In the pile-up of language, spectacle, and garbage, which constitutes our amnesiac present, one role for art is to create a clearing within this petrified landscape, and, through a reordering all this new and obsolete stuff, through bricolage and play, construct new meanings, new conceptions of reality, shot through with historical memory.
Cross-disciplinary in scope, my artwork investigates the intersection between materials, history, language, and ideology. Many would characterize my overall material sensibilities and aesthetic as grotesque. The work addresses the need for a posthuman/nonhuman perspective, counter to the reigning tendencies toward humancentric hubris. Humour is explored through a corporeal register: humans’ underlying animality and mortality, as well as the absurdity of humanist moral positions vis‑à ‑vis life on this planet.
Fire Fire (in collaboration with Abbas Akhavan), Malaspina Gallery & Centre A, Summer 2012
Pushed out the door, back through the window, Or Gallery, Berlin, December 2010
The Creature, La Centrale, Montreal, PQ , Feb.-March 2011
Neighbours (in collaboration with Abbas Akhavan), AMSGallery, UBC, September 2010
Menagerie (in collaboration with Abbas Akhavan), AXENEO7/DAIMON, Gatineau, QC, April-May 2009, http://www.bcscene.ca/en/
Neighbours (in collaboration with Abbas Akhavan; curated by Joni Murphy and Kika Thorne), VIVOMedia Centre, Vancouver, BC, Oct.-Nov. 2008
The King and I (in collaboration with Phillip McCrum). Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery Satellite, Vancouver, BC, Sept.-October 2006
New Work, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, September 2004
Roy and McHardy (in collaboration with Natasha McHardy), Concordia University VAVGallery, Montreal, QC, March 2004
Roy and McHardy (in collaboration with Natasha McHardy). Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Feb.-March 2004
—. Struts Art Gallery, Sackville, NB, Nov.-Dec. 2002
Greener Pastures (in collaboration with Abbas Akhavan): Open Space Gallery, Victoria, BC, July 2002
… Artspeak gallery, Vancouver, BC, March-April 2001
26 Manic Types, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, NS, April-May 1997
Errant, Eye Level Gallery, Halifax, NS, July-Aug. 1994
Booked Solid, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS, June 1993
Unreal, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, January 2011
Cinema Verite Redux (curated by Shaheen Merali), Gallery Sumukha, Chennai, India, Nov. 2010
Cinema Verite Redux, Gallery Sumukha, Bengaluru, India, Sept. 2010
Home Sweet Home, Berlin, July 2010
No Sex No Life, 205 Days, Vancouver, BC, June 2010
CUEVideo, Vancouver Art Gallery, Feb.-March 2010
Angels in the Angles (exhibition of concrete poetry), Gallery Atsui, Vancouver BC, October 2009
How soon is now, Vancouver Art Gallery, Feb.-May 2009
When the Mood Strikes Us, Platform Gallery, Winnipeg, Fall 2008
“Trappings” (participant in the public art library project Group Search (Art in the Library), curated by Lorna Brown, Vancouver Public Library, Downtown Branch, Sept. 2006-March2008
Interior of Design (curated by Jordan Strom), Republic Gallery, june-august 2008
Beauty and the Beast, Alternator Gallery, Kelowna BC, Sept.-Oct. 2006
Everyday Every Other Day, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Mississauga, ON, May-June 2006
The End, H Block Gallery, Brisbane, Australia, Feb.-March 2006
No Place as Home: New Art From Vancouver, Projektraum Viktor Bucher, Vienna, Austria, February 2005
*No Place as Home: New Art From Vancouver, Galerie AP4-ART, Geneva, Switzerland, March-April 2005
I am a Curator, Chisenhale Gallery, London, Nov.-Dec. 2003
Saturday Society: Explorations in Psychic Geography II , Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC, May 2003
Various Properties, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC, Vanccouver, BC, Jan.–March 2003
Empty Returns, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Sept. 1999
Contemporary Artists’ Books (group exhibition), Arizona State University Art Gallery, Tempe, AZ, March-April 1999
Working Papers, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS, Sept.-Nov. 1997
The Food Show, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS, April-May 1995
Artist’s Books, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, NS, Feb.–March 1994
