Becka Viau’s Agrarian Monument 00 (2014) is created out of a round hay bale and red roses. Based in Charlottetown, Viau is longlisted for the Atlantic region.
Eleanor King, a Halifax musician and artist, sometimes works with outdated technology as sculptural material. This is a view of her Stacks (2012) at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, created out of reclaimed electronics and other objects. King is longlisted for the Atlantic region.
A still from Graeme Patterson’s animation Secret Citadel (2013). Patterson, based in New Brunswick and longlisted for the Atlantic region, tends to draw upon personal memories and stories in his art.
Wake of Limbs (2014) by Tamara Henderson, a New Brunswick–born artist whose sculptures and films often manifest images seen under hypnosis or in dreams. Based in Vancouver, Henderson is longlisted for the Atlantic region.
Ursula Johnson’s Awije’jk (2012), a black ash and sweetgrass weaving. The Mi’kmaw artist, currently based in Cape Breton, is longlisted for the Atlantic region. Photo: Wendy McElmon.
Balint Zsako’s Audubon 61 (2014) is a collage. Born in Budapest, raised in Hamilton, and based in Brooklyn, Zsako is longlisted for the Ontario region. His drawings have been featured in magazines such as Harper’s and in Sarah Polley’s film Take This Waltz.
Chris Curreri, based in Toronto and longlisted for the Ontario region, recently made Untitled (Clay Portfolio) (2013)—a series of gelatin silver photographs documenting clay in various states of transition and re-use at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto.
A detail of Toronto artist Jean-Paul Kelly’s Figure-ground (Srebrenica) (2013), created of gouache and graphite on paper. Kelly is longlisted for the Ontario region. Photo: Jean-Paul Kelly/Cressida Kocienski.
For the installation use hold strike: proposed sounds for collective greiving (2010–2014), Ontario-longlisted artist Reena Katz invited visitors to strike aluminum and steel pipes inscribed with notes on phenomena worth grieving, such as coral reefs. Photo: Michelle Hyun.
Cedric Bomford’s photos of Eastern European subway vents, like Sumavská (2003), have influenced some of his large-scale installations. Raised in BC and now based in Winnipeg, Bomford is longlisted for the Prairies and the North region.
Made of acrylic ink and sizzurp on paper, Divya Mehra’s The Bitch Blues (where does the Divide begin?) (2014) speaks to migration’s (often empty) promises. Based in Winnipeg, Mehra is longlisted for the Prairies and the North region.
In Prototypes for an New Iconography (Study 03) (2014) and other works, Michael Dudeck often frames himself as a witch doctor or shaman. He is longlisted for the Prairies and the North region. Photo: Larry Glawson.
As one-time members of the now-defunct Royal Art Lodge, Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber are known for wry, witty drawings like Library (2014) as well as the book Animals with Sharpies. Based in Winnipeg, the duo is longlisted for the Prairies and the North region.
A Portrait of Arranged Parts (Stripes and Dots) (2013) by Calgary-born, Brussels-based artist Zin Taylor. Taylor is longlisted for the Prairies and the North region. Photo: David M.C. Miller.
Diane Morin’s electronic-based works recently won her the first contemporary art prize of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec, and she is now longlisted for the Quebec region in the Sobey Art Award. This is a view of the Montreal artist’s imbrication (machines à réduire le temps) (2012-2013) installation.
Dominique Pétrin of Montreal is a rising print-based artist who makes immersive installations. This is a view of her #pizzaparty (2013). Pétrin is longlisted for the Quebec region. Photo: Rémi Thériault. (Image 1/25)
Jon Rafman is known for canny investigations into intersections between the virtual and the real. This is an image of his work Venice-O’Keeffe Lobby (2013). Rafman, born in Montreal, is longlisted for the Quebec region. Photo: American Medium.
For Meditations on Red (2012), Algonquin artist Nadia Myre made metre-high prints enlarging small beaded sculptures. Based in Montreal, Myre is longlisted for the Quebec region. Digital print, 122 x 122 cm.
Known for performance-based works, Montreal’s Olivia Boudreau is longlisted for the Quebec region. This is a still from her video Femme allongée (2014).
The intriguing animations of Vancouverite Allison Hrabluik include A Mouth Trying to Drink From Me (2012). Hrabluik is longlisted for West Coast and Yukon.
The lightjet print 1992–The Cultural Revolution (2014) by Dan Starling, a Vancouver artist who is longlisted for the West Coast and Yukon region.
Evan Lee, longlisted for the West Coast and Yukon, has made many works in which photography seems to invert and look in on itself. This tradition continues in the Vancouver artist’s photocollage Phoropter (2012). Courtesy of the artist/Monte Clark Gallery.
Known for works that use her South Asian Muslim Canadian female identity and experiences as a point of departure, Victoria-based artist Farheen HaQ is longlisted for the West Coast and Yukon region. This is a view of her installation Threshold (2011). Photo: Helene Cyr.
