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Solo Exhibition, Monte Clark Gallery, 12 July 2014 – 9 August 2014

courtesy Monte Clark Gallery / David James / The Kreative

 

EVAN LEE

JULY 12 — AUGUST 9, 2014

TALK: SATURDAY JULY 12, 1PM
FOLLOWED BY OPENING RECEPTION: 2PM — 4PM

In Evan Lee’s solo exhibition of new works at Monte Clark Gallery, the artist recreates, transforms, and expands upon found news media images depicting protest and migration through sculpture, mixed media, and paintings.

In contrast to popular, ubiquitous images of revolution and provocation (such as Alberto Korda’s portrait of Che Guevara, or the graffiti works of Banksy), the found press images that Lee refers to are markedly non-iconic, from nameless and faceless Black Bloc protesters to migrants whose identities have been obscured by the press. Lee approaches these images from a perspective of speculation, creating artworks that either reconstruct or further obscure the subjects. This dual process amplifies the missing details and facts that are not included in the original press images or their accompanying news stories, pointing to an inherent confusion or lack of clarity surrounding the actual events.

This exhibition includes large-scale black and white paintings where silhouettes of marching Black Bloc protesters have been repeated in a motif that borders on abstraction; mixed media works where ink and gesture further obscure printed depictions of individual hooded and masked protesters; a 3D printed model of the Ocean Lady vessel which carried Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka to Canada in 2009; earth-toned, classical style oil portraits of the same migrants created in composite from blurry or pixelated press images and online searches; and a video that recreates the burning of a Danish flag, which was originally enacted by protesters in response to anti-Muslim cartoons that were published in Denmark. The works engage in a dialogue with news media images of protest, the interpretation of these images, their biases and their influence.

Evan Lee lives and works in Vancouver, BC Canada. He has been published in Canadian Art Magazine, Art on Paper, Border Crossings, Flash Art, Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art and numerous other venues. Lee has recently exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Surrey Art Gallery, the Presentation House Gallery, and the Richmond Art Gallery. Lee is shortlisted for the 2014 Sobey Art Award and will be exhibiting with the other finalists at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in the fall.

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News: Evan Lee Shortlisted for the 2014 Sobey Art Award

Sobey Art Award 2014 Shortlist Announced

June 4, 2014 – HALIFAX, NS – The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Sobey Art Foundation today announced the five artists who have been shortlisted for the 2014 Sobey Art Award, the pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian Art.

The 2014 Short List 

  • West Coast and the Yukon: Evan Lee
  • Prairies and the North: Neil Farber and Michael Dumontier
  • Ontario: Chris Curreri
  • Quebec: Nadia Myre
  • Atlantic: Graeme Patterson

“The Curatorial Panel is proud to announce the 2014 Sobey Art Award shortlist. We would like to extend our gratitude on receiving a record number of nominations, demonstrating the vitality of the Canadian contemporary art scene. The five selected artists present a spectrum of practices that emerge from personal experience, ultimately addressing specific social and cultural concerns. We are confident that the work of these five compelling and engaged artists will leave a lasting impact on Canadian art.”

The Sobey Art Award has a prize value of $100,000 with $50,000 going to the winner, $10,000 awarded to each of the other shortlisted artists, and $500 to each of the remaining longlisted artists. The Sobey Art Award, established in 2002, is awarded to a Canadian artist age 40 and under who has exhibited in a public or commercial gallery within 18 months of being nominated. It was conceived to further the national conversation about contemporary art and is widely recognized as the most significant award for contemporary art in Canada.

Work by the shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery opening on November 1, with the winner being announced at a Gala event on November 19.

The members of the 2014 Curatorial Panel are:

  • Jordan Strom, Curator, Exhibitions and Collections, Surrey Art Gallery, British Columbia
  • Paul Butler, Curator of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba
  • Srimoyee Mitra, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario
  • Marie-Eve Beaupré, Conservatrice de l’art contemporain, Musée national des beaux arts, Québec
  • Pan Wendt, Curator, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Prince Edward Island

More information about the nominees is available at www.sobeyartaward.ca.

News: Longlist Announced for the 2014 Sobey Art Award

Longlist Announced for the 2014 Sobey Art Award

April 15, 2014 — Halifax — The Sobey Art Foundation and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia are pleased to announce the longlist for the 2014 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent contemporary art award.

