“Camosun College Visual Arts 2016 Artist in Residence Jeremy Gordaneer “Ask/Create/Collaborate/Make”
Jeremy Gordaneer was born in Ontario and grew up in Victoria, BC. As the son of Canadian painter James Gordaneer, RCA, he was surrounded by art and began taking an interest in painting at an early age. He attended the Camosun College Fine Arts program in Victoria in the early ‘90s, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa and America in order to study art and hone his craft. He spent a decade in Victoria as a member of the Chapman Group, a loose collective of artists and writers, who met weekly to study art, philosophy, physics and theology, as well as to provide a rigorous critique of each other’s work. During this time, he studied Theatre at the University of Victoria, and continues to support himself through scenic art and design for theatre and dance, while also painting, sculpting and drawing on a regular basis.
For many years, the central focus in Jeremy Gordaneer’s art has been an effort to explore different ways to ground into being the idea of a continuum. He often subverts the traditional dichotomies of painting and sculpture — figure/ground, background/foreground—in order to create new pictorial spaces which reveal aspects of the contemporary world. Beginning with drawing and painting, and often moving towards a more three-dimensional sculptoral approach, Gordaneer now often combines the two media. The inclusion of found objects in the sculptures gives the viewer an entry point to the work, calling into question notions of scale and meaning. Recently he has launched into large-scale immersive performance projects with longtime collaborators Peter Trosztmer and Thea Patterson. Called #boxtape, this project combines sculpture and dance through the commonplace medium of packing tape, creating installations that act as set, sculpture, and character at once.