Julie McIntyre studied at the Banff Centre, Alberta in 1986 and received her BFA from Queen’s University with a major in printmaking in 1987. She has had solo shows in 20 public galleries in Canada and participated in well over 40 juried exhibitions, including 23 international credits to date. Julie has taught workshops across Canada and is a long time Artist in Residence with the Vancouver School Board. Her solo exhibition "Travel Stories" premiered at the Burnaby Art Gallery last winter and will be at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery, January 27 to March 24, 2019.
I was born and raised in China, got my MFA degree from Emily Carr University in 2017 and BFA degree from Xi’an Academy of Fine Art in 2013. By studying and immigranting overseas, this culture transformed experience gives me a deeper understanding towards my art and identity. Through working with various mediums including video, installation art and performance, I focus my practice and research on themes of identity, social issues, as well as culture transformation. Many of my projects are related to social issues and everyday life. By mixing art and everyday life, switching identity between artist and others, I looking into art to pursuit the answers for reality life. Moreover, I believe experimentation is fundamental in art. Hence, I have dedicated myself to projects that strive to expand the boundaries of art. As an international artist who is looking for start art career in Canada, to have a studio among other artists in such a dynamic community is an exciting beginning.
Creating pottery is an incredible experience, the forming of it, the use, the beauty. It’s soothing and, for that reason, the craft I love most. I began pottery when I was 19, taking a random class at a community center in North Vancouver. As a high energy person I found it calming, a way to relieve stress and focus on breathing, if for no other reason than keeping my hands steady. After that class I joined as a member and spent a few years potting out of local pottery studios, teaching myself on the wheel whenever I could carve out a few hours.
My biggest leap, and greatest purchase, was buying a wheel for my home. I set up a mini corner studio and found ways to throw cleanly to keep the mud mess down, not always successfully. Having a wheel allowed me to learn through trial and error over the years. Apart from my initial amateur pottery class many years ago I’ve relied on my fingers and the clay to teach me and they do.
I’ve worked with clay for over ten years and grow more in love with the art form each day. It’s organic, warm to the soul, and functional. The most wonderful part is seeing someone fall in love with a piece and take it home.
The pottery you’ll find at Crafting Vancouver is all hand made by me: designed, thrown, trimmed, morphed, coloured, glazed and fired. Having been born and raised in Vancouver, you will see the West Coast reflected throughout. Pieces are made to be used in your day to day life, whether holding your tea or nestling your flowers.
Paul Wong is a media-maestro making art for site-specific spaces and screens of all sizes. Born in Prince Rupert in 1954, Paul is an award winning artist and curator known for his tough engagement with controversial issues and his eye for social context, driven by an insatiable search for identity, community and authenticity. Paul is a pioneer of early visual and media art in Canada, founding several artist-run groups, leading public arts policy, and organizing events, festivals, conferences and public interventions since the 1970s. Writing, publishing and teaching have been an important part of his praxis. With a career spanning four decades he has been instrumental proponent to contemporary art. His works are in many public collections including those of the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa),and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Among his many distinctions, Paul is the first recipient of the Transforming Art Award from the Asian Heritage Foundation in 2002 and he received Canada’s Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Art for outstanding contributions to the field.
Leanne Christie is an Urban Oil Painter who works mostly on canvas. Her obsession is understanding the story of the streets and sharing this story by using them as the subjects of her paintings and by using the qualities unique to oil paint to add to the narrative.
Leanne understands that once the physical structure of the street changes, the little things that trigger your memories are removed and over time we forget to remember and slowly we loose our sense of who we are.
Leanne was born in South Africa and has a degree in Fine Art. After completing her studies, she went to England for a 2 week holiday and often jokes that since she did not go home, her holiday never ended! She lives in a unique place where life is not a holiday but not 'real' either. Leanne is now a Canadian citizen and has been painting full time for 10 years.
Pender Street near the garden's, was the location of Leanne's first tiny studio that was tucked beneath a staircase and in 2010, she moved to a bigger space between Powell and Cordova on Main street. This was shared with Ken G, Janice and June (all artist's whose studio's we are visiting) and when this building was sold, they moved into this new space.
Leanne uses oil paint because it is very human in the way that it communicates with the painter. It stays wet for weeks and this lets the painter incorporate time and slowly draw out the image so that the painting has a depth that is not achieved when you are forced to paint quickly. Think about the difference that time makes to a Century egg, there is no other way to develop this flavour than by allowing time to act on the ingredients. In Leanne's urban paintings, this flavour can be seen in the tapestry of colours that combine visually and the rough, worked surface of the paintings that reminds one of the feeling of the older parts of town.
