Welcome Assistant Professor Dan Starling

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory is excited to announce that Dan Starling is joining the department as an Assistant Professor with a focus on Print Media.

He will be teaching the following courses in the upcoming 2021-2022 semester:
VISA 250 — Print Media
VISA 350 — Intermediate Print Media I: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Image Production
VISA 351 — Intermediate Print Media II: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Image Production
VISA 401I — Advanced Open Studio

Dan Starling is an interdisciplinary artist who works with print media and film. He holds a Meistershuler from the Städelschule, Frankfurt and has previously taught at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and NSCAD University.

“My passion for creating artworks using experimental methods in print media is unrivaled and given my background in a diverse range of art practices, I am especially excited about teaching traditional print media techniques and how they complement and challenge other media such as photography, sculpture, drawing and artist books. I’m excited to help build print media as a collaborative hub within the university.”

As a settler inhabiting the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, he dedicates his research based practice to the deconstruction of Western Art as an “immanent critique” of mainstream paradigms. His work attends to how strategies of intervention, extrapolation, repetition and recombination of existing narratives serve to challenge the myths necessary to maintaining the status quo; How art can create friction to rupture and de-stabilize normative narratives; How art can leap into the past to re-situate present cultural, social, and political configurations; How art’s speculative fictions open the door to an equitable future.

His exhibition Unsettled histories: the transformation of a print is currently on view at the ODD Gallery, Klondike Institute of Art & Culture, Dawson City YT and will also be shown next year at The Burnaby Art Gallery. The project advances the potential latent within one of Rembrandt’s prints by moving its narrative forward in time through a process of erasure, repetition and montage in order to methodically reflect the unacknowledged antagonisms of historical continuity.

His published books include The Chorus (Western Front, 2018), The Culture Industry and the Propaganda Factory (New Documents, 2014) and Malcom X: An Introduction (RAG, 2009). His work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions, notably at Kunsthall Oslo, Kunstverein Frankfurt, M HKA Antwerp, Confederation Centre PEI, Malaspina Printmakers, Cinematheque, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. His work has also received support from the Canada Council for the Arts and British Columbia Arts Council and he was a long list finalist for the Sobey Art Award in 2014.

Unsettled histories
30 drypoint prints
15.5 x 18.5 inches each (plate image size), 20.5 x 24.5 inches each (paper size)


Unsettled histories
state II of a series of XXX prints
Drypoint, 15.5 x 18.5 inches (plate image size), 20.5 x 24.5 inches (paper size)