Tahltan artist Peter Morin often intervenes in colonial museum contexts, with works like Becoming Andy Kaufman in the Museum, stand-up comedy for Totem Poles (2012)—a performance enacted at Victoria’s Royal BC Museum—being no exception. Recently relocated from BC to Brandon, Morin is longlisted for West Coast and Yukon. Photo: Dallas Duobaitis.
A view of Kelly Jazvac’s Leaning Board (2013); Jazvac, longlisted for Ontario, is known for works that critique typical consumer expectations, and sometimes repurpose ad-industry waste like adhesive vinyl. Photo: Toni Hafkensheid.
This morning, the longlist was released for the 2014 Sobey Art Award
, which will award $100,000 in prize monies to Canadian artists under the age of 40 in November.
Among the 25 artists longlisted—five for each of five Canadian regions—is an artist who turns hay bales into sculptures (Becka Viau of Charlottetown), another who enlarges small beaded works to monumental scale (Nadia Myre of Montreal), and a duo that imagines how graffiti might be drawn by animals (Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber of Winnipeg).
To view a slideshow of by all the longlisted artists, click on the Photos icon above.
The five artists longlisted for the Atlantic region include three who were finalists for past Sobeys: Tamara Henderson, who reproduces in film and sculpture images seen under hypnosis; Eleanor King, a musician, curator and artist whose drum towers were a highlight of the 2012 Sobey exhibition; and Graeme Patterson, currently exhibiting at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Also nominated are Mi’kmaw artist Ursula Johnson, who is known for contemporary takes on traditional basketry, and Becka Viau, whose hay-bale installation is currently installed in a public plaza outside of the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.
The Quebec picks include Jon Rafman—an artist who broke through to international attention in 2009 with his enlargement of Google Street View images—as well as performance-based artist Olivia Boudreau, rising pasteup/installation creator Dominique Pétrin, Diane Morin (who recently won the Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec’s first contemporary art prize), and Algonquin artist Nadia Myre. From 2005 to 2013, Myre invited members of the public to contribute to The Scar Project—depictions on canvas of emotional or physical scars. The project now contains more than 800 scar canvases and related stories.
A mix of strategies also defines the Ontario longlist. Balint Zsako’s drawings and collages have adorned the pages of Harper’s, the New Yorker and the Walrus, among other publications. Reena Katz is known for community-based collaborations that most recently included work with a Windsor-area community radio station. Chris Curreri’s sculptures and photographs highlight queer positions and new approaches to the body. Kelly Jazvac—an artist who once covered a Pontiac Sunfire in a Porsche 911 “costume”—makes works that often comment on consumer perceptions and waste. Jean-Paul Kelly creates videos, drawings and photographs that encourage viewers to challenge conceptions of the past.
Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber—creators of the book Animals With Sharpies and members of the now-defunct Royal Art Lodge—are just one of five artists shortlisted for Prairies and the North. The others include Zin Taylor, an internationally exhibited artist who was born in Calgary and is now based in Brussels; Divya Mehra, whose work was included in “Oh, Canada” at MASS MoCA and often examines migration, otherness, and “the empty promise of diversity”; Cedric Bomford, a creator of large-scale, sometimes fort-like, installations as well as photographs; and Michael Dudeck, whose performances bridge shamanism and sexuality.
The West Coast/Yukon artists longlisted include Evan Lee, who was longlisted in 2009 and who often makes experimental, photo-based work; animation-based artist Allison Hrabluik; Tahltan artist, curator and writer Peter Morin, who often uses performance to intervene in colonial museum conventions, creating such works as Team Diversity Bannock and the World’s Largest Bannock Attempt; Farheen HaQ, whose media-based practice uses the body and South Asian Muslim Canadian female identity as a point of departure; and Dan Starling, an artist who recently produced a photo series focused on Barack Obama masks.
Each year, the Sobey Art Award is awarded to a visual artist age 40 and under who has exhibited in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated. The winner receives $50,000, each of four shortlisted finalists receives $10,000, and $500 goes to each of the remaining longlisted artists.
The members of the Sobey 2014 curatorial panel, which arrived at the longlist decision, are Jordan Strom, curator, exhibitions and collections, Surrey Art Gallery; Paul Butler, curator of contemporary art, Winnipeg Art Gallery; Srimoyee Mitra, curator of contemporary art, Art Gallery of Windsor; Marie-Eve Beaupré, curator of contemporary art, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec; and Pan Wendt, curator, Confederation Centre of the Arts.
The shortlist of the 2014 Sobey Art Award will be announced June 4. Work by the shortlisted artists will be shown in an exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery opening on November 1, with the winner being announced there on November 19.
This post was altered on April 15, 2014, at 12:20 p.m. The original post contained an installation-view image of Kelly Jazvac’s work that also prominently included a piece by Mark Soo, leading to confusion. As a result, that image has been replaced by a photo that offers a close-up view of the Jazvac work in the original post.