2 Rooms Artist Residency is an opportunity for professional visual artists and writers to pursue their creative work in the rich natural and cultural environment of east coast Newfoundland.
The Artist Residency provides studio space and living accommodation for 2 artists or writers at the same time. Artists and writers connect with the local community simply by living in Duntara, and with the larger art community in the surrounding area through events, studio visits and recreation. 2 Rooms Artist Residency is a space for multi-layered cultural exchange between artists, craftsmen, writers, and fishermen.
2 Rooms Contemporary Art Projects is a registered non-profit corporation operating in Newfoundland and Labrador. 2 Rooms gratefully acknowledges the generosity of all donors to our 2014 Kickstarter Fundraising Campaign
June 16 – 29, 2018
A native of New Hampshire, Jessica Straus currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has exhibited widely across the United States as well as abroad. Inventiveness, humor and poignancy are key elements of Jessica Straus’s sculpture. She uses a hands-on, labor intensive approach to sculpture-making. She constructs in wood, carves by hand, and incorporates found objects as she pieces together narratives for our confusing and paradoxical times. Straus’s work reflects her life-long passion for the outsider.
Hannah Verlin received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Art in 2005. In addition to exhibiting gallery based art from Boston to Berlin, she is known for site-specific and temporary public works.
Verlin’s artwork appears simple. Shapes are limited to basic geometries. The color palette is restrained to black and white with the occasional burst of color. The materials are familiar, but the intense process behind the art gives a scintillating and restless quality. The artist’s hand is ever-present whether in written text or a thousand knotted strings.
June 29 – July 13, 2018
Johanna Householder has been making performance art, video, essays and other things since the 70’s, but she tries not to take herself too seriously, and is looking forward to being in Newfoundland.
My interest in how ideas move through bodies has led me to explore internalized images, often those adopted from popular culture. Recently, I have been working inside the image of a bird to see if I can think differently. I want to conceive alternative futures using choreography as a creative research method.
Chris Dorosz Dorosz completed a BFA at Concordia University, Montreal and an MFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax. His paintings are represented in many public and private collections in the US, Canada, South America, Europe and Asia.
For the past few years, I’ve been using a carefully constructed mathematical approach to translate the formal information of my subject matter into irregularly painted marks. Through the process of mapping, reduction and layering what remains becomes an archetypal representation of the form in space.
July 14 – Aug 5, 2018
Richard Storms was born in Wellington, Kansas and has lived in Toronto since 1981 where he has been an artist, educator, designer, father, dog walker and cat whisperer.
Attending the 2 Rooms Artist Residency in Duntara, Newfoundland will be an opportunity to work and respond to a unique and dramatic landscape and community that is not unlike many of my artistic mentors such as Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper and Milton Avery.
Jerry Ropson is an artist, writer, and educator, dividing time between his hometown of Pollards Point, Newfoundland and the windy marshes of Sackville, New Brunswick. Jerry Ropson has focused a practice around site-specific installation and storytelling. His work primarily manifests as material/visual investigations into the intricacies of place, isolation, absence and longing. Building upon ongoing studio and community-based inquiries, his project with 2 Rooms will encompass works on paper, sculptural objects, as well as an unfolding video project.
Aug 4 – 24, 2018
Barbara Rauch currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada. She is an art professor at OCAD University instructing across Undergraduate and Graduate interdisciplinary programs. Barbara Rauch an artist and scholar pursues her studio practice around the topics of empathy, consciousness studies and the manifestations of the anthropocentric environmental ethics. Her work embraces sculpture, installation and digital printing techniques.
Georg Mühleck is an independent, German-Canadian artist. During the 1980s he was engaged with copigraphic production, curation and the publication of artist books. He lives now in the Highlands of Scotland. Georg Mühleck is fascinated with the area of conflict between nature and synthetically-generated life, artificial reality. His work lives in the space between digital and organic. In his recent research he is developing a visual language, which combines the synthetical with the evolved. Algorithms and photography form an image.
Aug 24 – Sept 6, 2018
Emily Pittman and Natalie Field, based in St. John’s and Toronto, respectively, have written and curated Gathered Gallery since 2016. The Gathered Gallery is an online platform filled with art and critical supportive writing. It started as a way to archive and share a growing collection of artists making impressive work, but has turned into a disciplinary practice of looking and engaging with contemporary art on a regular basis. The Gathered Gallery offers a platform to connect with local and global art communities.
Sept 1 – 14, 2018
Alexandra Majerus has an MFA from OCADU in Toronto. She is the director of Unpack Art Projects & Havana Residency. Majerus is a multidisciplinary artist who works primarily in the dynamics of subjectivity and identity that lie between the constructed perception of paradise and everyday life. Her residency at 2 ROOMS will explore the similarities and differences between island cultures, such as tourism as a necessary but problematic industry, relationships to the landscape, small communities and migration.