Artist: Charles Stankievech (Dawson City/Montréal/Berlin)
Curator: Vicky Chainey Gagnon
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 15, 2011 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Artist and Curatorial Talk at 6:00 pm
The exhibition and its publication (co-produced with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery) are financially supported with funds from the Canada Council for the Arts.
The exhibition project Over the Rainbow, Under the Radar focuses on architecture, sound and in its articulation of geographical sites through ‘fieldworks’; these bring to light hidden histories, particularly related to military experiments.
Charles Stankievech is an artist who creates ‘fieldworks’: a spatial practice that combines researching, aesthetic experiments, curating, pedagogy and writing. His diverse body of work has been shown at such places as the Palais de Toyko (Paris), International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA2010, Germany), Xth Biennale of Architecture (Venice), Eyebeam + ISSUE Project Room (New York), Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal), Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), and the Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida). He has curated such unorthodox exhibitions as Magnetic Norths, A Wake For St. Kippenberger’s MetroNet, and the series OVER THE WIRE with Lawrence Weiner, Gary Hill, Iain Baxter&, SIMPARCH, Centre for Land Use Interpretation and others. His writings have been included in academic journals, such as Leonardo Music Journal (MIT Press) and 306090 (Princeton Architectural Press), artist’s catalogues and translated into several languages. Stankievech holds an MFA in Open Media with a thesis on sound and architecture and a previous philosophy thesis on Slavoj Žižek and Franz Kafka. Upcoming exhibitions include the Sobey Art Prize 2011 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in the Fall and Oh, Canada in the Spring at MassMOCA. A founding faculty member of the Yukon School of Visual Arts, Stankievech splits his spacetime between the Dawson City and Montreal.