Sunday, January 24, 1 pm
$15/10 AGA Members
The Blur in Between artists Micah Lexier, Lisa Naftolin, Maaike Anne Stevens and Maite Zabala Meruane will be participating in a panel discussing the boundaries between art and design. Moderated by exhibition Curator Kristy Trinier, this talk will provide insight into the practices of these artists and their work in the exhibition.
Micah Lexier is a Toronto-based artist, curator and collector. He is a recipient of a 2015 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Art. Lexier has had over 100 solo exhibitions, participated in over 200 group exhibitions and produced a dozen public commissions including projects for the Air Canada Centre, Metro Hall and the Sheppard and Leslie subway station in Toronto. Lexier’s work is represented in numerous private and public collections including the British Museum, Contemporary Art Gallery in Sydney, Australia, National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Lexier is represented by Birch Contemporary, Toronto.
New York, USA
Lisa Naftolin is a New York-based Creative Director who has worked on commercial and cultural projects for organizations, magazines, museums and individuals for the past 25 years. She has been a Creative Director at Art + Commerce and at NARS Cosmetics and has worked as an Art Director at publications including The New York Times Magazine and Architecture. She began her career designing books and exhibition materials for contemporary art and experimental film at the Art Gallery of Ontario and continues to work with arts organizations and artists. The recipient of numerous professional awards, Naftolin has sat on the board of Mercer Union and the American Institute of Graphic Arts, New York and on juries for The American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Hyères Festival and the I.D. Awards, among others. She has been a visiting critic in Design at Yale, a visiting artist at Cooper Union and a mentor in the Photography program at the School of Visual Arts, New York.
Maaike Anne Stevens
London, United Kingdom
Maaike Anne Stevens was born in The Netherlands and is currently based between Amsterdam and London, where she studied at Central St. Martins College and at Goldsmiths College, where she completed her Masters degree in Fine Arts in 2012. She holds a Masters degree in Science, Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology (NL). Stevens recently completed a solo exhibition to mark the end of a year-long residency with Acme Studios London and a duo-exhibition as part of the MA Contemporary Curating program at the Royal College of Art. She was shortlisted twice for the Jerwood Drawing Prize and has executed works with Jealous Gallery London and the London Print Studio. She is currently developing a major sculpture commission for ESA architects for the facade of 26-32 Oxford Street in London, to be completed in 2016. Her work is part of the Victoria & Albert Museum and Chadwell collections.
Maite Zabala Meruane
Maite Zabala Meruane was born in Santiago, Chile, where she studied architecture and received a certificate in photography. She received her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Universidad Finis Terrae, Chile in 2008 and completed her Masters degree in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths College in 2012. Her recent solo exhibitions include Podio at Galería Tajamar and Réplica at the Museo Histórico y Militar in Santiago, Chile, Façade at Galerie De Passage, Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier and Is anybody in there? at Retort Project Space in Amsterdam, NL. Meruane has participated in group exhibitions at Batuco Arte Contemporaneo in Batuco, Chile, Galeria Yono in Santiago, Chile, Void Gallery in Derry, North Ireland and Angus Hughes Gallery in London, UK. Maite Zabala Meruane and Maaike Anne Stevens started their collaboration at a Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) at The Banff Centre in March, 2015.
Kristy Trinier is a Curator at the Art Gallery of Alberta. Trinier curated Future Station: 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, as well as exhibitions at the AGA and Enterprise Square Galleries. Her previous roles include Public Art Director at the Edmonton Arts Council, where she managed the City of Edmonton’s Public Art Collection, related exhibitions and public art programs and Grant Writer at The Banff Centre. Trinier holds a Bachelors degree in Visual Art and English from the University of Victoria, and a Masters degree in Public Art from the Dutch Art Institute (DAI, ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten) as a Huygens scholar in The Netherlands. She is the Secretary of Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective and a member of the Executive Committee of Nuit Blanche Edmonton.