Residencies

Xuuya' - Terrance Richard Baker

Summer, 2018

Xuuya'

Xuuya’ - Terrance Richard Baker (Haida/Skwxwu7mesh/Hawaiian), is a traditional artist and storyteller who was born in the waterways close to his mother’s homeland in Haida Gwaii.  He began carving at the age of 6, and was self-taught until the age of 16, when he began to knife carve with Skwxwu7mesh artists Stan Joseph, and Floyd Joseph. This work is known as the “Capilano Style” of his work.   He began mask carving by the age of 18, and was carving canoes and totems as well as building boats. He was a self-taught metal fabrication worker, and has made his own tools throughout his carving career.   Xuuya’ carved his first major pole project with Reg Davidson in the 80’s, which began his “Haida Style”.  He has been noted as carving with artists such as Bill Reid, Jim Hart, Guujaw-Gary Edenshaw, Tony Hunt, Cary Newman, Calvin Hunt and Ray Natraro on several sculptures, canoes and totems. He carved in black slate with his cousin, Hank White, during the early 80’s and began learning more stylistic carving through projects with Beau Dick. He has been involved in numerous carving projects with Xwalactun - Rick Harry over the past 25 years, and continues to work on projects with him.   Xuuya’ has carved more than 3000 paddles in both Haida and Capilano Styles, including his own paddles which have journeyed with him on the big ocean waterways in sea-going canoes. Xuuya’ has been a skipper on most of those journeys. His work has been presented in galleries and public spaces from his homelands in Haida Gwaii, throughout Canada, the USA, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. 

Steven Cottingham

Summer, 2018

Steven Cottingham

Steven Cottingham is an artist and curator based in Vancouver. His recent work investigates the spectral qualities of material culture and labour relations under capitalism, with particular attention to real estate markets and unceded territory.

He holds a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design and an MFA from the University of British Columbia. His work has been included in exhibitions across the US and Canada, as well as several locations in Europe and Cuba. Recent exhibitions include What Is Pressure? What Is Temperature? (2017) at Wil Aballe Art Projects, Vancouver; The Museum of Capitalism, curated by Fictilis (2017), Oakland, CA; and Art Education in the Age of Metrics, curated by Emma Braso (2017), Herbert Read Gallery, Cambridge, UK. Solo exhibitions include The first night after the sun burns out (2016), Neon Heater, Findlay, OH; and The world turns but nothing changes (2015), ZK/U, Berlin.

Cottingham has participated in artist residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Madison, ME; Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik, Berlin; and the New York Studio Residency Program, NY.

In addition to his artistic practice, Cottingham has curated several projects. He is the founder of the Calgary Biennial, an artist-run exhibition of contemporary art in public spaces. The most recent program, titled Atlas Sighed, endeavoured to appropriate commercial vernaculars of the urban landscape, such as billboards and bus shelters, in order to contend with conservative status quos. Other curatorial projects include United Congress: Reconvenience and The Travelling Light at The New Gallery, Calgary. In 2016, Cottingham was curator-in-residence at Fogo Island Arts, Fogo Island, NL.

His writing has been published in Canadian Art, Akimbo, Temporary Art Review, and various exhibition catalogues. Cottingham’s professional roles have included Programming Coordinator for The New Gallery, Calgary, and currently Communications and Archive at Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver.


Summer Curator Residencies

Summer, 2018

The Griffin Art Projects is collaborating with PortLiving, to facilitate an international Curatorial Residence Program. The project is an innovative partnership which brings career support and cultural development opportunities to local artists so that they may grow international relationships by bringing established curators to Vancouver so they may know, engage with and enrich our community.

By inviting distinguished professionals from respected institutions across North America for week-long work trips in our residence, we will be providing a new platform for broadening the reach of local artists and their ideas. In building ties to an international network, the program will actively develop a more sustainable career for working artist’s lives. Through working with PortLiving to build these local creatives profile, the program will address the three key points which enable this growth: access, engagement and opportunity.

Visting curators include, Amy Adams, Adams and Ollman, Portland, Kari Cwynar, C Magazine, Toronto, Bridget Finn, Managing Director, Reyes Projects, Detroit, Sophie Hackett, Associate Curator of Photography, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Sara Krajewski, Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Portland Art Museum , Catharina Manchanda, Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum, Jennifer Papararo, Director, Plug In, ICA, Winnipeg, Manuela Paz, Independent Curators International, NYC, and Erin Somerville, Deputy Director and Curator, White Columns, New York.

