First Fridays, September 2 2022: Performances b.p., Memorypond and Season of Upheaval

Join us on September 2nd, 2022 for an evening of experimental sound work by b.p, Memorypond and Season of Upheaval.

Doors at 6:30pm, show at 7:00pm until 9:30pm.

Admission is free. Up to date accessibility information to be provided in the coming days as we launch our new website.

Memorypond (Sarah Borbridge) is a sound artist based in Treaty 1 territory/Winnipeg, MB. She is interested in investigating the depths of the sonic world that encompasses her lived experience. Using field recordings of the urban and domestic environments and synthetic sounds that she manipulates and distorts, Memorypond aims to create droney soundscapes that induce a meditative response from the listener.

Bret Parenteau is a sound artist from Winnipeg, MB, Treaty 1 Territory and Historic Métis Nation Homeland. Primarily performing under his B.P. moniker, he is head of the Makade Star label; a tape label solely focused on local experimental artists present and past. He helped compose the soundtrack to Métis filmmaker Rhayne Vermette’s “Ste. Anne” (2021). Parenteau has released a steady amount of work across Canada, US & internationally.

Season of Upheaval is a drone collaboration between Marie-France Hollier and Doreen Girard. Their self titled tape was released on Makade Star in September 2021.

PEOPLE FIGURE: dance + draw happening

Black background with loose drawing of a human figure in faded white lines. Overlaid text reads: PEOPLE FIGURE: dance + draw at 206 Princess St. Friday, June 17, 6-8 pm drop in. Closing performance at 8:30, limited seating, advance reserve. In partnership with ace art inc. Spontaneous compositions short/long & still/moving, materials provided. gallery@aceart.org. Eventbrite. $ donate. Mozdzen, Kuby, Bohrn, Sim, Brueckner, Ramprashad.

June 17, 2022

DROP-IN dance + draw 6-8 pm, materials provided

closing performance at 8:30 pm; limited seating — advance reserve.

INDEPENDENT DANCERS in partnership with artists & aceartinc.

PEOPLE FIGURE: dance + draw happening

nude & not

Visual artists Robert SIM, Derek BRUECKNER and Shereen RAMPRASHAD put pencil to the paper LIVE to draw the spontaneous human figuring of dancers D-Anne KUBY, Carol-Ann BOHRN and Ian MOZDZEN in this DURATIONAL dance + draw happening. PEOPLE FIGURE closes at 8:30 pm with a timed 25-minute INSTANT COMPOSITION dance awash in the evening’s flurry of figures and figuring.

QUESTION: Why PEOPLE FIGURE? … ANSWER: Figure it out.

WANT TO DRAW?

Figure poses long/short & still/moving by PEOPLE; 6-8 pm, drawing materials provided.

WANT TO DANCE?

Figure poses long/short & still/moving by PEOPLE, 6-8 pm; dancing space provided.

WANT TO WATCH?

Observe figure poses long/short & still/moving by PEOPLE; observe the drawings of Robert SIM, Derek BUECKNER and Shereen RAMPRASHAD, 6-8 pm. CLOSING 25-minute DANCE PERFORMANCE by D-Anne, 8:30-9 pm; limited seating — advance reserve.

$donate/reserve on EVENTBRITE

INFO: gallery@aceart.org / aceart.org

206 Princess Street has 3 steps up from the sidewalk. Wheelchair ramp access is available through the 216 Princess Street entrance. 

Please bring a cushion or folding chair to sit on; some chairs are also available at aceart.

ARTISTS

Carol-Ann BOHRN

Carol-Ann Frances Bohrn grew up in Brandon, Manitoba and has been residing in Winnipeg since 2011. Select performance credits: Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (Jolene Bailie & Jera Wolfe), four seasons with Gearshifting Performance Works (Bailie, Marie-Josée Chartier & Rachel Browne), Sick + Twisted Theatre, Odette Heyn, Saskatoon’s White Birch Ballet (Darlene Williams, Gioconda Barbuto & Josh Beamish), and for television commercials. Carol-Ann participated in the Cartae Open School at aceartinc.; and the Foundation Mentorship Program at MAWA. Carol-Ann was nominated for a 2020 Evie Award for her choreographic collaboration with Alexandra Garrido and Thom Morgan Jones for the full-length song cycle show By Grand Central Station at the Prairie Theatre Exchange’s Mainstage season, 2020. Carol-Ann is a graduate of The School of Contemporary Dancers and also trained at Ryerson University and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Teacher Training Program.