George & Jorge, screened during “Home Movies: single-channel screenings by Jamelie Hassan, Paul Wong, Nikki S. Lee, and Roy & McHardy”, Platform Gallery
Apartment (animation, 2008), The Green Lantern Gallery, Chicago, IL
Apartment (animation, 2008), “Sites for Seeing: Out of the Cineplex and Into the Marshland”, Struts Gallery and Faucet Media Arts, Sackville, NB
Sleeper (animation 2004), Entzaubert – Queer DIYfilm fest, Berlin
Sleeper, Sydney Underground Film Festival, Sydney Australia
Apartment, screened during Watery Grave, Parlour, Staten Island NY
Sleeper, Montreal Underground Film Festival
Sleeper, Centre for Art Tapes, Halifax NS
Apartment, Pavilion Projects, Dépanneur Le Pickup (dinner and screening), Montréal QC
Apartment, Pavilion Projects, 111 Wooster Street, Apt. 4E, NYC
Apartment, North Island College Theatre, Comox BC
Apartment, Comox Art Gallery, Comox BC
Sleeper at the FIAE2008 – 3rd International Festival of Erotic Animation, Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Boucher and Cacciatore, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver BC
Alice and Martha, Gastown Drive-In (organized by Cineworks), Vancouver BC
Sleeper, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s Newfoundland
Alice and Martha, New York International Independent Film and Video Festival NYC
Alice and Martha, Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver BC
Persistent Resistance, Artist Talks and Screenings and Symposium/Panel, November 6–8, 2008. Artist Talks and Screenings by Sara Diamond and Elizabeth VanderZaag; Screening of Short Video Program and Panel Discussion, UBCand VIVOMedia Centre, Vancouver BC
Persistent Resistance, Long Video Programme: Women’s Collectives and Documentaries, VIVOMedia Centre (curated with Jennifer Fisher and Elizabeth Mackenzie), November 2008
José Claer, “Menage a trois: entre l’humain, l’animal et l’art,” Revue Liaison, no. 137, Summer 2009. pp. 40–41.
Sigrid Dahle, “When the Mood Strikes Us…”, Border Crossings, #108, 2009,121–122.
Sarah Milroy, ‘Pictures are out—experience is in,” Globe & Mail, February 14, 2009, R1
Kathleen Ritter, “Marina Roy-Abbas Akhavan,” Esse, issue 65, 2009 p. 70
Aaron Peck, http://www.akimbo.biz/
Gabrielle Moser, Interior of Design gabriellemoser.
Andrew Witt, “Contemporary Public Art at Vancouver Library,” White Hot Magazine, Vancouver BC, 2007, http://whitehotmagazine.com/
Milena Tomic, “Everyday Every Other Day,” Border Crossings 2006, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 107–108
Clint Burnham, “Who did what? The artists aren’t telling, “Vancouver Sun, September 28, 2006
Robin Laurence, “Bad Art Has Brains Behind it,” The Georgia Straight, September 21–28, 2006.
Kathy Ann Bates, “Roy & McHardy”, http://www.sfu.ca/sca/visart/
Reinhardt Braun, Review of Roy & McHardy, Camera Austria #86, Graz, Austria, June 2004
Adrian Chamberlain, “Artists tickle our British fancy” (review of Greener Pastures), Times Colonist (Victoria, BC), B1, July 13, 2002
Exhibition review: Meg Walker, “Come Together”, in Monday Magazine, Issue 28, July 11–17, 2002, Victoria, BC
Michael Turner, “Marina Roy” (review of …, Artspeak), Last Call, vol. 1, issue 1, Summer 2001, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Robin Metcalfe, “Working papers”, Artsatlantic 60, Spring 1998.
Liz Bolton, “Marina Roy: 26 Manic Types,” Visual Arts News, Volume 19, NO. 1, 1997
Elissa Barnard, “Artist’s Books”, The Chronicle Herald, March 18, 1994
Kathleen Ritter, How soon is now, exhibition catalogue, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2009
Julie Tremble, Marina Roy/Abbas Akhavan: Menagerie, exhibition catalogue, AXENEO7/DAIMON, 2009
Joni Murphy, Better Homes and Gardens, Vancouver, BC: VIVOMedia Centre, 2008, pp. 30.
J.J. Kegan McFadden, When the Mood Strikes Us…, Platform Gallery, Winnipeg, MB, 2008
Lorna Brown, “Marina Roy: Trappings”, Vancouver Public Library, September 2006
Seamus Kealy, “The King and I,” Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 2006
Seamus Kealy, “A Few Notes on an Everyday Exhibition,” Blackwood Gallery, 2006
Sydney Hermant, “Roy and McHardy,” in d’Or (Goin’ Solo), Vancouver: Or Gallery, 2006
Jeremy Todd, “Some errant thoughts” in d’Or: Explorations in Psychic Geography, Vancouver: OR Gallery, 2004.
Jenifer Papararo, Contemporary Art Gallery, September 2004
Amy Pederson, essay about “night errant”, Struts Art Gallery, 2002.
