Kevin_Lanthier_Istanbul-Specials

Kevin Lanthier

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Istanbul Specials | 18″ x 45″ | Archival pigment print backmounted to aluminum “Istanbul Specials” is an addendum to my exhibition series The Special, which features digitally crafted, imaginary, hyper-real streetscapes of Vancouver houses, including the ubiquitous and derisively named “Vancouver Specials”. Here, I explore how a ubiquitous housing style in a major world city with a distinctively different cultural …

Brigitta_Kocsis_BK2968

Brigitta Kocsis

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

BK2968 (Contingent Bodies) | 18″ x 24″ | Acrylic on canvas “Contingent Bodies” focuses on the representation of bodies in transformation, both organic and unfamiliar. Fragmented bodies emerge in the play between abstraction and figuration, embedded in perpetual rootlessness, containing exile and otherness within themselves. These polymorphic figures confront sexual and cultural categorization, recasting the body as part imaginary and …

Eric_Klemm_Workshop

Eric Klemm

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Workshop | 22″ x 16″ | Photography, digital colour print The shot was taken at a horse barn in the Nelson area of B.C. in spring 2017. ericklemm.com

Garry_Kaye_Roadside

Garry Kaye

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

WINNER | THE ALLIANCE OF SALT SPRING ARTISTS (ASA) AWARD – $1,000 WINNER | PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, 1ST PRIZE – $3,000 Garry was born into a large third-generation family on Salt Spring Island. Vast amounts of time spent on the then less-populated island, many years of farming and years spent simply living there have shaped the development of a different …

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John David James

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Image_14.1.4. (landscape with cattle 1818) | 32″ x 48″ | C-print with acrylic This work considers the idea that ‘place’ can be not only an intersection between human and natural locations but also a framework that emanates from a state of mind and a condition of history. The final image uses the photograph of an original sculpture as a canvas, …

Tia_Halliday_Sideshow-II

Tia Halliday

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Sideshow II | 52″ x 46″ | Aluminum dye sublimation “Sideshow II” is an artifact of an ongoing investigation of how performance can be used to physically negotiate paradigms of painterly abstraction. This research includes physically performing common painterly tropes under dynamically sewn fabric garments which mimic the skin of a painting. The performances are then a re-materialized and pictorially …

John_Hall_Framed-Cats-Eye-Diptych

John Hall

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Framed: Cat’s Eye Diptych | 20″ x 48″ | Acrylic on canvas “Cat’s Eye/Cat’s Eye Verso” playfully echoes the work of Zeuxis and Parrhasius, believed to be the early Greek originators of the trompe l’oeil tradition. “Cat’s Eye/Cat’s Eye Verso” suggests, with a smile and a wink, that viewers are simultaneously seeing the front and back of a painting of …

Kristy_Gordon_Spirit-Walkers

Kristy Gordon

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Spirit Walkers | 30″ x 40″ | Oil on canvas “Spirit Walkers” explores transition and embodies movement, change and transformation. It depicts ephemeral figures moving through a lagoon, contrasting a concrete, physical appearance of reality with the transitory nature of life. My work investigates the symbiotic relationship between life’s cycles of beginnings and endings, death and rebirth. Through a combination …

Sibeal_Foyle_True-North-Strong-And-Free

Sibéal Foyle

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

True North Strong and Free | 48″ x 48″ | Oil on canvas “True North Strong and Free” was inspired by images of thousands of desperate refugees risking their lives on precarious boats, attempting to cross the Mediterranean to what they hope will be a better life in Europe. In contrast, in a peaceful secluded West Coast bay, the viewer …

Janet_Dwyer_Crossing

Janet Dwyer

Jane Aitken Finalist 2017

Crossing – Edition #1 of 12 | 24″ x 34″ | Photography – pigment ink on paper “Crossing” combines photographic aspects of plants and organic elements while referencing scientific attributes of botanical illustrations and maps. Withered bleeding hearts form an anthropomorphic procession; vessel-like structures await their arrival for transport. The curved bone becomes a border between their diminishing world and …