"I curate and arrange exhibitions for public galleries, independent spaces and a range of other projects in Canada, United States, United Kingdom and China. My practice as a curator shares common threads with my art practice; they both mediate social dynamics. I rely on an intuitive combination of theory, research and reflexivity to develop exhibitions.
In|Outsource International Project 2015, Art Museum Nanjing, China
(Da bao) (Takeout) 2012-2014, touring exhibition: Varley Art Gallery of Markham, Mississauga Art Gallery, Plug In ICA, and Surrey Art Gallery, Canada
There is no Place Like Home 2005, London, England
Originally my In|Outsource exhibition proposal was meant as a response to Marshall McLuhan's concept and critique of the Global Village. Living globally has given me a keen awareness of global, cultural and economic miscommunications: global outsourcing and China are inextricably linked and have become a sensitive node in contemporary, global economics. I was contracted by the Art Museum Nanjing to curate the idea, as well as expand the framework, of biennial formats. "International Projects" became a platform-design whose timing could remain flexible rather than based on timelines. It is now part of AMNUA programming.
"In-Outsource International Projects" opened on December 15th, 2015. Art Gallery Nanjing Art Museum hosted artists from across China and visiting international artists. The 31-artist exhibition was co-curated with chief curator, Wang Yamin. Its main focus was to create a dynamic tension between the works of international artists that either directly or vicariously touched on elements of "outsourcing".
AMNUA team visiting artists Zhang Zhaohui, Karin van Dam, Ed Pien, Adad Hannah
Selected artists: Free Art Collective (UK), Utopia Group (CN), Double Fly (CN), Cheng Huasha (CN), Ed Pien (CDN), Gao Brothers (CN), Isabell Wenzel (GR), Jin Feng (CN), Judy Ross (GR), Jonathan Mognihan (US), Kang Xueru (CDN), Ken Lum (CDN), Liu Ding (CN), Lin Jingjing (CN), Matthew Carver (CDN), Ming Wong (SP), Patty Chang /David Kelly (US), Sarah Anne Johnson (CDN), Shen Yi (Elsie) (CN), Thea Jones /Mathew Walker (CDN), Thomas Bauman (AU), Wimo Ambala Bayang (INDO), X1 DP (CN), Yan Xiaojing (CDN-CN), Zhang Kechun (CN), Zhang Zhaohui (CN), Karin van Dam (NL), Adad Hannah (CDN).
(Da bao) (Takeout) was a touring exhibition that toured across Canada. The exhibition featured 13 international artists and was built on a model of cultural transitions between Canada and China. (Da bao) (Takeout) was produced by Varley Art Gallery of Markham and co-curated with Shannon Anderson.
Selected artist's: Ed Pien (CDN), John Armstrong /Paul Collins (CDN), Nan Hao (CN), Sarah Angelucci /Han Xu (CDN), Xiaojing Yan (CN-CDN), Brendan Fernandez (CDN), Knowles Eddy Knowles (CDN), Ming Hong (HK-CDN), Gang Chen (CN), Cathy Busby (CDN), Shen Yi Elsie (CN), Laurens Tan (AU-CN), Zhang Zhouhui (CN), Minjeong Oh (RPKR), Liawan (CDN).
IT'S All ART OR NO ART was about examining artists-as-art-teachers and teachers-that-make-art. The exhibition examined art education pedagogies and held discussions of the show with students from across Beijing.
IT'S ALL ART OR NO ART consisted of nine international artists and essentially focused on the group as a sample-size of International Baccalaureate art teachers. This group lived in Beijing, China and either came to the city either as art teachers or as artists that took jobs teaching in order to maintain their art practice. I became interested in their approaches to art education and how (or if) they maintained their art practices. I included myself in the exhibition, as I was also new to teaching with no previous experience. As a new IB teacher, it was a great opportunity for me to learn also. Students of these teachers were asked to participate in the exhibition by attending lectures by the artists (not within the student-teacher dynamic). In Asia , the teacher-student relationship is still still founded in deep respect. Having students to meet their teachers as artists and ask them questions about their work, fractured the teacher/student dynamic in a very interesting way.
Selected artists: Tamara Palmer (USA), Martin Derbyshier (UK), Devin Allen (USA), Jean Klimack (CDN), Doug Lewis (CDN), Wang Xin Gang (CN), Richard Todd (UK), KC Connelly (USA)
This exhibition took place just after I finished my Masters Degree. Its focus was a form of resolve to my degree, which was based on examining how my art and curatorial practices could work either as one platform or as two separate platforms.
From<To and From>To
2003-2004, Plug In ICA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
From<To and From>To first exhibited in Winnipeg (CDN) then traveled to Minneapolis (USA) and was based on a study of distances between geographic points in the mid-west. The exhibition consisted of 13 artists from both Canada and the United States.
Selected artists: Barbara Gillhooly (US), Paul Zacharias (CDN), Kevin Friedrich (CDN), Jennifer Stillwell (CDN), Jacky Sawatzky (CDN-NL), Piotr Szyhalski (US-PL), Celeste Nelms (US), Gerald Smith (US), Chris Larson /Judith Levy (US), Colin Gatling (US), Xurxo Garcia Penalta (US-COL).
Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Plug In ICA