ARTINFO Canada's 30 Under 30 2014

Francisco Fernando Granados, "study for The Ballad of _____ B," 2013.
(Photograph by Manolo Lugo)

Lists like this one are both popular and divisive. They promote youth, they frame geographical centers, and suggest definitiveness where only opinion exists. They also perpetuate a publishing model that’s increasingly pervasive, the “list,” a format rightly criticized for its reduction of complicated content to consumable rations of data.

ARTINFO Canada published last year’s “30 Under 30” list when I was myself in my late twenties, and still emerging in my art-writing career. The process of drawing that list together (researching my peer group and making decisions around its profile and potential), and watching the article's reception unfold (it was widely read, widely criticized, and impacting), was a bit like growing up. And while I could acknowledge its positive effects (the list launched several of its subjects onto the national, and international, stage), its critical reception was a good reminder of why these articles need to be produced with consideration. 

When done well, though, these lists have the effect of inching us closer to an idea of who we are and where we’re headed. Our country’s cultural capital, its most energetic emerging proponents, are profiled like bottled hope.

Brian Sholis, a curator associated with the famed – and criticized – “Younger Than Jesus” exhibition, which surveyed fifty artists under the age of 33, noted that our generation “cannot yet be defined.” He reflected on the New Museum’s effort to pen its emerging subjects as “quixotic,” and akin to “playing darts while blindfolded.”

Efforts like this one attract attention because they're debatable, their production serving as a catalyst for discussions on achievement and perception. But they have the potential to inspire larger conversations, too, about the matter of potential, and, as the late, great Carol Shields wrote, the nagging issue of our advancing age bringing with it "the diminishment of limitless possibility."

This year’s list is the product of good council. I’ve had input from 77 curators, artists, academics, collectors, gallerists, and writers nationwide, on the matter to hand. And I’ve thought a lot about the subject, finding, in the end, that I feel a bit like the Polish poet Stanislaw Jerzy Lec felt: “Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.”

1 Bridget Moser (b. Vancouver, 1986) has exhibited video and performance work across Canada, the US, and Europe. She graduated with a BFA from Concordia University in 2009, and in the past year has presented a four-hour long performance with works by Lawren Harris at the AGO; attended an international residency led by artist Matt Mullican at Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Italy; created new video and performance work for the exhibition “Push and Pull” at Mercer Union; produced a multimedia solo performance for theater mounted on the main stage at the 35th Rhubarb Festival; and performed regularly at “Doored,” a monthly performance art and comedy show organized by Life of a Craphead. Moser is also an “extremely successful ghostwriter for a plastic surgeon.” She is currently collaborating with artist Chris Curreri on a project for Toronto Dance Theatre, “On Display.”

2 Daisy Desrosiers (b. Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, 1987) is the director of Battat Contemporary. She recently developed a solo exhibition of Patrick Bernatchez at Art Brussels, and is engaging in a gallery exchange with Erin Stump Projects (ESP) in Toronto. Desrosiers has presented two exhibitions at Volta, NYC, and produced numerous publications. In 2014, many of Battat Contemporary's artists will be showing in various institutions: Beth Stuart at Esker Foundation, Patrick Bernatchez at Casino Luxembourg and the Power Plant, and Marion Wagschal at in Halifax. Desrosiers studied film and art history at the Université de Montreal and Univeristé libres de Bruxelles. 

3 Stefan Hancherow (b. Calgary, 1984) is a curator and collector based in Toronto. He recently curated “Brand New Aura,” an online exhibition of works by Jon Rafman, presented in part by the AGO and the Google Art Project; and “The King and I,” co-curated with Eleanor King at NSCAD University. Hancherow has worked as Micah Lexier’s artist assistant, aiding in his recent exhibition at the Power Plant, “One, and Two, and More Than Two.” Between 2012 and 2013, Hancherow was guest co-curator, with his partner Jennifer Simaitis, at *QueenSpecific. He and Simaitis have also collaborated on curatorial projects including “Posts and Pillars,” a group exhibition at XPACE Cultural Centre; and “Spiked Tea: Surrealist Derby” at Mercer Union. Their contemporary art collection was recently featured on BLOUIN ARTINFO (“Collector Watch”). Hancherow is an alumni of NSCAD University, and graduated from OCAD University in Criticism & Curatorial Practice in 2013. He is the assistant curator for the Sobey Art Award, and will be curating projects for Nuit Blanche in October 2014, and Georgia Scherman Projects in 2015. 

