Curators

In this series 6 curators in 5 different locations select from a shared artist pool revealing the varying ways in which the moving digital image permeates our daily experience in a diverse series of screenings. 

Eva Isleifsdottir (Reykjavik) 

Isleifs graduated with Bachelor of Fine Art in 2008 from the Icelandic Academy of Art, and a Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture from the Edinburgh  College of Art in 2010. Recent exhibitions and projects include The Antifestival in Kuopio Finland, The Sequences Festival in Iceland 2013, KREMT exhibition in Bergen, Norway 2013, ZOOart Festival in Italy, 2012, Gallery Toilett in Reykjavik 2012, Return of the Loosers at the Kalmar Art Museum in Sweden 2011, and Following people  drinking milk at the Art Museum of Hafnarfjordur, Iceland in 2010. Isliefs is currently the collection manager at the Living Art Museum of Reykjavik.

The Living Art Museum is an internationally acclaimed venue for contemporary visual art in Iceland. This reputation is founded upon a commitment to the presentation of innovative work by Icelandic and international artists. The Living Art Museum was founded in 1978 and is the oldest non-profit artist-run organization in the country.

Chris Clarke (Cork)

Chris Clarke is Senior Curator at Lewis Glucksman Gallery, University of Cork, Ireland. Previous to this position, he was Visual Arts Education Officer and Publications Officer at Cornerhouse, Manchester, England. Clarke has worked with a number of contemporary artists in realising exhibitions, lectures, performances, events, workshops and courses, and is a frequent contributor to art journals and magazines including Art Monthly, Source and Photography and Culture. In the past he’s written essays and reviews of artists including Johanna Billing, Declan Clarke, James Coleman, Guy Debord, Jesse Jones, Mark Lewis, Locky Morris, Allan Sekula, and Michael Snow, as well as exhibitions including Dublin Contemporary, Manifesta 9 and the 55th Venice Biennale.

Michelle Jacques (Victoria)

Michelle Jacques currently holds the position of Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. For most of the past 15 years, Jacques has held various curatorial positions in the contemporary and Canadian departments of the Art Gallery of Ontario, where she is currently the Acting Curator, Canadian Art. From 2002-2004, she was the Director of Programming at the Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax. Jacques is also an educator, she has taught writing, art history and curatorial studies at NSCAD University (2003-2004); University of Toronto Mississauga (2006); and OCAD University (2006-2011); and is currently adjunct faculty at York University. She is currently on the boards of Vtape and the Feminist Art Gallery and a is past board member of the artist-run contemporary art centre Mercer Union, all in Toronto. Jacques is a contributing editor with FUSE magazine, and has written extensively for catalogues, journals and other publications. Jacques received a B.A. (Honours) in art history and psychology from Queens University, Kingston, ON, and an M.A. in art history from York University, Toronto.

Zach Pearl (Toronto)

Zach Pearl is a U.S.-born curator, designer and educator. He holds a BFA with honours from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design and an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University in Toronto. He specializes in new media curation, focusing on video art, digital publications and virtual exhibitions. Since relocating to Canada, Zach has produced exhibitions for the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Textile Museum of Canada, the Gladstone Hotel and Vtape. He also teaches sessionally in both art and design at OCAD University and co-produces a monthly online art criticism magazine, KAPSULA, which he co-founded in 2013.

Mary MacDonald (St. John’s)

Mary MacDonald is an artist, arts administrator, curator, and self-proclaimed “rabble-rouser” currently residing in St. John’s, NL. MacDonald is currently the Director of Eastern Edge Gallery, the province’s only artist-run centre dedicated to the presentation and discussion of contemporary visual art in all media. Mary graduated from Mount Allison University in 2006 with a BFA and OCAD University in 2012 with a MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice. Her recent project, the W(here) Festival was an exploration of rural artistic practices in Pictou County, NS, bringing together 17 local and visiting artists in a series of performances, discussions, and artist-led field trips. She is currently working on a new independent curatorial project in 2014 that explores collaboration between contemporary artists and alternative (or traditionally non-arts) communities.

Jason Penney (St. John’s)

Jason Penney is a multi-media artist from and currently residing in St. John’s. Penney received his Masters of Fine Arts in 2010 from the Edinburgh College of Art and Bachelor of Fine Art with a minor in Art History in 2004 from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Penney’s work uses a combination of sculptural, theatrical, and video elements within it to play with themes pertaining to consumption and corruption of desire, and material cultures need to construct a loser. Penney’s work is challenging, exploring concepts relating to how representation and design aesthetics define lifestyle achievements and construct social values. He also plays with determined narrative structures, mixing art and popular film.

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