Charlene Vickers is an Anishnabe artist based in Vancouver, BC Canada. Recent solo exhibitions include "Asemaa/Tobacco" Artspeak and "Ominjimendaan/to remember" grunt gallery in Vancouver. Her work has exhibited across Canada and the United States and toured nationally in the group shows The Fifth World at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, (curated by Wanda Nanibush) and Custom Made at Kamloops Art Gallery (curated by Tania Willard); and can be seen in the permanent collections at the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia. Charlene is an MFA grad at Simon Fraser University and is on the Board of Directors at grunt gallery. This past spring 2016, Vickers was selected as the inaugural artist in residence at Griffin Art Projects in North Vancouver creating a series of expansive abstract paintings, plus a new performance work with Chad MacQuarrie called Portals and Improvisations.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Doing well at the art studios at Griffin Art Projects! Larger oil paintings focus on energy, intensity, in-the-moment moments, territory and presence and echos of landscape. The new works explores how a Zig Zag structurally composes the rhythm of how the eye moves over the surface of the work. The Zig Zags are further anchored in cultural gestures of traditional quill work and how it is sewn to a hide. An organic growth from a porcupine intended as a defensive form of protection, their quills were then transformed by ancestors. How traditional skill and knowledge of what you can do with the environment and materials around you is genius. My own learning of quill work is situated within a contemporary artistic context. What does this knowledge mean to me, how do these activities ignite my practice and the meaning behind my work? Through motions of a repetitive gesture such as quilling, beading or painting: what bodily knowledge emerge? Another layer of inspiration in these paintings is how contemporary meets up, vibrates off, informs, alters and transforms into a painted painting. Compositions refer to a modernist grid that has been skewed- Indigenized- through my reference to traditional form and gestures. A spectacular exploration of high contrasting colours can be attributed to the commercial advertising world surrounding me, but I filter through these experiences via another artificial source. I have been using small electronic machines/synthesizers; experimenting with artificial sounds and engaging with improvised music. A mix of artificial noise, beading, quill work and bodily memory are actively influencing the compositions of the new Zig Zag painted works.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Big thank you to Griffin Art Projects for inviting me to be their first artist in residence. I will be busy in the next three months so come for a visit. I will be showing some work from last year and will be making some new paintings. A possible performance will be in the works too.