Studios

Studios

Studios

We are excited to partner with AKA during this time to turn our shared Event Space and Apollo Room into free artist studios, for the summer of 2021.

These are a few of the dynamic artists thinking, planning, and making in AKA and PAVED Arts shared spaces.


Gabriela García-Luna is a photo-based multimedia artist who has lived and worked in Mexico, India, and Canada, exhibiting her work in various countries. Gabriela was born in Mexico City. In 2009, she moved to Saskatchewan, where she actually lives. She holds a degree in Graphic Design and Communication from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico (1986) and a Masters in Fine Arts Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada (2020).

Her work investigates the connections and tensions between different natural and constructed spaces, those in the world and in the realm of imagination. Her photo-based multidisciplinary practice relates to the experience of anticipation of what is constantly being transformed I the ongoing cycle of destruction and creation. Her work includes two dimensional, sculpture, video and installation.

PAVED/AKA STUDIO PROJECT
During my time at Paved and AKA studio space I plan to continue working on Ask the River and Breath, two ongoing projects inspired by the resilience and harmony that nature holds in a time when its ecosystems are endangered. Personal experiences and observations and records of the Saskatchewan River and surroundings are the base materials to produce multimedia works that speak of the cycles of our life systems.  The space and facilities at Paved and AKA will allow me to work and expand my explorations of sound/video and installation work as well as the scale of my two dimensional work – for which I am very grateful.

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JingLu Zhao // After I got my MFA degrees from China and Japan, I taught Visual Art at ChengDu University in  China for a few years until I decided to move to Canada in 2013. For the past eight years I have  focused my energy on raising my three children. After my youngest getting older, I start to have some time for myself to paint.I realized the experience of raising children with cross-cultural  communication is also an extension of the central theme of my paintings. 

My art explores the relationship among me and my children as we grow, play, and discover the  world with our identity. I create acrylic/oil paintings that combine figuration and landscape and  images from my children’s Chinese and First Nations heritage and further develop my style,  skill, and concepts. I want to create this work to become an active, professional artist in my  community of Saskatchewan and greater Canada.

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Zac Morgan is an independent artist living a multi-hyphenate’s dream in Saskatoon, SK. Some favourite projects include HAIRSPRAY (Choreographer, Vocal Coach), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Marketing & PR), and HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH (Director/Hedwig).

As a director/producer, Zac’s work has been featured locally in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, and on CBC News. During 2020, an obviously difficult year for many, Zac fought hard to create and trail-blaze during a time when so many felt discouraged. He produced a series of online musical revue’s entitled ‘Musical Mondays’ that featured a variety of Saskatoon performers belting out show tunes on Monday nights. After the success of several online shows, and pub shows, Zac became one of the founding members of Sparrow Theatre Company. He produced and directed Sparrow’s inaugural show A KILLER PARTY. 

As an artist, Zac has worked professionally as a graphic designer and brand consultant for over 12 years. After graduating from Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s New Media Communications program, he began working at a sign shop, and spent years honing his craft before relocating from Yorkton to Saskatoon to work on bigger projects.

PAVED/AKA STUDIO PROJECT
During my time in the studio, I will revive my 2018 production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch (which I self-produced in Yorkton) for Saskatoon audiences. This revival brings opportunity for queer and non-queer Saskatoon artists to bring the story to life. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a rock musical that explores love, gender, and finding your self-identity — which as a queer artist, is something that is important for me to share with Saskatoon audiences. // www.sparrowtheatre.ca

 

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