Past Resident2015: Danish Arts Foundation
Erik Steffensen’s photographs use subtle tones in grey, black and white and monocolors to evoke the remembrance of images from the art history, referencing paintings, poetry and fine art photography. Steffensen produces spare and unpopulated images that conjure an open mind.
Erik Steffensen (born in Valby, Copenhagen) studied the Philosophy and Art History at the University of Copenhagen and the Danish Royal Academy of Arts in Copenhagen. He lives and works in Copenhagen.
Events & Exhibitions
Residents from Denmark
Past Resident2015: Canada Council for the Arts
Jo-Anne Balcaen’s practice looks at how objects gain emotional, psychological or financial capital through their association with important institutions or artists. Her recent work draws on her experience working as an exhibition coordinator to reveal the relationship between artist and audience, authorship and mythology and the meaning of success. Text and narrative are often used to shape the viewer’s desire to ‘read into things’. For Inventory, a recent work, Balcaen used didactic text and display strategies to enhance an object’s perceived value. Tools and materials from an art gallery’s preparatory room were presented with an accompanying wall label that fused the disparate jargons of museum didactic panels and mail-order tool catalogues to provide a behind-the-scenes, personal account of the materials’ association with well-known artists who presented their work at the gallery, thereby inverting the subordinate role they played in relation to ‘esteemed’ artworks. Balcaen is an artist working in video, audio, installation and print. Her art practice-often using wry humor-extends across a variety of media bringing together references to popular culture, music, fandom, and more recently, arts administration.
Jo-Anne Balcaen (born 1971, Montreal, Canada) has exhibited her work in festivals and galleries throughout Canada, the United States and Europe, including solo exhibitions at Truck, Calgary; Ace Art Inc., Winnipeg; eyelevel gallery, Halifax; Centre Clark, La Centrale Galerie Power House and Galerie B-312, Montreal. She has received provincial and national arts grants and has attended residencies at the Banff Centre.
Residents from Canada
Past Resident2015: The Isabel Aninat Gallery
Adolfo Bimer’s practice, through paintings and their displacements, focuses on a material and metaphorical innerness of the human body. His recent work is based on research about direct interactions from both the traditional and industrial world, not only of painting but from the medical and the construction fields as well. Bimer’s body of work questions health and disease; the body’s movement, fluids, organs and textures. He looks at the development of medical technology imaging systems such as x-rays, microscopy and anatomical drawing, as ways to understand a body that we otherwise would not be able to see.
Adolfo Bimer (born in 1985 Santiago, Chile) currently lives and works in Santiago, Chile. His solo exhibitions include Témpanos de Fe, Nueveochenta Contemporary Art, Bogotá, 2013; Las Inseguridades, Patricia Ready Gallery, Santiago, 2013; Tactismo, Revolver, Lima, 2012; and X, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago, 2011. He was included in Younger than Jesus: Artist Directory, Phaidon, 2008. Bimer also participates in the Chile-based art collective Sagrada Mercancía.