A new public art project debuts in May to honour and celebrate the City’s Year of Reconciliation. A collaborative drawing project by Tania Willard, Gabrielle Hill, and Peter Morin will appear as a series of four bus shelters throughout May.
The images were created in the style of the exquisite corpse, a technique made popular by the Surrealists in the early 20th century as a way of exploring the unconscious and associative powers of images. The three artists are working from different geographic areas, on-reserve and off, in urban and rural contexts, and these differences inform the imagery and speak to the complexity of Aboriginal identities. The posters will be in sites around the city throughout May. See location list below.
Additional artworks on display that debuted in March 2014 are:
- Open Handed, banners by Brian Liu at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch
- Her Story, photo mural by Krista Belle Stewart at the Canada Line City Centre Station
- Video by Jeremy Borsos at the dual video screens, Granville and Robson
- Video by Emilie Crewe at the CBC screen, Hamilton and Georgia
- Video by Krista Belle Stewart at the VanCity Theatre screen, Seymour and Davie
Watch for upcoming artworks by Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Vancouver), Jeannette Sirois (Surrey), and Dionne Paul (Sechelt).
Artist Bios – Reconciliation Public Art 2014
Gabrielle Hill, Vancouver, British Columbia
Gabrielle Hill is a Métis artist from Vancouver, BC, who works in drawing, sculpture, and public installation. Gabrielle holds a degree with honors in English from Simon Fraser University (SFU) and is currently finishing her BFA in Visual Arts, also at SFU. Gabrielle’s work has been exhibited at Gallery Gachet, Grunt Gallery, and Red Gate in Vancouver. In recognition of her contributions to the SFU School of Contemporary Arts, Gabrielle received the Bice Caple award, as well as the Canon Canada Photography Award in 2013
Peter Morin, Brandon, Manitoba
Peter Morin is a Tahltan Nation artist, curator and writer. He holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Emily Carr University, and an MFA from the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus in Kelowna, BC. Morin’s practice-based research investigates the impact between indigenous culturally-based practices and western settler colonialism. This work, defined by Tahltan Nation epistemological production, often takes on the form of performance interventions. He has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Anthropology, Western Front, The Burnaby Art Gallery, and Grunt Gallery, among others. Morin joined the Visual Arts Faculty at Brandon University in 2014.
Tania Willard, Chase, British Columbia
Tania Willard works within the shifting ideas of contemporary and traditional as it relates to cultural arts and production. She often works with bodies of knowledge and skills that are conceptually linked to her interest in intersections between Aboriginal and other cultures. She holds a BFA with Honours from the University of Victoria. Willard has worked as an artist in residence with Gallery Gachet, the Banff Centre’s visual arts residency, and was a curator in residence with Grunt Gallery. Willard is currently in a curatorial residency with Kamloops Art Gallery in her home territory of Secwepemculecw.
Location List of May’s Transit Shelter Posters:
- Davie 20m E/O Cardero SS,
- Richards 20m S/O Nelson WS
- W. Pender 25m W/O Burrard NS
- Cambie 29m S/O W. 18th WS
- Oak 20m N/O W. 12th ES
- Arbutus 113m N/O Nanton WS
- Cambie 26m s/o W. 57th WS
- Cambie 20m s/o W. 49th WS
- Commercial 20m S/O E. 14th WS
- Dunbar 24m S/O W. 41st WS
- E. Hastings 20m E/O Hawks SS
- E. Hastings 20m E/O Renfrew NS
- Joyce 18m N/O Kingsway ES
- Nanaimo 19m S/O E. Broadway WS
- Oak 20m N/O W. 67th ES
- Renfrew 20m S/O E. 22nd WS
- SW Marine 29M E/O Oak NS
- W. 10th 26m W/O Discovery NS
- W. 41st 20m W/O Oak NS,
- W. 49th 35m W/O Manitoba NS
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