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Robert Youds

 I graduated from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, in 1978 with a BFA, and completed my MFA from York University, Toronto, Ontario, in 1982.

I have been working and exhibiting my artwork professionally since the late 1970s. While I initially began my career as a painter, by the early 1980s I became interested in issues of color and space beyond the limitations of the picture plane. This interest led me to examine the conditions of the spectatorial and its relationship to constructed objects and images situated in real space. At that time, perhaps with the exception of a handful of major artists such as Judd, Stella, Palermo, Truitt, Flavin and Richter, there weren’t too many artists significantly contributing towards this new jurisdictional aesthetic in art that exists between the areas of sculpture and painting (I feel it is important to draw a distinction here from the more generalized area of installation practice which also blossomed in the late 1970s.) While I was acutely aware of the contributions by these artists and their works, I had a growing interest in architecture and design as holding possibilities for larger social and interactive implications for art - to infuse significant new fuel into my perceptual and aesthetic query. I felt the aforementioned Minimalists’ work had really only opened the door of possibilities, there was, and has been, so much more to do. Today my combined interests in the areas of architecture, design, painting and sculpture, remain at the foundational core of my artistic work. Within the disciplinary specifics, and their limitations, I feel color and space hold greater communicative roles to play. In this manner, I prefer to say my work has followed a path of exploration involving the combination of pictures, objects and things, and their cultural relationship to issues of color and light in space. This claim places my career more accurately within the realm and specificity of object-hood including its intersection and its absorption into the changing roles for art within a broader cultural, phenomenological and everyday, viewer experience of the world.

 In 2015 I was commissioned by the Vancouver Art Gallery to produce a major outdoor project as part of their ongoing Offsite series. The work was entitled, For Everyone a Sunset. It involved the use of materials such as 20 tons of salvaged glass, aluminum and neon. It was designed to capture/mirror the city’s own evolving image including buildings being built and coming down around the site. This past year I was commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts in conjunction with Open Space Gallery to produce a similar sized architecture-like piece entitled For Everyone a Fountain. It will also engage the spectator in a dynamic tension of seeing and experiencing – where the physical object intersects with the illusory realm. The work features a computer activated lighting program that translates a set of photographic landscape images into changing light and color. There is also a sound component to the work which unravels against the simultaneous light display occurring in real time. In these mutual works my aim is to create a situation where an incomplete partition of the everyday happens between the viewing experience of the built structure and the works’ own reciprocity of human presence and poetic communication.

 I have been a guest lecturer at forty six separate university and college programs throughout Canada and the USA, notably including Rhode Island School of Art and Design, University of Toronto, Ontario College of Art and Design, USSD CA, and Simon Fraser University. I have also given special public lectures on my work at many institutions such as the Vancouver Art Gallery, Power Plant, Toronto, the Mendel Museum, Sask, etc. I am currently a full professor at the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

I was a board member of the Mercer Union Gallery (1982-85), Toronto, Ontario, a board member of the Art Gallery of the Greater Victoria (2010-2011), and a board member of the Legacy Gallery (2012 – 2016), Victoria, BC.

My work has been shown in many prestigious galleries and museums such as: Power Plant, Toronto, Ontario, (1995), Site Santa Fe, New Mexico (1999), Museum of Mexico City, Mexico City (1999), Oliver Art Center, CCAC, Oakland (1999), Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario (2003), Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, (2006), National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, (2010), Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (2013), Xi’an Art Museum, Xi’an, China (2014), Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC (2015), Today Museum, Beijing, China (2015), among many others.

My artworks have been represented by Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, Post Wilshire, Los Angeles, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, William Turner, Los Angeles and most recently by Barbara Edwards Gallery, Toronto.

I have had my work included in art fairs such as the Chicago Art Fair, Los Angeles Art Fair, Toronto Art Fair.

My work has been the subject of a major survey exhibition, beautifulbeautiful artificial field, 2007, at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, The catalog included essays by writers Saul Ostrow, Barry Schwabsky, artist Karin Davie and curator Lisa Baldissera.

