Welcome to our new semi-regular feature, the ECU News Roundup.
Read on for a peek at the media coverage our community has recently received.
Patrik Andersson on ‘Out of Control’ in Pique, Stir
Curator, art historian and ECU faculty member Patrik Andersson spoke with Pique News Magazine in August about his upcoming exhibition at the Audain Art Museum. Out of Control: The Concrete Art of Skateboarding explores the intersection between skateboarding and contemporary art.
“I was interested in the fact that the museum is a stone’s throw away from Canada’s second-biggest skate park,” Patrik says in an interview.
“I started teaching full time in 1999. Over the years, a lot of the students that have come out of there and developed really interesting practices have also been involved in the skateboard world. I’ve always been curious about that relationship.”
Patrik also spoke with Stir in September, elaborating on some of the parallels that drive the show’s themes.
“What skateboarders and artists have in common is that they embrace failure,” he says. “When you’re skateboarding, all you do all day is fail. As artists, that’s what you do, too. You try and you try again. There’s something symbiotic about these two worlds.”
The show, which officially opened Sept. 17, represents the “most ambitious” exhibition ever staged at the Audain, according to Audain director and chief curator Curtis Collins. It includes a number of live events, including a Skate Sculpture Workshop and Community Skate Session. Don’t miss it!
Sean Arden on VFX in Vancouver
Research technician Sean Arden appeared in a recent Vancouver Sun article on the “expanding if not exploding” VFX, animation, and gaming sectors in the city.
“Pretty much every student who comes through our lab leaves with a job in a studio,” Sean told the Sun. “Last year, most of our students got snapped up by Sony. Some are working as modellers, some as character designers.”
Sean has been a key resource for ECU students looking to explore advanced and experimental media, including via the university’s new virtual production studio. Virtual production technology has been used to create the special-effects magic behind acclaimed series including Star Trek: Discovery and Disney’s The Mandalorian.
Vancouver, meanwhile, is home to more than 170 video game development studios ranging from small outfits to industry juggernauts such as Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Sony Pictures Imageworks and Electronic Arts. And all of these studios, the article notes, are hungry for talent.
Emily Hermant Video Nominated for Alberta Magazine Awards
The story, by videographer and writer Mark Mushet, details the thinking behind Emily’s recent artworks, which were exhibited in 2021 at Monte Clark Gallery in Vancouver.
Emily’s materials, which include salvaged telecommunications and data cables, have “speed” and “purpose … built into them,” she notes. They’re used to connect people instantaneously over vast distances.
“The beauty about being an artist is being able to try to take some of those snapshots and slow them down,” she says.
Winners will be announced Sept. 22 at the annual conference of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association.
‘Lheidli: Where the Two Rivers Meet’ via CBC, CKPG
A recent exhibition and publication — both titled Lheidli: Where the Two Rivers Meet — trace a three-year project that aims to address anti-Indigenous racism in healthcare.
Titled, Decolonizing Cultural Safety Education Through Cultural Connections, the project was led by the Aboriginal Gathering Place and Health Design Lab at ECU, as well as by Marlene Erickson, executive director of Aboriginal education at the College of New Caledonia.
Chin Yuen in Northwest Asian Weekly
The show’s title reflects Chin’s ‘desire to use art “to uplift and nourish myself and others,”’ the exhibition text explains.
“This work demonstrates my conviction to reach a better state of being by creating something beautiful and positive,” Chin writes.
The Malaysia-born artist has “travelled extensively,” according to the article, including to Singapore, England and Canada for her studies, and to Japan and Italy to teach art.
“Yuen’s diverse cultural exposures are an artistic asset that continually inspires and shapes her creative process,” Chin’s artist statement notes.