2015 Exhibitions


January 2015

Student Exhibition Youth Art Enrichment
*At Robert Service School

January 29 – February 26, 2015

Dawson City Art Society Members Exhibit
Reception Thursday, January 29th at 7:30pm

March 12 – April 18, 2015

Dominique Pétrin Pimping Up (Montreal, QC)
Artist Talk and Reception Thursday, March 19th at 7:30pm

April 25 – May 13, 2015

Yukon School of Visual Arts Student Exhibition
Reception Saturday, April 25th
6 - 8PM at Yukon School of Visual Arts
8 - 10PM at ODD Gallery

May 21 – June 12, 2015

Rosemary Scanlon X-Ray Lake (Whitehorse)
Reception Thursday, May 21 at 7:30pm
Artist Talk Thursday, June 11 at 7:30pm

June 18 – July 25, 2015

The World Inside 
In conjunction with the Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Festival
Festival details 

August 13 – September 18, 2015

The Natural & The Manufactured 2015

Kevin Murphy - One Square Inch More Or Less (Vancouver, BC)
Colin Lyons - Time Machine For Abandoned Futures (Kamloops, BC)
Dr. Curtis Collins - Manufactured Not Natural (Dawson City, YT)
Reception Thursday, August 13th

October 7 – November 7, 2015

José Luis Torres Landscape (Montmagny, QC)
Reception and Talk: Thursday, October 7, 7:30 PM, in French with translation to English

November 19 – December 19, 2015

Annie Dunning Sapsucker Sounds (Guelph, ON)
Reception Thursday, November 19th, 7:30 PM





November 19 - December 18, 2015

Opening Night: Thursday, November 19th

Artist talk at 7:30PM in the KIAC Ballroom | Reception to follow


In the exhibition Sapsucker Sounds, sculptures are based on a found log, filled with holes made by a Yellow Bellied Sapsucker. This is a common type of woodpecker that lives throughout most of Canada. The sculptures are attempts to interpret the mark making left behind by the bird as though it was a recording. Sometimes woodpeckers hammer to find food; other times it is a form of communication. They will also hammer on metal objects we leave in the environment such as road signs, perhaps because they advantageously amplify their drumming. It is clear that we influence the animals we live in proximity with, how in turn are we affected? This installation of sound sculptures offers an opportunity to experience sound generated by a conflation of human and woodpecker activities.



Annie Dunning maintains a multidisciplinary practice based in sculpture and installation. Her work also includes mail art, collaboration, book works, video and sound work. She holds a BFA from Mount Allison University, NB and an MFA from the University of Guelph, ON. With support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council she has produced and shown work across Canada and abroad.  She lives and works in Guelph ON.

Exhibition Brochure with Text by Jeffrey Langille (PDF)


October 7 – November 7, 2015

Opening Night: Wednesday, October 7th
Artist talk* at 7:30PM in the KIAC Ballroom | Reception to follow
(*in French with English translation)

José Luis Torres will create a site-specific installation for the ODD Gallery using everyday objects and recycled materials from domestic environments collected from Dawson City.

"My pieces are frequently spontaneous configurations, in the form of site-specific installations and ephemeral interventions with architectural aspects. Throughout the constructions, notions of sculpture and architecture are melded together. Spectators are invited to look, explore and experience the physical work of art which is life sized. 

The goal of my constructions, accumulative, viral and invasive, is not the form but rather the action of giving form to a use or a situation. The dialogue established between the location and the piece of work directly influences the configuration of my constructions, which are sometimes created without sketches or plans, the choice of materials and their proportions. Beyond their sometimes-rudimentary aspect, my works touch on the notion of the memories of a location, a building and the inhabitants. Some of my projects also integrate the public in in their production."     

- José Luis Torres



José Luis Torres was born in Argentina and has a Bachelor's Degree in visual arts, a Master's Degree in sculpture and training in architecture and integrating art with architecture. He has been living and working in Quebec since 2003.

