ABOUT VALERIE

Artist Valerie Salez has been engaged in a multi-disciplinary art practice that includes performance, video, photography, sculptural installation and collage. Her work has been both collaborative and solo. Valerie currently dwells in Victoria, BC Canada.

 

BIO

Since 2003, Valerie Salez has been engaged in a multi-disciplinary art practice that includes performance, video, photography, sculpture, installation, and collage. Often relying on provisional materials, her work has been framed as arte povera and/or situationist in nature. Both collaboratively and solo Salez regularly participates in residencies in Canada and abroad. She has exhibited extensively in university art galleries, artist run centers, and alternative spaces. Large scale-installations that include elements of performance have been included in numerous city-wide, outdoor festivals. Her large-scale collage works and sculptures are in private collections, provincial permanent collections and the Canada Council Art Bank. Valerie Salez lived most of her life in the Yukon on Southern Tutchone, Tlingit, and Han Gwichin traditional lands and currently dwells on unceded Coast Salish territories around Victoria, B.C.

 
Selfie taken in Frida Kahlo's studio mirror.

Selfie taken in Frida Kahlo's studio mirror.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

As both an artist and person I'm inspired by creative tangents, directionless meanderings, spontaneity, obsession, inquisitiveness, dreams, the unknown and yet-to-be-discovered. 

Artistic engagement takes form in a multitude of ways. In the vain of Psychogeographic interventions and Situationist style musings I engage both suspecting and unsuspecting audiences by way of performance, site-specific installation and social/relational projects.  An inward studio practice reveals immersive installations, intricate collages, charcoal drawings, mix media sculptures and ceramics.  These solo works employ an Automatism approach.

My practice is not focused. It is not linear in subject, medium, or context. It does not sit comfortably in a singular categorical box. I choose intuition over logic, personal principles over popular politics of the day. I choose desire over decorum.

 

CONTACT

E-mail: vsalez@hotmail.com

CURRICULUM VITAE       

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EDUCATION

2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts – Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University – Halifax, NS

1996 Media Resources Diploma – Capilano College – North Vancouver, BC

 

EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2014
Ministry of Casual Living – In the Shadow of Our Own Dust – curated by Katie Sage

2012 
Galerie Sans Nom – Fourth Nature – curated by Amanda Dawn Christie
Access Gallery – In the Shadow of Our Own Dust FAG (Feminist Art Gallery) Satellite – curated by Allyson Mitchell & Deirdre Logue

2010 
Yukon Art Centre Gallery – Fourth Nature – curated by Mary Bradshaw
NSCAD Port Loggia Gallery – Fourth Nature

2008
ODD Gallery – Congregations

2005
Dalhousie Art Gallery – Snow Shoveling – curated by Susan Gibson Garvey


GROUP

2013
Carleton University Art Gallery – Dawson Gold – curated by Heather Anderson

2011
Confederation Centre Art Gallery – Free Parking – curated by Pan Wendt

2010
Vancouver Cultural Olympiad – Endlessly Traversed Landscapes – curated by Natalie Doonan

2006 
Equinox – Blackwood Gallery – University of Toronto – Snow Shoveling – curated by Barbara Fisher

2005-2006
Edmonton Art Gallery; McMichael Canadian Art Collection; Yukon Arts Centre – The Road: Constructing the Alaska Highway – curated by Andrew Hunter & Catherine Crowston

2005
Atelierfrankfurt – Stay Warm – Frankfurt, Germany – curated by Tamara Henderson
Art Metrople – Gifts by Artists – Toronto, Ontario
ODD Gallery – The McCleave Gallery of Fine Art Cross Canada Suitcase Tour – curated by Micheal McCormack

2004
Or Gallery – Hurry Slowly – curated by Sydney Helmet

2003
Dalhousie Art Gallery – Search and Rescue – curated by Susan Gibson Garvey
St. Mary’s Art Gallery – The Halifax Drawing Club – curated by Gordon Lauren

 

SITE-SPECIFIC INSTALLATION / PERFORMANCE

2015
L’Occulte/Occulta – Pachuca, Mexico
LIVE International Performance Art Biennale – Vancouver, BC
Mythologies lost and found – Beilsko-Biala, Poland

2014
Ministry of Casual Living – Colours in the dark – Victoria, BC
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Urbanite – Victoria, BC

2013 
Northern Scene – Shedding Light Shape Shifters – Ottawa, ONT
Open Space Gallery – Impression Formation (group performance with Tanya Doody) – Victoria, BC
Open Space Gallery – Fragile limits (performance with Jelili Atiku) – Victoria, BC

