Since the beginning of the pandemic this gallery space became free artist studios. This experiment grew a new program co-programmed by AKA and PAVED; Community Studios. Throughout the year the public will be invited to Open Studios, performances, drop-ins, and special events.
Biofeedback Collective resides and practices on Treaty 6 Territory in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The collective’s three members, Kelsey Ford, Lauren Warrington, and Emily Zdunich are all recent graduates from the University of Saskatchewan. Between them, they explore a range of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, virtual and augmented reality. What unites them as a collective is an overarching interest in conceptual and responsive approaches to art making. The collective is focused on creating relational and feedback-based programming for underrepresented and emerging artists. Biofeedback recognizes the long history of colonialism in Canada and our own positionality in different places and spaces within this context. And together, the collective is interested in exploring how we relate to one another, our bodies, the places in which we inhabit, and how our unique histories and ancestries come together.
Chelsea Brant (she/her) is an Emerging Multidisciplinary Artist and Independent Curator and a recent MFA graduate from the University of Saskatchewan. Chelsea completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph and has since worked for several arts organizations within administrative roles, curatorial assistantships as well as programming coordination positions. Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally with her most recent MFA Thesis Exhibition presented at The Gallery at Art Placement in Saskatoon, SK.
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 began getting older, I started 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, 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.
Darren Miller is a composer and his work embraces both conventional instrumentation and its extension through technological means. He studied in Saskatoon, Victoria, Banff, Darmstadt (Germany), and Buffalo (New York) and holds a PhD in music composition on the topic of audio morphing software. Darren was the co-founder and director of Sask New Music and the annual Strata Festival of New Music. His compositions, live performances and sound design have been presented in a variety of contexts and across disciplines including concerts, sound installations, theatre, film and dance.
Peace Akintade is an interdisciplinary artist and poet from Yorubaland, Nigeria. Her work touches on growing up in Kuwait, Nigeria and Canada, the impact of slavery in the village in which she lived in Africa, colourism, and relearning her culture in the face of colonization. A former Saskatchewan Youth Poet Laureate, Peace has emerged as a sought-after public speaker, educator and creative collaborator. Her practice explores the intersections of poetry with contemporary dance, film, experimental theatre and music.
Mitchell Larsen and Megan Zong
Mitchell Larsen is a genderfluid artist whose practice incorporates music, theatre and dance with fabulist fiction, queer history, and poetry. Megan Zong is a Chinese-Canadian theatre artist with extensive experience as an actor and has recently branched out into playwrighting and producing. As a collaborative duo, dance and movement are key components to their work and they plan to further explore structured improvisation and examine the relationship between performer and audience.
I have spent most of my life in around the city of Saskatoon in treaty six territory. I work as an art educator in Saskatoon Public School Division and as a visual artist, completing an MFA at the University of Saskatchewan (2017).
My work is drawing-based, site specific, and relational – sometimes involving interviews or personal objects. The work I produce revolves around questions of materiality, the atmosphere surrounding personal objects, and contemporary and pop-culture expressions of spiritual practice. Throughout my work as an artist and teacher, I have been seeking to connect with and encourage other artists, to make work that sets the stage for moments of introspection and relation, and to be interminably challenged by work of others.
Muveddet Al-Katib completed her BFA in Turkey, taking inspiration from the art, history and surroundings of her home city of Antioch and native country before embarking on the path that her unique artistic vision has led her on. In 1998, she immigrated to Saskatoon and has been developing her artistic practice in drawing and painting. Muveddet strongly believes that art is not just an object but rather it is a social necessity to connect to each other. Her interest in bridging cultures of east and west has led Muveddet to examine western interpretations of Eastern Art with sensitivities to cultural adaptation and cross-cultural communications.
Her work has been exhibited provincially and nationally and is in many public and private collections including SK Arts, the University of Saskatchewan, and the Ambassador’s Collection at the Embassy of Turkey (Ottawa).
Over the years, Muveddet’s involvement in Engagement projects has led her to participate in Residencies including the City of Saskatoon Artist in Place: Bunkhouse Project, Artists in Schools Projects, and Artists in Communities which she received the City of Saskatoon Living in Harmony Award (2019 and 2021) for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Jared Armando Sofoifa
Jared Armando Sofoifa is a Guatemalan born Artist. His style is a universe of mayhem, beauty and colours bursting from the canvas. He has been making Art since childhood, exploring the depth of his humanity through his work, trying to reconnect with the magnificent jungle he left behind. Currently he is working on a project to make his paintings more accessible, and democratic. He has been producing time lapse videos of his work set to his original soundscapes and poetry. The footage of his “Construct, Deconstruct, Adjust, Readjust” can be viewed here. He wants the paintings produced to be raffled off rather than sold at a high price, unattainable to most. With the purchase of a raffle ticket costing a small sum, anyone could have a chance of winning an original painting, and a copy of the footage of its creation. His goal is to raise enough capital to travel to foreign lands to create these painting videos and raffle off the results.
Thanks to AKA and PAVED he is able to have a workspace to produce his Art. He will be live streaming and recording his process. Currently he is painting a piece to be donated to a local shelter or soup kitchen, because he believes that a man’s soul must be fed regardless of financial status.
