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April 11, 2022

Protean Lattice

University of British Columbia (UBC)

[1] Russell Gordon, Temporary masks, for you and me (orange), 2022. Copper, 22.0 x20.0x6.0 cm. Courtesy of the artist. [2] Romi Kim, Untitled performance by Maiden China and Skim, 2021. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Linden Royea. [3] Hannah Möller, Here is there and there is Nowhere (detail), 2021. Vinyl film, plastic, memory foam, fallen butterfly, oil pastels, rock and mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist. [4] Ido Radon, Untitled (detail), 2022. Installation view, Veronica, Seattle. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Ripple Fang. [5] Arti Struyanskiy, No-Boundary, 2021. Ink on canvas, 300.0x 160.0cm. Courtesy of the artist.

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of work by the 2022 graduates of the University of British Columbia’s two-year Master of Fine Arts program: Russell Gordon, Romi Kim, Hannah Möller, Ido Radon and Arti Struyanskiy. This program in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory is limited each year to a small group of four to six artists, who over the two years foster different sensibilities developed within an intimate and discursive working environment. For a tour of the current exhibition, email us at belkin.tours [​at​] ubc.ca.

Russell Gordon is an artist who lives, works and studies on the unceded territory of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. His practice uses design as a tool for intervention to challenge hierarchies within systems; to break them down and re-network them anew. Gordon is interested in the ways images operate and perform in digital networks and views his material works as products of immaterial processes – processes which are often influenced by the very act of making the work. He has exhibited at Remai Modern (Saskatoon), Or Gallery (Vancouver) and Cornershop Projects (Vancouver). He has participated in residencies at Access Gallery (Vancouver) and the Banff Centre (Banff).

Romi Kim or Skim in drag, is a queer, genderfluid, second-generation Korean. They identify themselves in recognizing these words as verbs rather than nouns or adjectives—constantly in action, and in flux. They are an uninvited settler currently living and working on the unceded territory of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Kim has shown works in Ani-seed Festival and Space 55 (South Korea), Queer Asia Festival (United Kingdom) The Works Art and Design Festival (Edmonton) and the Polygon art gallery (Vancouver). They have performed in South Korea, Vietnam, online internationally, San Francisco and in Vancouver (Cultch Theatre, Upintheair Theatre, and Transform Cabaret Festival). Kim has a collaborative art practice as part of the House of Rice, an all-Asian drag house in Vancouver and a solo one.

Hannah Möller is a visual artist focused in the expanded field of painting. Möller lives, works and studies on the unceded territory of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations at the University of British of Columbia as an MFA candidate. She attended The California College of the Arts in San Francisco California where she received a BFA in Painting and Drawing. Möller has shown work in Russia, Great Britain, Canada and the United States.

Ido Radon is an artist and writer who works primarily in sculpture, sound and the digital. Solo exhibitions have included those at Air de Paris, Artspeak (Vancouver), Ditch Projects (Springfield), Disjecta (Portland), Et. Al Gallery (San Francisco), Jupiter Woods (London), Melanie Flood Projects (Portland), Muscle Beach (Portland), PANEL (Los Angeles), Pièd-a-terre (San Francisco) and SAND (Phoenix). Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Henry Art Gallery, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and most recently, Veronica. She did readings for her most recent book, Age of Sand, at Miguel Abreu Gallery, RONGWRONG and Felix Gaudlitz. Radon was raised in California and has lived for many years in Portland, OR.

Arti Struyanskiy was born and raised in Moscow, Russia and currently resides on the unceded territory of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. He attended Stroganov’s Academy of Art in Moscow, and received a BFA at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Struyanskiy is an MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia.

The exhibition is presented with support from the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) at the University of British Columbia. For more information on Protean Lattice contact Jana Tyner, jana.tyner [​at​] ubc.ca or visit here. For more information on the MFA program at AHVA UBC please contact ahva.grad [​at​] ubc.ca or visit here. Admissions for the September 2022 intake will close in early January 2023.

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