iPotlach brings together consumer items with Aboriginal symbolism in order to explore the definition of personal lineage, for this artist whose cultural roots include pop and Laich-kwil-tach heritage.
His screenprints, drums, paintings and textile work reflect a diversity of influences, from Spiderman to West Coast Regalia blankets.
The work recalls the sculpture of Canadian art-star Brian Jungen, who has wittily transformed Nike Air Jordans into First Nations masks, or plastic lawn chairs into a large-scale whalebone sculpture.
Brian Jungen is presently participating in the Lyon Biennale 2007, on through January 6, 2008. The Biennale, entitled 00s â€”The History Of A Decade That Has Not yet Been Named, is curated by Hans-Ulrich Obrist. The concept involves 49 international curators and art critics being asked the following question: “Who, in your opinion, is the artist who best represents this decade?”
Curator Trevor Smith chose Brian Jungen.
2. Mark your calendars for this not-to-be-missed exhibition, coming in October to Toronto.
Although little is known of her work in North America, Gertraud MÃ¶hwald (1929-2002) is renowned for her contribution to ceramic art, both as an artist and teacher. Her work combines classical European sculptural traditions with her experiences as a young German, having survived the bombing of Dresden and lived in East Germany after its separation from the West.
There will be an exhibition symposium on October 14, which will feature German experts Gabi Dewald, Editor-in-chief of KeramikMagazin, and MÃ¶hwaldâ€™s University colleague and friend, Dr. Renate Luckner-Bien.
Moderated by the exhibitionâ€™s curator Susan Jefferies, the symposium will address MÃ¶hwaldâ€™s life and important influences on her work. Tickets are available on the museumâ€™s website HERE.