Eric Watts (November 9 - December 29, 2014)
Eric Watts is a Chicago-based artist working in moving image and installation. His work questions the filmic structure of convincing historical narratives in relation to space, place and landscape. Watts’ installations examine the connections between cinematic trope, editing and believability as means to understand the relations between image, experience and memory. He has exhibited at spaces including Walter Phillips Gallery (Banff, AB), Regina Rex (New York, NY), and The Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts (Chicago, IL). Watts earned his MFA from the University of Chicago in 2012 and his BFA from The School of Visual Arts (New York) in 2009 culminating in an MA Exchange program at The Royal College of Art (London, UK). He is currently working on a large-scale project that explores individual and collective interpretations of the concept of Northerliness in relation to the Canadian landscape. Residencies in 2014 at The Banff Centre (Winterjourney), Banff, AB and The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC), Dawson City, YT support work on this project.
Carolyn Simmons (December 4 - December 31, 2014)
Caroline Simmons is a visual artist who works to remove masks, explore origins, and better understand the stories, forgotten and current, which humans tell and live by, revealing humanity in a relationship of land and Nature.
In the 1980s, she did sculpture and installation work regarding pesticides, the genetic manipulation of farm animals, and the question of why can’t land be held in common. She was an active member in the early days of artist-run-centres.
The breadth of her work brought her to live in the Yukon, to more deeply understand Nature, by living near wilderness.
She is currently finishing work coming out of photographing the Sandhill Crane migration at the Yukon Central Plateau, having uncovered its connection to ancient Greece where letters of the alphabet were attributed to the passing of the migration over that land in early times. She is also working with aerial maps of the Yukon migration route, and the traditional Greek Crane Dance, as they reveal a relationship of land to human psyche.
Previous to arriving in the Yukon, she exhibited her work at the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff, PSI New York, The Paris Biennale, The Issacs Gallery in Toronto, Mercer Union, YYZ and other Canadian artist run centres.