Steven Brekelmans
b. 1975, Vancouver, Canada
steven.brekelmans at


2012 MFA, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC
1998 Diploma in Media Art (Intermedia), Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, Vancouver, BC

Selected Exhibitions, Screenings, Performances & Lectures

2021 Nanaimo Art Gallery, Nanaimo, BC, We Do Not Work Alone (group)
2020 TRAPP PROJECTS, Vancouver, BC, Trapped in 2020: Works on Paper (group)
2020 Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, The Artist’s Studio is Her Bedroom (group)
2019 Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC, Ionic Bonds (group) *
2019 Cider Gallery, Bellingham, WA, Steven Brekelmans and Dawn Cerny (group)
2019 TRAPP PROJECTS, Vancouver, BC, Leftovers: Topographies of Chance (group)
2019 Chernoff Fine Art, Vancouver, BC, New Drawings of Bottles, Cans, Hats. Cheese, Sculptures, Posters, Casseroles, Azaleas, Canes, Flags, Trash Bins, Cacti, Glasses, Lighters, Mirrors… (solo)
2018 Dynamo Art Gallery, (Vancouver, BC) One Man Band (solo)
2016 NADA Art Fair, Or Gallery, (New York City, NY)
2015 Or Gallery, (Vancouver, BC) Flesh & Blood (solo)
2015 CSA Space, (Vancouver, BC) Temporary Structures (Yakity Sax) (solo)
2015 NADA Art Fair, Or Gallery, Miami, FL
2013 The Museum of Longing and Failure, (Leipzig, Germany) September 2013 (group)
2013 Unit/Pitt, (Vancouver, BC) I.O.U. (Sincerely, K. Midas) (group)
2012 Studio, (London, ON), Work from the Collection of… (group)
2012 The University of Victoria, (Victoria, BC), Made For These Times (solo)
2011 The Michael Audain Gallery, (Victoria, BC), There Must Be Another Way To Make A Living (solo)
2011 Or Gallery Berlin (Berlin, DE), Science Fiction 15 (group)
2011 Soi Fischer Projects at Butcher Gallery (Toronto, ON), AT THE LONG TABLE (group)
2011 Deluge Gallery (Victoria, BC) Surface To Air (group)
2011 Upstairs Gallery (Victoria, BC), I Hope You Will Come And See My Show (solo)
2010 The Michael Audain Gallery, (Victoria, BC), Snapshot (group)
2008 Emily Carr University of Art and Design (Vancouver, BC), The Subject of Education (group)
2008 Western Front (Vancouver, BC), Kits for an Encounter (group)
2007 Western Bridge (Seattle, WA), Kit Bashing (group)
2006 Bodgers’ and Kludgers’ Co-operative Art Parlour (Vancouver, BC), Kit Bashing (solo)
2006 The Tank (New York, NY), New York Experimental, screening of Simulacra
2005 Dam, Stühltrager (Brooklyn, NY), Shoot, screening of Simulacra
2002 Eugene Choo (Vancouver, BC), Lo-Fly (solo)
2000 Western Front (Vancouver, BC), Sound Separation (group)*
1998 Moon Base Gallery (Vancouver, BC), Zap! (group)
1995 Flat Gallery (Vancouver, BC), Space Art (group)*

(* denotes catalogue)

Selected Artist Talks

2011 University of Victoria (Victoria, BC), Artist Talk, Making A Living…
2011 University of Victoria (Victoria, BC), Guest lecture, On Making
2009 Harlow Campus England (Harlow, UK), Memorial University, Guest lecture, Kit Bashing

Commissions & Published Artist Projects

2020 The Point, public art commissioned by Concord Pacific, (Vancouver, BC)
2018 I Never Promised You A Fifth Wheel, collaboration with Fiona Curtis (self-published)
2018 Natural Resources, public art commissioned by TransLink, (Burnaby, BC)
2017 Sunset Review, collaboration with Fiona Curtis (self-published)
2015 If I wanted to sit on the sand I wouldn’t have brought this log, collaboration with Fiona Curtis, published by Or Gallery
2011 Words to Live By (A-Z), (Vancouver: FSI Books)
2007 (BOOING), collaboration with Fiona Curtis (self-published)
2007 Helvetica Neue R, Constructs Volume 9, #2, collaboration with Derek Barnett, (Yale University School of Architecture)
2006 The smallest things found in nature (life-size), collaboration with Fiona Curtis (self-published)
2005 Golden Doodles, collaboration with Fiona Curtis (self-published)
2004 Coat Hanger, Cahier D’Activité Magazine #3, p.21 (Vancouver: Eugene Choo)
2003 How to Draw Animals, collaboration with Fiona Curtis (self-published)
2003 The Portable Stool, Cahier D’Activité Magazine #2, p.22 (Vancouver: Eugene Choo)
2003 How to Build a Door-stop, Cahier D’Activité Magazine #1, p.24 (Vancouver: Eugene Choo)
1999 Images from the Home Front, project for
1998 Images from the Front Line, project for


Two Mistakes, Jamie Hilder, Charcuterie Issue 03, 2017 (photo)
Fall arts preview 2015: Artist Steven Brekelmans draws from hobbyists, Robin Laurence, The Georgia Straight, September 16, 2015 (photo)
Rodney Latourelle in Berlin 03/22/11, Akimblog March, 2011
Soundtrack, Beef Magazine 03, 2010 (winter 2010), p.4 (photo)
A Sea of Contingencies: Vancouver’s Domestic Interventions, Jesse Birch, C Magazine 103, Autumn 2009
Model behavior – putting things together wrong at Western Bridge, review by Jen Graves, The Stranger, April 11, 2007 (photo)
Kit-bashing hobbyists turn walls into hothouses, tin cans into sound forests, review by Regina Hackett, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 8, 2007
Hobby as art – a model for a new aesthetic, review by Clint Burnham, Vancouver Sun, September 14, 2006, p.D14 (photo)
Sound Separation, Mix Magazine 25.3 (winter 1999/2000), p.18 (photo)