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Studio Visit with Steven Beckly

Q: Tell us about yourself.

A: I’m in the first year of the MFA program. I’m from Toronto, but I live in Guelph where I plan to stay during the summer. I’m looking forward to beautiful warm weather, biking around again, and spending a lot of time reading on the beach.

Q: What are you currently working on?

A: I’m working on two photography books. And a book of poetry. I currently have a show at Eyelevel Gallery in Halifax, and a show at VU in Quebec opening in April.

Q: What are you most excited about for the 2015 Open Studios/Shenkman Lecture?

A: Meeting new people. Hugging familiar ones. Good conversations all around. We’ve all been working really hard–open studios is a great opportunity to share that hard work with our community. Oh, and Michael Snow is a nice reward for all the blood, sweat, and tears.

To learn more about Steven’s work, visit: http://stevenbeckly.com

SAVE THE DATE: The Dasha Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art with Michael Snow and MFA Open Studios is on Wednesday March 25, 2015.

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Corner Poems
Installation views
Zavitz Gallery
University of Guelph
9 Nov – 13 Nov 2015

Whose End I Knew

“I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.”
    –Robert Frost

Discovery is vulnerable territory; it asks you to release what is known.

Steven Beckly’s photographs begin as traces of intimacy. His encounters–physical, psychical, sexual, emotional–are impressed in images, his images impressed in light. They are traces of traces, and in viewing them you are asked to discover his intimacy as your own. Made from, and with light, his photographs are living things. They blink, they throb, they shimmer, they exhale, they glisten, they bristle and sigh, and in the care and tenderness of light, they wait for us. We are invited to take them, or perhaps take care of them, in exchange for a poem of our own.

Installed in each of the four corners of the gallery, these traces gather briefly, even vulnerably, for a short while. A montage of images, they reflect experience without narrative, time without duration. The walls of the gallery slowly empty out each day: as images disperse, words accumulate. Energy never disappears, it simply changes form.

To touch is to be touched. A poem is an afterimage. Discovery acknowledges neither beginning nor ending, but continuation.

–Ambera Wellmann

Ambera Wellmann is a painter, a princess of darkness, and an MFA Candidate at the University of Guelph.

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Studio visit with Janine Miedzik

Q: Tell us about yourself.

A: I am just a few months away from completing my MFA. I make objects that straddle painting and sculpture using a variety of construction and display materials, but currently use a lot of plastic tarps, reclaimed vinyl, tapes, and spray paint.

Q. What are you currently working on?

A: I just did a wall work installation at Artscape Youngplace in Toronto. I am making floor pieces for Flights and Landings @ Typology Projects, which opens on Mar 12. And I am in a show coming up at Centre Bang in Chicoutimi. Oh yes, and my thesis exhibition!!

Q. What are you most excited about for the 2015 MFA Open Studios/Shenkman Lecture?

A: I love open studios. It’s a great opportunity to make new contacts, have mobs of people visit your studio, and take a look at your works in progress. All the work involved in getting our spaces ready is a great bonding experience and we are so proud of each other when we pull it off! I am really looking forward to my studio visit with Michael Snow!

To learn more about Janine’s work, visit: http://www.janinemiedzik.com

SAVE THE DATE: The Dasha Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art with Michael Snow and MFA Open Studios is on Wednesday March 25, 2015.

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Studio Visit with Patrick Cruz

Q. Tell us about yourself.

A: I was born in Manila, Philippines. I migrated with my family to Canada when I was 18. My birthday is March 21st, 1987. I have a pinch of chinese blood and a third of Spanish blood and the rest, God knows. I am currently a Filipino-Canadian citizen. I love seafood.

Q. What are you currently working on?

A: My work deals with the implications and various manifestations of globalization. As an immigrant affected by economic turmoil, I see the process of displacement being a blessing and a curse. My art practice always constitutes an active process of negotiation, interrogation and production. Currently, I am interested in researching the parallels and intersections between pre-historic desire and futuristic aspirations, through the production of art, mysticism and technology.

Q. What are you most excited about for the 2015 Open Studios/Shenkman Lecture?

A: Michael Snow, pearls of wisdom, visitors, good conversations, tasty food, people, beer, wine, cheese, critical dialogue, crackers, feedback, picture taking, cleaning the studio, end of an era, birth of a new chapter and Summer.

To learn more about Patrick’s work, visit: http://www.patrickcruz.org

SAVE THE DATE: The Dasha Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art with Michael Snow and MFA Open Studios is on Wednesday March 25, 2015.

