Creative Will

05.22.11

Creative Will
Curated by Jabari Jordan-Walker (Vancouver, BC)
May 27 – June 17 / 2011
Opening Reception / Friday / May 27 / 6–9 pm

Featuring:  Derek Chan (Chicago, IL), Rusty Shackleford (Chicago, IL), Angela Teng (Vancouver, BC) + Ben Raymer (Vancouver, BC)

As an exhibition, Creative Will explores the self-examination and motivations that surface as a result of the ongoing investigations and activity of producing artwork. Making no demand for definitive answers, this exhibition asks simply for the viewer to consider the reasons in which artworks are both produced and pondered upon. By celebrating the humbling search for self-expression and even “failure” within material experimentation and intuitive processes, each artist has developed work that is indebted to interpretations on the everyday realities they experience. In being an exhibition that doesn’t dedicate itself to one definitive answer, its context is rooted within the discourse of contemporary art making and the efforts to curate it. The work-on-paper, printed media, and paintings presented manifest themselves through the language of abstraction (Raymer, Teng), appropriation of cultural imagery (Shackleford) and meditations on the spiritual challenges faced from within esoteric realties (Chan).

Curator Bio:
Born in Chicago, Illinois Jabari Jordan-Walker currently resides in Vancouver, BC where he is studying for his BFA in Critical and Cultural Practice at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Through an investigation of his relationship to both critical and art-based practice, Jabari is dedicated to communicating a subtle balance between visual art, design, and yogic philosophy through both curatorial and essay driven work.

Artists Bios:
Rusty Shackleford
was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1978. Shackleford currently resides and works in Chicago, IL. He attended the Atlanta College of Art and received a BFA in 2002 from Reinhardt College in Waleska, Georgia. In 2004 he received an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Shackleford’s work in collage, sculpture and drawing is an intuitive interpretation of cultural imagery through color and form.  Shackleford has most recently exhibited at Old Gold, Floor Length and Tux, and Ben Russell in Chicago, IL. He is currently a member of the art collective “Danny Think Tank” and has an upcoming artist book project with Wester Press.

Derek Chan currently resides and works in Chicago, Illinois. Chan’s selected works from 2006 and 2010 were developed from an ongoing search for new awareness and understanding achieved through meditative focus, repetition, and ultimately the act of painting. Chan received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2007 and recently exhibited in the 2010, UBS 12 x 12 New Artist/ New Work series at The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Angela Teng was born in Victoria, BC. She attended the Visual Arts Program at Camosun College and just completed a Visual Arts Degree at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver in 2011. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Victoria, Vancouver, and Washington.

From a feminist position, Teng’s work negotiates what it means to make a picture. Through an ongoing exploration of the materiality of paint and the support traditionally used for painting, she works to decode fixed ideas of how a painting is meant to function. The self-reflexivity of the material and formal considerations of the pictures and objects she makes allow for familiarity and the unknown to operate simultaneously.

Ben Raymer studies and works in Vancouver, BC. He is currently finishing a long awaited degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The works produced for Creative Will were developed around ideas of repetition of color and compositions inspired by everyday throwaway advertisements such as penny savers, store flyers and junk mail.

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