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Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures

Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures
December 3, 2016 to April 17, 2017

The Vancouver Art Gallery is pleased to launch Vancouver Special, a triennial exhibition surveying contemporary art in Vancouver. Co-curated by Daina Augaitis and Jesse McKee, Ambivalent Pleasures, the first iteration within this series, assesses the arts activity and discourse in the city over the last five years. Presenting works by forty artists, the exhibition encompasses a range of approaches and reinvigorated explorations of surrealism, abstraction, atemporality and conceptual practices.

Artists:
Derya Akay | Maya Beaudry | Raymond Boisjoly | Eli Bornowsky | Rebecca Brewer | Colleen Brown | Matt Browning | Mark Delong | Kim Dorland | Barry DoupÉ | Michael Drebert | Julia Feyrer | Jeneen Frei Njootli | Tamara Henderson | Colleen Heslin | Julian Hou | Allison Hrabluik | Gareth James | Garry Neill Kennedy | Tiziana La Melia | Khan Lee | Arvo Leo | Lyse Lemieux | Glenn Lewis | Anne Low | Elizabeth McIntosh | Jordan Milner | Antoni Oko | Ryan Peter | Sylvain Sailly | Rachelle Sawatsky | Walter Scott | Krista Belle Stewart | Angela Teng | Mina Totino | Ron Tran | Tristan Unrau | Charlene Vickers | Brent Wadden | Alison Yip

Cover Image:Accumulation of Moments Spent Underwater With the Sun and Moon by Charlene Vickers is one of the works in Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures. Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

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We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr

We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr
December 3, 2016 to April 23, 2017

Artist’s Tour: Sonny Assu
We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr
Saturday December 3, 1pm & 3pm
In the Gallery, 4th floor

Join interdisciplinary artist Sonny Assu for a tour of his exhibition In Dialogue with Emily Carr: Sonny Assu. Challenging the colonial gaze, Assu merges Indigenous
iconography with a pop art sensibility to intervene into the work of Modernist painter Emily Car and her representations of the landscape and First Nations people. Assu will discuss select sculptural works, his ongoing series Interventions on the
Imaginary, which includes digital tags based on a selection of Carr paintings from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s collection and a new collaboration with ceramic artist
Brendan Tang.

Free for Members or with Gallery Admission.
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Sonny Assu
Spaced Invaders, 2014
digital intervention on an Emily Carr Painting (Heina, 1928)
Courtesy of the Artist

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Alumni Honoured with BC First Nations Art Awards

Emily Carr University is delighted to share news that alumni Xwalacktun (’82) and Luke Parnell (MAA ’12) have been awarded BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art. This annual award celebrates artistic excellence in traditional, contemporary or media art.

“These 2016 award recipients, continue a tradition of excellence in First Nations Art that the Foundation has had the privilege of honouring over the past decade. We thank Polygon Homes, its Chair, Michael Audain, and its President, Neil Chrystal, for their tremendous commitment and support of the BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art.”
Keith Mitchell, BC Achievement Foundation Chair

Emily Carr Honorary Doctorate recipient Susan Point, a Coast Salish artist from Musqueam, will receive this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, an honour bestowed on individuals who have made a profound contribution to their First Nations culture.

2016 Recipients:

Corrine Hunt – Kwakiutl / Komoyue
Maxine Matilpi – Ma’mtagila / Tlowitsis
Corey W. Moraes – Lax Kw’alaams
Luke Parnell – Nisga’a / Haida
Xwalacktun – Coast Salish / Squamish / Kwakwaka’wakw

Members of the jury panel included: world renowned carver and teacher Stan Bevan; Aboriginal Program Director at Emily Carr University, Brenda Crabtree; the Museum of Anthropology’s Curator Emeritus, Bill McLennan; and celebrated curator and artist, Tania Willard.

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Boarder X

Boarder X
November 19, 2016 to April 23, 2017
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Boarder X features new work by Indigenous artists that use snowboarding, skateboarding, and surfing to demonstrate knowledge and relationships to the land. The artwork reflects cultural, political, environmental, and social perspectives related to the landscapes and territories we occupy. These boarding lifestyles share synergies with Indigeneity, connected by an appreciation for the land and water. The exhibit reveals how culture, art, and board intersect. In this context, board culture works to examine contested spaces, political borders, hybrid identities, and traditional territories.

Artists: Jordan Bennett, Roger Crait, Steven Davies, Mark Igloliorte, Mason Mashon, Meghann O’Brien, and Les Ramsay

Curated by Jaimie Isaac, WAG Curatorial Resident of Indigenous & Contemporary Art

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Aboriginal Program Manager Brenda Crabtree Honoured by BC Achievement Foundation

In recognition of the remarkable contributions of Brenda Crabtree and Bill McLennan to BC’s First Nations Art community, the BC Achievement Foundation has established an emerging artist award in their honour.

The Crabtree McLennan Emerging Artist Award will be formally announced on November 15th at the 10th annual BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art presentation ceremony in Vancouver. The award will be offered as part of the 2017 program.

Brenda and Bill have each supported the First Nations Art Award as jury members, collectively participating in 16 juries and, through their extraordinary efforts, elevated the work of 51 BC First Nation Artists over the past decade. In each of their respective work communities, they champion the artist and their work while offering mentorship and guidance to all. Their passion translates into meaningful accomplishments and inspires those with whom they connect.

