Saturday, January 4, 2020

The Future is Unwritten

Paper collage on vinyl and panel. 2019

Life is a full circle, widening until it joins the circle motions of the infinite. - Anais Nin

Friday, August 30, 2019

Whale Fall

Whale Fall

Strange bodies meet
where taxidermists stitch
by tall tales and lamplight

Flesh erupts in putrid neon,
and bones float softly in their sockets.
Filtering anodyne dreams, you sleep
wrapped in sweat-damp sheets
yellowed and rippling.

A wake attended by the hungry.
And I'm standing here,
sucking in iodine tears

for a fallen whale.

 "In this collaborative exhibition, artists Nicholas Crombach and Nurielle Stern explore subject matter derived from the complex, problematic and often mythologized human relationship to the natural world." On at the Clay & Glass Gallery until September 8, 2019

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The blind boy and the loon

The blind boy and the loon.
Happy Nunavut Day! July 9 celebrates two acts passed in 1993, the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act and the Nunavut Act. Nunavut then officially became a territory on April 1, 1999. This beautiful animation is based on a traditional Inuit tale that explains the origins of the narwal and the perils of revenge.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Centrepiece - Samara Contemporary

Apologue I (The Anteater) - Emily Jan

Resilience Plate - Kent Monkman

David Salazar

From the elaborate to the absurd, centrepieces can direct and command attention or initiate and guide conversation. A centrepiece can exist as a concept, such as a central political or social issue in a debate. It can aesthetically unite a space, or set the tone for a soirĂ©e. 

SAMARA Contemporary's inaugural exhibition joins a whole array of centrepieces, drawing the surreal and fantastical into a competing environments where each individual seeks the spotlight. The diversity of the works means that most function as their own 'centrepiece' though some more so than others. Described as curated islands, many of the works are transportive, fantastically bizarre dreamworlds where animals merge with plants, or fairytale like creatures come to life. David Salazars wall of floral-bird like forms could be crash landing or emerging from hibernation. Emily Jan's anteater bursts into bloom as they eye the onlooker as though this is a regular occurrence. Kent Monkman's "Resilience Plates" re-imagines a famous portrait of the Canadian fathers of confederation where a nude Miss Chief Eagle Testikle gestures in front of John A. in 150 years of indigenous resistance.