The talk series organized by the Visual Art area at the Alexander studios provides a productive place for artists to present their work and to talk about their methods and concepts. Also, to engage with visual culture in a broader way, the series features curators and other cultural producers to present their projects and ideas. With approximately four talks per term, the series provides the possibility for our students and the public to engage in discussions with the visitors and explore contemporary art and its contexts and theories.



2013

James Welling

James Welling

Photograph 45, Gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 in

James Welling has been questioning the norms of representation since the 1970s. His work centers on an exploration of photography, shuffling the elemental components of the medium to produce a distinctly uncompromising body of work. Welling is also intensely interested in cultural and personal ideas of memory in his work. In opening up the medium of photography for experimentation, James Welling’s practice has influenced an entire generation of artists and photographers. space.

James Welling was born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1951. He received his B.F.A. and M.F.A.(1974) from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California. Welling is Area Head of Photography at UCLA and in the Fall of 2012 was a Visiting Professor at Princeton University. His work is held in major museum collections around the world including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Please join James Welling at the opening of his exhibition The Mind on Fire at the Contemporary Art Gallery:
Thursday, November 14, 7–10pm

Christina Nägele/Christian Teckert

Christina Nägele/Christian Teckert

The White Cube and its principles meanwhile have long migrated from the museum to the urban space. In the contemporary production of space the notion of the "artistic" and the "creative" has become a crucial resource under the circumstances of a globalized economy. Has the logic of the White Cube become a constitutive element for the contemporary neoliberal “projective city“, as termed by Boltanski/Chiapello? In our lecture collage we will analyze the development, the establishment and the migration of the White Cube as a spatial and urban phenomenon. We are searching its traces in a realm located between fiction and reality in the field of urbanism, architecture, art and everyday culture.

Christina Naegele (* 1976, lives and works in Vienna) studied cultural science and aesthetics at the University of Hildesheim. She is working at the threshold of fine arts, architecture and design in the realm of curatorial practice, cultural education and communication. Her focus lies on projects with thematic approaches and interdisciplinary discourses that deal with cultural practices, spatial production and contemporary social and ecological conditions.
Recent exhibition projects include: “Tools for the Design Revolution”, in collaboration with the Institute of Design Research Vienna for the designmonat Graz 2013; “Cooling Station. Worldwide Geoengineering and Local Weather Making”, in collaboration with Klaus Schafler for the contemporary art festival REGIONALE12, Styria 2012; “The World as a Backdrop”, in collaboration with Beate Ermacora and Jürgen Tabor for the Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, 2011..

Christian Teckert (* 1967, lives and works in Vienna) is an architect, curator, and Professor for Spatial Strategies at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule, Kiel. He has published numerous works on art, urbanism, and theory of space.
With as-if berlin- wien he was responsible for the new exhibition building of the GfZK in Leipzig (Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst), which has won several awards.
With the Office for Cognitive Urbanism he curated exhibitions like „Studiocity“ (Vienna 1999) „Screenclimbing“ (Kunstverein in Hamburg 2000), "ManifeSTATION“ (Manifesta7 - Rovereto 2008) and co-curated "Eastern Promises" (MAK Vienna 2013).
He is co-author and editor of the publications ”Prospekt” (2003), "Last Minute" (2006), both published by Walther König, Cologne, co-editor of "Negotiating Spaces“ (2010), published by Jovis and co-editor of and "Eastern Promises" published by Hatje Cantz.

Patrick Waldburger

Patrick Waldburger

Filip Van Dingenen, The Banff Flux-Snowshoe Travels, 2013, various media. Courtesy gallery Waldburger.

