Lake Country Art Gallery presents:
Collective Enquiries: Exploring Landscape through Diverse Art Practices
(LIVE) Zoom Artist Panel Talk with Annie Briard, Dr. prOphecy sun, Leah Weinstein, Melany Nugent-Nobel, and Tara Nicholson hosted by Lake Country Art Gallery.
Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 7pm PST
Meeting ID: 821 8854 4096
Join us for a virtual talk with Annie Briard, Dr. prOphecy sun, Leah Weinstein, Melany Nugent-Nobel, and Tara Nicholson.
Guest artists will examine their summer micro-residency held at Lake Country Art Gallery + Arthouse and the Rotary Centre for the Arts! Conversations will explore artistic practice within the landscape, mutual learning, creative agency, and fostering meaningful artist relationships. Co-facilitators Leah Weinstein, Annie Briard, and Melany Nugent-Nobel engaged with participating artists Dr. prOphecy sun, Andreas Rutkauska, Tara Nicholson and Scott Massey.
We thank Annie, Leah, Melany, and Tara for providing an opportunity to share the projects that arose through this meeting and speaking to the intersections of non-hierarchal collaboration, climate change, and interdisciplinary practice.
Annie Briard (BFA, MFA) is a Canadian photography and media artist whose work challenges how we make sense of the world through visual perception. Creating lens-based and light-focused works, she explores the intersections between perception paradigms in psychology, neuroscience and existentialism.
Her moving images, media installations, expanded and print photography works have been presented in numerous solo exhibitions, including “Within the Eclipse” at the Burrard Arts Foundation (Vancouver, 2021), "Second Sight” at AC Institute (New York, 2019), "Sight Shifting" at Joyce Yahouda Gallery (Montréal, 2014), as well as group shows, festivals and fairs internationally, including at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Mûr (Montréal), Three Shadows Photography Centre (Beijing), the Lincoln Film Centre New York, Matadero Madrid, the Switzerland Architecture Museum, among many others. Recently, she presented monumental scale photographic and moving-image public art projects for a number of commissions in Canada. Sourcing inspiration from the affectation of new and/or altered sights, she regularly undertakes art residencies, which have included working in New York, Los Angeles, Spain, Iceland, as well as long-haul hikes across the North American back country. Annie Briard’s work has received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the British Columbia Arts Council and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Briard is currently a faculty member at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and her artistic research has been presented at universities, conferences and art institutions across Canada including Concordia University and Queen’s University. In conjunction with her practice, she occasionally curates exhibitions and public programs in relation to her research interests.
Dr. prOphecy sun
Dr. prOphecy sun is an interdisciplinary performance artist; queer, movement, video, and sound maker; mother; and current Jack and Doris Shadbolt Fellow at Simon Fraser University. Her practice celebrates both conscious and unconscious moments and the vulnerable spaces of the in-between in which art, performance, and life overlap. Her recent research has focused on ecofeminist perspectives, co-composing with voice, objects, surveillance technologies, and site-specific engagements along the Columbia Basin region and beyond. sun hosts Tapes and Beyond on Kootenay Co-op Radio and is the Arts Editor for Ecocene: Cappadocia Journal of Environmental Humanities. She performs and exhibits regularly in local, national, and international settings, music festivals, conferences, and galleries and has authored several peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and journal publications.
Leah Weinstein is a Vancouver-based artist whose practice investigates connections between material culture and the social ideals of a larger collective. Using everyday objects and ready-made materials to create sculpture, textiles and performance, Leah examines relationships between individuals and collectives, subjects and objects, action and display. Her work has been supported by the BC Arts Council (2019-20, 2015-16); Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation (2015-16); the Banff Centre, Banff AB (2015); Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History, Nelson BC (2015-16); Charles H Scott Gallery, Vancouver (2014); and City of Richmond Public Art Commissions (2013). Her professional experience includes designing costumes for contemporary theatre and dance companies, and she completed a Masters in Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2014.
Melany Nugent-Noble is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in Kelowna, B.C. She is interested in connecting objects, spaces, and people, and her work regularly engages around themes of social inclusion both through installations that bring people together and activate community gathering spaces; and through works that explore the ways for residents to connect with others that may not typically cross paths in their day-to-day routines. Nugent-Noble’s work responds to the political and social nature of public spaces, and takes various forms including community-focused installations, and art books made from public government documents and speeches.
Melany Nugent-Noble has a formal background in Digital Arts and Media, Communications, and an MFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2015). Since 2016, she has been building her artistic practice with support from the B.C. Arts Council, including the Early Career Development Grant (2016), and Visual Arts Grant (2018); support from Canada Council for the Arts (2019); and participation in residencies including at the Banff Centre for the Arts & Creativity (2016 and 2018) and the Art & Law Program in New York (2018). In 2020, she was the City of Kelowna’s inaugural artist in residence, to develop the project When it is Necessary to Stand Still.
Tara Nicholson incorporates photography and installation within her research. She has traveled throughout the Arctic to document climatology, sometimes with a blurred line between sci-fi and actual science. She has exhibited internationally, recently at the Art Gallery of Victoria, Modern Fuel Artist-run Centre and the Oxygen Art Centre. Attending residencies including ‘Earthed’ at the Banff Centre, the Künstlerhaus Dortmund, Germany and the Empire of Dirt residency in Creston, BC, Nicholson also teaches at the University of Victoria. She holds degrees from Ryerson University, (BFA) and Concordia University (MFA) and has received ongoing funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council. In 2020, Nicholson embarked on her PhD at UBC Okanagan, to produce a body of exploratory landscape studies linking escalating changes within the Anthropocene. Documenting rewilding and extinction studies while witnessing waves of Indigenous and setter-allied land activism, she is exploring the role of art within activism and how the interpretation of climate action can affect its outcome.