Jim Verburg

With a practice stemming from photography, Verburg’s work is inspired by the subtle, nuanced, and fleeting affects of light. Employing materials such paint, ink, charcoal, and powdered graphite to interact with paper, newsprint, mylar, and vinyl, Verburg creates captivating compositions that mimic the delicate nuances of reflection, absorption, opacity, and translucence. Through an experimental process rooted in mindfulness and intentionality, Verburg explores the dynamic interplay between the physicality and emotionality of his materials. Tight geometric compositions are contrasted with layered planes of transparency to create subtle minimalist representations of a complex introspection. By treating light as both material and subject, Verburg pushes the boundaries of the physical by prioritizing the intangibilities of form. 

Jim Verburg is a Dutch/Canadian artist currently based in Toronto. His recent projects include a public art installation for the city of Ottawa, a choreographed work for the Toronto Dance Theatre, a book project with Fw: Photography in Amsterdam, the upcoming group exhibition For you / And me, at Paul Kuhn Gallery (Calgary), and solo projects at Zalucky Contemporary (Toronto), and Rodman Hall Art Centre (Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario).


Selected Artworks


+ CV

EDUCATION

2008 - Bachelor of Fine Arts (with Distinction), Major in Photography, Concordia University, Montréal (QC)

1999 - Sociology/Religious Studies, Queens University, Kingston (ON)

RESIDENCIES

2014

  • Visiting Artist Residency, Open Studio, Toronto (ON)

2010

  • Figure in a Mountain Landscape (Reprise), Residency with Silke Otto-Knapp, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff (AB)

2009

  • Artist in Residency, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto (ON)

2008

  • Hothouse 5, Animation Production Residency, National Film Board of Canada (NFB/ONF), Montréal (QC)

GRANTS AND DISTINCTIONS

2017

  • Bourse de recherche Chalmers Fellowship, Conseil des arts de l'Ontario

2015

  • Research and Creation Grant, Canada Council for the Arts

2014

  • National / International Residency Grant, Ontario Arts Council
  • Best Printed Publication (shortlisted) for O/ Divided/Defined, Weights, Measures and Emotional Geometry at the Gala des Arts Visual (Montreal)

2012

  • Research and Creation Grant to Visual Artists, Canada Council for the Arts

2011

  • Dazibao Award, Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal 2011, Montreal (QC)

2010

  • Research and Creation Grant to Media Artists, Canada Council for the Arts

2009

  • Best Short Film, Audience Award, 11th Annual FairyTales International Queer Diversity Film Festival, Calgary (AB)
  • Shorts Jury Member, Inside Out Film Festival, Toronto (ON)

2008

  • Short listed for the Iris Prize for Short Film, Cardiff, Wales (UK)
  • Colin Campbel Award, Best Canadian Short Film, Jury Prize, Inside Out Film and Video Festival, Toronto (ON)
  • Travel Grant for Professional Artists, Quebec Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec
  • Undergraduate International Travel Grant, Concordia University

2007

  • Fine Arts Student Association Special Projects Grant, Concordia University

COLLECTIONS

Medcan Collection

HBC Collection

TD Bank Collection

Hydro-Québec Collection

+ Solo Exhibitions

2018

  • Still, Zalucky Contemporary, Toronto ON
  • Whatever Form This Moment Takes, solo exhibition, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montreal QC

2017

  • A Certain Silence, Widmertheodoridis, Zurich (Suisse)
  • The shape this takes to get to that, the grid, it’s interruption, and the possibilities that exist, Installation publique permanente pour la ville d’Ottawa, Ottawa (ON)
  • A Certain Silence, Zalucky Contemporary, Toronto (ON)

2016

  • Impermanent Horizon, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)

2015

  • Light Becomes Form, The Horizon Rests into View, Texas Contemporary, with Galerie Nicolas Robert, Houston, USA
  • What is Missing / What is Seen, VOLTA NY with Widmertheodoridis (Zurich), New York, USA

2014

  • Afterimage, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)

2013

  • Untitled (Weights and Measures, from the ongoing series...), Artspace, Peterborough (ON)

2012

  • Untitled Installation (I see your point, and I understand your perspective...), Convenience Gallery, Toronto (ON)
  • Still, curated installation by Karl-Gilbert Murray, Cinémathèque Québécoise, Montréal (QC)

2011

  • One and Two, curated by Anne-Marie Ninacs, Galerie B-312 during Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Montréal (QC)

2010

  • Portrait Study, Nova Scena, Prague National Theatre, Mezipatra Festival, Prague, Czech Republic

2009

  • For a Relationship, installation solo, widmertheodoridis, Zurich, Switzerland

+ Group Exhibitions

2017

  • A Present Abstract, curated by Alex Bowron, Cydonia Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas
  • HORIZONS, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal (QC)
  • Obsolescence, Truck Contemporary Art, Calgary (AB)

