2012 Exhibitions

October 11 - November 23, 2012



TWYLA EXNER ENTANGLED

Opening Thursday October 11, 2012  |  Artist Talk at 7:00pm  |  Reception at 8:00pm

Entangled is comprised of drawings and sculptures that use discarded telephone wires as both  material and conceptual inspiration. Striped from their original casings, exploited for their colour and maliability, wires have been woven into organic forms that recall nature.  Media descriptions of self-perpetuating electronic devices refer to scientists and factories pumping out new iPods faster than we can fill them with the latest mp3s, but Exner manages this idea of electronic self-perpetuation as more of a sci-fi development.  Wires become plants, organisms, organs and bones, evolving to form habitats and systems feeding solely off themselves and growing in and out of abandoned and obsolete electronics.  These sculptures seriously engage with many current social, political, and environmental issues, but are also whimsical imaginings of an alternative ending for the residues of the electronic evolution.

TWYLA EXNER is an artist and arts educator living and working in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She studied visual art in Regina and Montreal, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Regina in 2004 and a Masters of Fine arts in studio arts from Concordia University in 2010. She has exhibited her work and given lectures and workshops in small and large galleries, universities, schools and community centers across Canada.

Twyla draws inspiration from materials and images that comprise electronics and the idea of a sublime technological landscape wherein our companion electronic devices go awry, spawning and evolving like biological organisms. She works with a variety of mediums, materials and objects and prefers hands-on, labour-intensive processes that allow intimate understanding of materials, their histories and contextual significance.

twylaexner.com

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August 16 - September 21, 2012 

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Opening Thursday August 16, 2012  |  Artist Talks at 7:00pm  |  Reception at 8:00pm

EXHIBITIONS

B.j. Vogt | Ebb and Flow 
Gallery Installation
Artist Talk: Thursday, August 16, 7pm, KIAC Ballroom

Andrew O’Connor | Frequencies: Dawson City
Outdoor Site-specific Sound Installation
(Tune your radio to 107.9FM between 2nd & 3rd Ave, and Princess and King St)
Artist Talk: Thursday, August 16, 7pm, KIAC Ballroom
Arts Festival Installation Walk: Sunday, August 19, 2pm

Adriana Kuiper & Ryan Suter | Burned
Outdoor Site-specific Installation
(Located on 2nd Ave, between Princess and Queen St)

LECTURE

Sheila Heti | The Soul of Time  
Friday, August 17, 7pm, KIAC Ballroom

DOCUMENTATION

Jp King | Post-exhibition essay
To be released Fall 2012

The Natural & The Manufactured is a unique thematic project jointly organized by the ODD Gallery and the Artist in Residence Program at the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture. Conceived as a speculative research and presentation forum, the N&M looks to the myriad ways in which we both influence and are influenced by our natural and constructed environments.  

The Natural & The Manufactured 2012 — the ODD Gallery’s 8th annual edition of the project—features six prolific artists and writers. The ODD Gallery is pleased to present an interactive sound installation by Andrew O’Connor (Toronto), an outdoor public installation by Adriana Kuiper & Ryan Suter (Sackville), a gallery exhibition of sculpture, video and photographs by B.j. Vogt (St Louis), a lecture by writer Sheila Heti (Toronto), and a commissioned critical text by writer and artist Jp King (Toronto).


Through a rich program of exhibitions, installations, actions, lectures and essays, The Natural & The Manufactured endeavours to engage both artists and audiences in a re-examination of the cultural, physical and economic values imposed on the environment. This project seeks to explore alternative political, social and aesthetic agendas and strategies towards a reinterpretation and new understanding of our relationship to the environment and our social infrastructure: the indelible ways in which our natural landscapes influence, inspire and sustain us, and conversely the ways in which our perceptions of- and actions upon- these landscapes directly impact the environment itself.


