"Salt Beard (Mercury)"
Jason de Haan, "Salt Beard (Mercury)," salt and borrowed bust, 2010.
Western artists shortlisted for Sobey
Gareth Moore and Jason de Haan are among the five artists shortlisted for the 2012 Sobey Award for contemporary Canadian art. For the tenth anniversary of the prize, among the highest-profile awards in visual art in Canada, the overall winner will receive $50,000, with $5,000 going to each of the finalists. This year’s jury panel includes curators David Diviney of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Bruce Grenville of the Vancouver Art Gallery, and Ryan Doherty of the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, along with Louise Dery, director of the Galerie de l’UQAM, and David Liss, artistic director of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.
Moore was recently commissioned to create a major installation for dOCUMENTA (13), and he’s had recent solo exhibitions at Catriona Jeffries in Vancouver and Witte de With in Rotterdam. A multidisciplinary artist, de Haan works in sculpture, installation, performance, drawing, and bookworks, and has had recent solo shows at the Clint Roenisch Gallery in Toronto and at ODD Gallery in Dawson City, Yukon.