2015 Sobey Art Award.
Congratulations to all the Atlantic long-listed artists, especially my good friends Eleanor King and Lisa Lipton. It's good to be back on the list.
Jordan Bennet, Ice Fishing, 2014, Multi Component Interactive Installation; Sculpture, Video, Audio, Salt Beef Buckets, Fishing Rod’s,3D Animation
Jordan Bennett is a multi-disciplinary visual artist of Mi’kmaq heritage from Stephenville Crossing Newfoundland. Jordan has exhibited extensively in Canada and abroad, in venues such as The Museum of Art and Design, NYC, NY; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM; Project Space Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne, AUS; The Power Plant, Toronto, ON; Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC; McMichael Art Gallery. Kleinburg, ON, and The Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC among others. Jordan has been officially selected to exhibit and represent Newfoundland and Labrador in the 2015 Venice Biennial, as well as recently being awarded the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Councils Artist of the Year and named as one of the artists in the 2014 Blouin ARTINFO's Top 30 under 30 in Canada. Jordan is currently working towards a MFA from the University of British Columbia Okanagan with a particular focus on exploring notions of the living artifact within traditional Indigenous and contemporary art forms through the processes of sculpture, film and digital media, painting and sound installation.
Ursula Johnson, Hot Looking, 2014 visitation, Performance Based Audio Installation (with delegated performer), Variable dimensions. Photo Credit: Mikey Wasnidge
Ursula Johnson is an Interdisciplinary Artist from Nova Scotia with Mi’kmaw Ancestry. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design with a BFA and works in Dartmouth, NS. Johnson’s art draws upon a variety of traditions from Performance, Installation, and Sculpture often times incorporates the traditional Aboriginal art form of basketry. These works will be touring nationally with Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art (curated by Heather Anderson). Her nationally touring exhibition Mi’kwite’tmn (Do You/You Do Remember), curated by Robin Metcalfe, will be shown at Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery(NS,) Confederation Centre for the Arts (PE,) The Reach (BC,) and Lethbridge University Art Gallery (AB).
Eleanor King, Installation view of Eleanor King: Dark Utopian at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2015. Photo: Steve Farmer.
Eleanor King finds inspiration in the everyday – those deceptively mundane, overlooked, and understated aspects of contemporary life. Her work is frequently site-specific, responding to places or situations using provisional means. She employs interdisciplinary strategies combining sculpture, sound, video, and two-dimensional media. With a playful yet political approach, she attempts to resolve artistic, social and civic concerns. Beyond the nature-culture divide, conflated in her work are such polarities as the past and the present, the lost and the found, the individual and the collective. King obtained a BFA from NSCAD University in 2001, where she has taught media arts courses and held the position of Director at Anna Leonowens Gallery. She has shown her work nationally and internationally in exhibitions at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge, and Galleri F15 in Moss, Norway, among other venues. In 2012, she represented Atlantic Canada for the Sobey Art Award.
Lisa Lipton, Ballad Boy, 2014, Chapter VIII - The Impossible Blue Rose, Woody Point, Gros Morne, NL, Video Still - HD Video, Mixed media installation and site-specific performance involving: costuming, painted walls, rocks & found objects, wood burnt branches, lighting, stationary designs, 30 min. video for computer prop, music., Photo: Tom Cochrane.
Lisa Lipton (aka FRANKIE) is a multidisciplinary visual artist, musician and director who received her BFA from NSCAD University and MFA from the University of Windsor. Her installations exemplify a diversity of interest within the arts combining sculpture, video, costume, paint with performance that involves dance and music. Her visions are reflective of an interest in directional and curatorial practices, collaboration and social interaction, as well as working within non-traditional contexts in order to explore the boundaries of production and filmic production. She has currently completed a major tour throughout North America with her latest drumming project – BLAST BEATS: Phrase Three, culminating in a multi-media exhibition and first feature film – THE IMPOSSIBLE BLUE ROSE. She has exhibited her work on both national and international level, and most recently served as one of the Longlist representatives for the Atlantic Provinces within the Sobey Art Awards (2012 & 2013).
Zeke Moores, Blanket, 2013, Cast Aluminum, 244 x 91 x 12.7. Photo: Frank Piccolo.
Zeke Moores Born and raised in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland, Zeke Moores explores the social and political economies of everyday objects and our complex relationships with them. By relying on traditional and industrial methods of manufacturing, Moores literal and metaphoric “recasts” seemingly unimportant mass‐produced objects and everyday commodities; questioning their initial creation and the ideologies behind them. Moores holds a BFA from NSCAD University, and a MFA from the University of Windsor, Ontario. He has exhibited internationally at the Memphis Metal Museum; The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery of Newfoundland; Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey; Art Mûr, Montreal, Quebec; and the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Michigan. Moores teaches at the University of Windsor and is represented by Diaz Contemporary in Toronto Ontario.