Emily Carr University is pleased to welcome in October of 2013, Henrik Håkansson, one of the most successful Swedish artists of his generation, followed by highly renowned German artist Jürgen Partenheimer in the Spring of 2014.

The University is extremely fortunate to have these esteemed artists as the inaugural residents of the Audain Distinguished Artist-in-Residence Program. The program, funded by Michael Audain and the Audain Foundation, enables the University to bring the world’s leading contemporary artists to live and work in Vancouver for a one to three month period. Guest artists and visiting lecturers are an integral component of the student’s education at Emily Carr ─ complementing existing faculty, and bringing new opportunities for collaboration and learning.

Henrik Håkansson investigates the relationship between people, animals, insects and plants, and various forms of science. He does so by taking the role of a biologist and discoverer. His approach springs from a fascination for biological structures. Through his observations, he aims to close the gap with nature and to make the viewer receptive to natural processes. During his residency at Emily Carr, he will work with local researchers and scientists to explore acoustic signals among whales and dolphins specifically, and on interspecies communications and behaviors more broadly. Håkansson will present a public talk, Thursday, October 31, moderated by Patrik Andersson, Associate Professor, Audain School of Visual Arts.

Since participating in the Paris Biennial in 1980, the Sao Paulo Biennial in 1981, and the Venice Biennial in 1986, Jürgen Partenheimer’s work has been widely shown internationally. Partenheimer has a long history of working in educational environments, having participated as Visiting Professor/Artist at a number of esteemed learning institutions in the United States, Europe, Africa and the UK. His work is comprised of painting, drawing, sculpture and text, which also draw on theory, poetry and prose as his referential grammar of artistic expression. Partenheimer’s work is distinguished by an abstract quality, which seems to express a state of uncertainty and inconsistency, calling into question the viewer’s own preconceived certainties. Marked by a post-minimalist background and a poetic intensity, his art has been referred to as metaphysical realism. Partenheimer’s residency is a partnership between Emily Carr and the Contemporary Art Gallery, and will support the creation of a new body of work that will go on to be part of a significant solo exhibition to be shown at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich and The Gemeentemuseum, The Hague.

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