4 Francisco-Fernando Granados (b. Guatemala City, 1985) is a Toronto-based artist, writer, and educator working in performance, video, and drawing. He has performed and exhibited in venues including Kulturhuset (Stockholm), Ex Teresa Arte Actual (Mexico City), Darling Foundry (Montreal), and the Vancouver Art Gallery. He is a member of the 7a*11d International Performance Festival Collective, and the editorial board for FUSE Magazine. Granados completed a Masters at the University of Toronto in 2012, and is currently a sessional faculty member at the University of Toronto Scarborough and OCAD University. In the past year, his projects include performances for Fucked Up’s Long Winter event, Videofag, Regina’s Performatorium: Festival of Queer Performance, and festivals and exhibitions in Finland and Chicago. Upcoming projects include residencies and presenting a new work at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.

5 Charley Young (b. Calgary, 1986) is a Halifax-based interdisciplinary artist working in drawing, sculpture, and public installation. Her work includes “large-scale mono-prints of historic building facades, intimate portraits of vanishing mountains, and small-scale hand casts that record the space between the body and its environment.” Young received a BFA from NSCAD University and will complete her MFA at the Maine College of Art this spring. She’s been an artist-in-residence at the Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture, the Vermont Studio Centre, Spark Box Studios, and the Banff Centre. This June she will participate in the Arctic Circle Program to create work in Svalbard, Norway. She is the recipient of the Charlotte Wilson-Hammond/ Visual Arts Nova Scotia Award and the Lieutenants Governor Award presented by the Nova Scotia Talent Trust. In 2013, she exhibited at the Craig Gallery and Studio 21, in Nova Scotia.

6 Meryl McMaster (b. Ottawa, 1988) is an Ontario-based artist and a BFA graduate from the Ontario College of Art & Design University. She is the recipient of various awards and scholarships including the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship (2013), the Charles Pachter Prize for Emerging Artists (2012), the Canon Canada Prize (2010), the OCAD Medal (2010), and the Doris McCarthy Scholarship (2006). McMaster was named the “artist of the year” by Art Bank of Canada in 2012, and has exhibited in various galleries including the the Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, the AGO, the Ottawa Art Gallery, and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Her work has been purchased by various private and public collections. Current and upcoming exhibitions include works from her series “In-Between Worlds” at Toronto's MOCCA and works from her “Ancestral” series at Art Mûr in Montreal. McMaster is currently working on new projects for next year to be shown at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, and Katzman Contemporary, where McMaster is represented. 

7 Émilie Grandmont Bérubé (b. Drummondville, Quebec, 1984) is the co-owner and director of Galerie Trois Points in Montreal. She and her partner began leading the gallery in 2009 and promote a roster of emerging and established Canadian artists. In that time they have doubled their space at the Belgo Building and increased the gallery's participation to international art fairs such as VOLTA, NY, where they’ve shown works by artists Mathieu Lévesque and Natalie Reis. They recently launched video portraits of their artists and announced representation of Serbian-born Canadian artist Milutin Gubash, who will be showing with the gallery at art fairs Papier and Feature. In addition of serving on the Art Dealers Association of Canada’s board and the Executive Committee of the Montreal’s Opera Young Associates, Bérubé is also president of AGAC, the Contemporary Art Galleries Association.