Griffin Art Projects would like to thank PortLiving, the Michael and Inna O’Brian Family Foundation, Christina Hirakawa and Brigitte and Henning Freybe for supporting this innovative program.


Beate Terfloth

Spring, 2018

Beate Terfloth

We are happy to welcome Berlin based artist, Beate Terfloth to our Artist in Residence program. Terfloth (b. 1958) engages with an artistic practice that conveys a sense of vast openness through the simple use of reduction. Terfloth’s work focuses on development in the process of drawing, in which the circle, lines and other materials of sketch are favoured instead of the finished product of painting. Small sketches, notes, landscapes, and thoughts from memories serve as the basis of her artistic vocabulary. Terfloth often utilizes the wall as the departure point, working directly on the surface of the gallery space. This process is usually conducted on a day to day basis, where her drawing reflects on a conscious response to situation and time, and has been described as “performative drawing”. While in residence Terfloth contributed Vancouver Wall Drawing, 2018, to Griffin Art Projects’ current exhibition, zero, ground.


Mario Asef

March, 2018

Mario Asef

Griffin Art Projects is excited to welcome Berlin based artist Mario Asef for a brief stay in our Artist Residence. Mario Asef’s artistic works develop—as he himself states—out of “the illusory construction of social reality.” His works are divided into three thematic categories: the realm of public space, the construction of which is language-based, the realm of history and writing about history as mediated reality construct, and the realm of scientific methods. His photographs, diagrams, videos, texts, and interventions in public space all deal with the legibility of normative orders that extend beyond purely grammatical micro-urban codes and which simultaneously integrate utopian and ideology-critical gestures. Mario Asef uses these normative orders to develop a methodology that combines causality with happenstance, pushing things into absurdity.

Asef studied architecture and art in Argentina, Germany, and England. His work has been exhibited worldwide, most recently at Unater (Puebla, Mexico), Quartier 21 (Vienna), Wild Palms (Düsseldorf), Junge Kunst e.V. (Wolfsburg, Germany), Kasa Galerie (Istanbul), SSamzie Space (Seoul), Nouvel Organon (Paris), Rich Mix (London), The Drawing Hub (Berlin). Recent museum exhibitions include Hamburger Kunsthalle, Villa Merkel, Kunstlerhaus Bregenz (Austria), and the Akademie der Künste Berlin. His videos, photographs, sound installations, and interventions in public space deal with architectonic as well as sociopolitical questions and confront issues related to their spatial representability.


Hamidreza Jadid

Winter, 2018

Hamidreza Jadid

The Griffin is excited to welcome Vancouver-based artist Hamidreza Jadid to our Artist-in-Residence program from February to April. Jadid works in painting, sculpture and installation, and recently received his Masters in Fine Arts from the School for the Contemporary Arts, SFU. His work addressees his long-term conceptual dialogue with memory and history, exploring elements of Islamic culture and architecture as metaphors to address the central themes of religion and history. Through references to the history of Persian mysticism and its literary tradition, which meld romance and eroticism, Jadid looks to develop a political aesthetic of metaphor as the basis for his reflections on the contemporary situation of Iranian politics and culture.


Rachelle Sawatsky

Fall, 2017

Rachelle Sawatsky

Rachelle Sawatsky is an artist and writer based in Los Angeles. Her work encompasses painting, writing, ceramics and drawing. Moving between figure and field, material and medium, Sawatsky negotiates the tensions inherent in creating images to realize an art that explores histories of making within a contemporary, expressive project.

Rachelle Sawatsky has an MFA from University of Southern California in Los Angeles (2013) and a BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver (2005). Sawatsky has been included in group exhibitions at the Tate St. Ives, Galerie Mezzanine, Vienna, Presentation House, Vancouver and most recently as part of Ambivalent Pleasures at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Since moving to Los Angeles, Sawatsky has presented solo exhibitions at China Art Objects, Artist Curated Projects, and Harmony Murphy Gallery. Her work has been written about in Artforum, Frieze, C Magazine, Art Review and the LA Times.


Kate Mosher Hall

Fall, 2017

Kate Mosher Hall

Kate Mosher Hall (b.1986) is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice ranges from printmaking, painting, sculpture, performance, ceramics and drumming. Hall’s practice is concerned with language and its slippages, specifically relating to trauma and self-representation.

Hall has shown work and performed in Los Angeles at MOCA Grand, the Getty Museum, Human Resources, 356 Mission, Roberts and Tilton, Arturo Bandini, and Phil Gallery. She has also participated in exhibitions at the New Museum, New York, 67 Ludlow, New York, Marfa Ballroom, Texas, and will be in an upcoming exhibition at Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles. Kate’s 1st book I Did but I Don’t Anymore was released on Hesse Press in 2015.