2011
Art In The Open – Among Us & Compare the energy of a trauma to a cobalt cannon with a radioactive half-life of a hundred years – Charlottetown, PEI

2010
Nocturne – Lament – Halifax, NS

2009
Eyelevel Gallery – Go North! – Among Us – Halifax, NS

2008
Nakia Theater – PIVOT – Civil Service – Whitehorse, YT

2007
Vancouver Folk Festival, Port Alberni Forest Festival, Canada Winter Games – Cultural Festival – You Are Here
Somewhere between New Cambodia and Bling – collaboration with Joseph Tsiga, Jay White & Jesse Mitchell – Whitehorse, YT

2005
Yukon Riverside Arts Festival – The Letter Writing Project – Dawson City, YT
Festival Montreal en Lumiere – Nuit Blanche – I’d Rather Be Snow Shoveling – Montreal, QU
Dalhousie University Faculty of Architecture and Planning: Welcoming Winter Conference – I’d Rather Be Snow Shoveling – Halifax, NS

2004 
Homegrown Performance Festival – I’d Rather Be Snow Shoveling – Whitehorse, YT

2003
Du Maurier Theatre Halifax, NS; Studio303 Montreal, QU – Stretching in the Wake

 

SCREENINGS

2010
Brick & Mortar International video festival – I’d Rather Be Snow Shoveling – Greenfield, MA – curated by Denise Markonish

2009
Atlantic Film Coop – Un/Settled – Halifax, NS
     
2008
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – and so it goes – Victoria, BC
Dawson City International Film Festival – and so it goes 
 

2007
Toronto Urban Film Festival – Old Marsh & Animals in the City – Toronto, ONT  
Brave New Works – and so it goes – Whitehorse, YT  

2006
Grotto Gallerie – Rafts – Brooklyn, New York  
Struts Gallery – Ok! Quoi? Contemporary Arts Festival – Mystery of the Pre-Logical Child – Sackville, NB
Media Net – Edges Film Festival – Mystery of the Pre-Logical Child – Victoria, BC
Shenmaro Studio – VideoVidVid – I’d Rather Be Snow Shoveling - Kyoto, Japan – Curated by Emi Uemura.
 
2005
Dawson City International Film Festival – I’d Rather Be Snow Shoveling – Dawson City, YT
Pan Northern Youth Conference – I'd Rather Be Snow Shoveling – Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

2004
Paved Arts and AKA Gallery: SPASM Public Art Festival – I’d Rather Be Snow Shoveling – Saskatoon, SK

 

RESIDENCIES

2015
Fronda – Pachuca, Mexico
Bielsko-Biala BWA – Beyond Time – Bilesko-Biala, Poland

2014
Grunt Gallery – Play, Fall, Rest, Dance – Vancouver, BC
Banff Centre for the Arts – with Shary Boyle & Daniel Barrow

2013
Open Space Gallery – Play, Fall, Rest, Dance – Victoria, BC

2011
Banff Centre for the Arts – with Adam Chodzko & Simon Starling
Elsewhere Collaborative – Fractal Boot camp – Greensboro, North Carolina
This Town is Small – Charlottetown, PEI

2010
Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University – Port Loggia

2009 
Arts Underground – Whitehorse, YT

2008
Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (with Kara Uzelman & Jesse Mitchell)

2007
Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (with Ivan Coyote & Rae Spoon)

2006
Ted Harrison Artist Retreat – Crag Lake, YT
Fundacion Gabo – Todos Santos, Mexico

2005
Dare-Dare – Montreal, QU
Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (with Jen Weih)

2004-2005
Parks Canada – Dawson City National Historical Site

2004
Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (with Hannah Jickling)

2003
Centre for Art Tapes – Halifax, NS  
Khyber Digital Media Center – Halifax, NS

 

AWARDS

2017
New Chapter – Canada Council for the Arts (in partnership with the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery)

2016
Inter-Arts Travel Grant – Canada Council for the Arts

2015
Cultivate-Professional Development – Canada Council for the Arts

2013 
Culture Quest – Yukon Territorial Government

2011 
Visual Arts-Professional Development – Canada Council for the Arts
Grants to Individuals Program – Nova Scotia Department of Culture
HRM’s Contemporary Visual Arts Award – Halifax Regional Municipality