Grants and awards in the last five years: Canada Council of the Arts, (Long Term Grant) 2016, Canada Council of the Arts Grant, 2014, BC Art Council Grant, 2016, BC Arts Council grant, 2013, Lansdowne Chair, University of Victoria (Honorary, 2011-13).

Commissions: RBC Building, Toronto (2010), TD Building (Mies Van der Rohe building) 2014, Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite (2014-15), Open Space Gallery Project (2016-2017).

My work is held in 22 public collections and has been published in 27 exhibition catalogues to date.


Curriculum vitae

Public Commissions

2014-2015  For Everyone a Sunset, Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite, Vancouver, BC
2013  TD Centre, Toronto, ON
2011  Seeing You Seeing: Colour Wheel, Cadillac Fairview, for RBC Centre, Toronto, ON

 Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017  For Everyone a Fountain, Open Space, Victoria, BC
2015  say nothing ,twice, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, ON

2014-2015  For Everyone a Sunset, Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite, Vancouver, BC

2013  late-day light, 330g Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

2013  handmade ultramarine mantra, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, ON

2012  Room Upgrade for Pacific Northwest Afternoon, Deluge Contemporary, Victoria, BC

2011  foldouts, Winchester Gallery, Victoria, BC

2011  turn on your electric, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, ON

2009  Another Appearance Made Visible, LOLA, London, ON

2009  Jesus Green Tofino Sunset, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, ON

2009  Jesus Green Tofino Sunset, University of Western Ontario Artlab, London, ON

2009  Time Must Have a Stop or look out your window, Ministry of Casual Living, Victoria, BC

2007  beautifulbeautiful artificial field, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, BC

2007  small artificial fields, Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON

2006  Our Raum Licht, Diaz Contemporary, Toronto, ON

2003  LocalLocal, Confederation Center Art Gallery, Charlottetown, PEI

2003  chronochromie, Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, ON

2002  livingroombedroomofficeden, Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, ON

2002  Chicago International Art Fair, Feature exhibit, Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1999  walls,floor,window,ceiling, Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1998  Blink, Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, ON

1997  Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1997  L.A. International, Biennial Art Invitational, William Turner Gallery, CA

1996  William Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1995  Power Plant, Toronto, ON

1994  Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB

1994  Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1994  Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, ON

1993  Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC

1992  Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, ON

1990  Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, ON

1989  Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, ON

1987  Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, ON

1987  Mercer Union, Toronto, ON

1985  Grunwald Gallery, Toronto, ON

1984  Grunwald Gallery, Toronto, ON


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017... Re: collection, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, PE
2016   The Imaginary Machine, The Slide Room Gallery, Victoria, BC
2015  Transformation of Canadian Landscape Art: Inside and Outside of Being, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

2014  Transformation of Canadian Landscape Art: Inside and Outside of Being, Xi’an Art Museum, Xi’an, China
2014  Through the Looking Glass, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC

2014  Out of Sight: New Acquisitions, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver BC

2014  Colour Interaction, Neubacher Shor Contemporary Gallery, Toronto, ON

2013  Paradox, University of Victoria Legacy Art Gallery, Victoria, BC

2013  Rewilding Modernity, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

2013  Built From Colour, Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, PEI

2013  Now Art Congress 2013, University of Victoria, Visual Arts Department, Victoria, BC

2012  Collector’s Choice, Winchester Modern, Victoria, BC

2010  Art Toronto 2010, Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, ON

2010  It Is What It Is, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON

2009  Another Appearance Made Visible, LOLA Festival, London, ON

2008  Abstract Painting in Canada, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS

2008  Through the Looking Glass, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB

2008  The Big Gift, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB

2006  PAINT: a psychedelic primer, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2006  Toronto International Art Fair, News @ Five Exhibition, Toronto, ON