D-Anne KUBY

Over the past 5 decades, D-Anne‘s movement practice has spanned the breadth of this country we call Canada and beyond. The list of folks with whom she has worked and/or studied who have had lasting influence is vast and weaves a complex tapestry. Touring highlights include Mexico with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers in 1987 and Greece/Montenegro with Kinesis Dance in 1996. Career highlights include performing Charles Moulton’s “18 Person All-Star Ball Passing” at the Lincoln Centre in New York, and having her solo appearance at fFIDA recognized by Now Magazine as one of the top 10 dance performances to happen in Toronto in 1994. D-Anne currently makes her home in Winnipeg where she continues her ongoing exploration of the body; how it works, how it communicates, how it serve us, and how it doesn’t.

Ian MOZDZEN

Ian was raised on a farm in rural Manitoba. Creative writing, performance poetry, editorship & event organization since middle & high school turned into a B.H. English Literature & Theatre degree from Simon Fraser University & University of Winnipeg. What proceeded was two decades of study + practice of dance, theatre, anti-art, performance art, classical arts & ritual arts here in Manitoba, across Canada & abroad. The performance practices of South India & Japan, as well as nearly 15 years of figure modelling, also highly influence Ian’s approach to dance. Ian has supported organizations like Young Lungs Dance Exchange & Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers in positions of administration, programming & assistance, and coached actors & assisted professors in UW departments of English & Theatre. From it all, INDEPENDENT projects of dance, dance + music, theatre + music and dance + drawing result — loose partnerships of local dancers, artists and arts organizations devoted to sovereign programs of creative presentation and art-full contemplation. Ian is humbled by the presence of all these fine individual artists in PEOPLE FIGURE. Ian is also thankful for support from organizations like The Gas Station Arts Centre and aceartinc. PEOPLE FIGURE is an extension of the SILENT … LAB DANCE series, part I: people in between, recently presented April 10th in partnership with GSAC.

see the instant composition with D-Anne KUBY here: https://youtu.be/3MCq3BmARMQ

Without the dancer there is no dance. Long live these creatures of the day: the epheme-roi. 😉

Robert SIM

Robert Sim has been an artist and sculptor, who was born, raised, and lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He studied at the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, where he was the recipient of the Robert Bruce Scholarship for sculpture.

Robert’s work encompasses a wide variety of media and styles. Whatever the media, in general, he tries to represent what he sees as simply as possible, without any embellishment. He works without any preconceived ideas, and prefers to let the work develop on its own as it proceeds. Like many other artists, he believes visual art is language of its own and explains itself in its own terms. One of his favourite quotes regarding art comes from the Polish – French painter, Balthus;

“ Painting is a language which cannot be replaced by another language. I don’t know what to say about what I paint, really.”

Robert and his wife travel extensively, and, whenever possible, he tries to combine travel with work. He has painted and drawn across Canada, in Europe, and in Asia. Robert is the recipient of two Manitoba Arts Council grants, and he has exhibited internationally, nationally, and locally. His work is in public, corporate, and private collections across Canada, the United States, Japan, and Europe.

Derek BRUECKNER

Derek Brueckner is a Winnipeg-born visual artist and art educator. His most recent work encompasses video harvested from socially collaborative and unscripted performances. Using a multi-disciplinary practice of drawing, painting, live feed projections, performance and video he re-inscribes and re-imagines the human figure through his collaborators’ processes of improvisation and facilitated play. Artist residencies have included spaces in Italy, Vermont, Brooklyn, New Orleans, and Toronto. Solo exhibitions and participatory projects in the US have been presented at arts spaces in Brooklyn, Queens, and New Orleans. Derek also co-hosts an arts radio talk show on CKUW 95.9 FM at University of Winnipeg. Media coverage of his work includes Globe & Mail, Border Crossings, Queens Courier Magazine, and the NOLA Defender. Awarded grants from Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council and Vermont Studio Center. Education includes MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York.

Shereen RAMPRASHAD

Miss Shereen Ramprashad is classically trained illustrator and multitalented in performance, soundart and spokenword. She marches to her own creativity irregardless of trends. Miss Shereen … art is life and life is art.

Annual General Meeting, Feb. 28, 7 pm CST

ace art inc. Annual General Meeting, Monday, February 28, 7 pm CST. Meeting will be held via Zoom. RSVP to brianna@aceart.org

Our AGM will be taking place on Monday, February 28 at 7 pm CST. The meeting will be held via Zoom, please RSVP to brianna@aceart.org to receive the meeting link.