2016

  • For you / And me, Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary (AB)
  • Sans Titre, Battat Contemporary, Montréal (QC)
  • Forme | Édition | Expérimentation, Collectif Blanc, Gatineau (QC) et Toronto (ON)

2015

  • Chroma, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX (ÉU)
  • What is Missing / What is Seen, The Extent of What’s Already There, visiting Artist Exhibition, Sasha Pierce and Jim Verburg, Open Studio, Toronto (ON)
  • Art Athena Contemporaries, commissaire : Christoforos Marinos, Athènes, Grèce

2014

  • Far Away So Close, commissaire : Kimberly Phillips, Access Gallery, Vancouver (BC)
  • Primeiro Estudo: Sobre Amor, commissaire : Bernardo Mosqueira, Luciana Caravello Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, Brésil

2013

  • Art Basel Miami (oeuvre présentée au Art Metropole booth), Miami FL (ÉU)
  • More Than Two (Let It Make Itself), commissaire : Micah Lexier, The Power Plant, Toronto (ON)

2012

  • Where I Lived, and What I Lived For, commissaire : Jon Davies, Oakville Galleries, Oakville (ON)
  • Scenes from Here, avec Eamon Mac Mahon, commissaire : Claire Sykes. Feature Exhibition, Contact Festival, Toronto (ON)
  • Untitled Installation (I see your point, and I understand your perspective – maybe there is no clear direction, no right or wrong answer. Maybe I’m just seeing it differently – or maybe we’re saying the same thing), Convenience Gallery, Toronto (ON)
  • Similtudes/Similarities, (projection) commissaire : Karl-Gilbert Murray, International Festival of Films on Art, Montréal (QC)

2011

  • So Many Letdowns Before We Get Up, commisaire : JJ Kegan McFadden, Platform Gallery, Winnipeg (MB)
  • C Magazine Art Auction, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), Toronto (ON)
  • Domestic Queens, commissaire : Evergon, Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery (FOFA), Concordia University, Montréal (QC)

2010

  • That’s So Gay, commissaire : Sholem Krishtalka, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto (ON)
  • Four Hikes, commissaire : Silke Otto Knapp, The Other Gallery, Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff (AB)
  • Works on Paper, avec Mark Clintberg, Jeff Kulak, et Ryan Crouchman, Papeterie Nota Bene, Montréal (QC)
  • STEM Cell: Experimental Docs 1: Variations on the Home Movie, Metro Cinema, Edmonton (AB)
  • IM/POSSIBLE WORLDS, commissaire : Jason St-Laurent, Galerie Sans Nom, Moncton (NB)

2009

  • PROOF 16, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto (ON)
  • For a Relationship (Installation), Widmer+Theodoridis Contemporary Art Gallery, Zurich, Suisse
  • 11th Annual FairyTales International Queer Diversity Film Festival, Calgary (AB)
  • Mixed Up in Philly, The Flickering Light Film Series, Philadelphie, USA
  • Reel 2 Real International Film Festival, Vancouver (BC)
  • Soup and Screen, Articule, Montréal (QC)
  • Kingston’s Still Burning, Reelout Queer Film and Video Festival, Kingston (ON)

2008

  • Mein schwules Auge 5, Werkstattgalerie, Berlin, Allemagne
  • MIX 21 NYC, New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, New York, États-Unis
  • Queersicht Film Festival, Bernes, Suisse
  • Mix Brasil, 14th Festival da Diversidade Sexual, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brésil
  • Pink Screens Film Festival, Bruxelles, Belgique
  • South by Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Albuquerque et Santa Fe, Nouveau- Mexique, États-Unis
  • LGBT Short Film Festival, Univeristy of Wilwaukee Film Department, Milwaukee Wisconsin, États-Unis
  • International Competition, Queer Lisboa 12 Film Festival, Lisbonne Portugal
  • Recovering Agnostic, commissaire : Mark Clintberg, Faculty of Fine Arts (FOFA) Gallery, Montréal (QC)
  • Make Out, commissaire : Malin Arnell, Studio, Stockholm, Suède
  • Shout Out, commissaire : Erik Martinson, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor (ON)
  • 6th Annual exposition de fin d’études des étudiants, commissaire : Lynn Beavis, Faculty of Fine Arts (FOFA) Gallery, Montréal (QC)
  • Outfest, Los Angeles International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Los Angeles, États-Unis
  • Frameline, San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival, San Francisco, États-Unis
  • Fully Flared Films, International Short Film Festival, Berlin, Allemagne
  • All The Reel Boys, NewFest 2008, New York LGBT Film Festival, New York, États-Unis
  • Montréal mon amour, commissaire : Jason St Laurent, Inside Out Film and Video Festival, Toronto (ON)
  • Vtape Screening, Oberhausen, The International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Allemagne
  • Verzaubert 17, International Queer Film Festival, Munich, Frankfort, Cologne et Berlin, Allemagne
  • Voice Over, Da Sodoma a Hollywood 23, Torino GLBT Film Festival, Turin, Italie
  • Everything Must Go, commissaire : Donna Ackrey, Eva B Studios, Montréal (QC)
  • Reelout 9, Queer Film and Video Festival, Kingston (ON)