PROJECTS


B.j. Vogt | Ebb and Flow 
The focus of the work in Ebb and Flow is to investigate the various fluid states of human culture and its by-products in comparison to naturally occurring objects, systems, and events; especially the mechanisms of rivers, glaciers, and igneous rock formation. It is hard to conceive of, within the daily human timeframe, the scope of impact that we as a collective organism have affected upon the landscape. However when the duration of certain events and processes are sped up, slowed down, or captured our impressions become more evident. Mediated through the forms of site specific installation, sculpture, photography, and video; the works in this exhibition consolidate or expand the minutia of everyday life into dynamic natural processes and systems whose purpose is to re-examine, through the lens of time, the place of humanity within the natural world.

Andrew O’Connor | Frequencies: Dawson City
Frequencies; Dawson City is an installation for a series of low watt FM transmitters placed around Dawson City.  Each transmitter is tuned to the same frequency (107.9FM) and laid out in an array where, as you move through the installation, different transmitters will fade in and out of range.  The transmitters are each broadcasting a different loop of soundscapes, stories and, reflections about the physical space where they are located.  Each loop is of a different length, so as you walk through the installation with your radio tuned you will encounter an ever-changing collage of stories, and juxtaposition of opinions.  The idea is to create a narrative documentary, but one that’s never the same twice.  What each person ends up hearing depends on where you access the piece, the speed you move through it, and the direction you point your antenna, leaving the listener to draw their own meaning from the contrasting ideas they encounter.

Adriana Kuiper & Ryan Suter | Burned
This work references burn barrels, a source for providing heat or burning trash. However, instead of setting wood ablaze, ice in the form of firewood slowly melts into a bucket in the base of the barrel.  The water collected from the melting wood is regularly recast/frozen into more icy wood to fuel the failed fire. The work also alerts its viewer when the "fire" needs to be restarted as a somewhat sad alarm of drips (amplified through a speaker) stops when the firewood runs out.

Sheila Heti | The Soul of Time 
"I have always thought a lot about the word 'soul' and have often wondered how it relates to anything real. One day, waiting for a subway with a friend, I thought that maybe Time was the real thing -- the "body" -- and we were ITS soul, rather than the common idea of people having bodies, and HAVING a soul. In the years since that thought came to me, I have tried in various ways to pin it down. Sometimes the notion that "we are the soul of time" seems so clear to me, as plain as that tree standing over there. Sometimes I have no idea what "we are the soul of time" could possibly mean; it looks bizarre. In this lecture, I'll try to understand and explain and make sense of this idea, hopefully with the help of the audience." - Sheila Heti

Jp King | Post-Exhibition Essay
Commissioned to write a text on the N&M 2012, King will be present during the various ODD Gallery exhibitions and events of Arts Festival weekend. His essay will at once work to document and critically assess the ideas generated by the projects. King will also be leading some book/zine making workshops during the festival.

 

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

 
B.J. VOGT lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri, USA where he received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture in 2006 from Washington University. Vogt has been the recipient of a Critical Mass for the Arts Creative Stimulus grant, a Santo Foundation Individual Artist award and, in conjunction with a residency at the Cite’ Internationale des Arts in Paris, France, the 2006 Bill Kohn Travel Scholarship from Washington University in St. Louis. His work is currently featured in the Urbanity exhibition at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the 2011 Creative Stimulus Award exhibition: Anomalous Perspectivesat the Sheldon Art Galleries in St. Louis, Missouri.

ANDREW O'CONNOR is a transmission artist based out of Toronto.  Active in community radio for over 15 years now at stations like CKMS FM in Waterloo, CKLN in Toronto and Shouting Fire Radio in San Francisco, his work has also been heard on programs across the CBC network including Inside the Music, The Signal, Two New Hours and The Current among others. Andrew O'connor's radio work has also been featured internationally on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, WGXC in New York State, and Radio Zero in Lisbon.  His sound installations, often radio based, have been presented at The Vancouver New Music Festival, The Third Coast Filmless Festival in Chicago, Megapolis in Baltimore, OK Quoi in Sackville, and the Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound in Kitchener.