8 Jordan Bennett (b. Stephenville Crossing, Newfoundland, 1986) is a multi-disciplinary artist of Mi’kmaq decent. Over the past few years he has shown in Canada and abroad, in venues such as the Museum of Art and Design, NYC; the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe; the Power Plant, Toronto; the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal; the McMichael Art Gallery; and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Bennett is presently working on a commission through imagineNATIVE and the National Film Board of Canada to undertake a large-scale installation and short film. He was recently awarded the Hnatyshyn Foundations Charles Pacther Prize for Emerging Artists, and named the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Councils Emerging Artist of the Year. Bennett strives to “push boundaries and play with the ideas of re-appropriation, reclamation, participation, and the artifact within traditional aboriginal craft, ceremony, and contemporary culture.” He has upcoming exhibitions and residencies in Canada, the USA, and Australia.

9 David R. Harper (b. Toronto, 1984) is a Canadian artist currently based in the American Midwest. He received his BFA from the NSCAD University in 2006 and his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Fiber and Material Studies in 2011. Harper has been included in group shows in the US and Canada, most notably “Oh, Canada” (MASS MoCA), “Builders; Canadian Biennial” (National Gallery of Canada), and has had numerous solo exhibitions including “Skin and Bone” (Textile Museum of Canada), and “Entre le chien et le loup,” which was organized by the Doris McCarthy Gallery in 2013 in partnership with KWAG, the Kenderdine, Ottawa Art Gallery, and St. Mary's University Gallery. In 2014, Harper has upcoming solo exhibitions at the South Bend Museum of Art in Indiana and the Butcher’s Daughter Gallery in Detroit, and will be artist-in-residence at the Bemis Contemporary Art Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2013, and is a 2014 nominee for the RBC Emerging artist award at the Gardiner Museum.

10 Mary MacDonald (b. Pictou, Nova Scotia, 1984) is an artist, arts administrator, curator, and self-proclaimed “rabble-rouser” currently residing in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. MacDonald is the director of Eastern Edge Gallery. She graduated from Mount Allison University (BFA, 2006) and continued her practical education at Zwicker’s Gallery (Halifax) and the Owens Art Gallery (Sackville). She recently completed her MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice at OCAD University and an internship at C Magazine in Toronto in 2012. Her most recent project, the W(here) Festival, is an exploration of rural artistic practices in Pictou County, that brought together 17 local and visiting artists in a series of performances, discussions, and artist-led field trips. She is working on a new curatorial project in 2014 that explores collaboration between contemporary artists and alternative (or traditionally non-arts) communities.

11 Sarah Pepin (b. Montreal, 1987) is the co-director of René Blouin Gallery. She studied art history at UQAM, and worked at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, before beginning at Blouin in December 2010. She represents the gallery’s twelve artists and works closely with Blouin on publishing, sales, and the artist’s liaisons. Pepin found the gallery’s new space on King Street, and led the renovations. She is presently preparing a solo exhibition of Mona Hatoum for fall 2014. She is also working on a painting show that will take place in May 2014, with emerging artist Nicolas Lachance. She is currently formalizing her full partnership with the gallery.

12 Elena Soboleva (b. St. Petersburg, Russia) lives in New York and is a specialist at Artsy, where she works with collectors, galleries, and partnerships, concentrating on emerging and curatorial-driven programs. She co-managed the Venice Biennale feature for the site, and worked on the NADA Miami partnership and Artsy's Canadian outreach alongside Art Toronto fair. Soboleva grew up in Canada and attended the University of Toronto. She completed her graduate research on contemporary Canadian art and worked at Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto. From 2010-2012 she was with Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, where she was charged with organizing a solo exhibition of Michael Snow, and placing Snow's work in the MoMA and the National Gallery of Canada collections. She most recently worked on the Art Brussels feature for Artsy, and is working on a project with Richard Phillips to coincide with his forthcoming shows in Dallas and Berlin. Soboleva contributes to the “Art Market Monitor” and is the contributing art editor to Numero Scandinavia, the inaugural issue of which is launching this spring.

