Ange comes to SOVA after many years at the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture. She is a practicing artist who is excited to be part of the SOVA team.
Aubyn is an artist-researcher whose performative work spans from creating a feminist pro-wrestling league to assembling an amateur synchronized team that performs in lakes to examine human relationships to bodies of water. Aubyn attended SOVA as a student in 2010-2011 and is also a PhD student in the Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
Bill Burns was born into a book selling family in Regina, Saskatchewan. He received an MA from Goldsmiths College in London where he worked with Gerard Hemsworth and John Latham. Since that time his work about nature and civil society has been shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul. He has published more than a dozen artist books and audio recordings with publishers such as Walther Konig in Cologne and Space Poetry in Copenhagen. He has been Artistic Director of the Dogs and Boats and Airplanes choir since 2010. His most recent book, Hans Ulrich Obrist Hear Us, (2015) is published by YYZ BOOKS, Toronto, and Black Dog Publishing, London. He lives in Toronto, Canada.
Writing and research are an integral part of Jeffrey Langille’s working process, which includes video, film, and photography. His film and video work investigates the capacity of cameras to register events differently from human perception and to convey the slow time of many occurrences. His work involves using landscape stillness as a theatre for the arrival of change, whether human, geologic, or atmospheric.
Langille holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Simon Fraser University, a BA in History and Art History from Carleton University, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia. He has screened work in Canada and internationally, has received scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the B.C. Arts Council, and was the recipient of a Yukon Advanced Artist Award. His review article on the early work of British experimental filmmaker John Woodman appeared in an issue of MIRAJ (Moving Image Review and Art Journal). He writes experimental poetry occasionally, and has written exhibition brochure texts for the ODD Gallery in Dawson City.
Nate brings his background working as a professional carpenter and photographer to support the studio courses at SOVA.
Nicole Rayburn’s artistic practice is a blundering convergence of text, video, and still imagery. Often via appropriation and obsessive repetition, her work addresses ideas around ‘the other’, human/non-human relations, and concepts of boundary and transgression through the lens of history, religion, and popular culture. The work rarely offers resolutions, but rather stages propositions, presents multifarious perspectives, and isolates small gestures to foster contemplation.
Nicole has screened at video festivals internationally, such as European Media Arts Festival (Germany + We, The Enemy touring program), Festival Les Instants Vidéo (France), Video Babel Festival (Peru), Athens Video Art Festival (Greece), Experiments in Cinema (USA), Antimatter [Media Art] Festival (Canada), and Jornadas de Reapropiación (Mexico), and has exhibited at artist-run centers in Canada, such as Harcourt House, Latitude 53, Stride Gallery, and Artspace. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Western Ontario and a BFA (Honours) from the University of Alberta, and is currently a permanent faculty instructor in 4-D: Introduction to Time-Based Media and Visual Culture Studies (Fall Semester). She is the founder and producer of Cold Cuts Video Festival, and currently lives and works in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada.
Helen Reed is an artist based on the unceded and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Her projects take shape as public installations, social situations, and events that circulate as photographs, videos, printed matter, and artists’ multiples. She frequently collaborates with her partner, Hannah Jickling. Together, they are fascinated with the contact high intrinsic to collaborative research, especially in their recent projects with children. Jickling and Reed have exhibited and performed internationally, with both individual and collaborative work appearing in such venues as: The Portland Art Museum (OR), The Dunlop Art Gallery (SK), Smack Mellon (NY), Doris McCarthy Gallery (ON), The Yukon Arts Centre Gallery (YT), YYZ Artists’ Outlet (ON), Carleton University Art Gallery (ON), Dalhousie University Art Gallery (NS), Bästa Biennalen (SE), The Vancouver Art Gallery (BC), The Power Plant (ON) and Flat Time House’s first issue of NOIT (UK). In Fall 2017 they released Multiple Elementary, a book that explores the elementary school classroom as a site of invention and reception of contemporary art practices, published by YYZBOOKS. Jickling and Reed are recipients of the 2016 Ian Wallace Award for Teaching Excellence (Emily Carr University of Art & Design), a 2017 Mayor’s Arts Award for Emerging Public Art (City of Vancouver) and a 2018 VIVA Award (Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation for the Visual Arts).
Veronica Verkley is a media artist and sculptor based in Dawson City Yukon, where as well as maintaining her practice in her off-grid bush cabin, she is a founding faculty member at the Yukon School of Visual Arts.
Veronica’s work is founded in a wide ranging, exploratory approach, which spans regularly between sculpture, drawing & animatronics, as well as frequent collaborations in film, stop motion animation, and live performance.
Her exhibitions range from public art commissions; Ecolage (Toronto), Tom Thompson Gallery(Owen Sound); screenings: Norway, Alaska, Haida Gwaii, Sydney Australia, Kyoto Japan; and shows: Ottawa Art Gallery (Northern Scene); Films from the North (Tromsø Norway); Video Pool (Winnipeg); Birch Contemporary (Toronto), Yukon Arts Centre (Whitehorse), the Natural and Manufactured (Dawson City Yukon), Mercer Union, A Space, DeLeon White, InterAccess, McMaster Museum of Art, Durham Art Gallery (Ontario); Cold Cuts Video (Dawson City),Yukon Women in Film (Vancouver Film Fest), OK Quoi?( New Brunswick), and the Esker Foundation Project Space (Calgary).