ADRIANA KUIPER is an installation artist who lives and works in Sackville, New Brunswick. Her recent work explores versions of modified, hidden architectural structures meant to suggest safety from extreme forces, natural and otherwise.  Her work investigates provisionally built structures found in the local landscape, and she often adapts and manipulates existing instructions for “Do-It-Yourself” shelters and small buildings.  Outdoor public installations of her work have been show recently at Nuit Blanche in Toronto, and at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Kuiper’s work has been shown across Canada in cities such as Kitchener, Oakville, Vancouver and Calgary, and has been exhibited internationally in Oslo, Norway.  Adriana Kuiper is a faculty member at Mount Allison University where she teaches sculpture and drawing.

RYAN SUTER is a multi media artist currently living in deep Middle Sackville.  His media work explores the spaces between things seen and things heard through the lens of film, music and installation.  Ryan teaches at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. His work has exhibited throughout Canada.

SHEILA HETI is the author of five books. Earlier this summer, she published How Should a Person Be?, which the New York Times called a "nearly unclassifiable book... unlike any other novel I can think of." Last year, she published a book for children titled We Need A Horse, and a book of "conversational philosophy" called The Chairs are Where the People Go, with her friend Misha Glouberman (deemed a Best Book of 2011 by The New Yorker). Her books have been translated into five languages and published internationally. She works as Interviews Editor at The Believer magazine and lives in Toronto.

JP KING is an artist, writer, critic, publisher & printer living in Toronto. He runs Paper Pusher Printworks, a Risograph printing operation with a literary and arts publishing arm. He currently writes for Kolaj, an international collage magazine run out of Montreal, and his book of narrative poems and illustrations, We Will Be Fish, was first published by PistolPress in 2008. As an artist-in-residence at KIAC in the fall of 2011, King took inspiration from the Gold Rush era to work on his anachronistic book project Manhole, which explores a future vision of Canada sustaining itself on an excavated landfill. His personal work explores contemporary mythology, masculinity, garbage, and collective activity. His obsession with paper manifests itself in collage, installation, murals, and multiples. When the timing is right, he plays the role of designer, editor, residency coordinator, and conversational facilitator.

The ODD Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Yukon Government Department of Tourism and Culture and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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June 21 - July 27, 2012 
EXTENDED until August 1st 

SCOTT ROGERS MEANDERS INTO NONESUCH PLACE

Opening Thursday June 21, 2012  |  Artist Talk at 7:00pm  |  Reception at 8:00pm

Serendipities, False Starts, Recursions
Tuesday, June 26th at 7:00pm Walk Through Meanders Into Nonesuch Place with Scott Rogers (approx 40 min) 
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Scott Rogers' practice explores tensions between idealism and its enactment. He is particularly interested in ways that closed systems might be resisted through speculative positions. How might we understand the world to be different than it appears? How might we bring to be what can never be? Can we escape the possible? Recently, Rogers has investigated these questions through research into the history of perpetual motion machines and the narratives surrounding these devices. The life of Jan Welzl, an Arctic explorer and inventor, has been integral to this work. Welzl was an eccentric Czech locksmith who travelled the globe in the early 20th century. He spent thirty years living in a cave in Siberia before writing a best-selling account of his adventures, and moving to Dawson City, Yukon. Once there, he attempted to build an elaborate perpetual motion machine in his cabin up until his death in 1948.

From this story, Rogers has developed clusters of projects using a wide diversity of materials, techniques, and references. These works produce unexpected meeting points; they are sites of cohesion between otherwise disparate phenomena. Failed inventions, CG animations, sea chanties, whittling, Heath Robinson cartoons, automatons, and Fischli & Weiss are all assembled together as parts of this motley cast. In each case we transfer from concrete reality to the intellectual space of possibility, and from thoughts of what is to thoughts of what could be.


SCOTT ROGERS is a 
Canadian visual artist based in Glasgow, Scotland.  He recently completed his MFA at the Glasgow School of Art, and has also attended the Städelschule in Frankfurt as part of Simon Starling’s class. Exhibitions including Scott’s work have taken place at St Paul St Gallery (Auckland, New Zealand), National Glass Centre (Sunderland, UK, as part of the AV Festival), Liverpool John Moores University (as part of the AND Festival), PM Galerie (Berlin), The Southern Alberta Art Gallery (Lethbridge), The Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton) and the Soap Factory (Minneapolis).

