Group Exhibition: Spectacles of Intimacy
Curated by Lora Carroll
Suzanne L. Mir
d. bradley muir
Ingrid Mary Percy
June 29 to August 4 2007
Artist/Curator Talk: June 30
Spectacles of Intimacy explores the role of artist as social spectator, one who witnesses intimate (private) spaces and moments and translates them into the public sphere for debate and discussion. This exhibition showcases the work of six Vancouver Island artists, each of whom rigorously engages with contemporary definitions of spectacle. Guest curated by Lora Carroll.
Megan Dickie is a sculptor whose work is humorous, tactile and plays with ideas of functionality. She investigates the interaction between our hands and the materials that make up our immediate personal environment. She is fascinated by textures and surfaces, especially those of tools and accessories that are handled regularly. In Dickie's artwork, touch is proof that our bodies and the world around us remain anchored in physical reality.
Dickie has exhibited her work across Canada and has had recent solo exhibitions at the Nanaimo Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. She was also the recipient of a Canada Council emerging artist creation grant in 2004 and a BC Arts Council grant in 2007.
Dickie received an MFA in sculpture from the University of Saskatchewan in 2002. She currently resides in Victoria, BC and teaches at the University of Victoria and the Vancouver Island School of Art.
The work of sound and multimedia artist Jamie Drouin explores the subtleties of experience, with a specific interest in the way audio can dramatically alter perceptions of both physical and temporal space. Incorporating photography, field recordings, guitar and synthesized sounds, Drouin's works create intricately detailed patterns and textures which, while retaining references to corporeal sources, seek to expand and transform audience perceptions of familiar habitat.
Suzanne L. Mir
Noted for her animated and colourful rendering of forms, Suzanne L. Mir works in a variety of mediums, ranging from large format canvases in oil to black-and-white photography and small, intimate collages of acrylic and mixed media.
She is a passionate, enthusiastic and diligent artist. The inspiration for her most recent work originated in Mexico from the Island of the Dolls, Xochimilco. There she encountered dolls in various states of decay that initially resembled effigies for dead children. Later, while examining the photographs, she realized that these dolls, so representative of human perfection, were also visual statements about a strange beauty found in decay and aging.
Mir is a graduate of the Victoria College of Art and the University of Victoria and has exhibited both locally and internationally since 1987 in Canada, France and Mexico. More of her work can be seen on www.suzannemir.com
d. bradley muir
d. bradley muir is an artist whose practice focuses on contemporary photography, sculpture, video and installation. His work has been shown and published throughout Canada and the United States.
muir holds a BFA with distinction from Concordia University and an MFA from the University of Victoria. He has taught at the University of Victoria and is currently teaching at Camosun College and the Vancouver Island School of Art.
Born London, England 1943. Moved to western Canada 1968. Still working.
Ingrid Mary Percy
Ingrid Mary Percy was born in Calgary, Alberta and grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia. She studied visual art at Emily Car Institute (BFA, Dip FA, 1995) and at the University of Victoria (MFA, 1997).
Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally for the past decade. Solo shows include Sci-POP at the Kelowna Art Gallery in Kelowna, far-out (paintings) at the Helen Pitt Gallery in Vancouver, and Supra at Deluge Contemporary Art in Victoria. Selected group exhibitions include Specific Objects at the Charles H. Scott Gallery in Vancouver, Small City Art Museums Biennial touring seven galleries in Western Canada, On the Line at Soil Gallery in Seattle, Washington, ArtBits at the Akamenie der Bildenden Kunste in Vienna, Austria, and Glow at the Contemporary Arts Collective in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Percy has been teaching painting and drawing in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Victoria since 1997.
Lora Carroll received a Masters Degree in Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory from the University of Lancaster (UK) in 1999. She has since worked for galleries in England and Canada, and collaborated on curatorial projects with partners in China, Australia, Italy, England and Canada. Her curatorial interests include new media, performance and public art.