Canada, and internationally: USA, Japan, Germany, Scotland, and Sweden.

Cindy Mochizuki - Monday, Feb. 5, 2018



Cindy Mochizuki creates multi-media installation, performance, animation, drawings, and community-engaged projects that explore the ways in which we manifest 'story'. Interested in the intersections of fiction and documentary, her projects are often site-specific and engage historical memory, displacement and the invisible. Her community-engaged projects explore the triangular relationship of performativity, social engagement and magic. A large body of her work investigates narratives and memories within the archive of familial architecture, including childhood spaces, home videos, photography, and oral histories.  These projects revisit the memory and history of displacement and migration of family members both within Canada and Japan. She has screened and exhibited her work both nationally and internationally. Cindy has received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.  


Amanda Strong - Monday, Mar. 12, 2018

StrongAmanda Strong is an Indigenous filmmaker, media artist and stop motion director currently based out of the unceded Coast Salish territory also known as Vancouver.  Her work explores ideas of blood memory and Indigenous ideology.  Her background in photography, illustration and media extend into her award-winning stop motion animations.  Her films Indigo and Mia’ challenge conventional structures of storytelling in cinema and have screened internationally, most notably at Cannes, TIFF, VIFF, and Ottawa International Animation Festival.  Amanda has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the NFB.  In 2013, Amanda was the recipient K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Film and Video, and most recently the recipient of the Vancouver Mayors Arts Awards for Emerging Film and Media Artist.  


Elizabeth Zvonar - Monday, Sept. 18, 2017


The Faculty of Creative and Critical studies is pleased to announce a lecture by visual artist Elizabeth Zvonar on Setp. 18, 2017 at 2:00pm, UNC 106.

Elizabeth Zvonar graduated from Emily Carr University with a BFA in 2001. She makes objects and pictures that think through metaphor and the metaphysical, often using humor and referencing art history while noticing the discrepancies between the sexes and regressive hierarchical structures. Zvonar spent the spring of 2016 in Brooklyn doing a residency that was loosely structured around reading the newest translation of Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex and looking at art in New York. She was recently inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts and was shortlisted for the 2016 Aimia Photography Prize at the AGO in Toronto. Zvonar will exhibit The future is coming everyday, at the Evergreen Cultural Centre this fall of 2017. She is represented by Daniel Faria Gallery and lives in Vancouver.


Dominique Petrin - Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

The Faculty of Creative and Critical studies is pleased to announce a lecture by visual artist Dominique Petrin on Nov. 6, 2017 at 2:00pm, UNC 106.

PetrinDominique Pétrin is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Montreal, Canada. A former member of the petrochemical rock band Les Georges Leningrad from 2000-2007, she also collaborated with such renowned artists as Sophie Calle, Pil & Galia Kollectiv (London) and recently choregraphers Antonija Livingstone (Berlin), Stephen Thompson (Paris) and Jennifer Lacey (Paris) in Culture & administration & trembling performance at Impulstanz (Vienna), FTA (Montreal), American Realness festival (New York) and Fierce (Birmingham). She was awarded an artist residency at the Banff Centre, OMI International Artist in residency Program representing Canada and in Nunavik by the Quebec Council for the Arts. She was selected for the Quebec Triennial at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art in 2012 and featured in Ailleurs en Folie Mons-Montreal in 2015 in Belgium. In 2014, she was longlisted for the Sobey Award. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, in France, United States, Belgium and United Kingdom. Her next exhibitions will occur at South of the tracks gallery in Chicago, Time Equities, New York and Grunt Gallery, Vancouver. She will also perform Culture & Administration & Trembling in Singapore and Rouyn-Noranda later this year. She is represented in Canada by antoine ertaskiran gallery.


Etienne Zack - Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

The Faculty of Creative and Critical studies is pleased to announce a lecture by visual artist Etienne Zack on Nov. 20, 2017 at 2:00pm, UNC 106.

ZackThe paintings of Etienne Zack suggest the nearly infinite possibilities that can be found in an artist’s studio. Indeed, the starting point for many of Zack’s paintings are constructions or installations that he creates in his studio, often from commonplace (in context) materials such as paint tubes, palettes and cigarettes. Conveyed with a raw, sometimes naive, style, Zack’s canvases may read as fanciful without coming off as slick or escapist. They also provide a different take on the longstanding genre of “painting about painting,” integrating philosophical commentary on the genre’s history with a grounding in its real, physical materials and settings. Born in Montreal in 1976, Zack studied at Concordia University and Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. In 2005, he won the RBC Canadian Painting Competition and in 2008, he won the Prix Pierre-Ayot. His work has been featured in the Quebec Triennial, the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad and the Canadian Biennial, as well as at venues internationally.

 Alexandre David- Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

The Faculty of Creative and Critical studies is pleased to announce a lecture by visual artist Alexandre David on Nov. 27, 2017 at 2:00pm in UNC 106.

DavidAlexandre David creates works that are not meant to be solely looked at but rather inhabited or corporally experienced. His practice can be understood as a hybrid between architecture and sculpture, creating installations that capture precise instances in time and space. The viewer, in turn, is able to navigate freely within these new contexts. Immersive and encouraging exploration, the constructions prompt visitors to consider the possibilities of architecture within architecture (different parameters, freedoms and orientations), thus deconstructing the agency of space itself. Participants are called upon to challenge the conventional narrative established between pre and post-minimalist sculpture by engaging in new ways of negotiating fabricated space.

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