Monday, July 28, 2014

Christian White

Xiitiid Xyaalaas [Salmonberry Bird], 2014

This work is about a group of birds that we know in Haida Gwaii as salmonberry birds. They are songbirds (Swainson’s Thrush) and arrive in the springtime to spread the seeds — and the sweetness of their songs cause the berry bushes to sprout and the flowers to bloom. They assist in the pollination of the flowers and bringing forth the fruit much prized by our people.

We have created several Salmonberry Bird masks for the Woman’s Dancing Society — and have assisted with the revival and creation of old and new chants and songs.

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Frederic Joseph Tymoshenko
Threatened Silence, 1980

Frederic Joseph Tymoshenko

Threatened Silence, 1980

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icanwonder:

Here is the toque Roots designed, styled after the ones Tom Thomson wore, so you can wear it folded up or not folded, so that it’s slouchy like sweet bby Tom Thomson look at him. I think the hat looks great either way tbh.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The copper smashing ceremony was a thing of great beauty.

Ruben Zellermayer
Double Bacon Burger with Cheese, n.d.

Ruben Zellermayer

Double Bacon Burger with Cheese, n.d.

(Source: concretecontemporaryart.waddingtons.ca)

Alex Macleod
Mystical Pond, 2011

Born in Toronto in 1984, Alex McLeod studied Art Fundamentals at George Brown College and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design. McLeod studied drawing, then switched to 3-D computer-generated digital imagery. He uses his knowledge and appreciation for both to create CGI images of fantastical, romantic, otherworldly and anonymous dystopias. The colourful and polished landscapes combine the real and the virtual in a manner both seductively sweet and darkly whimsical. And while these views of glimmering fortresses, bizarre architecture and surreal geometric abstractions may suggest a startling stillness or a haunting apocalyptic world, they ultimately convey a certain happiness, or as the artist explains it, “possibilities for hope and rebirth in our own digital milieu.” While his photographs look as though they were manufactured by hand and then photographed, the only real thing that truly exists is the paper they are printed on. 

Alex Macleod

Mystical Pond, 2011

Born in Toronto in 1984, Alex McLeod studied Art Fundamentals at George Brown College and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design. McLeod studied drawing, then switched to 3-D computer-generated digital imagery. He uses his knowledge and appreciation for both to create CGI images of fantastical, romantic, otherworldly and anonymous dystopias. The colourful and polished landscapes combine the real and the virtual in a manner both seductively sweet and darkly whimsical. And while these views of glimmering fortresses, bizarre architecture and surreal geometric abstractions may suggest a startling stillness or a haunting apocalyptic world, they ultimately convey a certain happiness, or as the artist explains it, “possibilities for hope and rebirth in our own digital milieu.” While his photographs look as though they were manufactured by hand and then photographed, the only real thing that truly exists is the paper they are printed on. 

(Source: concretecontemporaryart.waddingtons.ca)

Anyone in Ottawa who is able to should head to Parliament Hill tomorrow afternoon. Kwakwaka’wakw artist Beau Dick is going to be smashing a copper shield there at 2pm. Apparently it’s an old Coast Salish ceremony that is meant to shame people and this will be the first time it has been performed in decades. Should be a powerful sight.

Here is the link to the facebook event if anyone is interested.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Francois Katalik Oklaga
Scene with Spirits, 1978

Francois Katalik Oklaga

Scene with Spirits, 1978

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Jordan Bennett

Artifact Bags, 2013

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Friday, July 25, 2014
Andrew Valko
Gone, 2014

Andrew Valko

Gone, 2014

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John Revill
Dusk Reflections, 2014

John Revill

Dusk Reflections, 2014

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Thursday, July 24, 2014
Joshua Jensen-Nagle
A Young Lover’s Dream, n.d.

Joshua Jensen-Nagle

A Young Lover’s Dream, n.d.

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Iain Baxter&

Melting Landscape, 1998

Dumping Landscape, 1998

Thinking Landscape, 1998

(Source: concretecontemporaryart.waddingtons.ca)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Donald B. Marsh
Eating Raw Caribou, 1937
The crescent shaped knife the woman is holding is called an ulu, they are meant to be used by women only to prepare and eat food.

Donald B. Marsh

Eating Raw Caribou, 1937

The crescent shaped knife the woman is holding is called an ulu, they are meant to be used by women only to prepare and eat food.

(Source: collectionscanada.gc.ca)