Bruce Montcombroux

June 15, 2018

Liminal Demarcation, Estevan Art Gallery & Museum


June, 2018

NES Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland

Born in Oxford, England, Bruce Montcombroux immigrated to Canada at an early age with his parents. Frequent moves were the mainstay of his childhood and he has lived in numerous places across Canada, including the Arctic. His work is influenced by a past of immigration, frequent moves, residing remote locations, and temporary living situations.

Montcombroux holds an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan and a BFA from the University of Manitoba. Montcombroux has been faculty at Brandon University from 2000 to 2005 with the distributed education program. He has taught at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon SK since 2008, and at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary AB in 2011/12. Montcombroux relocated to Edmonton AB in 2015 where he is now an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications at MacEwan University.

As a practicing artist he exhibits his work nationally and internationally at artist run and civic galleries such as Paved Arts, Saskatoon SK, Artspace, Peterborough ON, the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina SK, Harbourfront – York Quay Centre, Toronto ON, and the Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC. His work has appeared in journals such as Grain Magazine in 2012, in multiple press reviews including AKIMBO and as of late in PAVEDMeant, Vol. 2 (2016) for a recent exhibition TL;DR. He has attended residencies at the Banff Centre, the Vermont Studio Center, and NES Artist Residency in Skagastond, Iceland. He has been a mentoring artist for the RBC Artist by Artists Program at the Mendel Art Gallery, in 2013. Montcombroux has been the recipient of numerous grants, which include the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and notably a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2012.

In May 2018 Montcombroux will be exhibiting new work at the Estevan Art Gallery & Museum in Estevan SK and in June 2018 Montcombroux is returning to the NES Artist Residency in Skagastond, Iceland as invited alumni.

I explore themes about structure, absence, and narrative. I consider temporary constructions, the loss of memory, and how stories reinvented over time. My ideas are manifested though sculptural installations, interactive and kinetic works, and drawing. I source visual cues from the mechanical, failed utopian architecture, and the century-old, but problematic, practice of museum dioramas. I am fascinated by the discarnate, or not having a physical body, and provisional or hybrid habitats. My concerns are prompted by a past of immigration, frequent moves, residing remote locations, and temporary living situations.

Select Solo, Two-Person and Group Exhibitions

2016 – Performing Sculpture: SubArctic Improv and Experimental Arts Series, Mile Zero Dance
2016 – Site, Sight, Cite, Dunlop Art Gallery (Sherwood Village Branch), Regina SK (solo)
2016 – Market PriceNuit Blanche Saskatoon
2016 – TL;DR, Paved Arts, Saskatoon SK (solo)
2016 – You are not here, The Gallery/art placement inc., Saskatoon SK (solo)

2014 – Landing, The Gallery/art placement inc., Saskatoon SK (solo)
2013 – No Overnight Camping, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton ON (two-person)
2012 – Ice Follies – Anaamimikom, a biennial of site-specific art – North Bay ON
2012 – Unplanned Architectures, (curatorial by John Hampton) Neutral Ground, Regina SK
2011 – Les Choses Sont Contre Nous, AKA Gallery, Saskatoon SK
2011 – GeNext@AGR, Group Exhibition Art Gallery of Regina, Regina SK
2011 – 56th Annual Juried Member Show, Guest Juror: Sarah Anne Johnson, Durham Art Guild, Durham, NC
2010 – Palanquin Park, Two-Person Exhibition, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s NL
2010 – Combine, Harbourfront – York Quay Centre, Toronto ON
2010 – Palanquin Park, Artspace, Peterborough ON
2009 – Reconstruction, Kenderdine / College Art Galleries, Saskatoon SK
2009 – Toy Soldiers, Forest City Gallery, London ON
2009 – Institutionalized, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon SK
2008 – Original 6th Annual SQUARE FOOT Show, AWOL Gallery, Toronto ON
2008 – Natures Mortes: Recent AcquisitionsGordon Snelgrove Gallery Collection, Saskatoon SK
2008 – Work’n It, Headbones Gallery, Toronto ON
2007 – The 1950 Ford Show, (curator Anthony Easton) Art Gallery Of Alberta, Edmonton AB
2007 – Seasonull, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon SK
2007 – What’s Been Done, Artlab, University of Western Ontario ON
2007 – 5 x 7, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon SK
2006 – 175, OUTVIDEO festival, Moscow, Russia
2006 – Shoot It, Stuff It, Show It , Gordon Snelgrove Gallery , Saskatoon SK
2005 – P.S., aceartic, Winnipeg MB
2005 – University of Manitoba Fine Arts Open House, Gallery One One One, Winnipeg MB
2004 – Aesthetically Pleasing, GOSA Gallery, Winnipeg MB
2004 – College Pro – a painting exhibition, Outworks Gallery, Winnipeg MB


Associated Activities

The Brooklyn Art Library – The Sketchbook Project: 2011, Brooklyn NY
Eastern Edge GalleryA is For ART Book, 2010, St. John’s NL
Radio Free Banff – FM90 Broadcast, Heard Locations, 2008, The Banff Centre, Banff AB