People who know Leanne's paintings always recognize them because of her strong brush strokes that look simple and quick but take hours to complete. They are fresh because Leanne always tries to describe the subjects of her work with one brushstroke and she will keep painting until this happens. She is also known for her strong use of white which is a very hard colour to use in oil painting. Most oil artist's will stay away from white because it mixes with the other wet colours on the canvas and becomes very dull but because Leanne is a master at responding to her brush and can adjust the weight and angle of it with every touch, her colours sit on top of each other and remain pure.
Quite simply Leanne paints the streets because this is where we bump into friends and where we make our communities and they are the places where the stories of the cities and our lives are remembered.
Ken has produced the paintings, collages, and assemblages which have gained him recognition in Vancouver. The assemblages are made exclusively of materials which society has used, even abused, and discarded. Many of the materials were found in the laneways of Vancouver or the dumps of Vancouver Island. These often-humorous works are designed to draw attention to the mistakes, inadequacies, and imbalances of our society.
Ken: My art work is about taking objects that people have thrown away and turning them into (hopefully) interesting 3D paintings, assemblage sculptures, and installations. I particularly like broken antiques, scrap neon, rusty old auto parts and obsolete electronics. My medium is my message - reuse is the most important part of recycling - sort of zero waste consumption.
I am Katharine Meng-Yuan Yi, a Chinese-Canadian visual artist from Vancouver. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of British Columbia. My practice is about seeking to transform rationalized presumptions into works that evoke of sentimentality, identity, and belonging that are inextricably linked to my personal experience of growing up as an immigrant to Canada. A quintessential part of my practice is about creating dialogues and confronting issues of cultural identity and transcultural experience, and Chinatown is a community that has fostered and witnessed the history and personal tales of such experiences. My role as a local Chinese-Canadian artist is to present issues and phenomenon that are little known and seldom represented outside of the Vancouver Chinese community. I am excited to become part of BC Artscape at the Sun Wah building because it is a significant step taken in revitalizing Chinatown through art and culture.
Jen Hiebert is a Vancouver-based artist and educator who has been working in textiles for over twenty years. She studied weaving and textile arts at Place Des Arts in Coquitlam, BC, and graduated from the Textile Arts program at Capilano University. Her work and teaching focus on the relationship between material and process, seeking to expand the expected constraints of the medium, while providing new and different entry points into the processes of learning and making. She has been teaching workshops and classes for different community organizations and private individuals around the Lower Mainland since 1999. She is currently working as a Studio Technician and Continuing Studies Instructor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Janet Wang is a visual artist working within a traditional painting practice, integrated with sculptural installation practices and digital media. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia and her Master of Arts in Studio Practice from the University of Leeds in England. Her work explores the construction of identity through the appropriation and disruption of social patterns and familiar gestures. The artist borrows heavily from the canons and traditions of history, both the artistic and the quotidian, in order to use the familiar as a meeting point with the viewer. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, and the UK, and has been awarded residencies from the Arts Council of England, ArtStarts, the Burnaby Arts Council, and received the Visual Arts Development Award by the Vancouver Foundation. She is currently is an instructor at the Lasalle College Vancouver, Langara College, and Emily Carr University.
Jan Bautista is a fashion designer continuously working on his menswear brand inspired by bespoke tailoring with a mix of fun and play. Born in the Philippines but based in Vancouver, his inspirations are sometimes also rooted from the distinctive lifestyles he has been exposed to from both places. Most of his designs seek delight and challenge the norm. Currently, he is exploring textile design and innovation in hopes to find a medium between sustainability and beauty in the fashion industry. After graduating from Kwantlen Polytechnic University with a degree in Fashion Design and Technology, some of his works has been featured in magazines like Dark Beauty, Imirage Magazine, and C’est Moi Magazine.
Elisa Yon is a Vancouver based artist with a practice situated at the intersection of architecture, public art and social practice. She holds a Master of Applied Art degree from Emily Carr University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Waterloo. Since 2012, Elisa has worked with the City of Richmond as Public Art Project Coordinator.
Elisa Medina is a designer, textile artist, and entrepreneur focusing on a mindful and conceptual approach to the ideation, manufacturing, and consumption of clothing. Under the label Nowhere Studio, Medina’s practice looks to incite dialogues between maker, garment, and wearer in pursuit of ethical production methods, an appreciation for handcraft and digital techniques, as well as meaningful human connections through clothing. Medina has a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design and Technology from Kwantlen University. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Vancouver (2013) and Toronto Men’s Fashion Week as a finalist for the Emerging Menswear Designer Award (2015).
