Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Spring and Summer news

Super exciting times happening folks! If you had not already heard the news, in May I was honored to receive the VIVA AWARD! Thank you Shadbolt Foundation and the VIVA Committee! I had a really great time on the big night. Thanks to all who came out to bench and hang a while. We will have to get together again sometime soon.
Coming this summer, I will be happily working with Maria Hupfield at the Seattle Art Fair, where we will be performing with a large scale Megaphone/ Jingle Cone. Big as in 10 ft tall! We will be performing with the Sonic Jingle Cone August 2-5th. Contact the SAF peeps for times. The work will then travel east to Toronto, where I will perform the Sonic Jingle Cone at the Art Museum at The University of Toronto!
On June 24th at Oakville Galleries, I will be showing work in the group painting exhibition An Assembly Of Shapes. The line up in this show is pretty darn spectacular! Really looking forward to it! This show runs into September, so if you are going to Toronto, please take a visit out to Oakville and see the show!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Jan 2018 News

Ovoid Felts in the studio!

The year is off to a running-learn-as-you-go-from-moment-to-moment kinda situation, both professionally and personally. For those of you who don't know- I have started teaching with the fine faculty of The School For Contemporary Arts at SFU in Vancouver. You will find me in either the basement studios at DT Woodward's campus or at 611 Alexander Studios. BTW, it is one of the most beautiful spaces to work in and the students there are fantastic! Teaching Painting and an Intro to Studio Class.

An Assembly of Shapes Oakville Galleries in Gairloch Gardens & at Centennial Square
June 24–September 1, 2018

An Assembly of Shapes explores painting as a methodology. Moving between figuration and abstraction, the works in this exhibition emerge from an underlying curiosity about both form and content that reflects the stakes of creating and circulating images. Through thoughtful consideration of subjects such as perception, politics, technology, language, intuition, and humour, painting is positioned here as a site for inquiry. The exhibition presents works by Canadian artists working both locally and internationally, including Sascha Braunig, Anthony Burnham, Patrick Cruz, Brenda Draney, Elizabeth McIntosh, Veronika Pausova, geetha thurairajah, Charlene Vickers, Ambera Wellmann and others.

Papier 2018
April 19 – 22
Booth: TBD
Arsenal Contemporary Art
2020 William Street
Montreal, QC H3J 1R8< br />
Fazakas Gallery is pleased to take part in Papier 2018 representing artists: The Supper Club (Rande Cook, Carollyne Yardley & Noah Becker) Mark Preston,(and yours truly)Charlene Vickers

Summer 2018
Anna Leonowens Gallery
1891 Granville Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Intertribal Lifelines installation project and performance collaboration with Cathy Busby will be travelling to the east coast this summer. Presented by Anna Leonowens Gallery.

Hope to see some of you there at these spaces and places. A message to visiting curators to Vancouver, book a studio visit today before my year gets intensely busy again!

Chi-Miigwetch Peeps!! Charlene

Monday, October 23, 2017

Accumulations of Moments Spent Under Water with the Sun and Moon solo show


20 October – 24 November 2017 Launch and performance: 7 pm, Friday 20 October

Accumulation Of Moments Spent Under Water With The Sun And Moon features the work of Charlene Vickers, an artist of Anishnabe background from Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation currently living and working in Vancouver. Using painting, textiles and installation to explore the intersection between the contemporary and the traditional, Vickers considers her Ojibway ancestry, racial perception, authenticity, viewership and commodification. In examining the social and cultural significance inherent to objects and materials, Vickers uses repetition, juxtaposition and abstraction to create new works that investigate memory, territory and culture. Her paintings, felt Ovoid Traces and mixed-media Mukluks actively reference traditional Ojibway artistic techniques to shape the precision of her process and her compositions. Her work embodies a process of discovery, both of the self, and of the past and present.

​ CHARLENE VICKERS attended Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design to study painting and holds a BA in Critical Studies and an MFA in Contemporary Arts, both from Simon Fraser University. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Amsterdam, New York City and Porirua City New Zealand. Her paintings were exhibited most recently at the Vancouver Art Gallery in the exhibition Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures. Vickers’ Sleeman Makazin and Ovoid Traces are held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Vancouver.

Accumulation Of Moments Spent Under Water With The Sun And Moon présente les œuvres de Charlene Vickers, une artiste de souche anishnabe, provenant de Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation, qui demeure et travaille présentement à Vancouver. Elle se sert de la peinture, des textiles et de l’installation pour explorer le point d’intersection entre le contemporain et le traditionnel, tout en tenant compte de sa descendance ojibway, la perception raciale, l’authenticité, le public et la marchandisation. En examinant la signification sociale et culturelle intrinsèque aux objets et du matériel, Vickers se sert de la répétition, de la juxtaposition et de l’abstraction pour créer de nouvelles œuvres qui plombent la mémoire, le territoire et la culture. Ses peintures, ses Ovoid Traces en feutre et ses Mukluks en technique mixte, font une référence directe aux techniques artistiques ojibway traditionnelles, ce qui lui permet de préciser la forme du processus ainsi que de ses compositions. Son œuvre englobe un processus de découverte d’elle-même ainsi que du passé et du présent.

CHARLENE VICKERS a étudié la peinture au Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design et détient un baccalauréat en Études critiques et une maîtrise en beaux-arts en Art contemporain, tous deux de l’Université Simon Fraser. Au niveau international, ses œuvres ont été en exposition à Amsterdam, dans la ville de New York and à Porirua City en Nouvelle-Zélande. Ses peintures ont été en montre récemment à la Vancouver Art Gallery dans l’exposition Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures. Sleeman Makazin et Ovoid Traces de Vickers font partie de la collection permanente du Musée de l’anthropologie à l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique à Vancouver.

Translation/traduction : Simone Hébert Allard

Thursday, August 17, 2017

now on and upcoming fall season

This summer go see new Ovoid Traces at Gallery 1515 and Fazakas Gallery!

photo credit Alex Gibson
So upcoming events, performances and solo exhibition to announce. My Diviners cedar spear works will be travelling to Montreal for the Third Gesture of the Woodland School Wood Land School: Kahatènhston tsi na’tetiátere ne Iotohrkó:wa tánon Iotohrha | Drawing a Line from January to December at SBC Galerie D'Art Contemporain from for the fall/winter season.

I am working on a new collaborative installation work with Cathy Busby for group exhibition,Ground Signals at Surrey Art Gallery Sept 23-Dec 10. Curated by Jordan Strom and Roxanne Charles, with artists: Ruth Beer, Roxanne Charles, Marie Côté, Lindsay Dobbin, Richard Fung, Brandon Gabriel and Ostwelve, Farheen HaQ, Peter Morin, Valérie d. Walker and Bobbi L. Kozinuk. We are planning a performance for the opening night on Sept 23rd, at 8:15. Looking forward to it!

Plus I have a solo exhibition coming up at ACE ART in Winnipeg.(October 20-Nov??) This will be a combination of paintings, mixed media boot works with felt foot traces and new felt Ovoid Traces. A bit of a vacation for my art over to some good Ojibway traditional lands and peeps! I am really looking forward to this one!

photo credit Marianne Bourcheix-Laporte
Plus I am speaking about my work at the Painting Symposium at SFU on September 29th. This is going to rock as I am going to be speaking on this panel with one of my heroes Jane Ash-Poitras! September 29th, look out for it.