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M.E. SPARKS

Canada 1991

My practice revolves around the experience ‘looking’ as a reflexive self awareness of seeing. I work with painting to investigate the complexities of observation, individual perception and forms of representation. The object retains a central role in my work, both as the observed subject matter depicted within my paintings and as the material objecthood of the painting itself. I believe painting acts as a cipher for individual perception, while its limited borders even simulate our viewfinder-like vision. Through my work I intend to evoke a questioning of where an object ends, the subject begins, and how these dualisms mingle and coalesce within the space of painting.

While at GlogauAIR I plan to continue developing a lexicon of forms which reappear throughout my work. These forms develop from found objects, painting’s history and personal narrative, ranging from geometric blocks and tabletops to moons, window frames and masks. They have become recurring motifs that retain figurative familiarity and narrative, yet are abstracted from their origins through methods of repetition and obfuscation. During my residency I intend to continue working with these specific forms while collecting new shapes and objects from my surroundings.



M.E. Sparks at glogauair.net:
OPEN STUDIOS June 2017

More at mesparks.com


M.E. Sparks: Night as Sheet (No.1-8)

Night as Sheet (No.1-8)
2017, oil on canvas, each approximately 20"x20"

M.E. Sparks: Flat Bottomed

Flat Bottomed
2016, oil on canvas, 54” x 42”


M.E. Sparks: Ruby Blues

Ruby Blues
2016, oil on canvas, 60"x48"

M.E. Sparks: Installation View, 2016

Installation View, 2016


M.E. Sparks: Afterimage

Afterimage
2016, oil on canvas, 60” x 48”

M.E. Sparks: Vision Block (No.1-4)

Vision Block (No.1-4)
2016, oil on canvas, each 20”x20”



Vita

Education

2016 Master of Applied Arts, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
2013 Bachelor of Fine Arts (m. Fine Arts with honours), NSCAD University

Selected Solo & Group Exhibitions

2017 Shape Form Colour Line: the language of abstraction, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver BC

A Terrible Signal, Access Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Sad Drawings, Institüt fur Alles Mögliche, Berlin, Germany
2016 A Beast Salient, Franc Gallery, Vancouver, BC (curated by Brynn McNab) 
 RBC Painting Competition 2016, The Power Plant, Toronto, ON

Endless Summer, Elissa Cristall Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Fresh Paint / New Construction, Art Mûr, Montreal, QC

see level, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
Still Here, Point Gallery, Salt Spring Island, BC (solo)
MAA Thesis Exhibition: Still Here, Concourse Gallery, ECUAD, Vancouver, BC
2015 LINEUP, Helen For Now Gallery, Vancouver, BC (two-person)
Drift, First Floor Gallery, Barrie, Ontario (two-person)
Salt Spring National Art Prize Exhibition, Salt Spring Island, BC (juried)
Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke, BC (juried)
Flight Lines, Concourse Gallery, ECUAD, Vancouver, BC
2014 Image, Corridor Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia (solo)
Sooke Fine Arts Show , Sooke, BC (juried)
By and By, Port Loggia Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
From There to Here, Eventide Art Gallery, New Glasgow, NS (solo)
Redux, The Craig Gallery, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
2013 NSCAD Community Studio Residency, New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Emerging NSCAD Artists 2013, NSP Headquarters: Studio 21 Fine Art, Halifax, NS
NSCAD Grad Show, Port Loggia Gallery, NSCAD, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Still Life, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD, Halifax, Nova Scotia (solo)

Awards

2016 RBC Painting Competition 2016 Semi-Finalist

2016 Nancy Petry Foundation Award: Royal Canadian Academy of Arts & Joseph Plaskett
Foundation
2016 BEERS London, Contemporary Visions VII: Short Listed
2016 Valedictorian, Master of Applied Arts, Emily Carr University of Art + Design 2015 Salt Spring National Art Prize Juror’s Choice Award