2006  UnNatural Wonders, Kinemacolor Bldg, Victoria, BC

2006  McIntyre Ranch Project, Illington Kerr Gallery, ACAD, Calgary, AB

2005  Diaz Contemporary Inaugural Exhibition, Toronto, ON

2005  The Shape of Colour: Excursions in Colour Field Art 1950-2005, AGO, Toronto, ON

2005  Shortgrass Plains Project, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, AB

2005  Curb Appeal, Confederation Center Art Gallery, Charlottetown, PEI

2004  SITEUnseen, James Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM

2004  Museum of Contemporary Art, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

2003  Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

2003  A Little Bit of Funk, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC

2003  Gyptomania, Simon Fraser University Gallery, Vancouver, BC

2002  ES2002 Tijuana, International Biennial, Tijuana, Mexico

2002  ES2002 Museum of Contemporary. Art, Culiacan, Mexico,

2002  ES2002 Museum of Contemporary, Merida, Mexico

2000  Real Life, Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Kingston, ON

2000  The fact of the matter is... the essence of substance, Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby, BC

2000  spilled edge soft corner, Blackwood Gallery, Erindale College, ON

1999  Five Continents and One City, Museum of Mexico City, Mexico

1999  L.A. International, Biennial Art Invitational, Post Gallery, CA

1999  Les Peintures, Galerie Rene Blouin, Montreal, QC

1999  Postmark: An Abstract Effect, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM

1999  twistfoldlayerflake, Oliver Art Center, CCAC Institute, Oakland, CA

1996  Topographies, Aspects of Recent B.C. Art, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1996  Beckett Festival, Visual Arts Gallery, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC

1994  New Work: Vikky Alexander, Robert Youds, Project Gallery, Vancouver, BC

1990  Art Bank Exhibition, Toronto, ON

1990  Group Exhibition, Sable-Castelli Gallery, Toronto, ON

1984  E(X) Changes, Saidye Bronfman Centre, Montreal, QC

1984  Toronto Painting ‘84, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

1984  The Glenbow Museum, Rodman Hall Arts Centre, AB

1984  Art Gallery of Windsor, Edmonton Art Gallery, AB

1984  Art Gallery of Algoma, The Gallery, Stratford, ON

 Curatorial

1985    Charles Ray, Mercer Union, Toronto, ON
1984    Four Sculptures: Roland Brener and Bill Woodrow, Mercer Union, Toronto, ON

Public Collections

Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

Hamilton Art Gallery, Hamilton, ON

BMO Art Collection, Toronto, ON

TD Art Collection, TD Bank Group

Cadillac Fairview, for RBC Centre, Toronto, ON

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON

Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Agnes Etherington Art Gallery, Kingston, ON

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC

Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON

Canada Council Art Bank, Ottawa, ON

Department of External Affairs Canada, Ottawa, ON

Macdonald Steward Art Centre, Guelph, ON

Province of British Columbia Art Collection, Victoria, BC

University of Lethbridge Art Collection, AB

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

Confederation Center Art Gallery, Charlottetown, PEI

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS

Museum London, London, ON

Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB

Prudential Insurance Co. of America

Toronto-Dominion Bank Collection

Catalogues and Books

For Everyone a Sunset, Vancouver Art Gallery Offsite, 2015

Paradox, Legacy Art Galleries, University of Victoria, 2013

It Is What It Is, National Gallery of Canada, 2010

Abstract Painting in Canada, Douglas & McIntyre, 2008

Beautifulbeautiful artifical field, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2007

Locallocal, Confederation Center Art Gallery, PEI, 2005

The Shape of Colour, Excursions in Colour Field Art 1950-2005, AGO, 2005

PAINT: A Psychedelic Primer, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2005

ES2002 Tijuana International Biennial of Standards, Tijuana, Mexico, 2002

ART BC, Masterworks from British Columbia, Ian M. Thom, 2000

spilled edge soft corners, Blackwood Gallery, Erindale College, ON, 2000

Five Continents and One City, Mexico City Museum, Mexico, 1999

Postmark: An Abstract Effect, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, 1999

twistfoldlayerflake, Oliver Art Center, CCAC, Oakland, CA, 1999

Topographies, Aspects of Recent B.C. Art,  Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver Art Gallery, 1996

Forse Che Si, Forse Che No, Charles H. Scott Gallery, Vancouver, B.C, 1994

Toronto Painting ’84, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON, 1984

Expron: Recent Works by Seven Artists from Ontario, Toronto/ Montreal, 1984

Locations/National Exhibition, Mercer Union Gallery, Toronto, ON, 1983

Affinities: Ten Painters of the Region, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, 1979

Vancouver Island Invitational Exhibition, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC, 1978