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Lucie Chan, Poem For Taxi Drivers, 2013 (installation detail). Watercolour, ink, gel pens and pencil crayon on paper, dimensions variable. © Lucie Chan

Artist in Residence: Lucie Chan

Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Until 30 March, 2018

Opening Reception for How to be 57
Friday 23 March, 7:00 pm
Exhibition on view from 23 March – 30 June, 2018

The Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery is honoured to host Lucie Chan as Artist in Residence for the month of March in preparation for her upcoming solo exhibition, How to be 57, which will be on view at KWAG from 23 March to 30 June, 2018. Her drawing-based installation and animation practice focuses on such themes as cultural confusion, the transient nature of human connections, and shape-shifting identity. In Chan’s practice, she often works one-on-one with members of the public to create a diverse range of works inspired by their stories.

How to be 57 draws its title from this act of learning through the lives of others, in particular two 57-year old women who have radically different experiences with police in their respective homes. One, a Dutch immigrant in France finds herself interrogated in her home despite her innocence. The other, an unarmed civil servant, suffers racialized violence when her apartment is mistakenly raided. A nod to both age and anonymity, How to be 57 might be understood as a hypothetical guide to experiencing a precise moment of transformation in a stranger’s life, a reminder that living is an act of perpetual reinscription.

During her stay in Kitchener, Chan will develop a new site-responsive installation in our Eastman Gallery and hold open studio hours for Interactions with Strangers. Members of the public are invited to contribute to an inventory of personal histories and myriad definitions of community that will inform a new body of work. This work will be included in the publication of a special artist’s booklet that will be available at KWAG in 2019.

For more information about opportunities to engage with Lucie Chan during her Open Studio Hours, please visit our website.

During the course of her stay in Kitchener, Lucie Chan will be facilitating the following workshop opportunities open to members of the public:

Sunday 18 March: Collaborative Drawing & Experimental Mark-Making Workshop, 1:30 - 4:00 pm

Spend an afternoon with Lucie Chan as she shares insight into her drawing processes and techniques. Participants will use a wide range of wet and dry drawing materials as they pair up with other workshop participants to practice various mark-making methods and create unique and collaborative works of art.

Workshop Fee: $50 + HST | Limited to 18 participants

Sunday 25 March: Draw-a-thon, 1:00 – 5:00 pm

KWAG’s annual drawing marathon will feature a free workshop with Lucie Chan on collaborative mark-making using unconventional materials and found objects. All drawing activities are offered free of charge with all materials provided - everyone is welcome.

Lucie Chan (b. Guyana) teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. She holds a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design and a MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University with a specialization in drawing. She has shown nationally in various group and solo exhibitions and has undertaken artist residencies at ARTerra in Lobão da Beira, Portugal; the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts in Canning, Nova Scotia; Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Alberta; Museum London in London, Ontario; the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia; and the Foreman Art Gallery in Sherbrooke, Quebec. In addition to receiving numerous provincial and national grants, she has been long-listed twice for the Sobey Art Award (2005, 2010).

Maggie Groat, Alternative Guide to SET, 2017, Collage, 48.5cm x 63cm. Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Collection. Gift of the Artist, 2017. © Maggie Groat. Photo: Robert McNair.

Opening Soon:

Object Lessons: Works from the Permanent Collection

Curated by Beatriz Asfora
17 March to 19 August, 2018

Collecting practices – personal or institutional – are characterized by a pursuit of knowledge and a genuine love for objects. Human curiosity leads one to find out everything about those objects, their past and shared significance to oneself and to one’s community. This exhibition has come together from an admiration for and curiosity about objects, and a desire to explore their potential as bearers of meaning, memories and knowledge.

This exhibition is part of an ongoing series of Community Curator projects that activate our Collection through fresh perspectives. Beatriz Asfora recently completed a Master of Arts in Art History at Western University after earning a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Waterloo.

Free admission to all exhibitions is sponsored by Sun Life Financial.


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