About Gerri York

Visual Artist www.gerriyork.com www.malaspinaprintmakers.com

bio/cv

Bio

Gerri York is a graduate of the BFA programme at Emily Carr University.  She was born in London, England, studied at Southend College of Art (Foundation and Second year) and completed a B.Ed.(Hons) degree at St Gabriel’s College, London University, England.  Her visual art practice encompasses sculpture, printmaking, photography and drawing and has been exhibited in a wide variety of exhibitions and juried shows. The work is included in both public and private collections, in Canada and internationally and an artist’s residency was recently completed at Grafisch Atelier Utrecht (CBKU) in the Netherlands.

Actively involved in the visual art community, she has sat on the education committee’s of  the Vancouver Art Gallery and completed an internship.  At the Contemporary Art Gallery she volunteered on the Education Committee and facilitated workshops for art teachers. Gerri has volunteered for both the Vancouver Film Festival and Pacific Cinematheque to promote film education to high school students.  During 2003–2006 she worked at the VAG as a staff animateur and workshop leader in public programmes. Gerri is a member and past Board member of Malaspina Printmakers,’ has worked on their fundraising, education and studio committees and written articles for the print media journal, CHOP.

Curriculum Vitae

Education:

Emily Carr University, Vancouver, Canada

BFA degree.

St.Gabriel’s College,

London University, England, UK.

B.Ed (Hons) Fine Art major-Distinction.

Selected Exhibitions:

2014

Re-inventing the Classics:contemporary responses to Old Master prints; Seymour Art Gallery, Vancouver -curated

Biennial International Mini Print Exhibition; Vancouver, Edmonton and venues across Canada; Winner – Opus Prize, – juried.

2013-2012-

Malaspina Printmakers Group Shows

-curated

2012-2000-

B.I.M.P.E I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII  – Biennial International Mini-Print Exhibition-traveling exhibition: Federation of Canadian Artists, New Leaf Editions, Dundarave Print Workshop in Vancouver; Tuktu Studio, Whitehorse, Yukon and SNAP Gallery, Edmonton

-juried.

2012-1997-

“101 Prints” Exhibitions; – various venues in Vancouver, BC

–invitational

2010-

In Edition: 20 Year Malaspina Printmakers’ Retrospective, Grand Forks Art Gallery, BC.

-curated

2008-

Print Parallels – Cityscape Community Art Gallery, North Vancouver and Kayo Gallery,

Salt Lake City

-curated.

2007-

“The Animal That Therefore I Am;” -Malaspina Printmakers Gallery; two person show

– juried.

“Re-Identification:” Trilateral Print Exhibitions; – Grafisch Atelier Utrecht Gallery

(CBKU), Netherlands; Stadshuis, City Hall, Utrecht,; Het Gebouw, Leidsche Rijn, Galerie

Werfkade16,Hoogezand, Groningen(2008) – juried residency artist, residency and group exhibitions

–juried.

2006-

30×30: New Directions in Printmaking; -Burnaby Art Gallery, BC, Canada

-invitational

“Re_Identification:” Trilateral Print Exhibitions; – Pendulum Gallery and Malaspina Printmakers, Vancouver; Capilano University, North Vancouver & Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC – exhibition with artists from Shin Yokohama Printmakers, Japan and Grafisch Atelier Utrecht, the Netherlands.

-juried

2005-

“Re-identifiaction;” Trilateral Print Exhibitions; – Gallery Om & Celest Gallery in Shin-Yokohama; Saint Paul Gallery, Maebashi; Japanese Paper Museum, Kochi and Nagasaki Peace Museum in Japan.

-juried

2004-

Body Lines; – Nanaimo Art Gallery, British Columbia, Canada;  6 person show

-juried

Under Pressure; – Cityscape Community Art Gallery, North Vancouver, BC

– juried

Pacific Printers; – SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – exchange exhibit with

Gallery Om, Japan

– curated

2003-

Gedok meets MPS; – Ticket Gallery, Potsdam, Germany – small group exhibition

– curated.

2002-

Exchanges; – Cambridge Print Shop, Cambridge, Mass. USA-group show

–juried

2001-

Malaspina Printmakers; – Gallery Om, Shin-Yokohama, Japan

–juried

Body Lines;-Helsinki Museum of Art, Helsinki,Finland– Porvoon Taidehalli

-juried

Just to Print; – Dundarave Print Workshop, Vancouver, Canada

–invitational

Figure in Print;-Phoenix Coastal Art Gallery, Steveston, BC –small group show

-curated

1999-

Micro-Mini Exhibition;-Dundarave Print Workshop, Vancouver, Canada.

A national print exhibition

-juried.

1998-

“Is There Any Place Left for Me?”; – Dundarave Print Workshop, Vancouver,

two-person show.