2010 
Advance Artist Award – Yukon Territorial Government

2008
Advance Artist Award – Yukon Territorial Government

2007
Inter Arts Travel Grant – Canada Council for the Arts
Filmmakers Assistance Program – National Film Board  

2006 
Advanced Artist Award – Yukon Territorial Government    

2004 
Art Fund – Yukon Territorial Government    
Inter Arts Emerging Collaborators Grant – Canada Council for the Arts   
     
2003
Inter Arts Travel Grant – Canada Council for the Arts     
Aliant New Media Award – Aliant Canada       

 

PUBLICATIONS/PRESS/CATALOGUES

2014
The Source: Forum of Diversity – The artistry of play: installation showcases children’s art – written by Sonja Grgar
Crafting an experience of Art-making: Valerie Salez’ Play, Fall, Rest, Dance – written by Anastasia Scherders

2013
CTV News arts & culture – Play Fall Rest Dance – interview by Adam Sawatsky
The Untraditional Territory of Delight and Frustration – written by Regan Shrumm
Interview: Heather Cosidetto and Valerie Salez

2011  
Canadian Art Online – Cold War Cool – by Lizzy Hill

2010  
Cultural Olympiad – Vancouver Winter Olympics – Endlessly Traversed Landscapes – publication
Yukon Art Gallery – Fourth Nature – catalogue

2009
CBC Radio National – Definitely Not the Opera w/ Sook-Yin Lee  
Canadian Centre for ArchitectureAdaptive Actions – publication

2008
Dare-Dare: Centre de diffusion d'art multidisciplinaire de Montréal – Dis/Location – publication
Things of Desire – issue #7 – Noah of the North – online publication
Spoox Magazine – issue #4 – OUR Nation Anthem – online music publication

2007
Toronto Star – The art of remembering snow – written by Leah Sandals
CBC TV The National – Interview with Sasa Petricic  
Alberta Art Gallery – The Road: Constructing the Alaska Highway – publication
Yukon News – Transient art inspired by condos and group home – written by Genesee Keevil

2006
OR Gallery – Goin’ Solo – Line Interrupts Landscape – catalogue – Essay by Lucy Pullen
Toronto Star – Wrapping vacant lots with art and blankets – written by Murry Whyte
CBC Radio National – Socket – Canada’s up & coming emerging artist
Yukon News – Two unconventional artists find a match at Ted Harrison’s retreat – by Leighann Chalykoff

2005
The Link: Concordia Independent NewspaperessayWreaking psychological warfare – with shovels – written by Tracey Lindeman-Jarvis
The Gazette, Montreal – Tonight Montrealers are staying up all night – written by Steven Howell
Montreal Mirror – Let it snow – written by Matthew Woodley
La Presse, Montreal – Les pelleteuses d’art – written by Daniel Lemay
The Halifax Daily News – Art is in the eye of the shoveller – written by Marilyn Smulders
The Gazette, Halifax – Dal Art Gallery’s Special Find – written by Andrea Melvin
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax – Basic necessities unbound – written by Elissa Barnard


2004
CBC Radio National – Sounds Like Canada – Snow Shoveling – w/ Shelagh Rogers
CBC Radio Regional – A New Day – Snow Shoveling – w/ Sandi Coleman
Yukon News – Palette from the Sky: Have Snow Shovel, Will Create – written by Chris Beacom

2003
Mix Magazine – Cover to Cover – artist page   
Dalhousie Art Gallery – Search & Rescue – catalogue – essay by Sue Gibson Garvey


INSTRUCTING/MENTORING

2013 to present
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria New Extreme program – mentor
Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry – Victoria, BC – mentor
Margaret Jenkins Elementary School – Victoria, BC – Legacy art projects instructor

2011 to present
ArtsReach – Victoria, BC – instructor

2015
Contemporary Art Gallery – Bielsko, Poland – workshop instructor
Ministry of Social Services transition home for children – Pachuca, Mexico – mentor/instructor

2012
Antidote-multi racial girls group – Victoria, BC – mentor

2011
This Town is Small – Charlottetown, PEI – emerging artists mentor

2010
Emerging Artist Program – Halifax, NS – mentor Canada
Winter Games National Artist Program – Whitehorse, YT – mentor

2003-2010
Various public schools, First Nations youth, and emerging artists programs – communities throughout Yukon – instructor/mentor

 

COLLECTIONS

Nova Scotia Art Bank
Canada Council Art Bank  
Yukon Government Permanent Art Collection   
Dalhousie Art Gallery    
St. Mary’s Art Gallery
various private collections