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Queen's University

Winter 2014 - Visiting Artists

Eliza Griffiths - Artist Lecture


Fine Art Program (Visual Art), Queen’s University

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 2:30 pm

Stirling Hall B 64 Bader Lane Kingston, Ontario

The Fine Art Program (Visual Art) at Queen’s University is very pleased to present Eliza Griffiths as the sixth guest speaker of its 2013-2014 Visiting Artist Lecture Series. The Montreal-based artist will present a public lecture on her art practice at 2:30 pm on March 13 in Stirling Hall B. All are welcome to attend and admission is free.

Eliza Griffiths’ artistic practice is based on the creation of invented characters who perform distilled psychological, social and experiential narratives in painted tableau, drawing and installation. Central ideas that occupy her work include notions of desire, gender, intimacy and identity; thematic series are constructed so that figures become performers of desire for something. Griffiths’ recent work explores issues of social dynamics and (mal/dys) functioning, moving from an individual psychological framework to a more collective psychic space.

Eliza Griffiths studied Studio Art at Concordia University and graduate Art History at Carleton University. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout Canada and internationally, including Mulherin + Pollard (NY, NY); Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Centre (Buffalo); Mercer Union (Toronto); the Saidye Bronfman Center (Montreal); the Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina); Platform Gallery (London, UK); the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton); and APEX art (NY, NY). Her work has been featured in Canadian Art Magazine; Border Crossings; C-Magazine; and NY Arts Magazine, among others, and has been extensively collected both privately and publicly. Griffiths lives and works in Montreal where she is Associate Professor of Studio Arts at Concordia University. For more information, please contact Kathleen Sellars.

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photo credit: Eliza Griffiths, Field - Hobos, oil on canvas, 36" x 48", 2013


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Public Artist Lecture

2:30 pm Thursday, January 9, 2014

Room 301 B Stirling Hall, 64 Bader Lane, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

The Fine Art Program (Visual Art) at Queen’s University is very pleased to welcome Hannah Claus as the fourth guest speaker of its 2013 - 2014 Visiting Artist Lecture Series. The Montreal based installation artist will present a public lecture on her art practice at 2:30 pm on January 9, 2014 in room 301 B Stirling Hall. All are welcome to attend the lecture and admission is free.

Utilizing her Euro-Canadian and Mohawk ancestries as a point of departure, Hannah Claus creates ephemeral installations that provoke subtle shifts in perception to amplify personal, social and cultural associations. Her work-process driven practice centers on accumulation and has come to focus on the signification of time. Integrating references to elements of water, stone and sky, she seeks out patterns and their repetitions to question the role and nature of memory and communication.

Hannah Claus’s installations have been exhibited throughout Canada, as well as in the United States, Switzerland, Germany, Chile and Mexico. Recent exhibitions of her work include: Territoires partagées, Centre Vaste et vague, Carleton-sur-mer, Québec, PQ (2013); On the Trail of the Iroquois, Berlin, Germany (2013); Biennale de lin du Port-Neuf, Deschambault-Grondines, Québec, PQ (2013); New work, Musée de la civilisation, Québec, PQ (2013); Origins, Woodlands Cultural Centre, Ohsweken, ON (2013);
(In) Tangible Presence, Tyler Art Gallery, State University of New York, Oswego, NY (2012); and Changing Hands 3: Art Without Reservations, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY (2012). Her work is held in a number of collections including the Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Contemporary Art Collection, the NONAM Museum (Zurich, Switzerland), and the Canada Council Art Bank. She is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (Tyendinaga) in Eastern Ontario.

In tandem with her visit to Queens, Claus’s exhibition Cloudscape will be on view at Modern Fuel Artist Run Centre (MFARC) from January 11 to February 22, 2014. Be sure to meet the artist at the exhibition reception at 7:00 pm on Saturday, January 11, at 21A Queen Street, Kingston, ON. Thank you to MFARC for collaboration on this artist visit. 

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