Scott Treleaven

September, 2017

Scott Treleaven

Through the months of August and September, we have had the pleasure to host Scott Treleaven in our residency program. During his time in North Vancouver, Scott has been developing a new zine, consisting of torn and reconfigured photographic material and texts, which will be published by Griffin Art Projects.

Celebrated for his deeply poetic still and moving images, Treleaven‘s paintings are heavily informed by his early filmmaking career, as well as his work in other media spanning collage, sculpture, photography, and publishing. His seminal zines have been included in historical overviews such as ‘The Magazine &#150 Documents of Contemporary Art Series’ (MIT Press 2016), ‘Showboat: Punk, Sex, Bodies’ (Dashwood 2016), and ‘In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955’ )JRP|Ringier 2009). Treleaven has presented recent solo exhibitions at Invisible-Exports, New York, COOPER COLE, Toronto, Canada and The Suburban, Milwaukee, USA (June 2017), among others. He has also participated in group exhibitions at Grazer Kunstverein, Austria, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, ICA, Philadelphia, MoMa PS1, NY, The Warhol Museum PA, Witte de With, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, and the British Film Institute, London UK.


Paul P.

July, 2017

Paul P.

We are excited to welcome Paul P. as our summer Artist in Residence. Paul will be working with gallery director Lee Plested and Toronto based curator Rui Mateus Amaral to reconfigure his exhibition which originated at Scrap Metal, Toronto, and will open at Griffin Art Projects on September 22, 2017.

Paul P. (1977, Canada) came to international attention in 2003 for his drawings and paintings of young men that systematically re-imagined found erotic photographs along nineteenth century aesthetic modes. In recent years the artist’s interests in transience, desire, cataloging, notation and repeat observation has expanded to include evocative landscapes and their abstraction, often created en plain air.

This upcoming exhibition will also include drawings of sculptures within museums and sculptural works in the form of furniture. Paul P.’s work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, as well as in group exhibitions around the world including MoMA, New York, and the Freud Museum, London. His work has been collected by MoMA, LACMA, The Brooklyn Museum, SFMoMA, and The Whitney, among others.


Michael Bauer

April, 2017

Michael Bauer

Griffin Art Projects is pleased to welcome our spring artist in residence, New York based painter Michael Bauer, who will be working here in the studio through the middle of May. We will present a public conversation with Michael Bauer and GAP Director Lee Plested on Saturday, April 22, 3pm.

The uncertain and the uncanny often act as organizing devices in the paintings of Michael Bauer. Like the writing of George Bataille, his image systems utilize the ghoulish and discarded to float as defiant signifiers which are set loose to negotiate fields of defecated smears and corporal masses of painterly surface. Essentially a hermetic mode of research, Bauer is dedicated to the act of painting as enquiry, even if this work is done in a subjective pictorial language. This reckless reasoning is often framed by categorizing elements (sometimes in the form of a demarcating border, sometimes as an architectural detail) that define the picture plane as a field of linguistic research, but one dedicated to an improvisational and intuitive image-based mapping of contemporary human experience.

We are also happy to announce that we have extended the residence of T’uy’tanat - Cease Wyss through the rest of the spring.

Cease has recently returned to textiles after nearly 30 years and has been awarded a grant to hire a master weaver from her community to mentor weaving cedar and wool in Coast Salish styles. This important element of her culture has driven her research of looms, materials and weaving patterns. Wyss will be using the studio space to create a Coast Salish Noble Blanket which will be a part of an upcoming exhibition curated by Adrian Stimson.


Caroline Mesquita

March, 2017

Caroline Mesquita

We are delighted to welcome French artist Caroline Mesquita to our residence for the month of March. Mesquita’s sculptural practice intertwines the materiality of her altered, oxidized, and painted copper and brass sheets with theatrical playfulness. Over the month of March, Mesquita is in Vancouver developing a new project with Curator Martha Kirszenbaum to be presented at 221A from April to June, 2017, as a second chapter to The Ballad, presented at the Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris earlier this year. 