The commitment of these two individuals mirrors the decade of excellence of the BC Creative Achievement Award in First Nations Art Lifetime Achievement recipients:

“…how these artistic leaders contribute to their communities, how they respect tradition, how they mentor the next generation, and how they transform reality. They ensure that BC is a place filled with astonishing craft, with unique and immensely expressive power, and continuous wonder.”

The Crabtree McLennan Emerging Artist award is a tribute to the life work of both Brenda and Bill and a legacy to inform the future of the community they serve.

Congratulations!

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Amanda Strong

Aboriginal Gathering Place Speaker Series

We are very pleased to present filmmaker Amanda Strong
Aboriginal Gathering Place Speaker Series
Join us at the AGP on November 16, 2-4pm.

Amanda Strong is a Michif filmmaker, media artist and stop motion director currently based out of unceded Coast Salish territory. She is the owner and director of Spotted Fawn Productions, an animation and media-based studio creating short films, commercial projects and workshops. A labour of love, Amanda’s productions collaborate with a diverse and talented group of artists putting emphasis on support and training women and Indigenous artists.

Amanda’s work explores ideas of blood memory and Indigenous ideology. Her background in photography, illustration and media extend into her award-winning stop motion animations. Her films Indigo and Mia’ challenge conventional structures of storytelling in cinema and have screened internationally, most notably at Cannes, TIFF, VIFF, and Ottawa International Animation Festival. Amanda is currently working on her latest short animation Four Faces of the Moon for CBC Short Docs. The story is told in four chapters, exploring the reclamation of language and Nationhood, while peeling back the layers of Canada’s colonial history, revealing Canada’s extermination agenda on the buffalo.
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http://spottedfawnproductions.com/index.html

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Elisapee Ishulutaq

Aboriginal Gathering Place Speaker Series

We are very pleased to present artist Elisapee Ishulutaq
Aboriginal Gathering Place Speaker Series
Join us at the AGP on October 24, 11:30-12:30pm.

Elisapee Ishulutaq was born in 1925 at Kagiqtuqjuaq, one of several small seasonal camps situated near Pangnirtung (also known as Panniqtuq) on Baffin Island. In the late 1960s Ishulutuq took up permanent residence in Pangnirtung, becoming involved in the growing community’s new art-making program. She became known for her drawings recalling the old way of life, contributing numerous images to the settlement’s annual print releases. Recognizing the originality and force of her drawings, Pangnirtung’s weavers began using Ishulutaq’s designs as the basis for their largescale tapestries, a practice that has been maintained into the present. Long considered to be one of her community’s most prominent artists, Ishulutaq continues to be artistically active, exploring a range of new media and artistic possibilities. She was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2014.

Like many artists of her generation, Ishulutaq prefers to represent the traditional Inuit way of life that she knew before the transition of permanent settlements. She is especially interested in representing domestic Inuit life, as seen in a series of images depicting families inside igloos and tents. In these largely autobiographical works, Ishulutaq freely combines perspectives, often employing both side views and aerial perspectives in the same image, resulting in compositions marked by a powerful formal abstraction.

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Screens and Thresholds

October 7 – December 4, 2016
Screens and Thresholds
Curated by Raymond Boisjoly

Friday, October 7, 7 PM:  Introduction with Raymond Boisjoly, Tricia Livingston, and Krista Belle Stewart, followed by opening reception

Thursday, October 13, 8 PM: Sound performance by Postcommodity

“Screens and Thresholds” considers the impact of mediation on our understanding of history and experience. Diverse works in photography, video, and installation are brought together to examine the anxieties and possibilities in visualizing cultural knowledge—from the limits of scientific objectivity, to the ways knowledge is transferred from one person to another, to the persistence of certain practices in changing circumstances. The exhibition highlights the processes of transformation, not simply their results; in this way, the works may be framed as “medial,” situated somewhere between a beginning and an end. “Screens and Thresholds” features the work of Scott Benesiinaabandan, Tricia Livingston, Mike MacDonald, Karthik Pandian, Krista Belle Stewart, and the art collective Postcommodity.

Raymond Boisjoly has exhibited widely across Canada and internationally. He received the 2016 VIVA Award and was also shortlisted for this year’s Sobey Art Prize. He is an Assistant Professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

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Karthik Pandian, Oversight, (2011)

Cover Image, Scott Benesiinaabandan: little resistances: marylezin, 2015, digital media

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Mark Igloliorte

Assistant Professor Mark Igloliorte Featured in Inuit Art Quarterly

Faculty member Mark Igloliorte is featured in the Fall 2016 issue of Inuit Art Quarterly!

http://iaq.inuitartfoundation.org/magazine/

The magazine cover image features a detail of Igloliorte’s ‘untitled’, 2011 projection on skateboard deck previously exhibited in Beat Nation – Vancouver Art Gallery, 2012. The feature article Sightlines and Surfaces: The Art of Mark Igloliorte by Tarah Hogue and Jordan Wilson discusses Igloliorte’s practices of art, skateboarding and kayaking as well as his role at Emily Carr University of Art + Design as an Assistant Professor in the Audain Faculty of Visual Art + Material Practice.

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