In fall 2012 Scott will be part of a three-person exhibition at the University of Moncton.  He has also been invited to co-present a lecture with the Arbour Lake School for the conference Institutions by Artists (organized by Fillip Journal in Vancouver for October 2012).


Exhibition Text by Sarah Rose


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May 17 - June 16, 2012

  

D'ARCY WILSON FLESHOLD
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BELINDA HARROW GIANT BINGO

Opening Thursday May 17, 2012 | Artist Talks at 7:00pm  |  Reception to follow

D’Arcy Wilson (Halifax) and Belinda Harrow (Regina) use animal stereotypes to explore our desire for connection. Through video, sculpture, drawing and performance, their work considers how clichés frequently form the starting point for our interactions with wild animals – and with each other.

Harrow looks to animals’ mating habits and playfully, yet poetically, explores questions about human rituals of seduction. “Giant Bingo” is a progression of drawings and soft sculptures that combine Bingo cards and beavers.

Beavers are monogamous and mate for life, while humans act out an impressive range of complicated actions when it comes to finding, seducing and keeping a mate. Harrow transfers the gamble and excitement of playing Bingo to the process of internet dating, and conflates them into drawn and sewn beavers.

Wilson also looks to animal behaviour, literally capturing a record of animal actions on camera. “Fleshold” is a series of videos from an installation, or collaboration, she did with animals at a wildlife rescue centre in New Brunswick. She hand-stitched “comforting” quilts for nine wild animals in rehabilitation and stood back to let the animals chew, shred and paw the fabric to fits their own needs. She documented their interactions on camera.

“The wild animal has become a constructed being. I am subsequently interested in the absence of wildlife in its original form for this culture, and the psychological consequences for the human victim,” says Wilson.

Exhibition Text by Meg Walker 

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April 26 - May 11, 2012


YUKON SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS STUDENT EXHIBITION 2012

Opening Thursday April 26, 2012 
7:00-8:00pm at the Yukon SOVA Gallery  |  8:00-9:00pm at the ODD Gallery

The Dawson City Arts Society, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, and Yukon College are pleased to announce the fifth YEAR-END STUDENT EXHIBITION for the YUKON School of Visual Arts (SOVA) 2011‑12 Foundation Year Program. The public is invited to an exhibition of three projects organized by SOVA faculty members Meg Walker, Charles Stankievech and Veronica Verkley.


In the ODD Gallery: OVER THE WIRE
Lize Mogel is the eighth OVER THE WIRE artist to work with the students at Yukon SOVA in a series that pairs a world-class artist with students in Charles Stankievech's 4D course.  Particularly chosen for her political engagement with the environment through the tools of art, Lize is well known for her counter-cartography strategies of mapping.  She is conducting a project where the students map migratory and moving elements through and around the Dawson City region.  Special guests participating in the project include David Neufeld, Parks Canada Historian; Jeff Hamm, Senior Planner for the Dawson Regional Planning Commission; Angie Joseph Rear, Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in elder; and Linda Johnson, former Director of the Yukon Archives and author of the seminal book Kandik Map.  The project will take on a variety of forms in the ODD Gallery.


In the Yukon SOVA Gallery: HIVE
An exhibition featuring student projects done in faculty member Veronica Verkley’s  2D and 3D Studio courses. The work spans a wildly diverse array of media and concepts,  including investigations in animation, painting, printmaking, 3D exquisite corpse projects, textiles, works on paper, and kinetics.  The exhibition encompasses work from all 17 students produced throughout the school year.

On the web: ARTIAC ARREST!
Giant sandwiches, streetside rampages by Caravaggio, exquisite corpses and intricate mechanics are only some of the wide range of art works the SOVA students discuss in their year-end writing project for Meg Walker's English class. Artiac Arrest! will stop you in your tracks and grab your eyelashes until you give in and stay for a while. A blog that offers rare one-on-one interviews between 17 fresh-thinking, passionate art makers.

