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.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Summer Group Exhibition at Gallery 1515

I am continuing to show the moccasin installation and some new Ovoid Traces at Gallery 1515 until September 8th. Go and check it out friends!

In the company of Amanda Arcuri, Amir Aziz, Matt Sesow, Monique Motut-Firth and Sarvenaz Amanat.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Reclamation until July 7th

Posting some images from my solo exhibition at Gallery 1515 in Vancouver, BC. Up until July 7th, Mon-Fri 10-5. Closed weekends or by appointment.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

"Reclamation" June 1-July 7 2017 at Gallery 1515, Vancouver, BC

Please join me for the opening night reception of my upcoming solo exhibition "Reclamation"

RECLAMATION 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, Vickers uses repetition, juxtaposition and abstraction to create new objects that investigate memory, territory and culture. With a strong attention to detail and material, Vickers actively references traditional Ojibway artistic techniques in the precision of her process and the shape of 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 Indianapolis, and locally at Grunt Gallery, Richmond Art Gallery, and most recently at the Vancouver Art Gallery in the exhibition Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures. Vickers’ work is held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Vancouver. Gallery 1515, West 7th ave. Vancouver, BC, V6J 1S1 ​ Mon-Fri 10am-5pm. Weekends by appointment only ​

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Performance at Western Front April 22nd Charlene Vickers and Assertion

In conjunction with Maria Hupfield's solo exhibition «John Hupfield’s Woodlands Indian Art + West Coast Indian Art» Charlene Vickers will make a performance in the gallery. Vickers, who collaborated with Hupfield on a performance for the opening, will present another response to the exhibition, this time in collaboration with the band Assertion. Together, the trio will present a set of improvised music in dialogue with the installation.
Assertion Bio-Assertion began in Vancouver British Columbia Canada circa 1995 and is often the duo of Scott Rabo on drums and vocals and Chad MacQuarrie on guitar and vocals yet has been joined by Lee Hutzaluk, Coat Cooke, bassists Bryan McCallum, Masa Anzai, Sean Cronin, Tommy Babin, Russell Sholberg. Janine Island and most recent member Charlene Vickers.
Doors open at 7pm and performance starts at 7:30

Monday, April 10, 2017

CVickers CV 2017



2013 MFA, School for Contemporary Arts, SFU, Vancouver, BC.
1998 BA, Critical Studies, SCA, SFU, Vancouver, B.C.
1994 Studio, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, B.C.

2017 Untitled TBD, ACE ART INC., Winnipeg, MB, October/Nov 2017
2015 Asemaa/Tobacco, Artspeak, August 1-31 2015
2012 Ominjimendaan/ to remember, Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, MB, June 29- August 6th
2012 Ominjimendaan/ to remember, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. February 23- March 31
2008 Brown Skin Before Red, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond B.C. March/April
2008 Supernatural Indian and Sleepwalking, Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Bowmanville, Ontario January 13- February 10 2008
2006 Sleepwalking, Artspace, Peterborough Ontario, March 2006

2017 Untitled, collaboration with Maria Hupfield, Western Front, Vancouver, March 17
2017 Occupations and Assertions, solo, as part of Sheila, Fazakas Gallery, March 11
2017 Occupations and Assertions, solo, Grace Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Feb 17, 2017
2016 Occupy Anishinabe Park 1974, solo, AKA gallery, as part of Saskatoon Nuit Blanche and exhibit Beyond the barrier of sound and soon, of light, curated by Natasha Chaykowski, October 1, 2016.
2016 Portals and Improvisations with Chad MacQuarrie, Griffin Art Projects, June 2016
2016 Resurgent Gallery Happening, with Maria Hupfield, Cutting Copper: Indigenous Resurgent Practices, Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, March 4, 2016
2015 Cool Indians on Main St., LIVE Vancouver Biennale, September 23-27 20
2014 Vestige Vagabond, collaboration with Maria Hupfield, Panalopy Performance Lab, Brooklyn, NY, June 22, 2014
2014 Vestige Vagabond, collaboration with Maria Hupfield, Hemispheric Institute Encuentro, Viger Park, Montreal, June 27, 2014
2013 In This Together: performance with Guadalupe Martinez, ACCESS gallery, Van, BC May 5-11
2011 Vestige Vagabond (collaborative display/performance work with Maria Hupfield) August 2011 at the Santa Fe Indian Art Market, Santa Fe NM.
2010 Vestige Vagabond (collaborative display table/performance work with Maria Hupfield) July 15 2010 at the Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver BC.