Since 2009, Patrick Waldburger has run Galerie Waldburger for contemporary art in Brussels. The art scene in Brussels provides a very stimulating environment to present emerging art and Waldburger works with emerging artists with whom he begins cooperating with at a very early stage in their career. In recent years, Brussels has also attracted a good number of Canadian artists who currently live and work there.
Patrick Waldburger also has some "older emerging" artists in his program; for these artists his is the first gallery to organize a solo exhibition or to represent them in Europe. For example, Lynn Hershman Leeson, a pioneering artist from San Francisco, who was born in 1941, did not have gallery representation in Europe until Galerie Waldburger began to work with her in 2009. 
Before starting the gallery, Patrick worked as an Attorney-at-Law in an international business law firm in Zurich, Switzerland, and in this function advised many international galleries, auction houses, collectors and artists in art-related legal matters. As a consequence, independent from his gallery program, Patrick still advises artists and collectors on specific questions. 
At the talk this coming Thursday, Patrick will focus on his work as a gallerist and provide insight in the functioning of a gallery and will particularly highlight the cooperation between artists and gallerists.

Lynne Marsh

Lynne Marsh

Lynne Marsh’s practice lies at the intersection of moving image, performance and installation. Marsh invests specific sites and architectures—the spaces of spectacle—through location-based filming and behind-the-scenes views. Marsh also depicts them a temporal remove—too early or too late—which casts their absent audiences as trespassers, recently dispersed or yet to come. Strategically delving into the spaces and performances on the margin of mass consumption and mass cultural expression, the works stage the network of historical, social and political forces that produce the spectacle. They explore how the camera’s performance can reconfigure social spaces and their ideological orientation, casting viewers—figures of latency—to step on stage, to seize an active role. Her works are specific evocations of the complex relationships between complicity and participation, camera and subject and the individual and the social.

Lynne Marsh’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions internationally at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Danielle Arnaud contemporary art, London, and PROGRAM, Berlin and in group exhibitions and screenings at Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany, the 10th International Istanbul Biennial, Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Spain, Manif d’art 5, Quebec City, Oakville Galleries, Canada, 53 Art Museum, China and The National Gallery of Canada. She lives and works between Montréal, Berlin and London.

Lynne Marsh's solo exhibition  Plänterwald opens on Friday, September 6, 8PM
Curated by Mark Lanctôt and Jonathan Middleton

OR GALLERY 555 Hamilton St., Vancouver

Renske Janssen

Renske Janssen

Erica van Loon, Endless Chain, 2012

Renske Janssen is an artist-in-residence at the Banff Arts Centre from April to June 2013. She will be working on a publication on contemporary art in relation to a changing natural landscape. She draws upon the landscape that surrounds her and how it has changed in art since Caspar David Friedrich's Wanderer above the Sea Fog (1818). She is interested in both aesthetic and ethical approaches of several contemporary artists such as Richard T. Walker, Erica van Loon, Gert Jan Kocken, Lukas Einsele and Liz Magor. In their work the landscape, or parts of it, serves as a mirror, which is formed by historical, geographical or psychological elements. Does the landscape of today become a mirror as it evidently shows how it was dealt with it so far? Is nature the ultimate personification of who we are? Do we talk about an ethical landscape? How do we identify ourselves today with our natural surrounding? Renske Janssen also takes literature as an inspiration to her research, such as Christos Tsiolkas’ Dead Europe in which the main character realizes by travelling through the continent, how the idea of Europe which he inherited by knowledge from his father, has changed. Multiple strands of history and geography make up a contemporary individual, a writer, an artist, a landscape.

Renske Janssen is currently working as an independent writer, researcher and art historian. She was an assistant curator at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Curator at Witte de With, CCA in Rotterdam (2004-2010) and realized exhibitions for Artspeak Vancouver and Kunstverein für die Rheinlande in Düsseldorf. Janssen was also guest professor of art history, theory and practice at Erasmus University Rotterdam, KASK in Gent and De Ateliers in Amsterdam.

