Jo-Anne Balcaen was born in La Broquerie, Manitoba in 1971. She obtained her BFA from the University of Manitoba, before relocating to Montreal to complete her MFA at Concordia University. Her art practice extends across a variety of media including sculpture, photo, video, and text, bringing together references as diverse as popular culture, music, and cultural management. She has exhibited throughout Canada, the US, and Europe, including solo exhibitions at venues such as Truck (Calgary), AceArt (Winnipeg), eyelevel gallery (Halifax), and Galerie Clark, La Centrale, and Galerie B-312 (Montreal). She has received several provincial and national arts grants, and has attended residencies at the Banff Centre, and was the 2014 recipient of the Canada Council’s International Residency at the ISCP in New York City. She lives in Montreal.
David K. Ross's investigations with photography, film and installation examine the performative capacities of un-choreographed and un-scripted activities, along with the relationships that exist between the recorded event and its re-presentation in physical space. These interests have been applied to various projects including: a close examination of colour coded art shipping crates, the enigmatic activities of student land surveyors, the vapor dispersed from art museums' HVAC units, the mythic and sublime qualities of an urban lighting fixture, and the quietude of artists' storage spaces.
Ross's works have been exhibited in major institutions in North America and Europe and are included in private and public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. His films and video installations have been featured at CineMarfa (2012), Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal (2013), the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (2014), and in the Toronto International Film Festival Wavelengths programme (2015). A survey of recent works Positions, was exhibited at Dazibao gallery in Montreal in the fall of 2015. Positions will be traveling to the Rice Media Center, Rice University, Texas in 2016.