a Yukon SOVA student project in collaboration with Ed Pien
March 8th - 31st 2012
Reception March 8th 5 - 7 pm 15-305 Main Street Whitehorse, YUKON
During a recent residency with the Yukon School of Visual Arts in Dawson City, internationally acclaimed guest Artist Ed Pien worked closely with students in Veronica Verkley's 2D studio to create a magical, immersive installation on view at Arts Underground in Whitehorse march 8-31st , 2012.
The challenge Ed gave the students was to develop 'interconnected habitats for imagined creatures' using only mylar, video projection, light & shadow; resulting in a kind of fantastical crystalline architecture, floating in space, formed solely from transparent materials. A collaborative project, the students' works connect and interlace to create a singular event.
SOVA students not only designed & developed the work itself; they also gained valuable experience by participating hands-on in the myriad tiny steps involved in mounting a show in a professional gallery.
Several SOVA students will make the voyage south from Dawson to install the show, and to attend Thursday's opening of MYLARchitecture, which coincides with the opening of 'Exquisite North', an Arctic Winter Games special project put on by Arts Underground, and Mcbride Museum's Sports Yukon exhibition.
SOVA Students: Owen Bayliss •Daniel Brown-Hozjan • Jared Dulac • Katie Gray • Elizabeth Houg
Kay Linley • Jennifer Liu • Mike Luxton • Alexandra Macdonald • Nathaniel Marchand • Cole Pauls
Kristen Poenn • Victoria Ponce • Emily Prospero • Kalyna Riis-Phillips • Matt Smith • Joe Volf
ED PIEN is a Canadian artist based in Toronto who has been drawing for nearly 30 years. He immigrated to Canada from Taiwan at the age of eleven. He holds an MFA from York University and a BFA from the University of Western Ontario. Ed has exhibited internationally including the Drawing Centre, New York; La Biennale de Montreal 2000 & 2002; W139, Amsterdam; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City; Middleborough Art Gallery, UK; the Goethe Institute, Berlin; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; as well as the National Art Gallery of Canada. Ed has taught at the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, and the Ontario College of Art & Design. He currently teaches at the University of Toronto. Pien is represented by Birch Libralto, Toronto, Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain, Montreal, and Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague.
Wondering about attending the Yukon School of Visual Arts someday ? There will be a Program Information Session with SOVA's own administrator Eryn Foster at the Arts Underground gallery Saturday, March 10th at 1pm.
Exhibition Contact: Veronica Verkley email@example.com
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