"When we feel a connection with nature, when we can come to a kind of in-between place between us and nature, then we can have empathy. Empathy for me is a key to understanding the natural world and connecting with it, protecting it really.”
Discover the unsettling portraits of hybrid human-bird species created by this week’s mystery artist. Curator: Emelie Chhangur.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR - JANUARY 31
The Wondereur team is back in full force to bring you more talented artists to watch. Check your iPad and iPhone for a new mystery artist on Friday, January 31!
We’ve been working hard on building a better experience on our new and improved website, which has exclusive access to the work and stories of past Wondereur artists.
We have some exciting new stuff coming up, so keep updated on our Twitter and Facebook page!
Photojournalist for Wondereur: Dario Ayala
MYSTERY ARTIST REVEALED
This is our third artist to watch curated by Elizabeth Petrova. Elizabeth Petrova currently works at the AGO, one of the four largest contemporary art museum in North-America. This week artist, V_____E M______N’s name, bio and story are unveiled as she opens the doors of her colourful studio and shares what inspire her to create.
We are also thrilled to announce that Wondereur is among the finalists at the DMA Awards in London, UK alongside TATE and British Journal of Photography.
Find out who the mystery artist is and her story in your iPhone or iPad.
Photojournalist: Marta Iwanek
INTRODUCING OUR AGO ART RENTAL & SALES COLLABORATION
We’re thrilled to announce that Wondereur is joining forces with the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Art Rental & Sales to unveil more talented artists working under the radar - the hidden gems of contemporary art.
Since reopening in 2008 with a Frank Gehry-redesigned building, Toronto’s AGO has confirmed its status as one of the largest art museums in North America. Its Art Rental & Sales Gallery offers access to works by established Canadian artists as well as spectacular pieces by up-and-coming local talent.
This week, we are co-presenting the first in a series of four mystery artists selected for Wondereur by the AGO from their Art Rental & Sales collection. Keep an eye open for more in the weeks to come.
Insider Insight: Iris Häussler on Canadian & German art institutions
Wondereur talent-spotter Iris Häussler in Arctic, Norway in 2010. photo taken by Beth Kapusta.
Wondereur’s newest talent-spotter is installation artist Iris Häussler. Born in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Iris has been living in Toronto for over 10 years. When Wondereur spoke to her, she shared her experiences of being a student at the Academy of the Fine Arts in Munich, Germany, and the different teaching styles she was exposed to.
"I would say art schools in Canada and in Germany are different in the way that they encourage students to pursue work. I started at the Academy in 1983, and at the time, as a student, you would choose a professor whose work you were interested in. You would work in the studio, and explore and experiment. We didn’t have this assignment-driven schedule. There were a lot of things that were not narrated or staged, but came out of the quality of experimentation."
"Here in Canada, art schools encourage students to narrate an artist statement. I wrote my first artist statement when I was 45, and I am very grateful for that because I see artist statements as almost dangerous. You might end up becoming an executor of your artist statement instead of being an explorer and letting things just happen, and then analyzing that concept."
Insider Insight: James D. Campbell on Montreal art scene
Talent-spotter James D. Campbell has a great love for his hometown of Montreal. James, who has recommended Montreal-based artists Sophia Burke, Jasmine Bakalarz and Wondereur’s next mystery artist, M____A Z_____R, explains why the city is dear to his heart:
“I love Montreal because of its creative soul. The city has great painters, photographers and sculptors. There’s a very important artistic constituency here.”
M____A Z_____R in some of her favourite places in Montreal. photos by Renaud Philippe
“This is one of the most cosmopolitan cities on the continent, and with its francophone culture, there’s no question it has something unique. Montreal is a seedbed for experimental art, for a profusion of different ways of making and thinking about art.”
Wondereur News: SoulPancake partnership
Rainn Wilson, the actor from The Office, founded the website SoulPancake (now also a book and YouTube channel) “to make discussions about spirituality, philosophy and creativity cool again.” Given that most of Wondereur’s artists are wrestling, through their art, with many of the big questions about life that SoulPancake’s readers like to chew on, a collaboration made complete sense to us and SoulPancake. So, last week saw the launch of Wondereur Wednesdays, SoulPancake’s weekly invitation to engage in creative activities inspired by our artists. The first week’s activity was inspired by Karine Rougier’s remark that “some images are filled with a magic power.” To see (and engage in) the activity inspired by Karine, click here.
Our servers are back!
All is back to normal for readers in US, Europe and Asia. Thank you all for your patience!.
Our servers are down since yesterday which means that for now, you can’t enjoy Wondereur on your iPad or iPhone. But our team is working on it and should update you very soon! Update Wednesday 10am: Europe, Asia and about 60% of US & Canada readership can now access Wondereur.