13 John G. Hampton (b. Boston, Massachusetts, 1985) is a curator, artist, writer, and collaborator of mixed-Chickasaw background. He is the interim director of programming at Trinity Square Video, and a member of the artist collective Turner Prize*. A small selection of his recent curatorial projects includes solo shows featuring Micah Lexier and Heather Cassils; “Please Stare”; and two exhibitions currently showing in Toronto: “Coming to Terms” at the Jackman Humanities Institute, and “Is there anything left to be done at all?” at Trinity Square Video. He has recently completed his Master’s in Curatorial Studies at the University of Toronto, and his thesis exhibition “Why Can't Minimal,” is slated to open in September 2014 at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. As a member of Turner Prize* Hampton has exhibited across North America at venues such as Mix NYC, Zero1 Biennial, LIVE biennial, and the Dunlop Art Gallery.

14 Sean O’Neill (b. Hamilton, Ontario, 1985) has organized the AGO’s "First Thursday" series since its launch in October 2012. The monthly events have featured installations, performances, talks, and projects by more than 90 artists and performers, including Jeremy Bailey, John Greyson, Life of a Craphead, Lorna Mills, and Ai Weiwei. In 2014, the series will present large-scale collaborations with Long Winter, Nuit Blanche, and fashion designer Jeremy Laing. Since 2011, O’Neill has also managed the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, overseeing a significant expansion of the program in 2013, including a broadened international scope, annual artist residencies across Canada, and a national scholarship program launching in spring 2014. He has also created performance-based works in collaboration with the artist Liz Peterson, including “Express Yourself” (2011-2012), which was presented in New York and Toronto. It won the SummerWorks Jury Prize for Risk and Innovation. O’Neill studied Literature and Critical Theory at the University of Toronto. 

15 Caoimhe Morgan-Feir (b. Edmonton, 1989) is a Toronto-based art writer. She won the international Frieze Writer's Prize this year, and her art criticism has been published in PUBLIC, esse, the Journal of Curatorial Studies, Magenta, and more. Over the past year she has written catalogue essays for the exhibitions “Land Marks,” “What Was Will Be/Yellow Font Forest Green,” “Lyla Rye: Cyclorama,” and “Rehab Nazzal: Invisible.” She is the editor of KAPSULA Magazine, a digital publication for experimental art writing. Alongside their monthly releases, KAPSULA will soon be publishing special collaborative issues with the Art History Graduate Student Association at York University and Gallery 44. Morgan-Feir will serve as the reviews editor for the next issue of Carbon Paper

16 Jordan Tannahill (b. Ottawa, 1988) is an artist and curator working in performance and media. In 2012, he founded Videofag with his partner William Ellis, an art space curated out of their home in Toronto's Kensington Market. Tannahill's performances often blend elements of documentary media "with magic realism, theatricality, and multimedia, and explore themes of queer identity and youth subculture." His 'live-film' “Post Eden” was named one of the ‘Top 10 Best Theatre Productions” by the Globe and Mail, and will be remounted at the National Arts Centre of Canada in 2015. Tannahill's production of Sheila Heti's play “All Our Happy Days are Stupid” will be remounted at The Kitchen in New York in 2015. His videos have been screened in festivals and galleries across Canada and internationally.

17 Milena Tomic (b. Belgrade, 1983) is an art historian and critic based in Toronto. After completing her PhD at University College London (2012) and her MA at the University of British Columbia (2008), she taught at UCL, OCAD University, and the University of Toronto Mississauga. In the past year, she published a peer-reviewed article in the Oxford Art Journal as well as exhibition reviews in Art in America, Border Crossings, C Magazine, and OBJECT. She has also written for Oxford Art Online, TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Fillip, YYZine, and ARTMargins Online. Her current research focuses on modalities of re-enactment in contemporary art and on appropriation art in Eastern Europe.