His work has been showcased in many solo and group exhibitions, in public interventions and artist residencies in Canada, Argentina, the United States, Mexico and Europe.


Exhibition Brochure with text by Rian Lougheed-Smith





August 13 - September 18, 2015
Opening Night: Thursday, August 13th
Artist Talks at 7 PM | Reception to follow

ODD Gallery Installation
Artist Talk: Thursday, August 13, 7PM, KIAC Ballroom
Gallery Reception to follow


Outdoor Site-specific Installation (Midnight Dome)
Artist Talk: Thursday, August 13, 7PM, KIAC Ballroom
Reception & free shuttle to Midnight Dome to follow

Scheduled shuttles to the Midnight Dome will provided by Husky Bus during Discovery Days weekend (August 14 – 16). Visit the gallery for more info and reservations.

LECTURE: Friday, August 14th, 7 PM in the KIAC Ballroom

For full project descriptions, artist biographies, and archives visit The Natural & The Manufactured project website: naturalmanufactured.com






Dianne Bos | Lea Bucknell | Bob Jickling | Ernie Kroeger | Donald Lawrence | Holly Ward & Kevin Schmidt AKA Desire Machine | Mike Yuhasz | Andrew Wright
Curated by Lance Blomgren

June 18 - July 25, 2015
Opening Night: Thursday, June 18th at 8:30PM

As a counterpoint to the site-specific installations in the Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Festival, the ODD Gallery presents The World Inside, a group exhibition that investigates the intertwined subjects of landscape and viewership, perceptual mediation and the urgencies of our material condition. The World Inside illuminates the ways in which our visual technologies, including the eye itself, have worked to define and undermine our impressions of the real, our sense of self and community. The images and objects in this exhibition draw connections between what we see, how we see, and the enduring cultural effects of our empires of sight.

In this exhibition, the lens—the convergence point where rays of light intersect, where the world outside casts its inverted doppelganger into the darkened, retinal spaces of our minds—becomes both a literal focal point and exploratory metaphor. Through these porous apertures, the objective world passes into our highly subjective selves; our most deeply-held visual certainties flicker against our decidedly experiential, and impressionable, psychologies. Acts of translation, imagination, perceptual distortion, narcissistic bias, and psychological fantasy projection quickly threaten easy ideas of reality, often overwhelming collective understanding. For The World Inside, external reality can be better viewed as a quixotic, if startlingly potent, shared fiction. This exhibition posits a revision of vision itself. It proposes that our senses of sight, and our faculties of apperception, can perhaps reveal more about our place in the world than the world we actually perceive.

Image: Holly Ward & Kevin Schmidt, AKA Desire Machine, Eye of the Beholder



The Camera Obscura Project brings together an international group of artists and other researchers interested in cameras obscura, related optical phenomenon and the meeting places of: art and science, cultural and wilderness settings, learning and play. Summer solstice, 2015, will see Dawson City, Yukon, as the setting for the Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Festival. With funding from The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada the Project is based at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, B.C.

Full program and more info here
Project Website: www.midnightsuncameraobscura.com




April 25 - May 13, 2015
Opening Night: Saturday, April 25th, 2015
6 - 8pm SOVA Gallery
8 - 10pm ODD Gallery

Students: Benjamin Lamarche, Jon Vanneste, Carly Woolner, Izzy Burgwin, Courtney Holmes, Joseph Sims, Robin Henry, Max Sims. Andrea Pelletier

Instructors: Bill Burns, Justine Hobbs, Nicole Rayburn


March 12 - April 18, 2015
Opening Night:
Thursday, March 12th
Artist talk at 7:30PM in the KIAC Ballroom | Reception to follow

Montreal artist Dominique Pétrin has transformed the ODD Gallery into a fully immersive installation. Pétrin creates contemporary 'frescoes'  by completely covering the gallery walls and floors in hyper-saturated silkscreened patterns and images. Merging historic styles of ornamentation and digital aesthetics Pétrin creates a somehow familiar but entirely new, and altered, environment.


