Theo Sims is a visual artist whose installations often focus on the juxtaposition of the familiar and the everyday with a contextual subversion. Sims’ projects play with space as a conceptual tool. Theo fuses wit and humor with the emotional, the ephemeral and the personal. Several of his recent activities as both artist and curator lend themselves to participatory projects or collaborations with other artists, curators, musicians, writers and even politicians.
Theo Sims has exhibited across Canada with solo exhibitions at The Rooms, Newfoundland; Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver; and Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary. His group exhibitions include the Montreal Biennale; Pretend: Theatre and Video, PlugIn ICA; and Ghost Dance, Ryerson Image Centre. This year Sims installed an outdoor installation in Lethbridge, Albert; a solo exhibition at the Tom Thomson Gallery, Owen Sound, Ontario; and a site-specific installation for WINDOW, Winnipeg. He has exhibited in numerous exhibitions internationally and his work is reviewed or featured in publications such as Canadian Art; Abridged; C Magazine; Circa; The Irish Times; The Sunday Times; The Globe & Mail, Border Crossings; BlackFlash; The New York Times and Maclean’s Magazine.
Residents from Canada
Wanda Koop is a visual language researcher. The inspiration for Koop’s work comes from lived experience and a keen observation of the world. Koop’s focused process begins with the making of videos, photographs and numerous drawings on post-it notes. These components are merged into larger bodies of work that then transition into multidisciplinary installations. References to popular culture, the natural world, visual media, robotics and nanotechnology are present in Koop’s work. She is also continually paying homage to the visible spectrum, expanding her knowledge of color and how it relates to her visual vocabulary.
Wanda Koop lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Koop’s career has spanned three decades and includes numerous solo exhibitions, most notably a major survey of her work at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, in 2010 and the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, in 2011. She has been the recipient of numerous national and international honors, including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal; the Japan Fund Award; and the Order of Canada. She is also the recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of Winnipeg; the Emily Carr University of Art and Design; and the University of Manitoba. In 1998, Koop founded Art City as a storefront art center, bringing contemporary visual artists and inner-city youth together to explore the creative process.
Residents from Canada
Alasdair McLuckie’s practice adopts meticulous process to explore mythology, ritual, and rebirth using drawing and craft with a strong formalist aesthetic sensibility. Each work’s detail translates into a dense visually symbolic language that expresses the infinite possibilities of creation, and unifies process, material, image, and concept. A broad folk narrative traditionally underpinned each project, and recent works have also explored materiality and the creative process, while continuing to explore the relationship of tribal arts to modernism and contemporary Western art traditions.
Alasdair McLuckie (born 1984) graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne with a BFA in Painting in 2007. Solo exhibitions include Ten Cubed, Melbourne, 2013; Murray White Room, Melbourne, 2012 and 2010; Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, 2009. Group exhibitions include Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, 2014; and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Heide Museum, Melbourne, and Art Basel, Hong Kong, all 2013.