Making the list
August 31, 2011

Zeke Moores just put the finishing touches on a new sculpture for the 2011 Sobey Art Award Exhibition, packed it and shipped it off to Halifax: a full-sized, nickel-plated port-o-potty.

“It’s tongue-in-cheek, sure, but it comes from a serious place,” says Zeke, who graduated from NSCAD University with a BFA in 2002. “I’m trying to get people to reconsider these every day, mundane objects in a different light.”

The Sobey Art Award released its shortlist yesterday and Zeke’s name was there—putting him among Canada’s leading contemporary artists. The award’s exhibition, which will include a selection of artworks by the finalists, opens at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia on September 17.

The Sobey Art Award is Canada’s pre-eminent award for contemporary Canadian artists. The winning artist will be announced on October 13, 2011.

Representing the Atlantic region, Zeke, a Newfoundlander who teaches at the University of Windsor, already feels like a winner.

Zeke-4   Zeke Moores
SUV, 2009
Fabricated Steel
549 x 213 x 183 cm 

“Wow, it was amazing making the long list and this is even better. I’m so flattered to be in such great company.”

Also on the list are: artistic collaborators Daniel Young and Christian Giroux (MFA 1995) for Ontario; Charles Stankievech, West Coast and Yukon; Sarah Anne Johnson, Prairies and the North; and Manon De Pauw, Quebec.

A sculptor, Zeke looks back fondly on his NSCAD days, when he’d hang out in the metal shop next door to the Split Crow, sip coffee and shoot the breeze. At the same time though, he was developing a work ethic and artistic sensibility that informs his work to this day. He considers sculpture faculty and staff members Thierry Delva, Greg Forrest and Sandy Graham to be friends and mentors.

“Even though I’m not from Nova Scotia, it feels like a homecoming when I go there because I had such a great time there and met so many good friends. I just love going back.”

CYCG400   Daniel Young and Christian Giroux
35mm colour motion picture film, no sound, 9min, looping film installation 
2010 
   
Stankievech400 Charles Stankievech
The DEW Project,, Confluence of
Klondike + Yukon Rivers, Yukon Territory, Canada.
64o03' N, 139o27' W
credit: C. Stankievech
   
Johnson400 Sarah Anne Johnson
Cheerleading Pyramid, 2011
C-Print, painted with acrylic inks.
40.64 x 60.96 cm
   
Manon400 Manon de Pauw
L'apprentie no. 2 [The Apprentice no. 2],
2008Digital inkjet print and light box,
76 x 102 x 10 cm
Collection: Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec