YQR Art Speak
YQR Art Speak Ep. 9: Queer Contemporary Prairie Art

YQR Art Speak Ep. 9: Queer Contemporary Prairie Art

July 26, 2019

Dunlop Art Gallery’s Director/Curator interviews Gary Varro and Blair Fornwald, the curators of Off-Centre: Queer Contemporary Art in the Prairies, and exhibiting artists Jason Cawood and Zachari Logan to discuss the exhibition, and what it’s like working as a queer-identified artists on the Prairies today.

CENTRAL GALLERY EXHIBITION DATES
July 12 to September 15

SHERWOOD GALLERY EXHIBITION DATES
June 22 to September 8

Off-Centre: Queer Contemporary Art in the Prairies aims to destabilize urban/rural and centre/margin binaries by presenting engaging and politically relevant work by queer artists from and/or currently living in the Canadian Prairies. The exhibition addresses issues of gender, sexuality and regionalism through an intersectional lens, and investigates the possibility of queering the “Prairie Gothic” aesthetic by presenting fantastical, playful, imaginary and surreal representations of the human form.

YQR Art Speak Ep. 8: Nicole Clouston’s Experiment

YQR Art Speak Ep. 8: Nicole Clouston’s Experiment

June 28, 2019

Co-curator Wendy Peart speaks with exhibiting artist Nicole Clouston on her work with mud, lake, and microbes. Wascana Lake Portrait and Mud were included in the exhibition The Experiment, a group exhibition featuring artists who work with science of the natural world.

The Experiment was curated by Jennifer Matotek & Wendy Peart and ran from May 17 to June 29, 2019 in Central Gallery. The exhibition also featured artwork by Radha Chaddah, Nicole Clouston, Heather Komus, and Xiaojing Yan. Using strategies aligned with scientific, geographic, and other methodologies, the group exhibition The Experiment brought together artists who work in collaboration with nature and rely on natural processes to make their work. The selected artists generated conditions where at various points during their work’s creation, the pieces begin to develop according to the laws of nature without artist intervention or alteration. The exhibition brings up questions around where the artifice of the artist’s hand ends and the natural world begins, tying to conversations around nature and the environment as well as debates around labour. The Experiment reminds viewers of the existence of entities that are larger and more powerful then human forces, encouraging closer looks at the natural world.

YQR Art Speak Ep. 7: Keith Bird’s Spiritual Veterans

YQR Art Speak Ep. 7: Keith Bird’s Spiritual Veterans

May 30, 2019

Curator Wendy Peart speaks with artist Keith Bird about his exhibition titled Spiritual Veterans at Sherwood Gallery. For this exhibition, Bird crafts traditional ceremonial and spiritual objects with contemporary painting and sculpture to honour countless Indigenous leaders and warriors of both the past and the present. 

Keith Bird is originally from the George Gordon First Nation and transferred to Cote First Nation, which is his mother’s origins. After spending many years as an iron worker, Bird received a BFA from the University of Regina (2008) followed by an MFA (2013). His work is represented in public and private collections in Canada and USA. Along with a painting, sculpture and performance-based art practice, Bird is an educator with a goal to engage all in the understanding of Indigenous culture and spirituality. He currently teaches at the First Nations University of Canada.

YQR Art Speak Ep. 6: Nicole Kelly Westman

YQR Art Speak Ep. 6: Nicole Kelly Westman

April 29, 2019

Director/Curator Jennifer Matotek interviews artist Nicole Kelly Westman about her exhibition for every sunset we haven't seen which ran from March 9 to April 24, 2019 at Sherwood Gallery.

Nicole Kelly Westman is a Calgary-based artist of Métis and Icelandic descent. She uses a variety of media to develop real and imagined narratives to explain what the photographic medium can, and cannot do and describe. Manipulating the effects of light and embracing the physical qualities of materials she uses, Westman inventively explores the landscape genre and the supernatural, frequently working in collaboration with other artists.

Image credit: Don Hall

YQR Art Speak Ep. 5: Photographic work of Dianne Bos

YQR Art Speak Ep. 5: Photographic work of Dianne Bos

March 28, 2019

Wendy Peart, Curator of Education and Community Outreach, speaks with artist Dianne Bos about her photographic practice and the development of her body of work The Sleeping Green: No Man’s Land 100 Years Later. As well, Wendy speaks with Grade 11 students from Winston Knoll Collegiate in response to Bos’s photographs and to the students’ experience creating their own pinhole camera photographs. 

Dianne Bos: The Sleeping Green was curated by Josephine Mills and ran from January 5 to March 3, 2019 at Sherwood Gallery. Circulated by the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery

In The Sleeping Green, internationally exhibiting artist Dianne Bos references a famous World War I poem for the title of this exhibition of extraordinary photographs taken in ‘no-man’s land’ between the trenches on the Western Front. Traveling through France and Belgium from 2014 to 2016, Bos used a variety of vintage and pinhole cameras to photograph the land a century after the Great War. Bos then incorporated objects from the battle sites – such as rocks, leaves, and a bullet – in the darkroom printing process. By scattering these over the paper during printing, as well as dodging, burning, and overlaying maps of stars, she produces layers of imagery that convey the emotional depth of these extraordinary landscapes. As Bos says, these works “make the invisible visible” and explore how a terrible historical event has become part of the fabric of our collective imagination.

Dianne Bos was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and received her B.F.A. from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. She was the founder and programmer of the Exposure Photography Festival from 2004-2012 and divides her time between the foothills of the Rockies and the Pyrenees. She has been the recipient of many awards and grants including the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

YQR Art Speak Ep. 4: NFB & Virtual Reality

YQR Art Speak Ep. 4: NFB & Virtual Reality

March 1, 2019

Eric Hill (Coordinator, Collections and Digital Engagement at Dunlop Art Gallery) speaks with Nicholas Klassen from NFB Interactive about Dunlop's new Digital Lounge and Virtual Reality Station, the current VR 360 video on display Tidal Traces, and the future of interactive experiences.

In Tidal Traces, three characters explore a new and uncertain world—moving between tranquility and ominousness, beauty and peril. Entangled in this tension, the viewer becomes the fourth character. This VR was captured offshore on intertidal mudflats near Vancouver and is a collaboration between new-media artist Nancy Lee and choreographer Emmalena Fredriksson. The two merged their practices through a year-long artist residency to explore the opportunities VR offers for viewing and experiencing dance.

Tidal Traces is on now in our Digital Lounge until March 22, 2019.

YQR Art Speak Ep. 3: Are You My Mother?

YQR Art Speak Ep. 3: Are You My Mother?

February 12, 2019

In this episode, Jennifer Matotek, Director/Curator of Dunlop Art Gallery and curator of the Dunlop exhibition Are You My Mother?, interviews Saskatchewan-born and based exhibiting artist Heather Benning.  Are You My Mother? is a group exhibition that features five Canadian artists who consider caregiving relationships, and explore the aesthetics of caring.

YQR Art Speak Ep. 2: Carry Forward

YQR Art Speak Ep. 2: Carry Forward

January 4, 2019

Dunlop Art Gallery Facilitator, Margaret Bessai, interviews the Curator of Carry Forward - Lisa Myers. As well, interviews two artists featured in the exhibition - Marjorie Beaucage and John Hampton.

YQR Art Speak Ep. 1: Art Shack & The General Store

YQR Art Speak Ep. 1: Art Shack & The General Store

November 8, 2018

On our first Dunlop Art Gallery podcast, Wendy Peart (Curator of Education and Community Outreach) interviews artist Amber Phelps Bondaroff about her experience in Art Shack and interviews Lane Shordee and Nikki Martens about The General Store.