Everyone is welcome but only members are entitled to vote. Memberships can be purchased for $25 from our website: https://www.aceart.org/membership. To vote, you must be a member in good standing at least 15 days before the AGM.

We will be presenting our new 3-year strategic plan, so we hope to see you there!

Annual General Meeting | February 23, 6 pm CST

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 23 at 6 pm CST via Zoom. Please RSVP to brianna@aceart.org to receive the meeting link. The agenda will be made available closer to the meeting date.

A Tribute to Sigrid Dahle

Many of you may have probably heard of the enormous loss in our community of Sigrid Dahle, a brilliant artist, writer, curator, teacher, mentor and friend. 

During her long, prolific career, she wrote several essays and curated multiple exhibitions at aceart, including after the gleaners; me, me, me, and me; and Play, Precarity, and Survival

As a way to honour her contributions to the community and offer our thanks, we invited Sigrid’s close friend and fellow artist, Jeanne Randolph, to write a short tribute. Jeanne then reached out to Sigrid’s daughter, Emma Kusch Dahle. Thank you Jeanne and Emma for sharing your reminiscences of your dear friend and mother. We’re with you in your time of grief.

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EMMA KUSCH DAHLE Moon Child

My childhood moments with my mom meant more to me than most kids. Then again, I have no clue what other kids think. All I know is that my childhood was special thanks to my beautiful and loving mom. We never travelled far, she didn’t buy me a pony. I didn’t wear designer baby clothes. Why didn’t you buy me baby Ugg boots, mom? But she gave me everything I could have wanted and more— her love. I can’t find the words to describe the love I felt from my mom. 

For me, love was taking me out in the rain and stomping through puddles together. Love was the story books she read over and over, until we both memorized the words. Love was the late night window shopping in Osborne Village, my eyes widened as the jewelry store windows seemed to dance and twinkle. Sometimes we would go to Baked Expectations and share a slice of strawberry pie that I only ate because it looked pretty. Love was the time and effort she put in to braiding my hair EXACTLY how I wanted, even when she was busy and had more important things to do like, I don’t know, organize an art show?? Love was letting me make messes and installations in the living room. Watching from afar as she gave me space to be creative. Love was protecting me from seeing the daily chaos of the world on TV, immediately switching channels at the first sight of traumatic news. Love was the Friday night movie nights we had when dad worked late. Vegetarian hot dogs wrapped in pillsbury crescent rolls were usually on the menu. Love was dragging me to Dim Sum Garden, even when I didn’t want to go. As a kid I resented my Asian heritage and culture and wanted nothing to do with it. Now that I’m older I’m glad I have memories of going to Chinatown and celebrating Chinese New Years each year. Love was the many shopping trips to the Gap Kids, when I was growing out of my clothes alongside the changing seasons. Picking out my outfit to see the Nutcracker ballet at Christmas gave me goosebumps. If the dress had sparkles on it, I was buying it.

I can’t stop thinking of all the times mom would just hold me, stroke my hair, and kiss my forehead. For no apparent reasons other than giving me her love. Our bond is one I wish all mothers and daughters would have. Then again, maybe I don’t because I want ours to be the most special and only ours. 

Now we’re millions of miles apart, but connected by the moon. Each morning and evening I look for the moon, knowing somewhere my mom is too. I look up and smile at her, and sometimes it feels like I can hear her heartbeat along with mine. 

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JEANNE RANDOLPH Tribute to Sigrid Dahle

Sigrid championed many artists, inspired curators and writers; she participated and orchestrated. I am agog at her accomplishments. What I will forever miss is when Sigrid and I would unleash and intermingle imaginations, lounging of an evening at her place martinis in hand and potato chips nearby.  Many sentences began with, “What if…..?”  Inquiries, proclamations, insights – all to be enacted or assembled as art projects; they rolled from her expansive intelligence like cocktail olives from an overturned jar. Bright, fully formed, complementary colours, glistening – salty with just enough sour to prevent a saccharine effect.  Honestly, we weren’t drinkin’ buddies.  We were thinkin’ buddies.

Image: Sigrid Dahle, Dairy Barn Ruminations, 2012.
Photo credit: Larry Glawson

School of Art mourns passing of SOA alumna, colleague, and friend Sigrid Dahle (U of M)
Sigrid Dahle’s Obituary (Winnipeg Free Press)

We’re moving!