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Studio Visit with Meagan Harbridge

Q: Tell us about yourself.

A: I am in the second year of the MFA program. I am originally from British Columbia and  completed my BFA in 2013 at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Before returning to Vancouver to complete my degree, I lived in Cape Town South Africa for four years.   

Q: What are you currently working on?

A: I am currently making paintings towards my thesis exhibition. The work merges abstract and representational forms in order to explore the boundaries of a formal modernist aesthetic. Resisting any direct subject matter the compositions find their beginnings in the fragmented quality of memory but resolve through the process of their making.

Q: What are you most excited about for the 2015 Open Studios/Shenkman Lecture?

A: I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of the grads decide to show for open studios. This event gives us an opportunity to collectively reflect on and appreciate all of our blood sweat and tears. Grad seminar and studio visits with the Shenkman lecturer is also great!

To learn more about Maegan’s work, visit: http://maeganharbridge.com

SAVE THE DATE: The Dasha Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art with Michael Snow and MFA Open Studios is on Wednesday March 25, 2015.

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Studio visit with Simon Benedict

Q: Tell us about yourself.

A: I’m currently in my first year of the MFA program. I often use words from music, film, and my brain as raw material for videos and works on paper.

Q: What are you currently working on?

A: Right now I’m working on a sound piece. Also, I typically do performance-based videos, but I’m experimenting with some more abstract video stuff at the moment. And maybe an installation.

Q: What are you most excited about for the 2015 MFA Open Studios/Shenkman Lecture?

A: It’s always great to have people from outside of Guelph engaging with your work. We tend to isolate ourselves in production and writing as artists and students, so it’s valuable to have access to some fresh eyes and thoughts.

SAVE THE DATE: The Dasha Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art with Michael Snow and MFA Open Studios is on Wednesday March 25, 2015.

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Studio Visit with Jasmine Reimer

Q: Tell us about yourself.

A: I am 34 years old, I grew up in the prairies but moved here from Vancouver to attend the U of G MFA program. I am in my 2nd year and will have a thesis exhibition at G Gallery at the end of April. I previously studied at Emily Carr University. I make sculpture using found domestic objects combined with raw materials such as foam, styrofoam and putty. Sometimes I draw and have recently started experimenting with video.

Q: What are you currently working on?

A: Currently I am using found couch cushions that I re-skin, re-surface and re-definfe with a malleable colourful putty, in addition to combining them with found objects like lamp parts, flashlights, candles, buttons and fake fruit.

Q: What are you most excited about for the 2015 Open Studios/Shenkman Lecture?

A: I am looking forward to Michael Snow’s lecture and getting to participate in a seminar with him, getting to ask him questions about his work.

To learn more about Jasmine’s work, visit: http://www.jasminereimer.com

SAVE THE DATE: The Dasha Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art with Michael Snow and MFA Open Studios is on Wednesday March 25, 2015.

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Studio visit with Paul MacIntyre

Q: Tell us about yourself.

A: I’m a first year MFA here at U of Guelph. I’m from British Columbia and completed my BFA at the University of Victoria in 2012 where I focused on painting and drawing. I’m interested in labour as a means of addressing notions of time, value, and absurdity in art making. 

Q. What are you currently working on?

A: I’m currently experimenting with collage as part of my drawing practice.

Q. What are you most excited about for the 2015 MFA Open Studios/Shenkman Lecture?

A: As I’ve only been in Ontario since September, I’m looking forward to meeting new people from the area. I’m also looking forward to seeing what my peers pull together for the occasion!

To learn more about Paul’s work, visit: http://www.paulmacintyre.com

SAVE THE DATE: The Dasha Shenkman Lecture in Contemporary Art with Michael Snow and MFA Open Studios is on Wednesday March 25, 2015.

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DID YOU KNOW? In addition to our MFA Candidates, Open Studios 2015 will also showcase work by our fourth year Specialized Studio undergraduates: Chelsea Brant, Tori Berends, Emma Carney, Maya Ben David, Jess Eisner, Dylan Evans, Angela Ferguson, Allison Henry, Katie Holmes, Megan Keogh, Rachel Lauzon, Tessa McDougall, Melina Panara, Katie Schulz, Allanah Vokes, as well as the University of Guelph Senior Drawing Class.

See more of their work at the 2015 MFA Open Studios on Wednesday March 25, 2015.