For the past five years, my artistic endeavours have involved installations where hand silk-screened works are displayed in a submerged space. I employ the installation to impose a musicality and a rhythm that is invoked by the repetition of motifs and the physicality of colours, creating a strong dialogue between the images, their support and configuration. It enables me to make use of bold lines and colours in order to create worlds that are vibrant and hypnotic. These visual demands put the spectator's body in an unstable position: between pleasure and displeasure, immersed in a feeling of vertigo similar to a light state of intoxication. This is reinforced by the monumental character of the installation. The patterns are dizzying. The overall effect is noisy and thought provoking.

- Dominique Pétrin 2014


Dominique Pétrin is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Montreal, Canada. In visual arts as well as performance, her interests converge towards producing altered states of conscience and perception, be it through cognitive or visual illusions, or, for her performances, the use of hypnosis. Since last year, her work has taken monumental proportions in the wrapping of a subway station and several other buildings in Montreal. A former member of the band Les Georges Leningrad, she also collaborated with such renowned artists as Sophie Calle, Pil & Galia Kollectiv, songwriter Pierre Lapointe and choregrapher Antonija Livingstone. She was awarded the Antrev Habland Award to attend Art Omi International Artists’ Residency program in New York. She participated in the 29th Contemporary Art Symposium in Baie-Saint-Paul, and was selected for the last instalment of the Quebec Triennial at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2014, she was nominated for the Sobey award longlist. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, in France and United Kingdom.


Exhibition brochure with text by Julie Boivin (PDF)



January 29 - February 26, 2015

Opening Night: Thursday, January 29th, 7:30PM

The ODD Gallery is pleased to present a biennial exhibition of artwork by members of the Dawson City Arts Society. This year’s installment, ‘Cabin Fever’, invites creativity in from the cold.

2015 Participating Artists:
Erica Barta - Palma Berger - Ange Bonnici - Bill Burns - Gail Calder - Joyce Caley - David Curtis - Christine Fuller - Shelley Hakonson - Patty Jackson - Wanda Jackel - Leslie Leong - John Lodder - Madi Piller - M. Anne Saunders - Rachael Siminovitch - Dan Sokolowski - Jasmine Stange - John Steins - Julien Strasfeld - Alice Thompson - Veronica Verkley - Meg Walker - Bo Yeung

click here for the exhibition brochure (pdf)

New members are always welcome! Find membership info here.



*at Robert Service School:

Student Exhibition Youth Art Enrichment 2014
January 14 - 30, 2015

The ODD Gallery is pleased to partner with Robert Service School in the presentation of artwork created during KIAC's 2013 Youth Art Enrichment program. Stop by RSS and check out the Yukon's talented young artists! (Please check in with the front office upon entering the school)

2014 Courses:
Handmade Prints with Meshell Melvin
Animation with Dan Sokolowski
Improv Intensive with George Maratos
Wood Carving with Ken Anderson

2014 Participants:
Alexandria Duchaine - Annie Johnsgaard - Asia Hyde - Asia Winter-Sinnott - Century Machinine - Cheyenne Kaiser-Conant - Danielle VanBibber - David Johnson - Dorothee Togyesi - Emma Glada - Hailey White - Howard Coyne  - Humiel Martinez - Jared Leary - Jasmine Stange - Jen Titus - Jock Sheppard James - John Dagostin - Kadrienne Hummel - Keona McLaughlin - Khandolyn Jackson - Kristie Harper Smarch - Lauren Dieckmann - Madison Betts - Maddie Carlson - Micah Hildes - Nila Helm - Olivia Holmes - Rylee Grenier - Sam Bonar  - Sarah Cardinal - Storm Machinine - Suezanna James - Tahyah VanBibber - Tanner Sadlier - Zarah Sidney

More information about Youth Art Enrichment here
Photos from the program and documentation of the artwork can be seen here
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