We hedged our bets last week when the Sobey Award Long List was announced... and it's lucky that we're not gambling types, because not a single one of our picks moved on to the next round! We'd like to congratulate all the long-list and short-list nominees all the same, and wait with bated breath for the unveiling of this year's Sobey Award in October at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Check out who made it onto the Short List below...

Isabelle PauwelsW.E.S.T.E.R.N, 2010
West Coast and the Yukon: Isabelle Pauwels 
Isabelle Pauwels is a Vancouver-based artist whose video installations address the complexities of inhabiting place, the mechanics of its representation within time-based media and the fundamental structures of narrative. This installation comprises two single-channel videos, June 30, 2009, and W.E.S.T.E.R.N., 2010, together with a small group of digital prints—scanned images of historical photographs taken or collected by Pauwels’ grandfather, who worked as a government inspector during the time leading up to the declaration of independence for the Republic of Congo on June 30, 1960. Using video, found film and photographs, she combines images taken in and around her family home in suburban Vancouver with home movies made by her grandfather during his family’s time in the Belgian Congo.
For Pauwels, narrative is a problem. She is wary of the images and stories captured by her grandfather: photographs of black men, women and children, an underclass who labour and serve and an overclass of white people who administer and enjoy the products of that labour. In this work, Pauwels forces narrative to be broken apart and re-presented. The terms of its argument are made visible, and the actors and narrator exposed. Faced with this broken state, we begin to see location for what it is: a narrative that binds us—through medium, memory, familial relations and social and political history—to a temporal and geographic place. (from the Vancouver Art Gallery)

Mark Clintberg, Behind This Lies My True Desire For You, 2012
The Praries and the North: Mark Clintberg
Mark Clintberg is an artist, writer, and curator based in Montreal. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Art History at Concordia University where he is also a Part-time Faculty Member. 

He earned his M.A. at Concordia University (2008), and his B.F.A. from the Alberta College of Art & Design, completing a portion of his studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (2001). In 2010 he competed research at Oxford University with the support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. 

Duane Linklater, Tautology, 2013
Ontario: Duane Linklater
Duane Linklater is Omaskêko Cree, from Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario and is currently based in North Bay, Ontario. He was educated at the University of Alberta, receiving a Bachelor of Native Studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Duane attended the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College in upstate New York, USA, completing his Master of Fine Arts in Film and Video.
Duane produces a range of work including: video and film installation, performance, sculptural objects, and often works within the contexts of cooperative and collaborative gestures. He has exhibited and screened his work nationally and internationally at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Alberta, Family Business Gallery in New York City, the Power Plant in Toronto and a recent collaboration with Tanya Lukin Linklater at MOCCA Toronto.

Pascal Grandmaison, Void View 10, 2010
Quebec: Pascal Grandmaison
Through photography and video projections, Pascal Grandmaison places images in situation in specific spaces. His installations, always meticulously timed, explore the fragile chinks at the frontiers of sameness and differences, at the limit of what is perceptible. Subtle and endless play of mirrors, his work is a poetic look at the manner with which time, with all its filters, shapes the perception of process.

Tamara Henderson & Julia Feyrer, Bottles Under The Influence, 2013
Atlantic: Tamara Henderson
Tamara Henderson recently returned to Canada after several years working and studying in Germany and Sweden. She too exhibited at Documenta 13 and has participated in residencies at the Paul Klee Centre in Switzerland and the Center for Contemporary Art Research in Japan. Currently, she specializes in recordings of the unconscious that follow a dreamlike structure; in a February review for Canadian Art, Vancouver author Michael Turner described Henderson’s film Neon Figure as having “a surreal, Felliniesque quality,” particularly given that it was exhibited next to another work by Henderson, Pacific Peace, that showed clothing laid out on a chaise longue. Henderson’s collaborative works with Julia Feyrer are currently on view at the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff. (from Canadian Art)