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Born in Halifax (Canada), Colin Miner holds a PhD in Visual Art and Culture. He is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, most recently in the Peruvian Amazon, and has presented exhibitions in Canada, China, and Germany. Miner’s practice considers an ontological anxiety that shadows the photographic and its production of meaning through qualities of relations (lightness, darkness, reflection, refraction). This takes form through assemblage, composition, and duration, with projects developing in the spaces of crossing paths and uneven terrains. Installations, writing, facilitating exhibitions, and the artist project Moire have become articulations of an expanding practice in which the political becomes visible through the absent, cyclical, and askew.

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minercolin at gmail dot com
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Solo exhibitions

2017        TBD, 8-11, Toronto, Canada

His dreadful glance, Neutral Ground, Regina, Canada

Shadows like anxiety, Stride, Calgary, Canada

2015        What is to be done (available light), Album Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2013        The Illuminated Becoming Blind, McIntosh Gallery, London, Canada

2012        The evil are not really there, they have a problem with being present (Iteration 2), ArtLab, London, Canada

The evil are not really there, they have a problem with being present (Iteration 1), John Labatt Visual Arts Centre, London, Canada

2008        Darkroom 14, Ministry of Casual Living, Victoria, Canada [Catalogue]
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Group exhibitions

2017        Dust is dancing, Forest City, London, Canada

2nd Kamias Triennale, curated Allison Collins and Patrick Cruz, Quezon, Philippines

Dream Pool, curated Patrick Cruz,  Pushmi Pullyu, Toronto, Canada

Dust is dancing, Modern Fuel, Kingston, Canada

2016        The Blur in Between, curated by Kristy Trinier, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada [Catalogue]

2014        The Source: Rethinking Water through Contemporary Art, curated by Stuart Reid, Rodman Hall Art Centre, St. Catherines, Canada [Catalogue]

Data Mine, curated by Noa Bronstein, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, Canada

2013        Butterflies In My Studio Coming From Reality, curated by Renske Janssen, Gerin-Lanoje Space, The Banff Centre of the Arts, Banff, Canada

No Boys with Frogs, DNA Artspace, London, Canada

2011        Laborers, Dilettantes and Connoisseurs, Lowry Signs Building, London, Canada [Catalogue]

2009        In the Making, Beijing Center of Art, Beijing, China [Catalogue]

2007        Green, The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada [Catalogue]

Little Landscapes and Miniature Worlds, Richmond Art Gallery, Richmond, Canada

2006       Oh, What a Blow That Phantom Gave Me! The Belkin Satellite, Vancouver, Canada

2005       Common Room, The Belkin Satellite, Vancouver, Canada [Catalogue]

2000       Sony’s Heart: Sony Europe Art Awards, curated by Owkui Enwezor, Postdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany [Catalogue]
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Projects

Ongoing – Moire, Online Artist Publication www.moire.ca

2015        A kind of graphic unconscious, Curatorial project organized by Moire at Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, Canada (July 4 – August 15, 2015).                                       Exhibition Texts and documentation

Ultra-sensitive eyeballs tracing a silvery wake from purple to blue, facilitated exhibition and PDF catalogue as part of Garden Ave.

2014        Immersion Emergencies Artist Research Group, www.immersion-emergencies.ca

2013        it is impossible to take a photograph of a rainbow, isn’t it? Artwork published in FUSE Magazine (Winter, 2013)
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Authored texts

“practicing a process of distance and delay” Moire, Issue 4, 2016, p.6-7. (Available here)

“Ultra-sensitive eyeballs tracing a silvery wake from purple to blue” Ultra-sensitive eyeballs tracing a silvery wake from purple to blue, catalogue text, Garden Ave., June 2015. Pg. 2. (Available here)

“A kind of graphic unconscious” A kind of graphic unconscious, exhibition text, Susan Hobbs Gallery, July 2015. (Available here)

“A Photographic Ontology, Being Haunted Within the Blue Hour and Expanding Field” (2014). University of Western Ontario – Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. Paper 2204. (Available here)

“Afterward” Moire, Issue 2, 2014, p.29. (Available here)

“Tape Fade Reveal” (Forward) Moire, Issue 1, 2013, p.5. (Available here)
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Recent essays & reviews on my work

Daniella Sanader. “Exercises for Seeing Everything at Once,” His dreadful glance, exhibition essay, Neutral Ground, Regina, 2017.

Ross, Jacquelyn. “How to Look at an Image, or a Black Hole,” Shadows Like Anxiety, exhibition essay, Stride Gallery, Calgary, 2017,.

Bronstein, Noa. “Data Mine” Data Mine, ex. essay, Gallery 44, 2014.

Neudorf, Kim. “The Source at Rodman Hall in St. Catharines” (review) Akimblog, Sept. 23, 2014.

Janssen, Renske. “Butterflies In My Studio Coming From Reality” A Blog, June 16, 2013.

Mahovsky, Trevor. “Behind the sky” Colin Miner: the illuminated becoming blind, ex. essay, McIntosh Gallery, 2013.

Mabey, Jacqueline. “Notes: on Colin Miner: the illuminated becoming blind,” Colin Miner: the illuminated becoming blind, ex. essay, McIntosh Gallery, 2013.

Silverman, Charles. “Artists in the Making” (review) City Weekend Beijing June 2009, p.18.

Matwichuck, Laura. “Dark Remembrance” Darkroom 14, ex. cat., The Ministry of Casual Living, Victoria, 2008.

Mabey, Jacqueline. “(Maybe if we stand absolutely still, no one will notice us.)” Green, ex. cat., The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, 2007.

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Recent Awards & Residencies

2017      Gallery 44 Center for Contemporary Photography, artist in residency

Visual Artist: Emerging Grant, Ontario Arts Council

Exhibition Assistance Award, Ontario Arts Council

2016        Trelex Amazonas, Macaw Project residency at Tambopata Research Center in the Peruvian Amazon

Exhibition Assistance Award, Ontario Arts Council

2015        Project Grant for Visual Artists, Canada Council for the Arts

Visual Artist: Emerging Grant, Ontario Arts Council

Glenfiddich Artist in Residence Prize, Short List

2014        Barbara Spohr Memorial Award for the Development of Contemporary Canadian Photography, Walter Phillips Gallery

Are We Looking at Dead Birds, thematic residency with curator Céline Kopp, The Banff Centre for the Arts

Visual Artist Grant: Level One, Toronto Arts Council

Western Graduate Research Scholarship, Western University (2010 – 2014)

2013        Immersion Emergencies, thematic group residency with guest artists Lucy and Jorge Orta, The Banff Centre for the Arts

2012        Faculty of Arts and Humanities Alumni Award, Western University

2011        Lynn Lionel Scott Scholarship

2005        Roloff Beny Foundation Award for Photography

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Education

2014    PhD (Art and Visual Culture), Western University, London, ON

2007    MFA, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

2002    BFA, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.
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