Teaching and Professional Experience
2017 Langara University, artist talk with Intro to Performance/Studio class (Elizabeth Milton)
2016 Simon Fraser University, 611 Alexander Studios, artist talk, November 3, 2016
2015 Artist Talk, Agent C Projects, Surrey, B.C. 2015 Artist Talk Interurban Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.
2015 Panelist with Ruth Cuthand and James Luna for Tribe Artist Run Centre’s 20th Anniversary May 28-31st
2015 Artist Talk North Island College Emily Carr University 1hr plus studio visits
2013 Teacher's Assistant, SFU, Visual Arts and Culture II, FPA 168
2012 Board Member for Grunt September 2012-present
2012 Jury Panel member for Grunt exhibitions August 2012
2012 Juror for BC Arts Council grant for exhibitions and project
2012 Guest Blogger for The Capilano Review Blog, Summer 2012
2012 Teacher's Assistant, SFU, Art, Theories and Contexts, FPA 210
2012 Teacher’s Assistant, SFU, Intro to the Fine and Performing Arts, FPA 111
2011 Teacher’s Assistant, SFU, Intro to the Fine and Performing Arts, FPA 111

2016 If We Never Met, Pataka Art Museum, curated by Daina Warren and Reuben Friend, Porirua, New Zealand, Oct 9 2016- Feb 12 2017
2016 Ambivalent Pleasures, Vancouver Art Gallery, curated by Daina Augaitis and Jesse McKee, Vancouver, B.C., Dec 2016- Feb 2017
2015 Consume Her Demand, Agent C Projects, curated by Connie Sabo, Debbie Tuepah, exhibiting with Mary Cross and Monique Moutut- Firth, Oct 23- Dec. 1
2015 Custom Made, Kamloops Art Gallery, curated by Tania Willard, Kamloops, BC June-Sept, 2015
2015 The Fifth World, Tribe Inc., curated by Wanda Nanibush, Saskatoon, SK
2013 Illuminations, with Hamidreza Jadid and Sydney Koke. MFA graduate thesis exhibition, Audain Gallery, SFU Woodwards, Vancouver, BC September 11-21
2005-2009 Changing Hands 2: Art Without Reservation (Inaugral Exhibition): Museum of Art & Design, NYC; Naples Museum of Art, Naples, Fl; Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN; Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM; Weisman Art Museum, U of M, Minneapolis, MN; Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Anchorage; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK
2006 Tracking Absence, A Space Gallery, November 2- December 3, 2006
Group exhibit with Femke Van Delft, Mae Long, Deborah Koenker
2004 Two/Many Tribulations Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. September
2004 First Nations Now Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, B.C., October 2004

2015 Artist Talk at Agent C Projects, Surrey BC, November 27 2015
2015 Artist Talk at Interurban Gallery, Vancouver, BC, October 27 2015
2012 Artist Talk at Urban Shaman, Winnipeg, MN June 2012
2012 Artist Talk at grunt gallery, Vancouver BC March 22, 2012
2012 Interview on Vancouver Co-op Radio, Storytelling Show, April 1
2012 Artist Talk at Audain Gallery, SFU Woodwards, Vancouver BC March 10
2008 Artist Talk at the Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, BC
2008 Artist Talk at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Bowmanville, Ontario

Friday, February 3, 2017

Ovoid felt works

"Ovoid Traces" 6 3/4" x 4 3/4", watercolour, paper, shell buttons, glass beads on felt with embroidery edges. Suitable for framing or to sit on a bookshelf. There are many within this series. Selling at the Vancouver Art Gallery Store, Fazakas Gallery (688 East Hastings) and Gallery 1515 (1515 W. 7th Ave)in Vancouver and from my studio in Chinatown, Vancouver. Many thanks for supporting local Vancouver artists! Charlene
Fazakas ovoids

1515 ovoids

Thursday, January 19, 2017

photo credit Shane Lamb "Raven Rendez-vous"

Artist BIO 2017
Charlene Vickers is an Anishnabe interdisciplinary artist based in Vancouver, B.C. Her work spans several mediums including painting, sculpture, video and performance exploring memory, healing and embodied connections to ancestral lands. She graduated from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (1994) and majored in Critical Studies at Simon Fraser University (BA,1998) where she also completed an MFA in 2013. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and the USA, and is currently in the group exhibition If We Never Met at the Pātaka Art + Museum in Porirua, NZn. You can also view her work in the Vancouver Special Ambivalent Pleasures ( curated by Daina Augaitis and Jesse McKee) group exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery (until April 17) and in the permanent collection at MOA at the University of British Columbia .
Upcoming performances and exhibitions for 2017 are a set of gestures and electronics at Grace Gallery in Brooklyn N.Y. February 17, 2017. Other venues include a collaborative performance with Maria Hupfield at Western Front in March 2017, and a solo exhibition of paintings at Ace Art in Winnipeg for November 2017. And lastly a group show at MOCnA in Santa Fe, Connective Tissue: New Approaches to Fiber in Contemporary Native American Art exhibition July 7 -August 17, 2017 with accompanying performance work.