18 Sara Cwynar (b. Vancouver, 1985) is a New York-based artist working in photography, installation, and book-making. Her practice involves a “constant archiving and re-presentation of collected visual materials,” she says, and she's interested in how images “accumulate, endure, and change in meaning and value” over time. Cwynar is a former staff graphic designer at the New York Times Magazine. Her recent exhibitions include solo presentations at commercial galleries Foxy Production, New York (2014), and Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto (2013). Group exhibitions include Higher Pictures, New York, and the Dallas Art Museum. In May 2014 she will be presenting a solo booth at the NADA art fair with Cooper Cole Gallery. Her second artist book, “Kitsch Encyclopedia,” was published in winter 2014, and her third book “Pictures of Pictures” will be published by Printed Matter in summer 2014. 

19 Alvis Choi aka Alvis Parsley (b. in Hong Kong, 1985) was selected as one of the finalists of Toronto Arts Foundation's Newcomer Artist Award. Their work was presented at SummerWorks Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Rhubarb Festival, and Videofag among all. Their upcoming projects will be shown at Art of the Danforth, Mayworks Festival, the Hemisphere Institute of Performance and Politics – Encuentro, “That’s So Gay” at Gladstone Hotel, and “Queer Prophesies” as part of the National Queer Arts Festival 2014 (Bay Area). Choi serves on the programming committee of Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and the Working Collective of Whippersnapper Gallery. They have received grants, fellowships, and mentorship from Vtape, Neighbourhood Arts Network, Diaspora Dialogues, Jumblies Theatre, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), and the British Council. Choi is currently an Interning Emerging Community Artist at Red Dress Productions and they will be doing a week-long residency at lemonTree Creations in April 2014. 

20 Michael Dudeck (b. Winnipeg, 1984) is an artist who works in Winnipeg and New York. He separates his practice into “three streams”: “The Religion Virus” (an invented queer religion and prehistory), “Punc Arkæology” (a pedagogical methodology), and “The Museum of Artificial Histories” (a fictive institution housing artifacts and alternate information systems.) Over the past year, Dudeck has undergone a “museological pilgrimage” through Europe with funding from the Brucebo Foundation (Sweden); lectured/performed at Witte de With (Netherlands); the Insel Hombroich (Germany); the Brucebo Museum (Sweden); Performatorium: Festival for Queer Performance (Regina, Saskatchewan); and Asylum Arts (Garrison, NY), among others. Dudeck has recently completed his Master’s degree from Concordia University, and was artist-in-residence at the Institute for Art, Religion & Social Justice at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He will exhibit and perform at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics’ “Encuentro Conference” in Montreal, this year.

21 Connor Buchanan (b. Comox, British Columbia, 1984) is a curator and arts administrator based in Edmonton. A recent curatorial graduate of Maastricht University (Netherlands), she also holds a visual arts degree from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Buchanan has participated various cultural contexts including public art galleries, non-profit organizations, and the municipal government. She founded a public gallery in Fort McMurray, Alberta called Post, and has founded a new non-profit society, Creative Practices Institute, focused on “providing creation, exhibition, and alternative learning spaces for the young creatives of Edmonton.” Buchanan also coordinates a monthly pop-up exhibition project titled 66B Project. It takes place in a private residence, and features one-day exhibitions of local emerging artists who “could benefit from a little push and exposure.”

22 Jennifer Rose Sciarrino (b. Toronto, 1983) is a Toronto-based artist working in photography, sculpture, and installation. She uses themes of “manufacture and production” and “exercises methods of control while introducing elements of chance.” Sciarrino received her BFA at the School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, and has been included in numerous group shows including “trans/FORM” at MOCCA Toronto (2012) and “To What Earth Does this Sweet Cold Belong?” at the Power Plant (2011). Sciarrino has exhibited work nationally in a number of group and solo shows. A selection of recent exhibitions include the Equinox Gallery (Vancouver), the Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), and a solo show at Daniel Faria Gallery (Toronto). In 2013 Sciarrino was one of the recipients of the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts’ awards. She will be presented at NADA New York with Daniel Faria Gallery, which will also present its second solo show of the artist in June, 2014.

