YQR Art Speak
YQR Art Speak Ep. 14: Hannah Claus

YQR Art Speak Ep. 14: Hannah Claus

January 29, 2020

Hear Artist Hannah Claus chat with Jennifer Matotek, Director/Curator of Dunlop Art Gallery, about the exhibition trade  treaty  territory at Dunlop Art Gallery's Central Gallery. The artworks of this exhibition bring together elements of trade, treaty and territory to demonstrate ideas of relationship, both Indigenous and colonial. Through sensory engagement with materials, light and shadow, her installations piece together an atemporal space critical of Western ideologies and systems.

Hannah Claus: trade treaty territory
January 17 to March 6, 2020
Curated by Jennifer Matotek, Director/Curator

Hannah Claus is an intermedia artist of English and Kanien’kehá:ka heritage who has been living and working in Tiohtià:ke [Montreal] since 2001. Within her practice, Claus engages with an Onkwehon:we epistemology to highlight ways of being in relationship with the world and those around us. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design (1998) and her Master’s of Fine Art at Concordia University (2004). Her work belongs to various public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the City of Montreal and the Department of Global Affairs. She is a recipient of the 2019 Eiteljorg fellowship. Current exhibitions include Àbadakone| Continuing Fire at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, ON), Blurring the Line at the Eiteljorg Museum (Indianapolis, IN) and Inaabiwin at the Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa,ON). Claus is a member of the Tyendinaga Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Ontario .www.hannahclaus.net

YQR Art Speak Ep. 13: Julie Oh

YQR Art Speak Ep. 13: Julie Oh

December 16, 2019

Artist Julie Oh chats with Jennifer Matotek, Director/Curator of Dunlop Art Gallery, about her exhibition Tunnel, Air, Mother on now at Sherwood Gallery until January 26, 2020. 

Julie Oh works with photography, video, and installation to examine our understanding of, and relationships with, common objects. By questioning her selected object’s use and nature using intuitive, sometimes nonsensical approaches, Oh positions the viewer to consider the use and values of these objects in new ways.

YQR Art Speak Ep. 12: Marigold Santos

YQR Art Speak Ep. 12: Marigold Santos

November 14, 2019

Blair Fornwald, Curator of Moving Image and Performance sits down with Calgary artist Marigold Santos to talk about her Dunlop Central Gallery solo exhibition, MALAGINTO. They discuss the work’s roots in autobiographical experience and Filipino folklore and how this particular body of work fits Santos’ richly multifaceted practice – which includes painting and drawing, sound and video, ceramics and tattooing.

MALAGINTO explores the ways in which ideas of self-hood can become multiple, fragmented, and dislocated and then reinvented and recreated through a reflection of movement, migration and change. In particular, she returns to the memories associated with her family’s immigration from the Philippines to Canada in the late 80’s as an auto-biographical point of departure, and considers the experiences of a young person coming to terms with a new sense of self in relation to their new environment. Persistent in her work is the reference to the creature of fear in Filipino folklore known as the Asuang - a supernatural shape-shifting witch and ghoul who has the ability to self-sever. In her work the narrative is reconfigured; these Asuang speak not of malevolence, but of lived experience, self-awareness, transformation, and empowerment to celebrate and embrace plurality and fragmented identities.

Marigold Santos: MALAGINTO runs November 8, 2019 to January 12, 2020 and is curated by Blair Fornwald, Curator, Moving Image and Performance.

YQR Art Speak Ep. 11: Liz Ikiriko

YQR Art Speak Ep. 11: Liz Ikiriko

October 30, 2019

Jennifer Matotek, Director/Curator for Dunlop Art Gallery, speaks with artist Liz Ikiriko about her exhibition Flags of Unsung Countries at Sherwood Gallery. This exhibition charts the process to understand her father’s struggles as an African immigrant challenged with mental illness living in the Canadian prairies. The work asks several questions: What is required of a home? Do we choose to belong or does belonging choose us? Flags of Unsung Countries uses photography to map a path of the African diaspora. Ikiriko’s deeply personal and moving work explores memory, family and identity, and reimagines boundaries between past and present.

Liz Ikiriko: Flags of Unsung Countries runs until Friday, November 15 at Sherwood Gallery located in Sherwood Village Library.

YQR Art Speak Ep. 10: Nuit Blanche & Holophon Audio Arts

YQR Art Speak Ep. 10: Nuit Blanche & Holophon Audio Arts

September 27, 2019

For this episode's first interview, Sarah Pitman (Dunlop's Education Assistant) talks with Nuit Blanche Artistic Director Michelle Harazny about this year's evening art festival taking place in downtown Regina Sunday, September 29th from 7:00 to midnight! Take a listen to get a preview of what to expect!

For the second interview, Eric Hill (Dunlop's Coordinator, Collections and Digital Engagement) talks with Ernie Dulanowsky from Holophon Audio Arts. Dunlop and Holophon have partnered to present the Sound Art Station found in Dunlop's Digital Lounge area. Holophon will also be presenting an interactive installation at Nuit Blanche 2019!

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.