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.



2016

Noah Simblist

Noah Simblist

October 13, 2015, 10:45am at 611 Studios.

Noah Simblist works as an artist, curator and writer with a focus on art and politics in Israel-Palestine and has contributed to Art Journal, Modern Painters, Art Papers, Art Lies, Art21 and other publications. Curatorial projects include Yuri’s Office by Eve Sussman and the Rufus Corporation at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts; Out of Place at Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin, Texas; Tamy Ben Tor at Testsite in Austin, Texas; and Queer State(s) at the Visual Arts Center at University of Texas at Austin. He was also on the curatorial team for the 2013 Texas Biennial.

Writing projects include “How Do You Pronounce The Politics Of Aesthetics” in Beyond the Aesthetic and the Anti-Aesthetic, eds. James Elkins and Harper Montgomery (Penn State University Press, 2013); “Setting Sail: The Aesthetics of Politics on the Gaza Flotilla,” for ART PAPERS; “The Art of Forgetfulness, the Trauma of Memory: Yael Bartana and Artur Zmijewski” for Transmission Annual; a feature about the work of Dor Guez for ARTPULSE as well as interviews with Francis Alÿs, Khaled Hourani, AL Steiner and AK Burns, Omer Fast, Jill Magid, Walead Beshty, Yoshua Okon and Nicholas Schaffhausen.

Ian Wallace

Ian Wallace

Image: courtesy of the artist

January 21, 2016, 1:00pm, at 611 Studios.

Born in Shoreham, England in 1943. Lives and works in Vancouver.Ian Wallace is a celebrated artist and teacher, best known as a founding member of what has come to be recognized as the Vancouver school of photoconceptualism. Wallace graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1968 with a master’s in art history; from there, he began his teaching career, starting at UBC and soon moving to the Vancouver School of Art (now the Emily Carr University of Art and Design), where he remained until his retirement in 1998 and was among the first to teach courses on recent developments in the visual arts. Wallace was a teacher and mentor to such younger artists as Jeff Wall, Ken Lum, Stan Douglas and Rodney Graham. As an artist, his work was also instructive: he set precedents by blowing up photographs to scales typically associated with history painting, and by uniting these images—documents from the news or the everyday—with minimalist, monochrome painting. Wallace won a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts in 2004, and the Order of Canada in 2012. Also In 2012 the Vancouver Art Gallery presented a career retrospective, “Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photography.”

Allison Hrabluik

Allison Hrabluik

Photo credit: Barb Choit

March 15, 2016, 1:00pm, at 611 Studios.

In her exploration of narrative construction, Allison Hrabluik's visual practice finds its focus in the voices, rhythms and methodologies of storytelling. Her work includes video, sculpture, animation, drawing, and text, often to humorous or absurdist ends, and has been shown in exhibitions and film festivals internationally. Allison lives in Vancouver, where she teaches as a sessional instructor at ECUAD.  Her latest video work, The Splits, is on view at SFU Gallery, Burnaby Campus, until April 22.

Cindy Mochizuki

Cindy Mochizuki

March 10, 2016, 1:00pm, at 611 Studios.

Cindy Mochizuki creates multi-media installation, performance, animation, drawings and interdisciplinary collaborations that consider spaces that embody both the fictional and documentary. Family displacement, migration and the remembrance of historical trauma have been departure points within a body of work that explores the effects of war on family members both within Canada and Japan. She has most recently exhibited her work at Access Gallery, Contemporary Art Gallery, the grunt gallery and as part of two residencies in Japan, AIR 475 and Koganecho Bazaar. Cindy has received her MFA in 2006, in Interdisciplinary Studies from the School For Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.