About the artists/curator 

 

Artist Bios 

Duke and Battersby

Cooper Battersby and Emily Vey Duke have been working collaboratively since June 1994. Their work has been broadcast and exhibited around the world.

Duke and Battersby are currently teaching at Syracuse University in Central New York.  In 2010 they were shortlisted for the prestigious Sobey Art Award, and their work is distributed by Video Data Bank in Chicago, Argos in Brussels, V-Tape in Toronto and Video Out in Vancouver.  In 2012, a book was published about their work.  It is titled The Beauty is Relentless.

www.dukeandbattersby.com

 

Steve Reinke 

Steve Reinke is an artist and writer best known for his work in video. His work is in many collections including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Centre Pompidou (Paris) and the National Gallery (Ottawa), and has screened at many festivals including Sundance, Rotterdam, Oberhausen and the New York Video Festival. In 2006 he received the Bell Canada Video Award. A book of his scripts, “Everybody Loves Nothing,” was recently published by Coach House. He has also edited several books, most recently (with Chris Gehman) “The Sharpest Point: Animation at the End of Cinema.” He has a blog, www.fennelplunger.com, as well as a site that archives his work, www.myrectumisnotagrave.com. His research interests include digital video production, motion graphics/animation, rhetorical and narrative strategies for visual art, the voice and psychoanalysis.

myrectumisnotagrave.com

 

Turner Prize*

As the entity Turner Prize*, artists Jason Cawood, Blair Fornwald and John G. Hampton explore the mysterious, social, and translative properties of the "creative act." Their recent work explores the intangibility of dreams, ideas and histories through their origin (dreamers, artists, and events) and their destination (images, writings and other representations). It is the interstices, the shifts and intangible spaces between ideas and representations, which motivate their practice. Their investigations into this liminal space utilize the language of dream analysis and interpretation, ritual and magick, and appropriate the aesthetics of mid-century pop psychology and psychedelia. Formed in early 2008, the Regina-based collective has presented performance, photography, and installation across Canada and the United States. Recent performances and exhibitions include: Golden Jubilee (Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina 2012), A Branch is too Big to Come out of a Twig (Gallerywest, Toronto 2012), Invocation of the Hidden Secret (Open Space, Victoria, LIVE Biennial, Vancouver and Latitude 53, Edmonton 2011 and Queer City Cinema, Regina 2010), Mind the Gap! (Ottawa Art Gallery, 2011 and Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina 2009), Summer of Dreams (Videopool, Winnipeg 2009), in//stall (Lane Level Projects, Regina 2008), and Infinite Exchange Gallery (ZERO1 Biennial, San Jose, 2008).

turnerprize.ca

 

Joshua and Zakary Sandler 

Joshua and Zakary Sandler are New York based artists who come from distinct creative backgrounds. Joshua studied photography and video, (Pratt MFA), and his brother Zak trained in experimental theater and modern performance, (MA University College Dublin). As teenagers, they began collaborating on photography projects. Their early works documented the fantasy, inhibition, and intimacy shared between family and close friends. As adults, Josh and Zak make videos that examine the line drawn between adolescent and adult behavior, and the dysfunction that often ensues when adults try to hold on to feelings of idealistic hope and youthful indiscretion. They aim to capture a general state of alienation, and the protective worlds people create in the midst of oppressive or tumultuous circumstances. Their work has been described as “dysfunctional family theatre”. They have had solo exhibitions internationally, most recently in Canada and Slovenia. 

joshandzak.com

 

Marisa Hoicka

Marisa Hoicka is an artist working in a variety of media including painting, performance art, fibres, installation, video and other electronic media. Most recently Hoicka’s video “This is Not a Test” was screened at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Toronto Images Festival. Earlier she mixed her performance, installation and painting skills in her solo performance “Nature Morte” at Le Labo and in “Quarter-Life Crisis” at the Power Plant. Her installation was also featured in Videodrome at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. A solo show of her paintings titled “Meet Me Half Way” was recently on display at Heritage Canada and she has had professional showings of her work in galleries such as Art Mur. She took part in “The Other Painting Competition” at the Art Gallery of Ontario for Nuit Blanche and was featured in FADO’s 2011 Emerging Artist Series. In 2014 she has received awards from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for upcoming projects and will be performing in the 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival in Toronto. She has a BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University and her video work is distributed by VTAPE. 

marisahoicka.com

 

Curators Bio 

Evan Tyler 

Evan Tyler is an artist, curator and writer based out of Toronto, ON.  Tyler has exhibited and curated both nationally and internationally. From 2010-2014 Tyler ran the contemporary art project space on Queen West known as gallerywest, which won "Best Gallery in Toronto" in 2012, 2013 and 2014 awarded by the Liberty Villager. The gallery was known for edgy, raw and diverse exhibitions and happenings. Rather than placate to intellectual art tropes, the gallery put emphasis on accessible and community-oriented experimentation.

Similar to the philosophy of gallerywest, Tyler's art practice challenges various tropes, both social and institutional. His work focuses on the voice and performance, using fictional and often tragicomical characters / personas to create visceral moments that zigzag between confidence and vulnerability. Tyler works in video, monologue, drawing, collaboration, photography, sculpture, installation and audio.

In 2008 Tyler earned his BFA in visual Arts form the University of Regina majoring in Intermedia.

Tyler's video works are distributed by VTAPE in Toronto.

 evantyler.ca