Saturday May 25
1:00-3:00pm Open Studio at Griffin Art Projects Artist Residency
2:00pm Talks with Janet Werner (Residency and Person/ne artist, Montreal) and Adrian Norvid (Residency Artist, Montreal)
Griffin Art Projects Residency, 1180 Welch St, North Vancouver, BC, V7P 2R5
Janet Werner (Montreal) is a painter whose work has focused for many years on the fictional portrait. Her recent paintings are based on figures drawn from popular culture, including models, dolls, celebrities and figurines. In her current portrait series icons and archetypes of innocence and beauty are divorced from their original contexts and resituated in her paintings so that the “portraits” become vehicles for an exploration of subjectivity, desire, seduction and transformation.
Werner has shown widely in Canada at public and private galleries as well as artist-run centres. Selected solo shows include the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts, Montreal, Art Gallery of Windsor, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Ottawa Art Gallery, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art and the Musée du Québec. Internationally, her work was presented at the Prague Biennale She has received numerous awards including the Canada Council New York studio and Paris studio.
More information on Werner’s work can be found here: http://momus.ca/janet-werners-truer-subject-the-women-unseen/
Adrian Norvid (Montreal) was born in the U.K. and currently lives and works in Montreal. His production focuses on immersive drawn environments with large-scale drawings, paper constructions and modified found objects. Norvid’s concerns center around popular imagery, vernacular and kitsch with sources ranging from Psychedelia to Georgian era illustration. Recent shows include: Wrongo and Finkola High/The Cantankerous Krank at Galerie Joyce Yahouda in Montreal; Dummkopf at Galerie Julia Garnatz in Cologne, Germany; Goodnight Irene with Jason Mc Clean at Jessica Bradley Art and Projects in Toronto; the Montreal Triennial; and Showstoppers, Whoppers, Downers and Out of Towners which toured to the Art Gallery of Windsor, Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa, the Rooms in St Johns and the McIntosh Gallery at the University of Western in London, Ontario. Adrian Norvid is represented in Montreal by Galerie Joyce Yahouda. Norvid’s book Nogoodniks was published by Drawn and Quarterly in Montreal in 2011.