Looking forward to the opening of our Masters show for our MAA at Emily Carr University of Art and Design opening 7pm Friday July 22, 2016.
Masters of Applied Arts
Low Residence Program
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Charles H. Scott Gallery
Friday July 22 – Sat, July 30, 2016
Opening Reception Friday, July 22, 2016, 7:00 PM
Public Critique with Shannon Stratton (Chief Curator, Museum of Arts and Design, New York City)
Friday, July 22, 2016, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The Charles H. Scott Gallery is pleased to present 7, an exhibition of work by the 2016 graduates of Emily Carr University of Art + Design’s Low Residence Masters of Applied Arts Program: Kemi Craig, Jay Havens, Ross Kelly, Christopher McLeod, John Rao, Rafi Spivak, and Erin Tysowski. Operating out of studios across Canada, the cohort developed their thesis works through a unique program, whose discursive format combines online study with summer residency intensives. The diversity of this work speaks to the breadth of current contemporary Canadian art practices, from Victoria to St. John’s.
Kemi Craig, based in the traditional Lekwungen territories (Victoria, B.C.), is interested in the mechanisms of looking: in the ways we “capture” looks and how they shape our experiences. When are we? is a multi-projector installation using analogue and digital processes to explore the contingency of identity. Craig studied film through her local film and video co-op, CineVic. Her recent projects have included a window video installation and building diy shoebox projectors with various schools.
Both Jay Havens’ process and forms are rooted in traditions from basketry to regalia production. His Rollback series employs leftovers produced by capitalist systems—such as plastic shopping bags—to create works that comment on contemporary Indigeneity. “When I gather materials from the urban environment,” he states, “I see this as one way to actively Indigenize the cityscape as Aboriginal space.” Havens is of Haudenosaunee Scottish Canadian ancestry, holds a BFA from UBC (2009) and is based between Vancouver and Haida Gwaii.
Drawing on previous training in Geology and Psychology, Ross Kelly’s photo-based works explore the contours of what the photograph can and cannot do. His thesis work Encyclopedia of Photography approaches this question through a series of physical and spatial manipulations which ponder some of the multiple ways in which photographs function. Currently based in Vancouver, Kelly has also exhibited in Dublin, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taipei and Istanbul.
Working from Hamilton, Ontario, with a BA in Studio Art from McMaster University, Christopher McLeod investigates ideas of convenience, fashion, and entertainment as they relate to a community’s choice around drinking water. Bring your refillable water bottle to experience The Machine of Awesome Bright Liquid Blueness, an interactive sculpture that functions as a water bottle refilling station.
Based in St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador, John Rao’s practice currently focuses on the use of light and sound. With immersive sound and lightscapes, John’s installation fills the space with intensely saturated coloured light and sound. These soundscapes and lightscapes are a phenomenological exploration of media to reflect upon online, hertzian, and hybrid space.
Rafi Spivak is a Vancouver-based video artist and documentary filmmaker whose works often consider themes of memory and dislocation. His four channel video installation, Robson Corner of Shenkin, bridges Vancouver and Tel Aviv to create a fantastical, physical manifestation of an immigrant’s identity. Spivak’s film Trauma (2016) premiered at the Pacific Cinematheque this year. He has a B.Sc in Mathematics from Tel Aviv University (1995).
Using paint, found garments, and a range of other media, Erin Tysowski’s practice explores the complexity of heavy metal subculture. Her leather paintings, The Leather Tableaux / The Leather Diaries, offer a material consideration of an alternate persona immersed in metal fandom. Based in Calgary, Alberta, Tysowski received her BFA from the University of Calgary in 1999. She has recently exhibited at The Little Gallery, University of Calgary.