2007

  • The Quebec New Wave (La Nouvelle Vague du Québec), commissaire : Jason St-Laurent, Inside Out, Ottawa (ON)
  • Inside Out, Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival, Toronto (ON)
  • Our Aim Is True, commissaire : Lynn Beavis, Faculty of Fine Arts (FOFA) Gallery, Montréal (QC)

+ Press and Publications

2017

  • BOWRON, Alex (2017). « Review, A Certain Silence, Jim Verburg at Zalucky Contemporary », Esse Magazine, [Online], published in May, https://bit.ly/2Gtn3zP.

2016

  • MAVRIKAKIS, Nicolas (2016). « Quand la peinture se donne des allures de photo, Les oeuvres monochromes de Jim Verburg évoquent les anciens procédés photographiques », Le Devoir, [Online], published September 17, https://bit.ly/2PhwKnJ.
  • SMITH, Kathleen (2016). « Singular Bodies, Pairing visual artists and dancers delivers mixed results in Toronto Dance Theatre’s Singular Bodies », NOW Toronto, published April 20, https://bit.ly/2VRz5bi.
  • SHABAS, Martha (2016). « Singular Bodies beautifully exploits the overlap between dance and visual effect », The Globe and Mail, [Online], published April 15, https://tgam.ca/2UoxtEx.

2015

  • A New Relationship Between Reflective Sides, Jim Verburg, 2015, Sternthal Books, Montreal.
  • CLARKE, Bill (2015). « Canadian Highlights at New York’s Art Fairs », Canadian Art Magazine, [Online], published March 12, https://bit.ly/2ZjmeAY.

2014

  • WESLEY, Susannah (2014). « Jim Verburg at Galerie Nicolas Robert, review », Akimblog, [Online], published April 22, https://bit.ly/2UZjWI3.

2013

  • More Than Two (Let It Make Itself), Micah Lexier, The Power Plant, 2013, Toronto ON ISBN: 978-1-894212-38-0
  • O/ Divided/Defined, Weights, Measures and Emotional Geometry, Jim Verburg, 2013, Dazibao, Montreal QC,102 pages, colour offset, hard cover, ISBN 978-2-922135-41-1
  • MEREDITH, Pamala (2013). « Numbers Game », Toronto Magazine, ppublished in September, p 30-31.
  • BERTALAN, Hilton (2013). « Overlaps and Meeting Places:The Work of Jim Verburg », Hello Mr. Issue One, p 51-57.

2012

  • MAGENTA FOUNDATION MAGAZINE (2012). "Five Notes: CONTACT Photography Festival Favourites, Jim Verburg at Circuit Gallery/Gallery 345", Magenta Magazine Online, [Online], published Jully 6, http://www.magentamagazine.com/10/five-notes.
  • EDMONSON, Tess (2012). « Review, Le Mois de la Photo a Montreal, Various Locations », Canadian Art, winter, p. 134.

2011

  • REID, Mary (2011). « Review Haven’t We Been Here Before? Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts, Winnipeg, June 9- July 23 2011», C Magazine 112, winter, p 54-55.
  • SILVER, Erin (2011). « Review, The Domestic Queens Project (Domestic Queens:Jim Verburg, Jason Henderickson, Zachari Logan, Ryan Conrad, Liam Michaud, And REB (Richard E. Bump). and 27 x Doug: Larry Glawson) », C Magazine III, fall, p 39-41.
  • The Domestic Queens Project, Mark Clintberg, Pages 20-23, FOFA Gallery, Concordia University Montreal QC, ISBN 978-0-9868715-0-4

2010

  • JOHNSON, Paddy (2010). « That’s So Gay! The Review », Art Fag City, [Online], published Jully 13, https://bit.ly/2UNkbqo.
  • CLINBERG, Mark (2010). « Frottage: Love affairs in Photography (Part 2) », Blackflash Magazine, Art, Photography, summer, p 14-15.

2009

  • « I see you all the time » in Open Heart curated by Ashley Neese (spring 2010) Portfolio 2 (with interview) Manner 4.09, p 34-39, April 2009.
  • Jif and Matt Manner 12.08, p 34-41, December 2008, ISSN 0935-8838 Berlin Germany
  • Le Feuilleton, Le Magazine de nos preferences, PREF 24, p 120-123, Janvier/Février, Paris, France