Amy Pederson, “Less than 20 per cent,” Empty Returns, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, UBC, 1999.
Max Henze, Stereotypes. Anna Leonowens Art Gallery, 1995.
Storme Arden, “Digest,” The Food Show, Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, 1995.
Barbara Lounder, Last to be Done, First to be Seen, Eye Level Gallery, 1993.
Sign after the x ________. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press/Artspeak, 2001.
Helen’s Cookbook (edited by Marina Roy and Abbas Akhavan), Vancouver, BC: Helen Pitt Gallery, 2007 (with contributions by Akhavan, Abbas, Lance Blomgren, Bob Blumer, Margot Butler, Randy Lee Cutler, Aleksandra Idzior, Adrienne Lai, Donato Mancini, Phillip McCrum, Natasha McHardy, Kegan McFadden, Erin Moure, Kristina Podesva, Martha Rosler, Marina Roy, Carollee Schneemann, Michael Turner, Riisa Walden and William Wood).
Marina Roy. “In Haguenau Forest” (short story), in there’s something I want to show you, book edited by Sigrid Dahl, Winnipeg: Lives of Dogs publishers, 2011
_________. “Holy Shit,” Toronto: C Magazine, December 2010
_________. “Invisible Hands” essay about David Clark’s exhibition, Videographe, Montreal, 2009
_________. “White Hot,” essay about Kelly Lycan’s exhibition, TPWGallery, Toronto, 2009
_________. “Introduction” and “Roy&McHardy” in Helen’s Cookbook (edited by Marina Roy and Abbas Akhavan), Helen Pitt Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 2007.
_________. “Adventures in Reading Landscape,” published in Vancouver Art and Economies, Vancouver: Artspeak/Arsenal Pulp Press, 2007.
_________. “As the Hammer Strikes” (exhibition review), fillip. 1 (Summer/Fall 2005) Vancouver, B.C.
_________. “Make Money to Buy Candy,” exhibition essay for Christine Donofrio,Strange Agencies, Helen Pitt Gallery, September 2004.
_________. “Performative Utterances in Photography” in Prefix Photo, Spring 2004.
_________. “Saddam’s Arms” in Public Magazine, Winter 2004.
_________. “Cast downward”, exhibition essay for Jeremy Todd, Xeno Gallery, Jan. 2004
_________. “One Thousand Miles of Dust and Ashes by Lucy Pullen”, Canadian Art Magazine, Fall 2003.
_________. “Songstress by Althea Thauberger”, Canadian Art Magazine, Spring 2003.
_________. “I love you” in Gillian Wearing: A Trilogy (exhibition catalogue),Vancouver: Vancouver Art Gallery, 2002.
_________. “on location” in Facing History: Portraits from Vancouver, Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press/Presentation House Gallery, 2002.
_________. “These days” (review), Last Call, vol. 1, issue 2, Vancouver: Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 2001.
_________. “Corporeal Returns,” Canadian Art Magazine, Toronto, 2001.
Vanessa Kwan, “On the horizon (casting shadows): Vancouver art, economies and the pitfalls of success,” Fuse Magazine, 29:2, 2006, pp. 45–47
Marcel Danesi, “Sign after the x,” Toronto: University of Toronto Quarterly, volume 73, number 1, Winter 2003/4
Megan Purn, “Sign after the x,” The Portland Mercury, Volume 11, Sept. 5–11, 2002.
Anne Borden, “Sign after the x,” The Danforth Review, www.danforthreview.com/review/
Gale Zoe Garnett, “This book is x‑rated,” The Globe and Mail, Sat. February 2, 2002, D4.
Anne Fleming, “Eunoia/Sign after the x,” The Georgia Straight, Jan. 31-Feb. 7 2002, vol. 36, no.1780.
Ron Nurwisah, “Sign after the x,” The Ubyssey, vol. 83, issue 27, Jan. 2002, p. 5.
Valerie MacEwen, “The impossibility of a cosmological proof of the existence of x,” Popmatters (website), 2001.
GlogauAIR, Berlin, 2010
Canada Council International Residency, Paris Studio, 2010
AxeNeo7/Daimon, Gatineau, Quebec, 2009
HSSGrant (UBC) 2008
Hampton Research Award (UBC) 2005
SSHRC– Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Research/ Creation Grant in Fine Arts) 2004
Canada Council Creative Production Grant 2003
Canada Council Creative Production Grant 2002
B.C. Binning Fellowship Award (UBC) 1998
UBCFine Arts Book Award 1998
William Souter Memorial Scholarship (NSCAD) 1993
Centennial Foundation Scholarship (NSCAD) 1993