Donna Huanca

Donna Huanca

Donna Huanca’s artistic practice investigates aesthetic rituals, arrangements and displays to construct hyper-real narratives. Her installations, sculptures and collages compose multiple simulacrums with discarded materials; such as, clothing, shoes, and ephemera. Although embodied in a wide variety of media, her work expresses a thorough engagement with linguistic experimentation.
While delving into one of the most primordial and complex systems of communication, that of clothing, Huanca conveys distinctive and precise observations on the function of the garment, as an ever evolving manner of language production and a traditional form of cultural transmission.
She is visiting Vancouver for Braids, a co-residency and collaborative installation with Aja Rose Bond at Access Gallery.
The residency will be for the remainder of March, with a performance on March 28th, the installation will exhibit through the month of April.

Born in Chicago, Huanca received BFA from the University of Houston (2004). Studied at Städelschule, Frankfurt, Germany, with Tobias Rehberger (2009-10). Awards include: DeGolyer Grant (2004), Dallas Museum of Art. DAAD artist grant (2009-10) Bonn, Germany, Art Matters Grant, NYC, NY (2010) and a Fulbright Scholarship (2012) to create a new body of work in Mexico City.
Residencies include: Skowhegan (2006) Maine, LMCC Workspace and SwingSpace Residency (2007-09) New York, NY, Art OMI (2008) Hudson, NY and the Headlands Center for The Arts (2008) in San Francisco, CA. Publications of her work have been featured in DazedDigital, Wire, British VOGUE, F5 Moscow, NY Arts, ARTINFO.com, Art in America, and the Younger than Jesus Artist Directory published by the New Museum, NY amongst others.

Gaye Chan

Gaye Chan

Gaye Chan is a conceptual artist who engages in solo and collaborative activities that take place on the web, in publications, streets as well as galleries. Chan co-founded Eating in Public in 2003, an organization that implements interventions in public and private space to make trouble and fun of capitalism and the State, and to rekindle the desire for the commons. In Chan’s own words, “And we want to prove, not to them, but ourselves, that it is possible to take care of ourselves while we take care of each other.”
EIP’s motto:

  • TAKE = act without shame
  • LEAVE = share without condition
  • WHATEVAS = trust without apology

Since 2003 the organization has initiated projects at nearly 1,000 sites that facilitate autonomous exchanges and collective anti-capitalist actions in the forms of guerrilla gardens, free stores, seed-sharing stations, recycling bins, bag dispensers, etc. The great majority of the projects take place on Oahu but EIP’s impact has also been felt nationally (i.e. California, Oregon, New York) and internationally (i.e. Australia, Canada).

Chan has reported on EIP's activities at venues such as Creative Time (New York City), Flux Factory (Queens), Southern Exposure (San Francisco) and Transart Institute (Berlin).

Gaye Chan was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States in 1969. She received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and is currently a professor and the Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawai'i.

Tamara Henderson

Tamara Henderson

Neon Figure, 16mm Color Film with sound, 2:55, 2013

Tamara Henderson's practice involves sculpture, furniture, 16mm film and writing. Henderson works like a half asleep secretary-treasurer taking minutes from dreams, altered states and hypnogogia, decoding cipher from  sloppy and on occasion, illegible, nocturnal journalism. Her writing becomes the foundation of cinematic storyboards which are worked out through sculpture and cinematography, materializing as oneiric puzzles. With spectral qualities, object/characters in the films work on behalf of the artist, and the scenes appear to have been orchestrated by a crew of phantoms.

Some of her books include: Livet På En Pinne, Tower on Old Fashioned, Apres Le Pamplemousse, The Spirit of Garfield (in spite of NH) with Andrew Frosst, Voices on Vacation, with Erik Lavesson, and Treaty of Slippage.

Tamara Henderson is from Sackville New Brunswick, she studied at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax Nova Scotia, Stadelschule, Frankfurt am Main and and holds a Masters Degree from the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm Sweden. Henderson has participated in The Paul Klee Center: Tin Soldiers and Nixon Coming, Banff Center for the Art: Life is Beautiful.... , and CCA Kitakyushu. She has exhibited at Documenta 13, Western Front,Frankfurt Kunstverein and upcoming shows include Kunstverein Nürnberg and Walter Philips Gallery.