January 27 - March 4, 2011
Dawson City Arts Society | Primary Sources: Biennial Members Exhibition
March 10 - April 21, 2011
Eva Quintas | Rituals of Identity, Tactics of Resistance
The ODD Gallery is pleased to present the
exhibition Rituals of Identity, Tactics
of Resistance by Montreal-based artist Eva Quintas.
For her show in Dawson, Eva Quintas will
present a selection of images from an extensive body of large-scale
photographic works begun during her 2004 residency at the National Arts Centre
in Mexico City. Each image within the series depicts a “character of
resistance” - a half-historical, half-mythological figure resulting from the
artist's creative collaboration with a group of traditional Aztec warrior
dancers. Clothed in the rituals of pre-Columbian society, each character is
jarringly juxtaposed against a surrealistic, urbanized backdrop, brimming with
the iconography of contemporary Mexican society. In Quintas' imagery, divergent
and seemingly contradictory cultures collide; both time and space become
condensed within a two-dimensional static photograph, all made possible by the
artist's idiomatic use of digital technologies to construct and collage her
Whether interpreted as fact or fiction,
Quintas sustains a highly politicized tone throughout the work, owing much to
the aims and ideals held by the Mexican muralists of the previous century. Each of her constructed characters
stare back at us in self-assured confrontation, demanding their presence be
acknowledged within the conceptualized chaos of modern society. By delving into the symbolic and
fantastic, the work seeks to reorient our notions of cultural identity and, in
turn, commands the viewer's undivided attention.
Bio: Based in Montreal, Eva
Quintas is a photographer and multi-media artist who has displayed her work
in the gallery space, over the internet, and on the printed page. She has exhibited in artist-run centres
throughout Canada including VU Photo and SKOL in Montreal, YYZ in Toronto, and
previously at the ODD Gallery as a member of the photo collective Atelier
Fovea. Quintas' web-based projects have shown in media
art festivals internationally, including Canarias Mediafest (Spain), Stiching
Media Art (Netherlands), and FILE (Brazil). In collaboration with author Michel Lefebvre, her
cross-disciplinary work of photographic fiction, Liquidation, integrates
the book, CD-ROM, web, and radio within a single creative framework.
Quintas has been awarded production grants
from both the Canada Council and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
and has participated in residencies in Canada, Mexico, and Senegal. Her work can be found in the
collections of the L'Université du Québec à Montréal and the Archives nationales
du Québec. She holds a Bachelor of
Fine Arts degree from Concordia University.
Eva Quintas' work at can be viewed at http://evaquintas.ca/
April 22 - April 24, 2011
Isabelle Pauwels | Double-Bill: The Embellishers (2007) and W.E.S.T.E.R.N (2010)
Along with: Pressplay, an ODD Gallery video project for the Dawson City Film Festival featuring Scott Amos, Marcia Connolly & Angela Joosse, Nikki Forrest, Nelson Henricks, Shie Kasai, Paul Litherland, Amy Lockhart, Morton & Ackerman, Aubyn O'Grady, Sheridan Shindruk, Charles Stankievech, Weekend Leisure
Isabelle Pauwels' conceptual dramas unfold through an
inter-genre play that incorporates ideas of reality TV, talks shows, and the
documentary. Her works are grounded in personal experiences and family history,
but evolve into something that interrupts the viewer's expectations and
critically engage both her subject matter and chosen media.
The Embellishers features the artist and
her twin sister re-enacting a series of confrontations with neighbours in
Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside over spare change, lighters, crack, stalking, and
eviction. W.E.S.T.E.R.N. cuts between two sources of home movies: 8mm film
shot by the artist's grandfather during his tenure as an agronomist in the
Belgian Congo, and contemporary video footage shot in her parents’ home in
suburban Richmond, BC.
April 28 - May 13, 2011
Yukon School of Visual Arts | Year-End Exhibition
May 19 - June 10, 2011
Joseph Tisiga | Indian Brand Corporation: Summoning the White Shaman, Conjuring the Red Chief
Opening Thursday, May 19, 2011 | Artist talk 7pm | Reception 8pm
Refreshments and snacks served
The ODD Gallery is pleased to present a series of new paintings, drawings and objects by Whitehorse artist Joseph Tisiga. Under the guise of Tisiga's ongoing Indian Brand Corporation project, the artist's current body of work explores notions of magic, illusion and spiritual mysticism through a narrative and conceptual dialogue between two characters—the Shaman and the Chief.
Within the context of the exhibition, these two enigmatic figures enact a series of shared and distinct roles: trickster, healer, guide, entertainer, economic advisor, sage, actor and extra. Each wears many masks, so to speak, and yet their respective motives remain unknowable. Tisiga's exhibition is a visually evocative and thought-provoking investigation into myth, reenactment, and staged and visionary realities.
BIO: JOSPEH TISIGA was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and currently lives and works in Whitehorse. His work includes drawing, painting, writing, performance and photography. Tisiga, being part Kaska Dene, largely explores Indigenous themes, notably through an evolving internal narrative called Indian Brand Corporation. IBC functions both as a stage to a growing cast of Tisiga’s characters, and a conceptual tool which allows for the disembodied exploration of all things Indian-ish or otherwise.
Tisiga has exhibited work across Canada and was a finalist in the 2009 RBC painting competition, as well as a recipient of the Joseph S. Stuaffer award for his visual arts practice in 2009. He has also been long-listed for the 2011 Sobey Art Award.
June 16 - July 15, 2011
The Natural & The Manufactured 2011
Platform 01: The Creation of Evolution
Featuring: Matt Shane, Lewis & Taggart, Andreas Rutkauskas, Kerri Reid, Sol Legault, Heidi Nagtegaal, Kara Uzelman
July 21 - August 3, 2011
Curated by Irmelin & Reinald
Nohal | Berlin Klondyke
The curators, Irmelin and Reinald Nohal, themselves enjoying
kind of a double life between the metropolitan, vibrant art city of Berlin and
the wild North of the Yukon, and being collectors of artists rather than of art
work, intended to establish an opportunity for artists in residence in Dawson
City. Since 2005 eight artists were given the possibility to work here. The
initial idea was to show the work of Berlin artists created in the Yukon, the
results of the combination of the influence of the Berlin art scene and the
inspiration through the nature and people of the great North. The present
exhibition at the Odd Gallery will still focus on the work of the artists in
residence, but also show the interested Klondike art community a wide and
representative range of Berlin’s partly chaotic, undergroundish, confrontational, even provocative art scene.