I’m an interdisciplinary artist whose work seems to keep coming back to complicated relationships with communication, often exploring the absurdities and anxieties that surround our attempts to connect. The way language interferes with and frames our ability to know ourselves and one another is endlessly strange to me. And heartbreaking. And funny.
Ray Fenwick is an interdisciplinary artist working with performance, video, sound and typography.He has an undergraduate degree from NSCAD and an MFA Degree from the University of Manitoba. He has participated in residencies at Struts Gallery (NB), Plug-In ICA (MB), and Owens Art Gallery (NB). He has exhibited, performed, and screened work in both Canada and the U.S., and has spoken about his work at galleries, conferences and universities in both countries. He has run workshops exploring performance and sound for both youth and adults. He has received grants from the Canada Council, Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council and Nova Scotia Culture and Heritage.
His performance work lies somewhere between experimental comedy and sound art, and has been performed at many venues including Galerie Sans Nom (NB), Grenfell Art Gallery (NFLD), Southern Alberta Art Gallery (AB), Truck Gallery (AB), Plug-In ICA (MB), WNDX Festival (MB) and more. He has also performed this work in bars and at music festivals.
His band Pastoralia is an art, performance and music hybrid that acts as a meeting point between the practices of Fenwick and Halifax artist Mitchell Wiebe. Pastoralia has performed at various venues, including the opening of Mass MoCA’s Oh Canada exhibition (MA, USA), Nocturne festival (NS), Saltbox Performance Festival (NFLD) and Plug In ICA (MB).