Biography

A native of Montréal Québec, Statz completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2000, and received his Masters of Fine Arts degree at Concordia University in 2008. Currently based in Calgary Alberta, Statz’s work has been exhibited across Canada, The United States, and Europe.

Artist Statement

I am an idiot.

Anyone who knows me would likely admit that this is neither a stretch of the truth or the imagination – in fact, if I were a gambling man I’d say it would be a pretty safe bet. Based on a personal and experiential reality, my work owns up to this fact.

I have never been particularly interested in “philosophy” or “words”; it is experience that informs my creative and “intellectual” work. I am not referring to the philosophical or metaphysical notion of experience, but rather the simplest, basic concept of experience as a physical thing – the stuff of life; however, because I do not lead a life that is altogether interesting or exciting, the subject matter of the work refers to the mundane.

By depicting the mundane, importance is effectually placed on the regular, everyday events that most individuals take for granted. Within the context of my art practice, something as simple as a conversation, an unusual encounter while walking the streets or a trip on public transit can be considered as research material.

In the production of my work, I employ strategies from performance, and analog/digital print technologies that include elements of humour, wit, and humility – with just a hint of self-deprecation. Any self-flagellation, however, should not be taken as an admission of a lowered self-image; it is used primarily as a comedic device.

Present Work

COMING SOON

Past Work

COMING SOON

Curriculum Vitae

Education

1996 - 2000  The Alberta College of Art + Design, BFA (with honours)
2005 - 2008  Concordia University, MFA

Solo Exhibitions

2017  Swamp Ass / Foul Balls; New Edward Gallery, Calgary Alberta.
2015  COMIC CON’T; Pith Gallery, Calgary Alberta.
    Penultimatch; La Fenêtre, Calgary Alberta.
2012  Pity Show; 809 Gallery, Calgary Alberta.
2008 Sorry; MFA Gallery, Concordia University, Montréal Québec.
    100% Natural! No Money Down!; Mouse Print Gallery, Montréal Québec.
2006 Crud Bucket; Bourget Gallery, Concordia University, Montréal Québec.
2005 Some Assembly Required; Truck Gallery +15 Window, Calgary Alberta.
2004 Self-Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Alternator Gallery, Kelowna British
    Columbia.
2003 The Great, White North; Spur Gallery, Calgary Alberta.
2002 Through the Rabbit Hole; Untitled Art Society, Calgary Alberta.
2000 Retrospecticus; The New Gallery, Calgary Alberta.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017  I Am Canadian; The Edge Gallery, Calgary Alberta.
2016  I Love Inglewood; The Edge Gallery, Calgary Alberta.
    Walking Phoenix; AVALANCHE! Institute of Contemporary Art, Calgary
    Alberta.
2015  Hang in There; Owens Gallery, Sackville New Brunswick.
2014  Perfect Uncle 3; Collaborative project with Perfect Uncle for M:ST Performative
    Arts Festival, Calgary Alberta.
2013  809 House in conjunction with Wreck City, Calgary Alberta.
2012  Perfect Uncle II: Use Your Illusion II; Collaborative project with Perfect Uncle at
    Untitled Art Society, Calgary Alberta.
2010  How to Look for Work in the Big City; Collaborative project with Suzen
    Statz for M:ST Performative Arts Festival, Calgary Alberta.
    Pindemonium; Galerie Maison Kasini, Montréal Québec.
    Hommage à la Ville; Studio Off Interarts, Montréal Québec.
2009 Biennale Internationale d’Estampe Contemporaine de Trois-Rivières Trois-
    Rivières Québec.
2007 Compression; Galerie Art Mûr, Montréal Québec.
2006 Bourget: White Cube on the Move; Concordia University, Montréal Québec.
    Rotary Blue; Atelier Circulaire, Montréal Québec.
2005 Eye Candy; Image 54 Gallery, Calgary Alberta.
2004 Make Show; Spur Gallery, Calgary Alberta.
    Rise Show; Spur Gallery, Calgary Alberta.
    The Old Man Show; Sugar Estate, Calgary Alberta.
    Drawing On A Warm, Thin Line; Forest City Gallery, London Ontario.
2003 Fiasco; Sugar Estate, Calgary Alberta.
2002 The Peace Show; Kentler International Drawing Space, New York NY.
    Artcity Group Exhibition; Untitled Art Society, Calgary Alberta.
    Our Beautiful, Ridiculous Plans; Gallery San Chun, Calgary Alberta.
    Drawing vs. Painting: A Mathematical Exposé On The Unification of Dualities;
    Spur Gallery, Calgary Alberta.
2001  International Festival of Graphic Arts; Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
    Outside the Lines; Art City, Calgary Alberta.
2000 1st International Biennale of Artist Trading Cards; The New Gallery
    Calgary Alberta.
    1st International Miniature Print Exhibition; Dundarave Print Workshop
    Vancouver British Columbia.
    ACAD Graduate Exhibition; Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary Alberta.
    Pressed; Gallery San Chun, Calgary Alberta.
1999  5th Annual Pacific Rim Miniature Art Show; Araki Gallery, Vancouver British
    Columbia.
    Dundarave Micro-Miniature Print Exhibition; Dundarave Print Workshop
    Vancouver British Columbia.
1998  4th Annual Pacific Rim Miniature Art Show; Araki Gallery, Vancouver British
    Columbia.
    International Miniature Print Exhibition MIG ’98; Muncill Hall, Barcelona Spain.

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