Kate Craig

KATE CRAIG (1947-2002) Kate Craig was born in Victoria, British Columbia and lived in Vancouver since the early 1970s, traveling widely throughout the world and spending summers at Storm Bay on the Sechelt Inlet. Since 1975, her work has been presented at venues throughout North America, Europe and Asia. A founding director of the artist-run centre, the Western Front Society, Craig initiated the Western Front’s artist-in-residence program in 1977. She has been instrumental in producing video works for a number of the Front’s visiting artists. Over the past two decades Kate Craig has developed an international reputation for her video and performance based art. Craig’s attention to surface — as seen in her depictions of the human body, the porous face of a rock, the shimmering surface of a body of water or her investigation of the boundary between the contemplative space of the gallery and the structured chaos of the surrounding urban landscape — is central to her art. Together with performance artist Hank Bull, she has presented performances and videoworks worldwide. Craig's work has been widely exhibited , including Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Paris Bienalle, 1980.

Artist Code: 011



1986, 16:47 minutes, colour, English

Straight Jacket

1980, 07:00 minutes, colour, English

Delicate Issue

1979, 12:30 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Art stretches bounds of music and video
by Robert Everett Green. The Globe and Mail, Jan. 20, 2007.
Video Stars
by Scott Lingley. FAVA Scope, 2005.
Shifts and Transfers: On some tendencies in Canadian video
by Nicole Gingras. Shifts and Transfers. On some tendencies in Canadian video, Mar. 28, 2003. Ottawa: Ottawa Art Gallery, 2003.
Obituaries: Video artist was west coast icon
by Sarah Milroy. The Globe and Mail, Aug. 3, 2002.
Watch Me! Webcams and the Public Exposure of Private Lives
by Brooke Knight. Art Journal, Winter 2000, v. 59, no. 4.
A Study of Surfaces: A Review
by Josephine Mills. BlackFlash, Summer 1998, v. 16.1.
Of Monitors and Men and Other Unsolved Feminist mysteries: Video...
by Nell Tenhaaf. Critical issues in Eletrocnic Media, 1995. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1995.
Mirror Machine: Video and Identity
by Janine Marchessault. YYZ Books, McGill University, 1995.
Perspectives Of the Body In Canadian Video Art
by Dot Tuer. C Magazine, Winter 1993, no. 36.
Video Technology and the Feminine
by Nell Tenhaaf. Parallelogramme, 1992, v. 18, no. 3.
À la découverte des Amériques
by Daniel Carrière. Le Devoir, Aug. 29, 1992.
5 Feminist Videotapes: Redefining the Female Subject
by Shonagh Adelman. C Magazine, Winter 1991, no. 28.
Hot Tramp, I Love You So!: Rebel Girls: A Survey of Canadian...
by Christine Conley. Fuse, Fall 1989, v. 13, no. 1 & 2.
Cold Snaps: Images 88, Northern Visions showcase of new film and video
by Andrew J. Patterson. Cinema Canada, Sept. 1988, no. 155.
Artropolis Video
by Elizabeth Vander Zaag. Artropolis, 1987.
"We Interrupt You For This Message"
by Mary Ellen Lower. Video Guide, Sept. 1986, v. 8, no. 3.
Clay Cove, Newfoundland; Park Place, Vancouver
by Sara Diamond and Kate Craig. Video Guide, 1986, v. 8, no. 37/2.
Everyday Events
by Karen Knights. Video Guide, 1986, v. 8, no. 1.
Video 84
by Bruce Ferguson. Vanguard, Feb. 1985, v. 14, no. 1.
Video Works: Western Front Video
by Karen Knights. Video Guide, 1985, v. 8, no. 1.
Video in Canada: Process and Production
by Renée Baert. Video '84, - Recontres Vidéo Internationales de Montreal, 1984, v. sept.
The Use of the Self to Structure Narrative
by Peggy Gale. Musee d'Art Contemporain, 1984.
Video Video: See what's being Said
by Bruce Kirkland. The Toronto Sun, Sept. 2, 1982.
A Question of Place 2
by Jennifer Oille. Vanguard, Nov. 1981, v. 10, no. 9.
VIDEO/VIDEO: If this event was a dry run for PAY-TV, one must view...
by Clive Robertson. Fuse, Nov. 1981, v. 5, no. 8 & 9.
Delicate Issue: If this event was a dry run for PAY-TV, one must...
by Margaret Dragu. Fuse, Jan. 1980, v. 4, no. 2.
The Nine Tape Test: New Videos at Pumps, Vancouver
by Kim Todd. Centerfold, Aug. 1979, v. 3, no. 6.
by Margaret Dragu. Video Guide, 1979, v. 2, no. 4.
Outlets for Video
by Kate Craig. International Video Art Symposium - Queen's University, Mar. 5, 1979.
Introduction:: International Video Art Symposium
by Linda J. Milrod. International Video Art Symposium - Queen's University, Mar. 5, 1979.
Review: Kate Craig's Delicate Issue
by Margaret Dragu. Video Guide, 1979, v. 2, no. 4 & 5.
I Am Here, This Is Real
by Peggy Gale. Autobiography: Film/Video/Photography, 1978. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 1978.