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.



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Patrick Cruz

Patrick Cruz

Driven by folk sentiment, Patrick Cruz' multi-disciplinary practice is informed by his interest in cultural hybridity, bio-politics, and the paradoxical effects of globalization. Through his exuberant maximalist oeuvre, Cruz construes the notion of ornament and excess as a strategy of re-enchantment and destabilization.

Cruz founded the Kamias Triennial in 2014 in Kamias, Quezon City, Philippines. The first iteration gathered Filipino artists whose works responded to ephemerality, impermanence, and temporality as a means of inquiry into the prevalent model of artistic production and consumption in the Philippines. The 2017 event, with the underlying strategy of exchange, culminated in an exhibition, exchange market, and event series that invited artists new to the context of the Philippines. The project continues with the goal of opening a durable pathway for sharing of the strate- gies, processes, and styles of artists in the region of Manila with counterparts from across Canada. 

Patrick Cruz is a Filipino-Canadian artist and organizer working between Vancouver, Toronto and Manila, Philippines. Cruz studied painting at the University of the Philippines Diliman and received his BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and an MFA at the University of Guelph. In 2015, Cruz won the national title for the 17th annual RBC Canadian Painting Competition. 

Vikram Uchida-Khanna

Vikram Uchida-Khanna

Vikram Uchida-Khanna & Anders Smebye, Look (Further) Down, performance documentation, The 9th Norwegian Sculpture Biennial, 2017.

In my practice, I am interested in moments in which counter-cultural movements and modes of protest and criticality have emerged. Previous projects have dealt with Inuit resistance and strategies of radical withdrawal as a reaction to cultural assimilation policies in the Canadian High North, and my personal experience of a family living self-sustainably on a small island on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Recently, I finished the collaborative production with Anders Smebye of Look (Further) Down (2017), an underwater installation that uses the figure of plankton to challenge human-centred perception. I am currently working on a project about the Surrealists’ fascination with indigenous art with Jaalen Edenshaw, a Haida artist based in Masset. I am also developing a cookbook that applies the methodology of looking developed in Look Down (2016-) to think through the evolution of food as matter and energy.

Vikram Uchida-Khanna studied visual art at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, at Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and at the Academy of Fine Art in Oslo, Norway. He has participated in exhibitions at Gallery D.O.R. in Brussels, The Norwegian Technical Museum in Oslo and at the Vigeland Museum in Oslo. His writing has appeared in Billedkunst journal. He recently passed his driver’s license.