Emily Hermant and Devon Knowles
Saturday, Dec 01, 2018 - Saturday, Dec 22, 2018
Opening Reception | Saturday, December 1, 7-10pm
Location: The Bakery, 1670 Franklin Street, Vancouver.
Emily Carr faculty member Emily Hermant (Sculpture + Expanded Practies) will be showing new work along with local artist Devon Knowles in a two-person show.
Emily Hermant is an interdisciplinary artist whose sculptures, drawings, and installations explore themes of communication, gendered labor, and the spatial experiences of the body. She received her BFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in Montréal, QC, Canada, and her MFA as a Trustee Merit Scholar in Fiber & Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and festivals in Canada, the United States, South America, and Europe, and has been featured in LVL3 Media, ArtSlant, Espace Sculpture, The Washington Post, and TimeOut Chicago, among others. Hermant has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec, and artist residencies at Haystack, ACRE, Ox-Bow School of Art, The Ragdale Foundation, Nordic Artists’ Centre, and the Vermont Studio Center. Hermant is based in Vancouver, BC, where she is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture + Expanded Practices in the Audain Faculty of Art at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.
Devon Knowles (b. 1977, London, Ontario; lives/works: Vancouver) material centered practice considers the production methods of both materials and objects, and how together they influence and form the language that surrounds them. By working and reworking material using traditional and contemporary fabrication methods and models of production, she develops a rich language through the interplay of material and method. Her work moves diverse materials, methods and forms from their everyday context to a contemporary art environment, altering our understanding of their properties and capacities. Her sculpture, installation, public and two-dimensional work expands on these subjects but it not limited to them. As she expands upon theories of perception, optical effects and tactility, alongside the direct act of making, Knowles encourages the viewer to access her work from a shared intimacy and sympathetic attentiveness. She received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria in 2008 and her Bachelor of Studio Arts from the University of Guelph 2001. She has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Canada. Group exhibitions include such venues as Vancouver Art Gallery; Night Gallery, Los Angeles, and Charles H. Scott Gallery, the Western Front, Or Gallery and Unit Pitt, Vancouver. Knowles has participated in residencies in Germany, Denmark and recently Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has been the recipient of grants from Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, British Columbia Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is currently a Faculty Instructor at Langara College and her works have been included in numerous private collections.