Exhibitionists·In Residence

What happened to this season's Exhibitionists in Residence after their episodes aired

What have our Exhibitionists in Residence been up to? Kicking ass, taking names, making more GIFs. Plus, find out how to get featured on Season 4.

Plus, find out how to get your artwork featured when the show returns for Season 4

Detail of "Masked" by Franziska Barczyk, one of our past Exhibitionists in Residence. The piece was chosen by the Society of Illustrators to appear in their annual "Illustrators 60" exhibition and book. (Courtesy of the artist)

Dancing chipmunks. Animated dick jokes. Exploding Greek statues. If you saw any of those things while watching CBC Television over the past nine months...sorry not sorry, taxpayers, but you caught an episode of CBC Arts: Exhibitionists. Season 3 wrapped last Friday, but since the beginning, one of the weirdest and wonderful-est things about the show is the Exhibitionist in Residence segment — a rotating slot that features work by a different Canadian artist each week.

We caught up with some of the Class of Season 3. Find out what they've been up to since interrupting our program with animation, film and face-melting GIFs.

Paloma Dawkins – Season 3, Episode 5

Where are they now?

Probably somewhere in Montreal, packing her suitcase. Dawkins will be heading to France in the next few weeks for the Annency International Animated Film Festival, where her VR video game Museum of Symmetry is an official festival selection. Back in October, she gave us a sneak peek at the surreal NFB project (the studio's first interactive VR release). It's a video game without rules, where players are free to muck around in her psychedelic 2D playground — and since launching in April, it's been touring to International festivals including A Maze in Berlin, where it was nominated for best game.

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Still from "Gaia's Dark Garden," a scene from Museum of Symmetry, a new game by Paloma Dawkins. (Courtesy of the artist)

Franziska Barczyk – Season 3, Episode 11

Where are they now?

Take another peek at the GIFs we aired back in December. The model who pops up in most of them is Barczyk's twin sister, Hanna, and the artistic sibs are currently prepping for their new joint exhibition of paintings, set to launch at Toronto's Coldstream Fine Art in June. Beyond that, Barczyk is busy as ever working as a freelance illustrator, and if you subscribe to the New York Times's Gender Letter, you might have been keeping tabs on her career all this time without realizing it (the Toronto-based artist is a frequent contributor).

Franziska Barczyk chills with a few of her "Blue" series paintings. (Courtesy of the artist)

Eli Schwanz – Season 3, Episode 1

Where are they now?

Schwanz is bringing a brand new installation (Expanded Drapes) to the city's Chromatic Festival. Admission to the festival's expo is totally free, and you'll find Schwanz's piece inside the old Montreal School of Fine Arts building. The space is packed with four floors of digital installations, VR experiences and more.

Extended Drapes, is a black-light installation that Eli Schwanz is debuting at Montreal's Chromatic Festival this weekend. (Chromatic)

Lauren Tamaki – Season 3, Episode 4

Tamaki continues to hustle as an in-demand illustrator for the New York Times, the Globe and Mail and many more clients — in addition to being a pre-eminent expert on late-'90s teen soaps. More recently, though (as in last week), she put out a book. Her dynamic drawings appear in Caroline Paul's You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World.

One of Lauren Tamaki's illustrations for You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World. (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Dorota Pankowska – Season 3, Episode 7

Where are they now?

Wask Studio, the whimsical range of office supplies that Pankowska told us about in her CBC Arts interview, recently went into soft launch, and Pankowska's first designs — boxes of "hug me" binder clips and "single use" erasers, for example — are now being rolled out online. "I created Wask as a place to put all my future product ideas that are all simple yet strange at the same time," the Toronto designer tells CBC Arts. Expect more items to appear in store as the summer unfolds.

The "Hug Me" binder clip, now available through Dorota Pankowska's Wask Studio. (Wask Studio)

Connor Bell – Season 3, Episode 3

Where are they now?

Since appearing on the show, the Nova Scotia-raised artist has moved to Montreal, and as he settles into city life, Bell's remained dedicated to his morning routine: churning out mind-scrambling GIFs on the daily. But he tells CBC Arts that his Escher-inspired experiments are now moving into a new territory: VR. Follow him on Twitter to see how this new direction unfolds. 

Ashleigh Green – Season 3, Episode 12

Back in December, we were cozying up with Green's holly jolly GIFs of yule logs and falling snow. And while she's been busy the last few months with a variety of projects — including this animated music video for the indie band Speak Easy — her latest gig is similarly seasonal. Nothing says lazy summer days like knocking back a few cold ones, and the Kelowna-based illustrator has teamed with Vice and Virtue, a new brewery based out of her hometown. As Green tells CBC Arts, her original designs will appear on beer cans and merch. According to the brewery's Instagram, they're set to open later this summer.