2015 British Columbia Arts Council Scholarship
2014 Gordon and Marion Smith Painting Scholarship
2014 Emily Carr University Graduate Entrance Scholarship 2014 Sooke Fine Arts 2014 Award of Excellence
2013 Arts Nova Scotia Creation Grant
2013 Nova Scotia Talent Trust Scholarship
2012 Robert Pope Foundation Painting Scholarship

Residencies


2017 GlogauAIR, Artist in Residence, Berlin, Germany
2017 Arteles Creative Residency: Silence Awareness Existence, Hämeenkyrö, Finland 2017 Institut für Alles Mögliche, Artist in Residence, Berlin, Germany
2013-14 NSCAD Studio Residency, New Glasgow, NS, Canada

Auctions


2017 C Magazine Contemporary Art Auction, Division Gallery, Toronto, ON

2016 Access Auction Fundraiser XXV, Access Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2015 Off the Hook: Art Auction, The MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON

Public Engagement

2016 see level, Panel Discussion, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2015 Painter’s Poetry, Helen For Now Gallery, ECUAD, Vancouver, BC
2014 Parallel, performance with Matthis Grunsky, Art At Night, New Glasgow, NS
2014 M.E. Sparks, New Glasgow Public Library Artist Lecture Series, New Glasgow, NS
2013 From There To Here, Artist Talk, NSCAD Artists in Residence, New Glasgow, NS
2013 Still Life, Artist Talk, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS
2010-12 Lake of the Woods Arts Community (LOWAC): Member/Volunteer, Kenora, ON

Publications, Reviews & Press

2017 Lucien Durey, ‘Vancouver Report: From Black and White to Coloured Lights’, Canadian Art 2017 Kimberly Phillips, 'A Terrible Signal', Curator's Essay, Access Gallery, 2017
2016 RBC Painting Competition Catalogue, September 2016
2016 '15 Artists are Finalists in RBC Painting Competition', Canadian Art, 2016
2016 '5 Western Canadians Named Finalists...', Vancouver Magazine, 2016 2016 Woo Publication Spring 2016, Vancouver, Canada, May 2016
2015 Woo Publication Fall 2015, Vancouver, Canada, February 2016
2015 SSNAP Finalist Exhibition Catalogue, Art Barn International, October 2015 2015 Salt Spring National Art Prize, Canadian Art, October 2015
2014 'Trio Completes NSCAD Residency' The Advocate, New Glasgow, NS, 2014 2013 'Artists Offer Fresh Perspective' The Advocate, New Glasgow, NS, 2013

Auctions


2017 C Magazine Contemporary Art Auction, Division Gallery, Toronto, ON
 2016 Access Auction Fundraiser XXV, Access Gallery, Vancouver, BC 2015 Off the Hook: Art Auction, The MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON

Teaching Experience, Research & Arts Facilitation

2016 Emily Carr University: Seminar Leader, AHIS333 Interdisciplinary Forums: “Chroma”, taught by Randy Lee Cutler
2016 Emily Carr University Continuing Studies: Instructor, Welcome Lab: Academic Skills
 2016 Emily Carr University: Teaching Assistant for Kimberly Phillips, MAA Low Residency
Program Visiting Artist Forum

2015 Emily Carr University: Graduate Teaching Fellowship - Teacher of Record, PNTG216
Drawing for Painting

2015 Emily Carr University Continuing Studies: Teaching Assistant for Debora O,
Welcome Lab: Academic Skills

2015 Emily Carr University: Teaching Assistant for Chris Jones, MAA Low Residency
Program Visiting Artist Forum

2015 Emily Carr University: Teaching Assistant for Elizabeth McIntosh + Landon
Mackenzie, PNTG310 Advanced Paint
2015 Emily Carr University: Seminar Leader, AHIS333 Interdisciplinary Forums:
“Psychogeography”, taught by Cameron Cartiere and Phil Smith
2014 Emily Carr University: Seminar Leader, AHIS333 Interdisciplinary Forums: “The Art
School”, taught by Randy Lee Cutler and Sadira Rodrigues