Every summer, the Mitchell Art Gallery transforms into an incubator—a nexus for new ideas and new relationships. Between May 14 and August 17, six Artists in Residence will be working in the MAG and engaging the local community through performances, workshops and other relational practices.
The MAG is pleased to support these local, national and international artists with dedicated space and time to develop their respective art practices and build meaningful relationships with local artists and community members.
Leah McInnis (Victoria)
May 14 – June 8
Leah McInnis builds multidisciplinary installations that incorporate architecture, video, printed matter, artist books, light and found objects to make spaces for people to imagine different ways of being. This work comes from observing culture with a sense of critical idealism. She is a founding member of MOPE, an arts collective that formed in Vancouver on the basis of running ephemeral gallery spaces. They now work collaboratively on developing meta-narrative exhibitions and publications. McInnis also shares a social practice with Winnipeg based artist, David Peters. Recent exhibitions include Actual Losers, at Dynamo Arts Association (Vancouver, BC), Laugh Laugh Cry at the 2018 Vancouver Art Book Fair, and Mood Swings, at Flux Gallery (Winnipeg, MB). McInnis is an alumni of MacEwan University, where she earned a Diploma in Fine Art before going on to complete a BA from the University of Alberta, BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and an MFA from the University of Victoria.
During the residency, McInnis will be designing and building structures that encourage visitors to write, in an exploration of how architectures shape and elicit specific behaviours from people.
By disrupting the individualistic tendencies of writing (and reading), I hope to create a layered portrayal of labour in its many complicated forms (emotional, physical, creative, activist) that can act as a bridge between myself and viewers. Treating the gallery/studio as a work site, I will be constructing different writing stations that reference past works by artists Ken Isaacs and Andrea Zittel. These writing station structures will be evolving studies in ergonomics and affect. I will welcome design input by gallery goers throughout the residency term, as a type of open ended focus group.
Meet the Artist and Talk: Thursday, May 16, 6 – 8 p.m.
Text and Movement Workshop: Saturday, June 1, 2 – 4 p.m.
Alma Louise Visscher and Taryn Kneteman (Edmonton)
June 3 – 29
Alma Louise Visscher works predominantly with textiles to create installations, sculptures, and drawings that examine paradigms of belief, perception, and gender. Her work has been shown in New York, Iceland, Germany, and throughout Edmonton: solo shows at the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton) and the Sweet Lorraine Gallery (Brooklyn), several temporary public installations, and numerous group exhibitions throughout Canada including shows at Latitude 53, The Works Festival, and the Gladstone Gallery (Toronto). She is also the recipient of numerous grants from both Alberta Foundation for the Arts and The Edmonton Arts Council, and as participated in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Icelandic Textile Centre, and most recently a three-month residency in Leipzig Germany.
Taryn Kneteman makes artwork in and between print, sculpture, and video. She received her BFA in Art and Design from the University of Alberta in 2012. Past exhibitions include Breathing, Antimatter [media art], Victoria, BC (2018); for the time being: 2017 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff, AB (2017); and Everyday Rituals (survival tactics), SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, AB (2015). She has been awarded residencies at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Kloster Bentlage, and Atelier Graff.
Visccher and Kneteman’s residency project, The Future Library of Worries, invites people to share their dreams, worries, fears and fascinations, from which the artists will build an inventory of garments, soft sculptures and object.
[The Future Library of Worries] will be rooted in considering how we search for comfort and meaning in the objects that we wear, surround ourselves with, and consume in the corporeal, virtual, and dream worlds. The fabric of clothing is intimately close to skin, our heads rest for many hours on the same pillow, and phones and computers are extensions of our searching brains and hearts. This project is a proposition to collectively explore the role that materials and objects have in creating, supporting, and containing our shifting sense of self.
Meet the Artists Workshop: Thursday, June 6, 6 – 8 p.m.
Second Workshop: Thursday, June 27, 6 – 8 p.m.
Joële Walinga (Toronto)
June 23 – July 21
Joële Walinga is a Toronto-based artist and filmmaker whose work explores memory and grief, subjective experience, and the aesthetics of empowerment. Her work has been shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Gallery 44, the Khyber Centre for the Arts, Narwhal Contemporary, TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary, and the John & Maggie Mitchell Art Gallery, and has been featured in Canadian Art, CBC Arts, Art Matters, POV Magazine, and cléo Journal among others. Her 2018 feature documentary God Straightens Legs premiered at DOXA Documentary Film Festival and Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, and has been described by cléo Journal as "the mark of an artist attuned to others, patiently willing to explore across difference." She is currently in post-production on a documentary about the Dragon Academy in Toronto.
Walinga’s residency project, Evictions, involves inviting people to build Lego structures as repositories into which they can evict bad memories from their minds.
Individuals can come and build their structures — whatever type of structure is necessary for the memory in mind — and can place it where it is best suited along the floor of the Mitchell Art Gallery, knowing that their memory is safely confined within its walls, and that they may walk away emotionally lighter... Evictions will be a city of outcast memories, and their previous hosts, the designers of the city, will be freed.
Meet the Artist: Thursday, June 27, 6 – 8 p.m.
Build Nights: Thursday, July 4, 11 and 18, 6 – 8 p.m.
Julia Dyck and Amanda Harvey (Belgium and Montreal)
July 23 – August 17
Julia E Dyck
Julia E Dyck and Amanda Harvey are members of the Montreal-based feminist media collective XX Files. The duo have been working collaboratively for over three years on projects including radio productions, sonic experimentations, performances, documentaries, installations, interventions, and events. They produce and host a weekly radio show on CKUT, the aural-satellite to Montreal-based feminist media arts space Studio XX, as well as two monthly internet radio shows. Their work has been presented at festivals including including Mutek Montreal, POP Montreal, Borealis Festival, Radiophrenia and broadcast on International airways, including London’s Resonance FM, Brussel’s Radio Panik and Berlin’s Collabradio.
Dyck and Harvey will be developing a multi-channel interactive installation and performance work while in residence through research, interviews, recordings, and sound creations shared with them by Edmontonians.
This project seeks to explore radio, and more broadly sound, as a community tool in a time of technological change, as well as to promote the transformative practices of storytelling and listening as a way of understanding the other… This project will look to sound culture as a pure, ontological source by examining the ways in which aurality offers something vision cannot. It will explore and engage with a developing sonic environment, using a variety of formal and stylistic techniques to illustrate the expanding scope of the audible, capturing the exchange between the auditory environment of modern cities and the people who inhabit them. Specifically, we’ll focus on the urban city sidewalk as a place of aural exchange and engagement.
Meet the Artist Workshop: Thursday, July 25, 6 – 8 p.m.
Closing Event/Performance: Thursday, August 15, 6 – 8 p.m.
Schedule for ongoing open mic and live stream opportunities to be announced.
May 14, 2019
– August 18, 2019
Mitchell Art Gallery
Allard Hall11110 – 104 AvenueEdmonton, AB