EAT YOUR TAIL

Maya Gauvin, Hayley Dawn Muir, Evan Sproat, and Chrome Destroyer

Curated by Chelsea Yuill

14 Dec 2019 to 8 Feb 2020

Unraveling subtleties of the unconscious, the four artists in EAT YOUR TAIL craft self-portraits that act as two-way mirrors into self-contained worlds. Informed by historical influences, mythological ruminations, and objects of metamorphosis, each artwork reveals the legacy of supernaturalism and its tie to the fraught wisdom of the imagination. Poking around for different kinds of truth, they ask, “how do we make visible what is beyond observable?” 

Extracting from the material lineages of clay as repository, relic, and technological tool, Maya Gauvin navigates the interstices of personal narrative, historical archetypes and world-creating myths. Through automatic investigations, Hayley Dawn Muir playfully touches on notions of romanticism, alienation, psychedelics, and spirituality. Drake Pickel’s 3D graphic images combine Western Classical forms with elements of the cyborg and the seductive language of advertising to express the anxieties of being human in a consumerist and technologically-driven culture. Labour-intensive mediums (felting, soft sculpture, costumes) are a therapeutic exercise for Evan Sproat who creates toy-like objects that address socio-political traumas and rework ideas of morality and sexuality in an effort to formulate new foundations for human relationships. 

Using the mediums of photography, 3D graphics, performance, fabric, and sculpture, these artists invite us to dive into the well of the collective unconscious to see what it holds. 

BIOS

CHELSEA YUILL is an emerging curator and textile artist. She explores weaving, embroidery, and reworking clothes to reflect upon femininity, the lineage of womxn’s work, the slipperiness of romance, and the absurdity of life. These themes fold into and are expanded upon in her curatorial practice as a way to connect various contemporary practices and discourses while engaging the public. Yuill holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a focus on curatorial practices and is based in Vancouver on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. 

MAYA GAUVIN works primarily with ceramics, sculpture and installation. Drawing from the material lineages of clay as repository, relic, sacred object and technological tool, Gauvin’s work navigates the interstices of personal narrative, historical archetypes and world-creating myths. She studied Print Media and Linguistics at Concordia University, and holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Using drawing, painting and publication, HAYLEY DAWN MUIR’s current practice involves automatic investigations that playfully touch on notions of romanticism, alienation, and our dissociative and interwoven nature of cognitive design. She holds a BFA with a focus on illustration from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Muir was born, lives and works as a guest on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations (Vancouver, Canada).

Better known under the pseudonym CHROME DESTROYER, Drake Pickel is an emerging visual artist who uses 3D software to twist the classical understanding of light, space, and the human form. By combining Western Classical forms, with cyborg elements and the sleek language of advertising, the aesthetic push and pull of seduction and repulsion in his images express the anxieties of being human in a consumerist and technologically driven culture. Pickel received his BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and is based in Vancouver, BC. 

Through a playful implementation of installation, performance, craft, soft sculpture, print, and woodworking, EVAN SPROAT uses time-intensive mediums as a therapeutic exercise to consider his position within the context of contemporary identity politics. Particularly, his use of play and toy-like objects are used to address socio-political traumas, rework ideas of morality and sexuality with aims to formulate a new foundation for how people might interact in the real world. Sproat is a prairie-raised, Vancouver based artist who holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2018).

*

The research and development of this curatorial project was made possible by internship funding from Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage through the Department of Canadian Heritage.