Deirdre Logue (October 17 - October 31, 2014)
Yukon School of Visual Arts Artist in Residence
For the past 20 years, the film and video work of Canadian artist Deirdre Logue has focused on the self as subject. Using ‘performance for the camera’ as a primary mode of production, her compelling self-portraits investigate what it means to be a queer body in the age of anxiety.
Logue has been prolific and steadfast in her engagement with the moving image and has subsequently produced upwards of 60 short films and videos as well as some of this country’s most celebrated video art installations including Enlightened Nonsense (1997-2000), ten hand- processed performance-based works about childhood worries; Why Always Instead of Just Sometimes (2003-2007), twelve works that are reflections on aging, breaking down and reparation; and her most recent commissioned project, Id’s Its (2012), an ambitious suite of thirteen installations exploring the richness of our malfunctions, the power of the abject and our tendencies towards self-destruction. Diving deep into the unconscious, Logue’s recorded performances are a tangle of fragmentation, doubt, perversion, symbiosis, sexuality, and psychic unrest. Uniquely located on the golden mean between comfort and trauma, excess and deficiency, self-liberation and self-annihilation, her works are at once unruly and uncanny.
Deirdre Logue holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MFA from Kent State University. Recent solo exhibitions of her award winning work have taken place at Open Space in Victoria, Oakville Galleries, the Images Festival in Toronto, the Berlin International Film Festival, Beyond/In Western New York, YYZ and at articule in Montreal. She was a founding member of Media City, the Executive Director of the Images Festival, Executive Director of the CFMDC and is currently the Development Director at Vtape.
Logue has been dedicated to working at the Independent Imaging Retreat (the Film Farm) in Mount Forest Ontario since 1997 and directs the F.A.G Feminist Art Gallery with her partner/collaborator Allyson Mitchell.
Heidi Neilson (October 2 - November 9, 2014)
Heidi Neilson is an artist addressing topics such as weather, fake snow, and the cultural landscape of outer space. She co-founded an artist-run weather station on a studio building rooftop and presented her Queens, New York City neighborhood as a gigantic sundial, with a lone skyscraper as the shadow-casting spire. She seeks to conceptualize a bigger context for a given place and explore the overlap between the natural environment and our built environment. Her work, often collaborative and publishing-based, has been supported by the Art Matters Foundation, the Center for Book Arts, the College Book Art Association, The Drawing Center, the International Print Center New York, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Queens Museum of Art, Visual Studies Workshop and others. She is a member of the international ABC Artists’ Books Cooperative, and her work is included in over 60 museum and university collections. Born in Oregon, Neilson received a BA in biology from Reed College and an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute, and lives and works in New York.