From Point A to B is a group show that investigates ways in which current undergraduate students from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts navigate the line between the pedagogical experiences they’ve encountered and the different artistic strategies, styles and techniques they gravitate towards. The artists use material and conceptual strategies to express physical and psychological points of interest that they are drawn to while traveling a line that intersects and crosses many points. Through pictorial manipulation, gestural traces and systemic observations these artworks present an image of the artist’s identities as young experimenters practicing quasi-improvised forms of representation and intention.
Kathy Feng is a second year Visual Art student studying at Simon Fraser University. Born in Guangzhou, China, her family immigrated to Vancouver, Canada in 2003, when she was 4 years old. She spent her formative years between cultures; learning, unlearning and relearning aspects of both Chinese and North American culture as a child of the diaspora. Her practice involves navigating the complex spheres of identity, dealing with cultural loss, translating memory into physicality, and engaging with geopolitical discourses of the city.
Alexis Johnston is a third year Visual arts student at Simon Fraser University. She is pursuing a career as an elementary school teacher with an interest in integrating the fine arts to promote learning and creativity.
She is interested in abstract painting, working primarily with acrylic paints and collage materials within two-dimensional forms. She is motivated to bring radical historical abstract painting qualities into conversation within contemporary art and life. Furthermore, she is curious about subjective art making processes as a mechanism for retaining accessible knowledge for her audience to relate to.
Lukas Graham Paul
Lukas Graham Paul (b. 1997) is a visual artist and designer who primarily specializes in digital media. His work often abstracts, contorts and recontextualizes found footage and images. The tactile materiality of these digital images is often a focus of Paul’s work. Rendered in a medium that is practically intangible, this focus on texture gives his often giving his work a sense of depth, motion, and fluidity on a digital surface that is otherwise void of depth and tactillity. Born in Boston, MA and raised in Albuquerque NM, Lukas came to Vancouver in 2016 to begin studying at the SFU School for Contemporary Arts and is now in his third year of the Visual arts program. Outside the studio Paul acts as a freelance designer, often working in the medium of album covers and music videos. His work primarily draws reference from aspects of visual culture such as film, sports, fashion and commercial advertising. It has always been an interest of Paul’s to re contextualize these found images; not only in a new space but amongst each other.
Annie Chan is a fourth year Visual arts student at Simon Fraser University. Born in Hong Kong, she immigrated to Toronto as a child. Her family returned to China during her middle and high school years where she studied at an international school in Guangzhou before moving to Vancouver in 2015. Working with two-dimensional mixed media and installation, her art practice is an attempt to explore what is her identity. Unable to identify herself as either Cantonese or Canadian, she examines how identities are constructed regardless of such titles through situational means. Her work questions the possibility of existing without these titles. In her current work, she aims to piece together a hybrid identity based on her lived experiences in Asia and Canada.
Mason Nazar is a painter, performer, sculptor and installation designer. Their practice questions what artifact is, and how it is achieved. Through tactile material focused paintings, integrative performance, and installation Mason explores different methods of construction and ways of looking.
Mason Nazar was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1994; They live and work in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, attending SFU’s Visual Arts program in their second year.