CHRISTINE D'ONOFRIO

Artist, Educator

ABOUT

Biography

Christine D'Onofrio is a visual artist based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She attended York University in Toronto for her BFA, and completed her MFA at the University of British Columbia. She has shown extensively throughout Canada and currently teaches at the University of British Columbia.

Statement
My practice acts as an inquiry to art history and the nature of artistic practice, current and historical feminism, exploitation, virtue, humiliation, humour and desire. Consumer culture and media are set up next to art historical references denoting a promise to both. I am interested in the contradictions and ambiguities of liberty, especially through capital. My past work specifically did this by examining the complications of liberating female representation through canonical structures to the point that it may find new structure, thus liberating it from both, while enacting within them entirely. After years of referring to the body through synthetic substitutes, I felt it was necessary to conquer the actual body. A representation of which so many feminists overtly defended or exploitatively undermined, I realized that this undertaking was important in regaining a conversation in these politics. I struggle with the notion of liberty, what to do with liberty, and the limitations within the system. My work angles on feminist strategies, but I am critical of it, and interested in this discourse pertaining to structures of exploitation, humiliation, and ultimately power. When faced with a potential to enact new liberties, how we can discover them without being influenced by the structures of the past? How does one find an identity outside of a set order, as Barthes reminds us “a code cannot be destroyed…only played off.” If we work within the system, does one even know what to do with their liberty? How can new meaning be created or how can one erupt the production of meaning, how it is produced and organized? If identity able to not belong to something, if it could be free of titles and limitations, it would need crisis to exist. As feminism asks for a liberation of identity, liberation only exists when it does not know its end.

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Education
MFA Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory, University of British Columbia Vancouver BC
BFA Specialized Honours Department of Visual Arts, York University Toronto ON
Select Solo Exhibitions
2011 Falling Woman La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse Curator: Roxanne Arsenault, Montreal QC
2011 Falling Woman Eyelevel Gallery Curator: Michael McCormack, Halifax NS
2009 Flare (Contact Photography Festival) Soho Gallery Curator: Phil McCrum, Toronto ON
2008 Falling Woman Republic Gallery, Vancouver BC
2007 Nudes Republic Gallery, Vancouver BC
2005 Panties, Polish, Candy WARC Gallery, Toronto ON
Select Group Exhibitions & Events

2016 Feminist Art Conference Exhibition OCAD University, Toronto ON
2014 The Incubator black & yellow Gallery Curator: Allison Mander-Wionzek, Vancouver BC
2013 Haphazard (Part of Swarm 2013) Acme Studios, Vancouver BC
2013 Flares Not Sent Letters Curated by Jeremy Todd, Vancouver BC
2011 Picturing Intuition AMS Gallery, Vancouver BC
2010 Alphabet City Festival Toronto Free Gallery Curator: John Knechtel, Toronto ON
2010 Falling Woman Remix Instant Coffee Light Bar, Vancouver BC
2008 Infra-Ordinary Modern Fuel Gallery Curator: Michael Davidge, Kingston ON
2008 Trust in Me Charles H. Scott Gallery Curator: Cate Rimmer, Vancouver BC
2007 Food Dave Mirvish, Toronto ON
2006 Prologue Republic Gallery, Vancouver BC
2006 Diachronic Thames Art Gallery Curator: Gordon Frendo, Chatham ON
2004 Strange Agencies Helen Pitt Gallery Curator: Jeremy Todd, Vancouver BC
2004 Proof 11 Gallery 44, Toronto ON
2003 Belkin Invitational Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver BC

Essays

2011 Allison Saunders Feast your eyes on the Falling Woman The Coast, Halifax NS
2008 Riva Symko Nothing is Ordinary. Everything is Ordinary. Infra-Ordinary Modern Fuel Gallery
2004 Marina Roy"make money to have candy Strange Agencies Helen Pitt Gallery
2004 Sara Angelucci Proof11 Proof Gallery 44
2003 Lara Tomaszewska Looking at Desire: Christine D’Onofrio’s Panties and Nail Polish Series Belkin Invitational Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Academic Positions
2014-Present University of British Columbia Instructor Vancouver BC
2008-14 University of British Columbia Lecturer Vancouver BC
2007-08 Emily Carr University of Art and Design Sessional Lecturer Vancouver BC
2007-08 University of British Columbia Sessional Lecturer Vancouver BC
2006-07 University of Toledo Visiting Assistant Professor Toledo OH
2005 University of Windsor Sessional Lecturer Windsor ON
2004-05 University of British Columbia Sessional Lecturer Vancouver BC
Curatorial / WRITING
2013 AHVA Gallery The Idiot of Nature, Curator Vancouver BC
2011 AHVA Gallery Marijke Nap; Life Works, Curator Vancouver BC
2010 UBC To the Institution of my Faculties, Catalogue Foreword Vancouver BC
2010 Curator, AHVA Gallery Initials (First year showcase) Vancouver BC
2009 Curator, AHVA Gallery What Matter (Including online catalogue) Vancouver BC
Published Works & Broadcasts
2014 Food & Wine Magazine Kitchen Art
2008 Behind the Lens No Bull Television Spot Broadcast on BRAVO!
2007 Food Cover and Insert Alphabet City, MIT Press
2007 Vancouver Review, Arts Centerfold
2004 The Walrus, Barbara Nichol Some Common Questions about Sex and Ageing October 2004
Select Artist Talks
2017 New Media Gallery, Anvil Centre Fresh Talk: Children New Westminster BC
2016 MOA Visual and Material Culture Research Seminar Series That’s not Funny Vancouver BC
2016 Vancouver Art Gallery, MASH UP Exhibition: Flash Talk Vancouver BC
2014 University of the Arts Artist Talk Phildelphia PEN
2014 Skidmore College Artist & Teaching Talk Saratoga Springs, NY
2011 La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse Artist Talk Montreal QC
2011 Eyelevel Gallery Artist Talk Halifax NS
2010 Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery Conversations Series: Faces Vancouver BC
2009 University of Lethbridge Art Now Artist Talk Lethbridge AB
2009 Emily Carr on North Island College Artist Talk Comox Valley BC
2008 University of the Fraser Valley Artist Talk Abbotsford BC
2008 Vancouver Art Gallery Feminisms Panel Vancouver BC
2008 University of British Columbia Artist Talk Vancouver BC
2008 Victoria University of Wellington, School of Design Artist Talk Wellington, New Zealand
2005 Women’s Artist Resource Center Panel Discussion Toronto ON
2004 Helen Pitt Gallery Artist Talk Vancouver BC
CONFERENCES
2016 Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Connecting Classroom to Community: Engaged Learning Across Disciplines (with Kathryn Grafton) Conference Paper, Banff AB
2016 Universities Art Association Conference From Skill-Building to Creative Research:  Flexible Learning in Foundation Digital Arts Studio Conference Paper,  Montreal QC
Grants
2017 Canada Council for the Arts Visual Arts Research/Creation Grant
2014 Canada Council for the Arts Visual Arts Research/Creation Grant
2008 Canada Council for the Arts Research/Creation Grant
2007 Ontario Arts Council Visual Artist Emerging Grant
2007 Canada Council for the Arts (Awarded but not funded) Research/Creation Grant in Visual Arts
2005 Canada Council for the Arts Research/Creation Grant in Visual Arts

Contact

Feel free to email me at christinedonofrio(at)gmail.com