Dina Smallman has been a professional communication designer for over 20 years. She has experience with a wide scope of projects ranging from developing complete product lines for the consumer to working with charities and non profit organizations. She recently attended Emily Carr University of Art and Design receiving her Masters in Design. Her research focused on developing a Visual Communication System for people who are unable to communicate verbally or by signing. Her researched gained her the “IDEA Health Design Award” and acceptance to present at the “International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction”. She has also been accepted to present at the “Global Grad Show” during design week in Dubai. Her passion is inclusive design with her main research focus an inclusive visual communication system. Her work is something that has been a part of her personal life for the past 13 years where she has learned all about the Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems with her son, who has cerebral palsy. She hopes to continue on with this research and develop a system that would one day be distributed.
I attended Otis Parsons in Los Angeles and graduated from Emily Carr College in Vancouver, 1988 major; Sculpture. I make sculptures out of found, recycled and salvaged objects. I love finding that perfect piece of metal with an acquired patina and forged so beautifully by the many feet and cars that have trampled over it. Or the abandon, broken, discarded pieces that were once part of someone's coveted possession with it's own history. I weave them together in a different yet somewhat familiar light with a new story to tell. To me the nature of working with found objects is an ever changing-evolving structure, and I love the complexity of it! When this 'medley of elements' come together to create something so different, with it's own history 'now' this is always exciting to me. I live in Vancouver, B.C. with my two lovely cats.
I am a Singapore-born visual artist and photographer with an M.F.A. in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia (2010) and an Honours B.F.A. in Photographic Studies from Ryerson University (2008). Since 2003, I have participated in exhibitions and events across Canada including the Two Rivers Gallery, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, orris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, an Brock University. y artistic practice has been foregrounded on the everyday, ready-made, and seemingly unremarkable as subject matter, material and process. Over time, it has come to encompass navigating the landscape where my subjectivities and personal politics—as a Chinese-Canadian, an immigrant, a settler, a woman, and a concerned citizen—all collide. Presently, I am focused on exploring the relationship between the politics of identity and issues of social justice through visual and written means.
Afuwa was born in Guyana, on Karinya and Akawaio lands; she makes art on Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam, and Squamish territories. She is a managing editor at The Capilano Review, a member of Gallery Gachet, and was 2013 Visiting Artist at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC. She has mentored youth and led art workshops at LOVE BC, EWMA, Gallery Gachet, and other community organizations in the Lower Mainland. Her text and images have been featured online and in publications including The Feminist Wire, Briarpatch, West Coast Line, subTerrain, and in Beauchesne & Santos’ Performing Utopias in the Contemporary Americas (Palgrave Macmillan 2017).
Her ongoing 2D, installation and movement-based work re-imagines relations across the Atlantic diaspora.
Aerlyn Weissman’s projects have addressed peacebuilding, queer history, censorship, decolonization, internet culture, data visualization, the housing crisis, and social mapping. As a media arts mentor, they have partnered with local and international organizations such as Artsbridge, First Nations Video Collective, GIFTS, Out On Screen, Peace it Together, and PACE. They have film and television credits on leading edge reality shows, science and history programming, and television specials.
In addition to winning two Genie Awards for Best Documentary (Forbidden Love; Fiction and Other Truths) and two Gemini Awards for their work in recording sound, they have been honoured as Woman of the Year by Women in Film and Television. Within months of graduating with a Master’s Degree in Digital Media granted jointly by UBC, SFU, ECU, and BCIT, they received the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award for Film and New Media.
They are currently working on incorporating glassblowing into their media arts practice.
In 1958, inside the Parisian Iris Clert Gallery, French avant-garde movement artist Yves Klein emptied an entire exhibition space of an art gallery. Visitors upon lifting the blue curtains at the entrance, enter an empty exhibition hall. Although Klien’s original intention was to provide viewers a monochromatic visual experience, he simultaneously became the pioneer of taking the space known as the “White Cube” as the subject of the exhibition itself. Two years later, in 1960, Arman, a distinctive figure of Neo-Realist art, filled an entire exhibition space of the same gallery with discarded materials, but visitors were required to view the exhibition outside of closed doors and display windows. The invitation to this exhibition, titled Full-Up, was a sardine can full of handwritten texts. To this day, the term “White Cube” has become synonymous with art galleries and spaces; nevertheless, it is no longer an adequate description for today’s non-profit artist-run centers. We hope to replace the word “space” with “sardine,” because other than exhibitions, a non-profit artist-run center also carries curatorial and publishing functions, as it can also be a site for artist residencies and bookstores among many other roles.
This institution is found by Vancouver based artists originally from Canton, China, hence the name “Canton-sardine.”