23 Lucien Durey (b. Regina, 1984) is an artist and singer. He recently completed a year-long residency in Creighton, Saskatchewan with artist Katie Kozak, turning a vacated home into a venue for cultural programming. In addition to hosting exhibitions, concerts, and events at that site, they toured related works at the Dunlop Art Gallery (2014) and were recently featured in a multi-venue exhibition titled “Shelved,” presented by the Burnaby Art Gallery in collaboration with Vancouver’s Artspeak and the University of British Columbia. Durey’s video and performance work “When I Get This Feeling” focused on “the notion of simultaneity in the digital age” and was included in Regina's Performatorium 2014: Festival of Queer Performance. Continuing this area of research, Durey will travel to northern Bohemia for a project titled “Neither Here Nor There” to research and create new work in response to “digital representations of restituted property.” He holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and is currently an MFA candidate at Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts.

24 Chelsea Boos (b. Edmonton, 1984) is a multi-disciplinary visual artist and designer who manages Foolscap Studio, a “creative services laboratory” that “creates artistic interventions in the urban environment.” Boos recently partnered with Carmen Douville and Erin Ross on a project called LIVINGbridge that transformed downtown rail-bridge into a “public urban garden inspired by the High Line in New York and Victory Gardens in San Francisco.” The LIVINGbridge project, as well as previous projects she contributed to such as Dirt City¦Dream City and the Colour Alley project, are all winners of Edmonton Urban Design Awards. Boos currently runs an artist studio and salon titled The Drawing Room, supporting emerging artists and collaboration. Achieving quick success, the Drawing Room Salon and Studio has announced its move this summer to an expanded location.

25 Marisa Hoicka (b. Toronto, 1987) is a painter and performance artist who focuses on interactive installation. Hoicka’s video “This is Not a Test,” based on her installation for the MOCCA exhibition “Videodrome” (2012), was screened at the San Francisco MOMA and Toronto Images Festival. Her paintings were featured in a solo show at Heritage Canada, and in performances for “Quarter-Life Crisis” at the Power Plant and “Nature Morte” at Toronto’s Le Labo. Hoicka holds a BFA from Concordia University, and will perform in the 2014 edition of the 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival. She has received emerging artist awards from the Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council for upcoming projects, and is distributed by Vtape.

26 Tobin Gibson (b. Ottawa, 1991) is associate director of The Apartment (Vancouver) and assistant curator at Presentation House Gallery. In January 2014, Gibson curated London artist Jonathan Baldock's first solo exhibition in Canada at The Apartment, “Hot Spots.” He also featured a kind of Japanese dance performance (“Butoh”) by Kokoro Dance, and screenings of Samuel Beckett teleplays. He initiated a critical periodical titled “GRAY” that explores “the excess and simplicity of fashion” with co-founder Holly Goldsmith-Jones in 2013. The publication is produced between Vancouver and Berlin, and distributed worldwide. Past contributors include Alexander McQueen, Savile Row, and Professor Caroline Bellios of the Art Institute of Chicago. Gibson will release two texts on the work of London painter Robin Seir, in conjunction with solo exhibitions at studio 1.1 (London) and NAM Projects (Milan) in fall 2014. He is currently organizing a series of exhibitions with Jinny Yu and Peter Wu for 2015. Gibson is an MA candidate at the Royal College of Art.

27 BAMBITCHELL (Sharlene Bamboat, b. Pakistan, 1984; and Alexis Mitchell, b. Toronto, 1983) is an artistic collaboration that has produced mixed-media installations since 2008. Bambitchell’s practice employs “queer and feminist frameworks” through “irony and a camp aesthetics.” Their projects include “Border Sounds” (2011), a sound and video installation in an underground parking garage; “Where the Trees Stood in Water“ (2013), a series of hand-processed cyanotype prints that “queer the history of Toronto’s Harbourfront”; and “An Objective Odyssey” (2014), a site-specific installation on frozen Lake Nipissing in North Bay, Ontario. The pair recently presented their new project “Silent Citizen” as part of the Images Festival Off-Screen program in Toronto. Upcoming shows include presentations at the Gladstone Hotel, Gallery44, and the Art Gallery of Windsor.