Born in 1989 in Brest, France, Mesquita graduated from École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 2013. Solo exhibitions include The Ballad, Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris; Pink everywhere, Kunstverein Langenhagen, Germany; Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, Scotland; Les Bains-Douches, Alençon, France, 2014, and 1m3, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2013. Group exhibitions include Europe, Europe, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway 2014; The Space Between Us, Fahrenheit, Los Angeles, 2014; Memory Palaces, Carlier-Gebauer, Berlin, 2014; La Vie Matérielle, 15ème Prix Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris, 2013; and Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market, Monnaie de Paris, Paris, 2012. Mesquita also attended the Mountain School of Arts in Los Angeles in the spring of 2014. Caroline Mesquita’s exhibition project at 221a is made possible through support from the Institut Français and the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in Canada. 


Leigh Tennant and Cease Wyss

January - March, 2017

Griffin Art Projects is pleased to welcome our new artist in residence, Cease Wyss, and announce an extension of Leigh Tennant’s studio research, which began this fall, into the 2017 Winter Residency.

T'uy'tanat - Cease Wyss is Coast Salish from the Skwxwu7mesh and Sto:Lo First Nations communities. She has moved into the studio and will be there through the end of March. Over the past 25 years, Wyss has worked in media arts, performance, and installation including public art, exhibitions and community engagement.

Cease has recently returned to textiles after nearly 30 years and has been awarded a grant to hire a master weaver from her community to mentor weaving cedar and wool in Coast Salish styles. This important element of her culture has driven her research of looms, materials and weaving patterns. Wyss will be using the studio space to create a Coast Salish Noble Blanket which will be a part of an upcoming exhibition curated by Adrian Stimson.

Leigh Tennant will be continuing through the end of February their work begun in the residency this fall, an investigation of Maria Gough’s superb look at Russian Constructivism The Artist as Producer: Russian Constructivism in Revolution. Gough’s work reflects that, when the constructivist project was conceived, they didn’t entirely know how they would use it, that is, how they and we would use it. Tennant takes on this challenge.

This process marks Tennant’s total rejection of the social form of art in parliamentary-capitalism; or what Alain Badiou names the finitude of democratic materialism. Tennant’s negotiation of liberalism rejects the place that queer politics and notions of free sexuality reify as a form of politics, which has become synonymous with the distribution and policing of rights. In doing so, Tennant takes on the challenge of thinking about a cosmology suitable to a society that has undergone industrialization, the scientific revolution and the advent of communism.


Leigh Tennant and Alison Yip

September - December, 2016

Griffin Art Projects is pleased to welcome Leigh Tennant and Alison Yip to our Fall 2016 Artist in Residence program.

Tennant’s practice negotiates the intersections of trans and feminist discourses to undermine the oppressive logic internal to capitalism and processes of identification and objectification.

Tennant holds an MFA and a BA in Art History from the University of British Columbia. They were a founding member of TopDown BottumUp, a Vancouver project space that operated from 2011–13, and they recently exhibited at Artspeak, Vancouver.

Drawing upon the Vancouver Art Gallery rotunda’s now entombed niches, Yip will create an alternate world, presenting a nighttime garden comprised of wraparound latticework interspersed with allusive figures and flora.

Yip recently returned from Europe, where she studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. She holds an MFA from the Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg and a BFA from the Alberta College of Art. Recent exhibitions include Fanta Spazio, Milan; Kunstverein Duisburg; Exklusiv-Garagen, Hamburg and CSA Space, Vancouver. Yip is represented by Monte Clark Gallery, Vancouver.


Charlene Vickers

March 25 - June 30, 2016

Charlene Vickers

We are pleased to welcome Charlene Vickers, an Anishnabe artist living and working in Vancouver, to be our inaugural artist is residence. Vickers’ residency will run from March 25 through the end of June.

Born in Kenora Ontario and raised in Toronto, Vickers art explores her Ojibway ancestry and experiences growing up and living in urban spaces. In speaking about her project Vickers has said: “My work concerns memory and expression of Aboriginal identity where materials carry social and cultural significance. In the past my work has dealt with the commodity aspect of Aboriginal culture selling an idealized First Nations body. Issues of racism and marginalization are exposed in the works presenting a realistic rather than romanticized reality for Aboriginal peoples. I reinvented typical Native objects sold to tourists and combined them with personal comments on urban living for aboriginal peoples.”

During her residency at Griffin Art Projects, Vickers will evolve installations of recent sculptural work and utilize the large studio space to produce a new body of expansive abstract paintings.

Charlene Vickers has shown her work in Canada and the United States, and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. In 2015, Vickers participated in the group exhibitions The Fifth World at the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon (curated by Wanda Nanibush), and Custom Made at Kamloops Art Gallery (curated by Tania Willard). She has recently presented solo exhibitions locally at Artspeak and grunt gallery, Vancouver.