Each year the Sobey Art Award is awarded to a visual artist age 40 and under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. The 2014 Curatorial Panel has announced that the 25 artists vying for the 2014 Sobey Art Award are:

West Coast/Yukon

Allison Hrabluik
Farheen HaQ
Peter Morin
Dan Starling
Evan Lee

Prairies and the North
Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber
Cedric Bomford
Divya Mehra
Zin Taylor
Michael Dudeck

Ontario
Kelly Jazvac
Reena Katz
Balint Zsako
Chris Curreri
Jean-Paul Kelly

Québec
Olivia Boudreau
Diane Morin
Nadia Myre
Dominique Pétrin
Jon Rafman

Atlantic

Tamara Henderson
Ursula Johnson
Eleanor King
Graeme Patterson
Becka Viau

Sarah Fillmore Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Curator, Sobey Art Award says:

“The longlist for the Sobey Art Award is always a greatly anticipated survey of contemporary Canadian art. Drawing on the largest response ever to the call for nominations for the Sobey Art Award, the curatorial panel assembled a stellar longlist from among Canada’s most thought-provoking artists. This list is the result of a lengthy and challenging debate. I thank the nominators, who brought forward and shone a light on talent from across Canada.”

The members of the 2014 Curatorial Panel are:

  • Jordan Strom, Curator, Exhibitions and Collections, Surrey Art Gallery, British Columbia
  • Paul Butler, Curator of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba
  • Srimoyee Mitra, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario
  • Marie-Eve Beaupré, Conservatrice de l’art contemporain, Musée national des beaux arts, Québec
  • Pan Wendt, Curator, Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Prince Edward Island

The 2014 shortlist of the Sobey Art Award will be announced June 4. Work by the shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery opening on November 1, with the winner being announced at a Gala event on November 19.

Symposium: Disfiguring Identity – Art, Migration and Exile

Disfiguring Identity: Art, Migration and Exile symposium
Surrey Art Gallery, On Main Gallery, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Fine Arts Dept.
May 10 and 11, 2014

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru episode Surrey Art Gallery, On Main Gallery, and Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Fine Arts Department are collaborating to present a two-day symposium Disfiguring Identity: Art, Migration and Exile. These institutions are turning to visual artists to guide a conversation on the power of art to critically address cultural stereotypes and experiences of migration. The symposium takes place on May 10 at Centre Stage at Surrey City Centre (City Hall) from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, and on May 11 at Surrey Art Gallery from 12pm to 5:45pm. This event is free – donations are gratefully received.

Day one is an evening of short films created by emerging and established Asian and South Asian Canadian artists who engage with popular media and new media to negotiate the differences and similarities between past and present. Films by artists such as Richard Fung, John Greyson, Ali Kazimi (Rex vs. Singh), Karin Lee (Shattered), and Vivek Shraya (Seeking Single White Male) will be featured followed by a Q&A with filmmakers and curators.

Convened by Naveen Girn, day two is an afternoon of panels and conversations with artists investigating the use of performance, history, and memory to address art and activism related to racism. Among those featured will be artists who have made work directly related to the history of the Komagata Maru and those addressing parallel and more recent incidences of racism and xenophobia arising from conflicts in arrival. Others will consider the impact of media representations, personal experiences, and art histories that engage with narratives of identity.

Visual artist and educator Dana Claxton will present a keynote talk on the legacies of empire on identity on day two. Panelists will include artists Avantika Bawa, Sammy Chien, Neelamjit Dhillon, Evan Lee, Farrah Miranda, and Cindy Mochizuki as well as directors/curators Heather Keung (Reel Asian Film Festival, Toronto), Tyler Russell (Centre A, Vancouver), and Indu Vashist (South Asian Visual Arts Centre, Toronto). Panel moderators include filmmaker Summer Pervez, artist Kira Wu, curators Jordan Strom and Steven Tong as well as Paul Wong who in 1990 curated the landmark exhibition Yellow Peril Reconsidered that used contemporary art to examine what it meant to be a Canadian of Asian descent. The symposium respondent is Ali Kazimi. Light refreshments will be available at noon.

Surrey Art Gallery gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of City of Surrey, BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, and Vancouver Foundation. On Main Gallery gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of Canada Council Equity Office, BC Gaming Multiculturalism, and BC Arts Council Co-op Placement. Symposium organizers thank Surrey Civic Theatres and Kwantlen Polytechnic University Faculty of Arts for their contributions.

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This symposium is presented in conjunction with Surrey Art Gallery’s exhibition Ruptures in Arrival: Art in the Wake of the Komagata Maru.

About the exhibition
Surrey Art Gallery’s group exhibition Ruptures in Arrival: Art in the Wake of the Komagata Maru marks the 100th anniversary of the Komagata Maru episode. Ten artists from Canada and India – Roy Arden, Avantika Bawa, Ali Kazimi, Evan Lee, Ken Lum, Mass Arrival (Farrah Miranda, Graciela Flores, Tings Chak, Vino Shanmuganathan, Nadia Saad), Raghavendra Rao, Haris Sheikh, Jarnail Singh, Paul Wong – have contributed work in a wide range of media including painting, photography, and 3D film. Ruptures in Arrival: Art in the Wake of the Komagata Maru is on exhibit until June 15. Admission is by donation.

Image credit: Mass Arrival, Mass Arrival, Queen Street, 2013; photo courtesy of Ben Roffelsen