Thursday, September 12, 2019

Charlene Vickers Bio September 2019


                                          image: paintings in progress at Keefer St. studio August 2019

            Charlene Vickers Artist Bio 2019
            Charlene Vickers is a contemporary Anishinabe artist based in Vancouver Canada. Born in Kenora Ontario and raised in Toronto, her works explore her Ojibway ancestry through painting, sculpture, performance, and video examining memory, healing and embodied connections to ancestral lands. Trained as a painter, she graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design (1994), Simon Fraser University, BA (1998) and MFA  (2013.) Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and Amsterdam.  Her work is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and the Royal Bank of Canada art collection.  Vickers most recent solo exhibitions include, Chrysalis Burrard Arts Foundation, Vancouver BC, Speaking With Hands and Territories, SFU Galleries and Coverings at Macaulay and Co in Vancouver.  Group exhibitions include: The Map Is Not The Territory at the Portland Art Museum,  I continue to Shape at The Art Museum at U of T in Toronto and An Assembly of Shapes at Oakville Galleries . Upcoming exhibitions are Art Toronto 2019, solo booth with Macaulay and Co. and group exhibition with the Biennale nationale de sculpture contemporaine 2020 in Trois Rivieres, Quebec.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Chrysalis, Charlene Vickers, solo, April 5 7pm # BAF

                                                          CHARLENE VICKERS
                                                                   CHRYSALIS
                                                          BURRARD ARTS FOUNDATION
                                                          258 E 1st Ave Vancouver, B.C.
                                                          Opens April 5th 7pm
                                                          Artist Talk May 25th 2pm

The new works on canvas and paper are a continuation and a new beginning. Through colour, gesture, and layers of texture, I am conveying a dreamt and imagined space of floating and transformation within memory of Anishinaabe territory. This place is imaginary, surreal, psychedelic, but very real. In the mental space between being awake and falling asleep, this new work started to grow.

In the paintings, within this space of memory, colour has heat and spark. Memory is felt, held deep within my body. Through colour, the tangible spirit of a place and how I can connect with it is created. Floating pods, cocoons, or seeds take on a animated quality, as entities that take flight – what is inside? Who is inside?

While taking the Seabus Downtown from North Vancouver, I recalled a memory of how my body felt floating on a lake north of Thunder Bay, Ontario, in 1995:

That summer of tree planting, of sleeping on Anishinaabe woodlands and swimming in freshwater lakes, was a source of spiritual balancing and recalibration. Everything was buzzing, humming and brimming with life there. After a full day of planting trees I would swim to the middle of the lake everyday. Floating on my back and looking at the sky was where I could fully feel centered and mentally rest and escape clouds of blackflies. Looking up at the sky, the sun was setting and the air pulsed with swarms of dragonflies mating.

This bodily experience of floating, and the memory of new life being created above me, is what I wanted to try to express through the new works.

A rebirth and reinvigoration of my creative process is what I am digging into – a wilder new ground.

When I am looking

Not at things
But within their insides
Thoughts
Move to match
Surroundings
I look for horizons
Spaces within closures of eye-lids
The shadows mixed with
Burning orange and pinks
That is where I am looking
Deep
Flutters of light
New circles around dark centres
The mimic of an outside pattern
A burn of an image
Slips into another space
An inner one
Strips of green meat
Stalks pared barest minimum
A vein exposed where a small growth
resides
There
That is the spark
That is humility

Exhibition text by Charlene Vickers
Image: Anishinabe Garden of Earthly Delights, oil on canvas, 4' x 5', 2019, Charlene Vickers

Friday, March 1, 2019






                            Burrard Arts Foundation Residency and Exhibition April 5 2019

I am currently a resident artist at BAF where I am working on some new painted works to be included in an upcoming solo exhibition in April. I am sharing space and a coinciding exhibition with fellow Vancouver artist Holly Schmidt. There are some interesting influences coming from her organic plant inspired sculptural works in paper happening so do not miss this show. Burrard Arts Foundation is on East 1st Street east of Main St. below Elan Gallery.