Our new space is located at 208 Princess St, and we will be relocating in December 2021 (updated Oct. 25, 2021). Our new space is accessible and we are so excited to finally be able to invite in folks who have never been able to enter our doors. Thank you to the Government of Canada, the Winnipeg Foundation, the City of Winnipeg and CentreVenture for making this incredible opportunity a reality! As well as thanks to all of our government partners who allow us to operate: the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

2019 Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will be taking place on January 20 at 7 PM at aceartinc.

ace is a community organization that is enriched by its community. To support that, we truly value the input of all those who choose to attend.

accessibility:

aceartinc. is not located in a fully accessible building. The public entrance, which is via 288 McDermot Avenue, (four steps up from the street) is at the top of a large flight of stairs. However, there is an alternative entrance at 290 McDermot Avenue. There is a step up from the street to the door and then 7 steps inside the lobby entrance. Here a passenger elevator (with a 2 foot, 8″ wide door) can take you to the second floor.

Once in ace, the galleries are spacious and simple to navigate.

The staff is very happy to assist in any way we can. Please call ahead (204 944 9763) to let us know of any special arrangements that would make your visit as comfortable as possible.

The following describes how to enter the space from the 290 McDermot Avenue entrance.

Entering the building via 290 McDermot Avenue

There are 2 steps up to the street entrance door

The door swings into the building and is on a strong spring.

There are an additional 5 steps up to reach the area in front of the passenger elevator. ace is located on the 2nd floor.

Upon leaving the elevator turn left and then left again.

This entrance to ace has a gently declining ramp (with a half-inch lip at the end)  which leads into a corridor. After a few steps, you will enter the resource area and be able to see the office on your left.

The Main Gallery and the Flux Gallery are spacious and simple to navigate. The Cartae Studio has a narrower than standard door frame and is generally not open to the public.

Washrooms are not accessible to those using wheelchairs. They are located in a narrow corridor and have narrow doorways.

send + receive: a festival of sound | October 17 – 18, 20

Once again, aceartinc. will be hosting send + receive for Days 1, 2, and 4 of the festival. For more details, see send + receive.

$15 admission, 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm concert

October 17 / Day 1

VOR, Toshimaru Nakamura, Cecilia Lopez

October 18 / Day 2

Sound of the Mountain with Tetuzi Akiyama and Toshimaru Nakamura, Mira Martin-Gray, Zachary James Watkins

October 20 / Day 4

Erik Tisu, Chloe Alexandra Thompson, Rusalka

Sparks | Artist Talk by Sharon Alward

May 3, 2019 
7pm

Join us on the First Friday of May for an evening with Sharon Alward.

Alward is a Canadian video and performance artist. Cited as one of the 100 most influential and innovative Canadians in MacLean’s magazine for her work as a Canadian artist, her creative works reference performance, installation and ritual as potential sites for creativity and transformation. Actively involved in both art and social justice issues in the Winnipeg Community since 1986, Alward is also a Full Professor at the University of Manitoba, School of Art. 

After a teaching and artistic career that spans over 35 years Alward is retiring from the School of Art. Her artist talk Sparks will look back over the past three and a half decades of her teaching and creative works and she will share her reflections.

“I have always been interested in art as a healing agent and believe through performance, ritual and witnessing we have the opportunity to tell our stories and initiate healing. Performing ritual allows us the opportunity to transcend suffering and dehumanizing experiences, open ourselves up for healing and journey towards wholeness.”  – Sharon Alward

Artist Talk by Alyssa Bornn

7 pm, Thursday, 16 May 2019

Alyssa Bornn is an interdisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker, and organizer based in Winnipeg, MB. Her practice regularly utilizes traditional photographic methods alongside alternative and outdated digital modes of image capturing, writing, and constructed spaces to explore the act of image building as well as our relationships to images.

She holds a BFA (Hons.) from the University of Maniotba and is a member of Open City Cinema, a co-programmer for the Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, and is an active member of Light Terrors- a loose collective showcasing moving image and audio works as live performance. She has run workshops for Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, PAVED Arts, and independently as Professional Development.

In 2018, Bornn was curated into the aceartinc. student exhibition and subsequently awarded the Scott Wachal Memorial Bursary. As part of this, recipients are invited to give a public talk about their work. We hope you can join us to hear Alyssa Bornn talk about her practice and recent bodies of work.

Image: in either words or images (resampled). Alyssa Bornn. inkjet print on Tyvek, 24″ x 16″. 2019.

The Scott Wachal Memorial Bursary
This bursary is available to art students who have been curated into the Annual Student Exhibition. The bursary is intended to support a  project or an opportunity (such as a workshop or residency) that will positively impact the artist’s practice. In 2013 the youngest artist  curated into our Annual Student Exhibition passed away. In his memory aceartinc. created the Scott Wachal Memorial Student Bursary.