Visit the blog at artiacarrest.wordpress.com

For more info contact Yukon School of Visual Arts
tel: (867) 993 6390
email: info@yukonsova.ca

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March 8 - April 13, 2012



PAUL LITHERLAND 
FORCE MAJEURE

Opening Thursday March 8, 2012  |  Artist Talk at 7:00pm  |  Reception at 8:00pm

Paul Litherland's wide-ranging practice incorporates themes of masquerade, vulnerability and machismo, explored through photography and multimedia performances. FORCE MAJEURE is a video installation that explores the moment when control is lost or gained.  Free-falling subjects float in limbo between imminent landing and freedom of flight.

PAUL LITHERLAND is a visual artist/performer living in Montréal. His exhibitions in national and international venues have been reviewed in the Globe and Mail, Artnews, the New Yorker, the Montreal Gazette, The Hindu (India), Diario Monitor (Mexico) and Excelsior (Mexico). His work can be found in private and public collections such as the Canada Council Art Bank and the Musée du Québec. Recent exhibtions include “Force Majeure” at Galerie Clarke in Montreal, 2010, “Fall Out” at the University of Toronto’s Blackwood Gallery in 2009, performing “Wood vs. Wood” in Berlin 2008, and was part of the “Faking Death” exhibition at the Jack Shainman Gallery, NYC, in January 2006. 

With a sound composition by Nancy Tobin, and support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. 
Photo Credit: Bettina Hoffman

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January 19 - February 24, 2012



SARAH SMALIK 
MY FATHER, THE SUN, & THE HUNGRY GHOSTS

Opening Thursday January 19, 2012  |  Artist Talk at 7:00pm  |  Reception at 8:00pm

Sarah Smalik's multidisciplinary practice spans installation, video/animation, sculpture and performance. Her current work is invested in the polar connection of faith/fear, the parallels of religious/psychedelic experience, and a psychological study of reflection and light. Of Pakistani/Acadian origin, she has lived and worked from sub-Saharan Africa to New York City, and currently finds her base in Calgary, where she graduated with distinction from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2010.

MY FATHER, THE SUN & THE HUNGRY GHOSTS is a dismantling of the divine, where science and sanctity intersect, and the overlapping study of light and religion reveals a similar paradox: that it may blind you or clarify the way. These hungry ghosts speak of haunting traditions of the past that no longer make sense in the present—yet if we illuminate them we may uncover a beautiful and mysterious truth at the heart. And it sparkles in the dark.

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January 5 - 27, 2012

At Robert Service School



YOUTH ART ENRICHMENT STUDENT EXHIBITION

Artwork created by highschool students from across the Yukon during KIAC's Youth Art Enrichment program will be on display at Robert Service School during the month of January.
Exhibition Reception: Thursday, January 5th, 12 - 1pm at RSS
(Please check in at the office upon arrival)

2011 Workshops: 
Handmade Prints with Meshell Melvin, Video Production with Dan Sokolowski, Soapstone Carving with Bud Young and Hand Papermaking with Helen O'Connor

Participants:
• Vera Schall • Amaya Cherian-Hall • Clara Reid • Stephen Coad • Leslie Curry • Violet Rose Robert • Charles Hagar • Shara Layne Kearney • Cassy Ponsioen • Daynika Jim • Brooke Bunce • Alyssa Blanchard • Alicia Grant • Alissa Budzinski • Sruthee Govindaraj • Kristen Sibbeston • Rhyann Mackay • Asia Hyde • Ciara Gabrielle Dawal • Edouard Bourcier • Michaela St.Pierre • Emeraude Dallaire- Robert • Valerie Herdes • Alexis Miller • Dustin JL Sheldon • Elisha Ida • Joshua Johnson • Shaheen Baker • Martha Phillips • Kara Beth Sweeney • Liam Finnegan • Victoria Bolton • Annie Johnsgaard • Logan Pauls • Andrew Michael • Ali Khoda- karami • Alix Ward • Brittany Charlie • Kerstin Charlie • Shannon Combes • Teagan Beemer • David Johnson •

More information about Youth Art Enrichment

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