-juried

1997-

Dundarave Printmakers;  -Amelia Douglas Gallery, Douglas College –: group show

-juried

Flora; – Lazy Gourmet Restaurant, Vancouver, Canada –small group show – curated

The Body in Motion; -Dundarve Print Workshop, Vancouver, Canada–small group show

– juried

1996-

Malaspina Print Society Annual Members’ Show; – Foto-Base Gallery, Vancouver

–juried

Dundarave Printmakers – Maple Ridge Art Gallery, BC -group print show

-curated

Professional/Teaching and Volunteer Experience:

2014- 2013-Malaspina Printmakers’ -Funding Focus Group leader.

2000- 2013-Malaspina Printmakers’ -Education, Fundraising and Studio Committee

2010- Federation of Canadian Artists -juror for Open Print Competition.

2007- Grafisch Atelier Utrecht–selected studio artist for 3 week residency in Utrecht,the Netherlands

2003-2006- Vancouver Art Gallery – School/Public Programmes Animateur (tour leader) and workshop facilitator.

2004-2005- Vancouver Art Gallery – Gallery Internship, “Massive Change,” Bruce Mau exhibition.

2003-2005- Malaspina Print Society – Secretary to the Board, Co-Chair Visiting Artist and External Exhibition Committee.

2001-2003- Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver – Education Committee member, workshop facilitator.

1995-2003- Vancouver Art Gallery – Teacher Advisory Committee; “Art in Public Places” Public Art Curriculum development/ pilot project, sponsor teacher outreach education projects.

1977-2006- Extensive teaching experience V.S.B., international, public and private institutions.

2000-2002- Pacific Cinematheque – Media studies pilot projects for secondary students.

2000-2002- Vancouver International Film Festival – Volunteer/secondary school liaison, high school student film advocacy.

1995-2003- Vancouver Art Gallery – Teacher Advisory Committee member

1994-1996- Community Arts Council – Teacher liaison, artist in the schools programme

1996- Grunt Gallery–Community Fence Project,-sponsor teacher; collaborative public art project

Bibliography

2009- “Not A Chance in Hell: Considering the Work of Paul Chan, and Jake and Dinos Chapman.” Gerri York, CHOP journal: Volume Thirty-Four, Issue Two

2008- “You Thought You Were My Avatar:The Collaborative Work of Marijke Nap and Gerri York.”  Gerri York, CHOP journal: Volume Thirty-Three, Issue Two.

2007- “Science As Muse: Interpreting the Natural World. The Print Work of Catherine Stewart and Gerri York.”  Ruth Beer, CHOP journal:

Volume Thirty Three, Issue One.

Collections

Private Collections; Canada, U.S.,., Japan, Netherlands, U.K & Europe.

Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Grafisch Atelier Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Malaspina Printmakers’ Consignment and Archive, Vancouver, Canada,

Professional Associations

Malaspina Printmakers’ Society

CARFAC

BC Art Teachers Association

Railway Studios

Statement: Study for Resin Pour

Study for Resin Pour (2010) Gerri York

The work, Study for Resin Pour (2010), developed from a series commenting upon the geo-political, environmental, and cultural significance of water. While considering water’s relationship to plastics, the work explores the collaboration of materials, and in the formal sense of distorted plastic bottles, the pieces confront the idea of mutability and transcendence in materials. Specifically, the viewer might process the work Resin Pour as referring back to a physical experience, such as the end point of a performance of water being spilled on the floor, or a passage of time. Three “puddles” of polyester resin sit on a polished concrete floor, their materiality and mutability influenced by their physical relationship to the shine of the concrete, along with the floor’s odd traces and indentions beneath.
In India, all water sources are sacred and rivers are seen as extensions of divine gods. The Ganges and Yamuna rivers, for example, are referred to as Goddesses that cleanse away material impurities. Vandana Shiva, in her book, Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution and Profit, describes many serious water issues and has much to say about the historical erosion of water rights in India. Shiva challenges important theoretical ideas about the environment, agriculture, and sustainability, pointing out that global political conflict in the future over scarce resources is more likely to be about water and the depletion of water sources, than it is about the conflicts surrounding oil.1 She talks about the ancient tradition of setting up free water temples, Jal Mandirs, in public places and how this tradition has been changed by the proliferation in India of Pepsi’s Aquafina water, sold in plastic bottles. This has resulted in a clash of cultures underscoring India’s economic growth, on the one hand, and the diminished Indian cultural tradition of sharing on the other. Denying vast numbers of poor people access to water due to the privatization of their resources is the ecological context of Shiva’s book, “Water Wars,” and surely resonates with a related experience for westerners. There are, as in North America, plastic bottles everywhere.

1. The Globe & Mail Thurs. March 12th 2009. (Environment section) reported that the UN warns of widespread water shortages in its World Water Development Report. ” The demand for finite resources raises the risk of political upheaval and economic stagnation over the next twenty years…” stating that the demand in India is caused by increased population, rising standards of living including meat eating along with the displacement of citizens due to global warming.”