Residencies

April 01 – 30, 2010 NES Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland
January 03 – March 26, 2010, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont USA
July 6 – August 23, 2008, Figure in a Mountain Landscape, The Banff Centre, Banff AB


Artist Talks

2016 – Site, Sight, Cite, Dunlop Art Gallery (Sherwood Village Branch), Regina SK
2016 – TL;DR, Paved Arts, Saskatoon SK
2016 – TL;DR, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon SK
2013 – No Overnight Camping, Hamilton Artists Inc., Hamilton ON
2012 – Unplanned Architecture, Neutral Ground, Regina SK
2011 – Saskatoon Community Youth Arts Programming (SCYAP) Inc.
2011 – Les Choses Sont Contre Nous, AKA Gallery, Saskatoon SK
2010 – Palanquin Park, Eastern Edge Gallery, St. John’s NL
2009 – Reconstruction, Kenderdine / College Art Galleries, Saskatoon SK
2009 – Toy Soldiers, Forest City Gallery, London ON
2009 – Recent Work: AKA Gallery, Saskatoon SK
2008 – Residency presentation, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon SK
2007 – Panel Discussion – What’s Been Done, Artlab, University of Western Ontario ON


Press Reviews / Catalogue Entries

2017 – PAVED Meant, Vol. 2 (2015-2016) TL;DR
2016 – Akimbo, Hit List – December 07, 2016
2016 – StarPhoenix – Cheap thrills: Stephanie McKay, Saskatoon – August 23, 2016
2013 – No Overnight Camping, Hamilton Artists Inc., catalogue essay – Irene Loughlin
2013 – Akimbo – Akimblog: Stephanie Vegh – February 26, 2013
2012 – Grain Magazine – The Journal of Eclectic Writing, Artist feature
2012 – Construction Sight – Suddenly, our urban world looks really, really weird, Gregory Beatty – Prairie Dog Magazine
2012 – Thoughts on Unplanned Architectures, by Martin Gourlie – Regina Urban Ecology
2011 – Les Choses Sont Contre Nous, BlackFlash Magazine – by Stephanie Canning
2011 – AKA Gallery, Les Choses Sont Contre Nous: catalogue essay.
2011 – Galleries West: Canada Exhibition Reviews – Les Choses Sont Contre Nous, Lissa Robinson, February 2011
2011 – CBC/Radio-Canada, Saskatchewan – Le Téléjournal, January 13
2011 – War Of Objects At AKA Gallery, Meagen Thomas, Verb Magazine, January 7-13
2010 – A is for fundraiser, Tara Bradbury, The Telegram – St. John’s, December 10th, 2010
2010 – Palanquin Park, Eastern Edge Gallery, catalogue entry – Cliff Eyland
2010 – Hipster Fairytales, Leah Sandals, National Post · Saturday, July 17, 2010
2009 – Love and War, Bart Gazzola – Planet S Magazine, Volume 8 Issue 3
2009 – New Sculpture Exhibit, Gail Jansen, Verb Magazine, December 4-10
2009 – Akimbo – Akimblog: Sky Glabush – April 15th, 2009
2008 – Vast Prairie, Vast Exhibit, Bart Gazzola – Planet S Magazine
2008 – Work’n It Catalogue, Headbones Gallery, Julie Oakes – Rich Fog Micro Publishing
2006 – Behind the scenes show, Chris Morin – The Sheaf – volume 97, issue 22, Feb. 2
2005 – Looking at Student Art, Gwen Armstrong – PaperWait Critical Distance, volume 10:5
2004 – 26/Two-Sicks/Too-Six, Cliff Eyland – Border Crossings, November 2004, 16-27.


Awards

2012 – The Pollock-Krasner Foundation – Support Grant
2011 – Saskatchewan Arts Board – Independent Artist Grant
2010 – Saskatchewan Arts Board – Independent Artist Grant
2009/10 – Vermont Studio Center – Artist/Writer Grant
2009 – Saskatchewan Arts Board – Independent Artist Grant
2008 – Trevie and Arliss Miller Scholarship
2006 – University of Saskatchewan, President’s Fund
2005/07 – Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Saskatchewan
2004 – Letter of commendation, Emoke J.E. Szathmáry – President, University of Manitoba


Community Contributions / Workshops Conducted

2017 – Edmonton Arts Council, Yorath House – Public Art Jury
2016 – Latitude 53 Artist-run board member (ongoing term)
2016 – Latitude 53 Artist-run – Advocacy and Fundraising Committee (ongoing term)
2016 – Arduino workshop, Paved Arts, Saskatoon SK
2016 – Paved Arts, Culture Days, Saskatoon SK
2015 – Edmonton Arts Council, Public Art Jury
2014 – Sculpture Workshop (July 04-09), The Banff Centre, Banff AB
2013 – SomethingonSundays, Mechanics and Art, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon SK
2012/2013 – Database development: The New Gallery / John Snow House, Calgary AB
2010/12 – Fundraising Committee: AKA Gallery, Saskatoon SK
2009 – SomethingonSundays, Machines at Play, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon SK
2009 – Clay workshop for teachers, Bishop Roborecki School, Saskatoon SK