Visiting Artists 2009-2010

Bill Burns Kate McQuillen Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay Greg Staats
Bill Burns, Ivan’s Wedding Party, lithography and screenprint, 17 x 22 inches, 2010. Printed by Nadine Bariteau and Jill Graham under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artists Program 2009 – 2010.

Bill Burns

Bill Burns‘ work about animals and civil society has been shown and published widely including solo projects at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, England (2008); KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (2007); the Wellcome Trust in London, England (2002); and 303 Gallery, New York (1994) and group shows at the Kunsthallen Nikolaj in Copenhagen, Denmark (2009); Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland (2006); Museum of Modern Art in New York (2005-06); the Seoul Museum of Art in Korea (2002); and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1995). He has published numerous books including When Pain Strikes, a scholarly anthology, (Burns, Busby and Sawchuk, editors and contributors, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 1999); Bird Radio, (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Koenig and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Cologne and Berlin, 2007) and The Guide to the Flora and Fauna Information Station: 0.800.0FAUNA0FLORA, (Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England, 2008. In 2009 he received the Danish International Visiting Artist Award from the Danish Arts Agency in Copenhagen.

Kate McQuillen, Never Green, spitbite aquatint, 22”x30”. Photo by Zev Farber. Created under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artists Program 2009 – 2010.

Kate McQuillen

Kate McQuillen is a Chicago-based artist working mainly in print and installation. Her work deals with the idea of telecommunications as an invisible landscape in our midst, one that sometimes comes to life. McQuillen received an MFA in Visual Art from York University in 2009. She has exhibited in Toronto, Montréal, Boston, and Chicago.

Over the past year, I have participated in four artist residencies. Of them all, I felt that Open Studio’s was, overall, the best considered and most efficiently run. They provide what is most needed by artists: studio space and equipment, media exposure (through both an exhibit and printed matter), funding, and the support of a community. I had an excellent experience there, and will recommend it highly to anyone.
– Kate McQuillen, Visiting Artist 2010

Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, The Burden (detail), screenprinted concertina bookwork, 14 x 22 cm (folded), 168 x 22cm (unfolded), edition of 10, 2010. Printed by Nadine Bariteau under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artists Program 2009 – 2010.

Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay

Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay is a Montréal-born artist, diarist and bon-vivant. Since 2000 Nemerofsky Ramsay’s work has involved video, performance and print works as creative vehicles for examining the singing voice and the history of song, the rendering of love and emotion into words, and the impact of popular culture on identity. His work has been exhibited in festivals and galleries across Canada, Europe and East Asia and has won prizes at film and media art festivals in Canada, Germany, Poland and Portugal. His work is part of numerous private collections as well as the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.

Jill at Open Studio was especially generous helping mastermind the best ways to produce my bookwork during my residency. She she brought her wisdom and experience to the planning of the project, and had thought of every possibility and every detail. I was perfectly matched with the hard-working and skillful Nadine Bariteau. We had lots of fun experimenting with different colours. Every new print felt like a celebration. – Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Visiting Artist 2009

Greg Staats, new spaces, screenprint, 24 x 23″, edition of 8, $2300 unframed. Courtesy of the artist. Printed by Nadine Bariteau under the auspices of the Open Studio Visiting Artists Program 2009 – 2010.

Greg Staats

Greg Staats (b. Ohsweken, ON) is a photographer and video artist whose works combine language, mnemonics and the natural world. Staats draws upon a traditional Mohawk restorative aesthetic that defines the multiplicity of relationships inherent within the condolence ceremony. Staats works in gathering images that have formed as an archive and also draws on a personal and familial archive or recordings, papers, diaries and recently found images. His video works are contemplative and require the viewer adapt the rhythms of the natural world while conceptually defining patterns of renewal to counter loss of language and subsequent worldview. He has had solo exhibitions at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Walter Phillips Gallery, Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Mercer Union and Gallery TPW. Group exhibitions include: the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Staats is the recipient of the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography. Recently, he has been Faculty for two Aboriginal Visual Arts Thematic Residencies: Archive Restored (2009) and Towards Language (2010) at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Staats has an upcoming solo exhibition in 2011 at the McMaster Museum of Art.