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ARTIST TALK: Jillian Macdonald

  • University of Ottawa Visual Arts Department 600 Cumberland Street Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N7 Canada (map)
still from Crystal Lake, Video, 48 minutes, 2017

still from Crystal Lake, Video, 48 minutes, 2017


WEDNESDAY, November 8th, 2017, 12PM ROOM 114, UOttawa visual arts building (600 Cumberland)

Jillian McDonald is a Canadian artist who lives in Brooklyn and dreams of the North. She teaches video and performance art at Pace University.

Solo shows and projects include the Esker Foundation in Calgary, Air Circulation and Moti Hasson in New York, The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Centre Clark in Montréal, and Hallwalls in Buffalo. Her work was featured in group exhibitions and festivals at The Chelsea Museum and The Whitney Museum's Artport in New York, The Edith Russ Haus for Media Art in Germany, The International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Venezuela, The Sundance Film Festival in Utah, La Biennale de Montréal, and the Centre d'Art Contemporain de Basse-Normandie in France.

A 2013 feature length radio documentary by Paul Kennedy on CBC's IDEAS profiles her work, which has also been reviewed in The New York Times, Art Papers, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Border Crossings, and Canadian Art. Critical discussion appears in books including The Transatlantic Zombie (2015), by Sarah Juliet Lauro and Deconstructing Brad Pitt (2014), edited by Christopher Schubert.

McDonald has received grants and commissions from The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Canada Council for the Arts, Turbulence, The Verizon Foundation, The New York State Council on the Arts, The Experimental Television Center, and Pace University. She has attended residencies at Glenfiddich in Scotland, The Headlands Center for the Arts in California, Lilith Performance Studio in Sweden, Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture in Dawson City, The Yukon, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace in New York, and Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta. In 2017 she will be participate in the Arctic Circle Residency in Svalbard.

Jillian Macdonald is presenting a solo exhibition at Axe-Néo 7 that opens Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 and runs until December 16th, 2017.