Jacqueline Mak – Season 3, Episode 15

Where are they now?

Where she is, there's a good chance she's cutting up back issues of Juggs. Mak's 2016-17 series, "The Nudes" featured plenty of vintage pin-ups, but now, she's using the same NSFW raw materials (old porno mags) to create way more surreal results, blending all those airbrushed nudes into bubbling, fleshy blobs. The image below is her latest piece, "Body Anamorphic."

Jacqueline Mak. Body Anamorphic. 2018. (Courtesy of the artist)

Pierre Chaumont – Season 3, Episode 19

Where are they now?

Selections from Mosul, the series that appeared on the show back in March, are currently appearing at the Pratt MWP Gallery (Utica, NY) and the Gallery at the Institute of Humanities, University of Michigan. But shortly after Chaumont's episode, he debuted a whole new body of work — and it's all about meme culture. Tous Les Mèmes/Always Meme-cking appeared at Quebec's Musée d'art contemporain des Laurentides in April. (The exhibition was part of the Atelier de l'île prize, which he was awarded this spring.) As Chaumont tells CBC Arts, the series "explores the meme as a language undervalued but characteristic of the millennial generation," and he created 80 memes plus five videos for the project — doges and tealizards and their ilk, all relating art-world realness.

From Pierre Chaumont's Always Meme-cking /Tous Les Mèmes. (Courtesy of the artist)

Iveta Karpathyova – Season 3, Episode 10

Where are they now?

The Toronto-based artist says she's launching her own animation production studio this summer (working title: Studio Animare), with plans to focus on 2D hand-drawn animation. Plus, the film that we screened on the show will be playing in downtown Toronto all summer long. As part of a Toronto Metro Convention Centre/OCAD U partnership, "Phases of Dance" will beam down from the convention centre's digital walls from May to October.

Adrienne Crossman – Season 3, Episode 13

Where are they now?

Popping bottles, somewhere in the sprawling expanse of Southern Ontario. OK, maybe not — but Crossman did, in fact, finish the MFA program at the University of Windsor this month, which is hopefully cause for a bit of celebration, and she's also currently involved in a group exhibition at Toronto's White House Studio Project. Lavender Menace, per its event page, looks at "varying intersections of queerness which are continually erased, overlooked or silenced in order to keep queerness palatable for the masses."

Tim Singleton – Season 3, Episode 17

Where are they now?  

Bright lights, big typography. Just like we wrote back in February, that's what the art of Tim Singleton is all about. And this summer, his disco-glam neon signs are going from Instagram to IRL. We'll let him explain: "This is still in the early stages," he writes, "but I've been gifted some billboard space by Adams + Fairway (similar to Pattison Outdoor in Canada) to turn a random piece I did on Instagram into a full-fledged billboard." This here is the original version. "After they saw it, they reached out to get the ball rolling." Dates and exact locations are still TBD, he says, but it's expected to appear somewhere Stateside this summer. Says the Toronto illustrator: "[I'm] pretty amped to put up a billboard that says 'Stay Fabulous' in the middle of Trump's America."

Coming soon to a highway near you? (Instagram/@timpsingleton)

Dena Seiferling (Pickle and Francois) – Season 3, Episode 24

Where are they now?

As Seiferling revealed to CBC Arts last month, she's busy illustrating the latest book by acclaimed children's author Cary Fagan (out fall 2019) — but between now and then, her felt fauna will appear in Enormous Tiny Art, an exhibition of miniature art happening at at Nahcotta Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire this September.

Are you the next Exhibitionist in Residence?

That's a serious question, by the way. The team's working on Season 4 of CBC Arts: Exhibitionists this summer, and producers are hunting for GIFs, animation, short films, video art — pretty much anything that moves — to program on future episodes. So if you're interested, reach us at cbcarts@cbc.ca and be sure to send us a few links to your work (nine samples minimum, please and thanks) plus a short bio. Send us an email already!


Leah Collins

Senior Writer

Since 2015, Leah Collins has been senior writer at CBC Arts, covering Canadian visual art and digital culture in addition to producing CBC Arts’ weekly newsletter (Hi, Art!), which was nominated for a Digital Publishing Award in 2021. A graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University's journalism school (formerly Ryerson), Leah covered music and celebrity for Postmedia before arriving at CBC.