Dick Averns

About Dick Averns

An interdisciplinary artist and writer, Dick Averns’ practice recalibrates the commodification of space and probes how spaces are valued, bought, sold, exchanged, bartered, or fought over. Language, identity politics and media convergence  – arbiters of spatial control – are wrought through sculpture, text, lens-based media, and performance, including public art.

As an official war artist deployed with the Multinational Force and Observers, a little-known peacekeeping force monitoring the first Arab-Israeli peace treaty, he accessed Sinai, Egypt, Palestine, and Israel. Averns is also the first non-fiction writer selected as a Canadian war artist, and has published research on official war art and the War on Terror.

Averns’ oeuvre spans Canada, the United States, Australia, the UK, and the Middle East. Notable projects include Ambivalence Blvd, shown at multiple venues, including at Art + Activism (2006), YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Toronto; War Art Now (2010), The Founders’ Gallery, Calgary; and Brick + Mortar International Video Art Festival (2012), curated by Denise Markonish.

Published articles include “War + Peace: Monument and Counter-Monument” (2010) for On Site Review; “War Art in the Face of The Project for The New American Century: A Postmodern Rake’s Progress” in Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration, Convergence (Melbourne University Publishing, 2009); and “In Deference of a New Diabolique” for the international exhibition catalogue Diabolique (Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina; Galerie de l’UQAM, Montreal; and The Military Museums, Calgary, 2009). Averns has an MFA from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and teaches at the Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary.