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The School of Art Gallery presents the exhibitions:
Built a Place and Interface the Land

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L-R: Artworks by Mary Stankevicius, Katherine Boyer, Julia Wake

Built a Place
University of Manitoba 2018 MFA Exhibitions
Katherine Boyer, Mary Stankevicius and Julia Wake

The School of Art and School of Art Gallery are pleased to present Built a Place, the thesis exhibitions and oral examinations by the three Master of Fine Art students: Katherine Boyer, Mary Stankevicius and Julia Wake. During the exhibition period, each student will have an oral thesis exam that will also be open to the public.

Exhibition
May 18 – June 15, 2018
Reception: May 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Performance: Katherine Boyer, 7:00 pm, near the Red River, Fort Garry campus

Oral exam schedule
Katherine Boyer: May 22, 10:00 am
Julia Week: May 30, 10:00 am
Mary Stankevicius: May 31, 1:00 pm

Katherine Boyer: Labour is the Body; Time is the Bridge
The artist’s own, female, Métis body reclaims space, history, and family stories that focus on a direct matriarchal line of five women. By embodying a creative interpretation of their physical labour, through slow conscious work, or by considering the body as a form of measurement and an open channel of communication, their life stories become a point of expressing and repairing homelands. Through re-experiencing, process-heavy and repetitive techniques, the artist takes the experience of time, and translates it into a bodily experience of memory.

Katherine Boyer is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is focused on methods bound to textile arts and the handmade, including fabric manipulation, papermaking, woodworking and beadwork. Boyer’s art and research is entrenched in Métis history, material culture and personal family narratives. Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, she has received a BFA from the University of Regina.

Recent and upcoming exhibitions include Li Salay, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton (2018); Crafting the Future, OCADU Canadian Craft Biennial (2017); Out of Repetition, Difference, Zalucky Contemporary, Toronto (2017); LandMarks 2017/ Repères 2017, Place and Placelessness, Winnipeg (2017); BeadSpeak at Slate Fine Art Gallery Regina (2016); and Anishnaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes) Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina (2016); Boyer’s work is currently touring nationally as part of the Dunlop Art Gallery’s Material Girls exhibition.

Mary Stankevicius: Stomach Flowers
Hard and soft, wet and dry, contamination and growth: these are the themes that Mary Stankevicius is exploring in her current body of work. The initial spark was to investigate and celebrate the body’s internal flora. Working with the idea of reconstructing what was macroscopic, the works examine the notion of colossi through biomorphic abstraction. She uses alternate world-building as a tool for artistic inquiry and exploration. There are many euphemisms to describe our feelings of the unknown; for instance, “gut reaction” is often used to imply an intuitive response to enigmatic situations. She works to illustrate this unexplainable state of mind by constructing sculptural forms that combine human attributes with botanical elements, resulting in hybrids that together form an other-worldly installation.

Mary Stankevicius earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in ceramics in 2012 from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and spent a semester away at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. After graduation, she received the Walter Ostrom Scholarship to attend a selective, international work intensive at the University of Long Beach in Long Beach, California. In 2013 Mary was accepted as a one-year resident at Medalta Clay studios in Medicine Hat. She and Nolan Drew are co-founders of Throwing Neon Studios, established 2014. Mary is currently a 2018 Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Julia Wake: A Pylon is a Party Hat is a Cake
A Pylon is a Party Hat is a Cake consists of sculptural pieces that are informed both by participatory workshops and theories of deconstruction and play. The work is intended to provoke viewer engagement with the gallery visitor’s experience in mind. The work intends to contest the position of studio practice, exploring the tension between play and practice; and conflating boundaries between studio vs. gallery, participant vs. viewer, and artist vs. facilitator. Instructional animations prompt viewers to actively engage with the work in a participatory manner within the exhibition space.

Julia Wake is a Winnipeg-based visual artist and community arts educator who works in multiple mediums. She holds a BFA from Concordia University. Her work explores the intersection between solo studio practice and the participatory.

Visit: umanitoba.ca/schools/art/MFA_Thesis_2018.html


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Kaoru Ryan Suzuki: Glacier Falls, film still

Special Collections Gallery:
Kaoru Ryan Suzuki: Interface the Land

May 18 – June 15, 2018
Reception: May 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Interface the Land reveals Kaoru Ryan Suzuki’s intimate relationship with bodies of water and the complexities of gas, fire and movement, as he endeavours to form transcendant connections with the land. Through intentional acts he explores spiritual transformation in the context of ritual performance. The resulting work is framed in the Transcontintental Performance Series, a series that uses geographical sites spanning the North American continent, from Baffin Island in Nunavut to the Yukon, and from Haida Gwaii to the Island of Ayiti in the Caribbean Sea. Suzuki’s methods of engagement include amplified water-listening meditations, aerial cinematography, dance and pilgrimage. His investigations are presented in the School of Art Gallery Special Collections Gallery in a multi-channel sound and video installation.

About the Artist
Kaoru Ryan Suzuki is a filmmaker/artist from the coldest city in the world. He works in cinema, nature-based performance, and installation art. His art has a deep connection to place. It has been produced in Borneo, Alaska, India, Iceland, China, Nunavut, Bangladesh, Germany, and most recently for the North America Transcontinental Performance Series. Suzuki has shown his work at museums, on the streets with “guerilla-style” public art installations, at IMAX and in galleries locally and internationally.

Visit: umanitoba.ca/schools/art/Suzuki.html


Information:
For more information about the exhibitions, contact Donna Jones, 204.474.9322
donna.jones@umanitoba.ca

For more information about the MFA oral examinations, contact Heather Nicolson, 204.474.8294
heather.nicolson@umanitoba.ca

School of Art Gallery
255 ARTlab, 180 Dafoe Road
204.474.9367
umanitoba.ca/schools/art

Hours
Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closed on statutory holidays.

Accessibility: The School of Art (ARTlab) is accessible. To obtain an accessible parking pass, contact Parking Services: 204.474.9483; or email parking_services@umanitoba.ca.

Parking: ARTlab is located on Dafoe Road next door to Taché Hall and Drake Centre. Find nearby parking by following this link:
umanitoba.ca/schools/art/facilities/parking.html


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