Monday, October 23, 2017

Accumulations of Moments Spent Under Water with the Sun and Moon solo show


20 October – 24 November 2017 Launch and performance: 7 pm, Friday 20 October

Accumulation Of Moments Spent Under Water With The Sun And Moon features the work of Charlene Vickers, an artist of Anishnabe background from Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation currently living and working in Vancouver. Using painting, textiles and installation to explore the intersection between the contemporary and the traditional, Vickers considers her Ojibway ancestry, racial perception, authenticity, viewership and commodification. In examining the social and cultural significance inherent to objects and materials, Vickers uses repetition, juxtaposition and abstraction to create new works that investigate memory, territory and culture. Her paintings, felt Ovoid Traces and mixed-media Mukluks actively reference traditional Ojibway artistic techniques to shape the precision of her process and her compositions. Her work embodies a process of discovery, both of the self, and of the past and present.

​ CHARLENE VICKERS attended Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design to study painting and holds a BA in Critical Studies and an MFA in Contemporary Arts, both from Simon Fraser University. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Amsterdam, New York City and Porirua City New Zealand. Her paintings were exhibited most recently at the Vancouver Art Gallery in the exhibition Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures. Vickers’ Sleeman Makazin and Ovoid Traces are held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Vancouver.

Accumulation Of Moments Spent Under Water With The Sun And Moon présente les œuvres de Charlene Vickers, une artiste de souche anishnabe, provenant de Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation, qui demeure et travaille présentement à Vancouver. Elle se sert de la peinture, des textiles et de l’installation pour explorer le point d’intersection entre le contemporain et le traditionnel, tout en tenant compte de sa descendance ojibway, la perception raciale, l’authenticité, le public et la marchandisation. En examinant la signification sociale et culturelle intrinsèque aux objets et du matériel, Vickers se sert de la répétition, de la juxtaposition et de l’abstraction pour créer de nouvelles œuvres qui plombent la mémoire, le territoire et la culture. Ses peintures, ses Ovoid Traces en feutre et ses Mukluks en technique mixte, font une référence directe aux techniques artistiques ojibway traditionnelles, ce qui lui permet de préciser la forme du processus ainsi que de ses compositions. Son œuvre englobe un processus de découverte d’elle-même ainsi que du passé et du présent.

CHARLENE VICKERS a étudié la peinture au Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design et détient un baccalauréat en Études critiques et une maîtrise en beaux-arts en Art contemporain, tous deux de l’Université Simon Fraser. Au niveau international, ses œuvres ont été en exposition à Amsterdam, dans la ville de New York and à Porirua City en Nouvelle-Zélande. Ses peintures ont été en montre récemment à la Vancouver Art Gallery dans l’exposition Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures. Sleeman Makazin et Ovoid Traces de Vickers font partie de la collection permanente du Musée de l’anthropologie à l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique à Vancouver.

Translation/traduction : Simone Hébert Allard

Thursday, August 17, 2017

now on and upcoming fall season

This summer go see new Ovoid Traces at Gallery 1515 and Fazakas Gallery!

photo credit Alex Gibson
So upcoming events, performances and solo exhibition to announce. My Diviners cedar spear works will be travelling to Montreal for the Third Gesture of the Woodland School Wood Land School: Kahatènhston tsi na’tetiátere ne Iotohrkó:wa tánon Iotohrha | Drawing a Line from January to December at SBC Galerie D'Art Contemporain from for the fall/winter season.

I am working on a new collaborative installation work with Cathy Busby for group exhibition,Ground Signals at Surrey Art Gallery Sept 23-Dec 10. Curated by Jordan Strom and Roxanne Charles, with artists: Ruth Beer, Roxanne Charles, Marie Côté, Lindsay Dobbin, Richard Fung, Brandon Gabriel and Ostwelve, Farheen HaQ, Peter Morin, Valérie d. Walker and Bobbi L. Kozinuk. We are planning a performance for the opening night on Sept 23rd, at 8:15. Looking forward to it!

Plus I have a solo exhibition coming up at ACE ART in Winnipeg.(October 20-Nov??) This will be a combination of paintings, mixed media boot works with felt foot traces and new felt Ovoid Traces. A bit of a vacation for my art over to some good Ojibway traditional lands and peeps! I am really looking forward to this one!

photo credit Marianne Bourcheix-Laporte
Plus I am speaking about my work at the Painting Symposium at SFU on September 29th. This is going to rock as I am going to be speaking on this panel with one of my heroes Jane Ash-Poitras! September 29th, look out for it.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Summer Group Exhibition at Gallery 1515

I am continuing to show the moccasin installation and some new Ovoid Traces at Gallery 1515 until September 8th. Go and check it out friends!

In the company of Amanda Arcuri, Amir Aziz, Matt Sesow, Monique Motut-Firth and Sarvenaz Amanat.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Reclamation until July 7th

Posting some images from my solo exhibition at Gallery 1515 in Vancouver, BC. Up until July 7th, Mon-Fri 10-5. Closed weekends or by appointment.