28 Isa Spalding (b. Toronto, 1986) is a private art advisor based in Toronto. Specializing in international contemporary and modern art she offers professional advice, art education, and acquisition transactions for private and corporate clients. For the past decade she has worked in many facets of the art world including being the founder of a contemporary art space in Toronto, director/operator of contemporary galleries in Toronto, Berlin, and New York, and has been contracted by art dealers to head the sales/marketing of major exhibitions and participation in international art fairs. In fall 2013 she opened BY APPOINTMENT, a project space in Toronto designed to exhibit international art and act as a center for art education and client development. Her inaugural exhibition featured the work of Vivian Maier, Andre Kertesz, Garry Winogrand, Berenice Abbott, Scott McFarland, Fred Herzog, and Jon Rafman. This past year she completed the artwork selection for a new hotel in Calgary, and continued to advise “some of the country's largest private and corporate collections.”

29 Caitlind r.c. Brown (b. Calgary, 1988) is an artist and collaborator living in Calgary. She frequently collaborates on light sculptures with musician and machinist Wayne Garrett. Their best known work “CLOUD” was first created for Nuit Blanche Calgary in 2012, with a second edition built in Moscow and traveling to Prague, Eindhoven, Singapore, and Jerusalem (upcoming). In May 2014, the duo will re-visit the Czech Republic, building a third “CLOUD” sculpture to tour World Heritage sites until 2015. Brown is part of an informal collective of "artist-curators" responsible for widely-attended “pre-demolition projects” including “WRECK CITY” (2013) and “PHANTOM WING” (2013). “Self-organized and self-governed, these projects infiltrated local popular culture, instigating discussions about gentrification, counter-cultural art venues, and the necessity of play.” Over 10,000 people attended “WRECK CITY” over the course of nine days. 

30 Matt Goerzen (b. Saskatoon, 1984) is an artist focusing on "issues of anonymity, influence, social media, and identity.”He recently exhibited in group exhibitions at Future Gallery (Berlin), Higher Pictures (New York), Artie Vierkant (New York), and London (UK). BLOUIN ARTINFO featured an article on Goerzen and collaborator Julian Garcia’s "Shack Attack” project, which received broad press. Living between Montreal, Berlin, and Saskatoon over the past several years, Goerzen is currently engaged in research at McGill University. He also assists Anonymous researcher Gabriella Coleman. Goerzen’s work is “finding its way into the artworld through various routes,” as in a text commissioned by Portikus for an upcoming Simon Denny exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany. He is currently working on “a series of objects pulled from an imagined possible future where global communications networks have undergone popular securitization (PopSec),” which he aims to begin distributing in late 2014.

31 BONUS OVER-THIRTY ENTRY: Rhiannon Vogl (b. Powassan, Ontario, 1982) has worked in the Contemporary Art Department at the National Gallery of Canada since 2007, where she has curated a number of exhibitions, including “New Lines: Contemporary Drawings from the National Gallery of Canada,” Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon (2014); the “Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts” exhibitions (2014, 2013, 2012, 2011); and “Phil Collins: they shoot horses” (NGC@MOCCA, 2013). Vogl has participated in the organization of the NGC’s presentations at the Venice Biennale: in 2011 and2013. Her outside curatorial projects have included “Zachari Logan: Hanging Garden,” Line Gallery, North Bay, ON (2014); “Isabelle Pauwels: Art Star 5 Video Biennale,” SAW Gallery, Ottawa (2013); and “Through Thick and Thistle,” Modern Fuel, Kingston (2012). Her writing has appeared in Guerilla, Border Crossings, and Canadian Art. In June 2014, her exhibition “New Lines” will open at the Art Gallery of Alberta, and in October she will curate a selection of works for the upcoming Acquisition Biennale at the NGC. Vogl is currently working on two collaborative writing projects and is “researching the metaphoric uses of music in contemporary art.”

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