Congratulations to SCA Visual Arts MFA alumna Charlene Vickers for being included in Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures, the Vancouver Art Gallery's survey exhibition of contemporary work by Vancouver-based artists (some more 'nomadic' than others).
Curated by the VAG's Daina Augaitis (Chief Curator/Associate Director) and Jesse McKee (Head of Strategy at 221A), with curatorial assistance from Mandy Ginson (who's a SCA MA graduate), Ambivalent Pleasures is the first in a new triennial series being developed by the gallery that aims to be "a sustained engagement with the contemporary artists who make Vancouver a dynamic art community."
Here's what they have to say about Vickers and her work:
"Artist Charlene Vickers’ work investigates memory, territorial embodiment and cultural gesture as connections to her birthplace of Kenora, Ontario. Vickers, who is Anishinaabe from Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation, explores her Ojibwa identity through painting, sculpture, performance and video. In a recent series of watercolour and gouache paintings, Vickers references traditional porcupine quillwork techniques as formal rhythms and patterns, which gain in both subtle detail and increased abstraction with each iteration.
Vickers holds a BA in Critical Studies and an MFA, both from Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. She has participated in exhibitions and performances at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery, grunt gallery, Artspeak and Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Vickers’ work is held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Vancouver."
Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures runs from December 3, 2016 to April 17, 2017.