Based in Saskatoon, Eveline works with a variety of media and art forms. In recent years she has concentrated on conceptual and performance Art, including personal attendance and performance at the annual International Arts in Society Conferences in Rome, London, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Paris; followed by on line attendance since 2019. She started an Instagram project “Silence, femmes…” on March 8th 2021, International Women’s Day. It aimed to make us more aware of violence against women, and the unfortunate silencing of those women. I posted two symbolic photos each week – a main “performance” photo of me, a second one related to it, and text extracts or references relating to violence against women. She included a third weekly photo of special clouds (relax, please!). Unfortunately, after running successfully for 51 weeks, only a few days before International Women’s Day this year, the whole project suddenly disappeared from Instagram! Presumably due to some technical malfunction, it showed how ephemeral we and our on-line activities can be – but not our ideas and our convictions.
“Who was the fool, who the wise man, who the beggar or the emperor? Whether rich or poor, all are equal in death.”
Jasmin Fookes is an interdisciplinary artist residing on Treaty 6 territory in Saskatoon. Intuition is the catalyst for the diverse assortment of materials she collects and organizes trusting that a deeper camaraderie will emerge over time. Energized by natural materials such as bygone blossoms and foliage, seed pods, and fallen nests spotted in urban green spaces by virtue of chance encounters. Additionally, she has amassed a collection of commonly undervalued, mass-produced objects reminiscent of her own everyday experiences, and wonderings such as antiquated nails, springs, deconstructed boxes, and glass bottles. Wishing to cultivate a sense of wonder through the installation of these collections and excite new ideations by shifting their commonly accepted contexts. What is it that makes one thing ordinary and another extraordinary? This work revitalizes a sense of wonder for the world we live in, its beauty, fragility, and complexity and the urgency of caring for it.
Jasmin’s time at AKA/PAVED represents the first phase of a project that will result in a portable cabinet of curiosities from a repurposed structure to house diverse assortments of my locally collected and altered natural materials and mass-produced objects. In this first phase she will be making and altering models of potential alternative viewing spaces – ice fishing shack, chicken coup, garden shed, pop-up camper, or van for example.
Karen Polowick holds a BFA in studio art from the University of Saskatchewan, and she continues to live and work in Saskatoon. Past works exhibited include painting, super 8 film, and installation. Her current practice centers primarily around drawing and analogue photography, and it’s the photography side of things that she will be concentrating on during her time in Paved’s Apollo Room.
While at AKA/Paved for the month of February, Karen plans to experiment with alternative darkroom printing practices. As well, she will further explore various hand-processing techniques for film which she encountered during a residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island.
Betsy Rosenwald is a Saskatoon-based visual artist whose work incorporates a variety of media, including wax, oil, drawing, and photography. Her collaborative installation with Dawna Rose, Journal of the Plague Year, was on view in February 2021 at 330g Projects in Saskatoon. A series of political paintings on post-consumer waste, the project began in 2020 as an urgent response to the political and social chaos wrought by Covid-19 and the Trump presidency.
Most recently, her work has been featured in the Spring 2021 issue of Grain magazine, and in the online exhibition Word, as part of the Easton (PA) Book Festival. Her paintings have been widely exhibited throughout the US, Canada, and internationally, and are represented in the collections of SK Arts and the Canada Council Art Bank. She has received funding support and artist residencies from SK Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Art Matters Foundation (NY), Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto), Klondike Institute for Art and Culture (Dawson City, YT), Emma Lake Artist/Writers Retreat and the MacDowell Colony (NH).
Born in Boston, she moved to New York City to complete an MFA at Brooklyn College. Her early work is associated with the East Village art scene in New York City, where it was represented by Civilian Warfare Gallery. Her work is currently represented by The Gallery/Art Placement, Saskatoon.
“Who was the fool, who the wise man, who the beggar or the emperor? Whether rich or poor, all are equal in death.”
Dawna Rose lives and works in Saskatoon. She uses a wide variety of media and materials in her artwork and is currently concentrating on painting in oils and gouache.
Dawna completed an MFA at the University of Saskatchewan and has received grants from the Saskatchewan Arts board and the Canada Council for the arts. She has attended numerous art residencies in Iceland, Vermont, Banff, Toronto and Eastend. Most recently she has collaborated with Betsy Rosenwald on their exhibition Journal of the Plague Year which she will be working on while in residence at AKA.
Her last project was a site specific installation of 2.9 Billion Birds Gone which can be seen on Sasktel Local on Demand or on YouTube.
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 in the ongoing cycle of destruction and creation.
Her work includes two dimensional, sculpture, video and installation.Follow along on her website!
Carey Shaw (she/her) is a photographer of settler ancestry based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Treaty 6. With a BFA from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2001, her photography work focuses on portraits, relationships, memories and safety. Carey has worked as an Artist in Residence with the Saskatchewan Arts Board and community arts educator and artistic coordinator with the MacKenzie Art Gallery and Common Weal Community Arts. They have taught photography and traditional darkroom practices with PAVED Arts, the City of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan and Regina Continuing Education programs. Carey currently sits on the Board of Directors of BlackFlash Magazine.
Further explore her practice on her website.
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.