last day to see Earthlings plus Exhibition Tour by Pierre Aupilardjuk

Saturday, January 27
Exhibition Tour by Pierre Aupilardjuk
12 – 12:30 pm
Free shuttle bus departs OCAD U (100 McCaul Street) at 11 am, first come, first served

We’re marking the last day of Earthlings with a casual exhibition tour by Pierre Aupilardjuk — he will speak to his work and the collaborative process that runs through so much of the exhibition. Get on the bus and don’t miss this remarkable show!

Earthlings
November 1, 2017 – January 27, 2018

Works by Roger Aksadjuak, Shuvinai Ashoona, Pierre Aupilardjuk, Shary Boyle, Jessie Kenalogak, John Kurok and Leo Napayok

Curated by Shary Boyle in collaboration with Shauna Thompson
Organized and circulated by Esker Foundation

Doris McCarthy Gallery
University of Toronto Scarborough
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4
Canada

t/ 416.287.7007

www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~dmg/html/exhibitions/earthlings.html

We are of the earth and from the stars, cooked mud and pigmented wax, soot and soda, ink, wood, tobacco, fur, fire, bronze, and acrylic nails – mortal inhabitants of the earth dreaming of our spiritual or extraterrestrial foil. Drawn from this framework of earthly conditions, the visionary ceramics and works on paper of Earthlings, produced both individually and collaboratively by seven contemporary artists, are at once transformative and otherworldly – and profoundly human.

Though making work from distinct cultural and geographical positions – from Kangiqliniq/Rankin Inlet, Kinngait/Cape Dorset, Qamani’tuaq/Baker Lake, and Toronto – the artists in Earthlings share an intuitive and labour-intensive approach to materials and narrative imagery. In these works, detailed figures are subject to transformations and transmogrifications, hybrid blendings of animal and human, reality and myth, and actual and imagined spaces. These pieces seem to emerge from phantasmagorical worlds, simultaneously fleshly and physical, sensual and spiritual, alien and familiar.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Roger Aksadjuak’s work is complex, inventive, and embraces multiple forms and playful imagery while respecting traditional narratives. It can be found in many public and private collections across North America, including the Winnipeg Art Gallery. He passed away in 2014.

Shuvinai Ashoona is a contemporary Cape Dorset artist whose work often combines reality and the imaginative. Ashoona’s work is in numerous collections of major art institutions, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and Winnipeg Art Gallery, among others.

Pierre Aupilardjuk’s style of work represents his strong roots in a traditional aesthetic and are included in the ceramics collection of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Center, Yellowknife; the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; as well as in private collections throughout North America. He lives and works in Rankin Inlet.

Shary Boyle lives in Toronto and works across diverse media, including sculpture, drawing, installation and performance. Collected and exhibited internationally, Boyle represented Canada with her project Music for Silence at the Venice Biennale in 2013. In 2017 her sculptures were featured at South Korea’s Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, and in the Phaidon, UK publication Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art. Boyle’s first public art commission will be installed Spring 2018 on the front grounds of the Gardiner Ceramic Museum in Toronto.

Jessie Kenalogak
was born in Back River in the early 1950s and currently lives and works in Qamani’tuaq (Baker Lake). Working primarily in drawing, her most meaningful artistic influences came from her grandfather Angushadluk, one of the most important and respected artists ever to work in Baker Lake, and her aunt, Mary Singaqti, another highly respected Baker Lake artist.

John Kurok began working full-time as a Rankin Inlet ceramist in 1996 and is one of a new group of younger ceramicists who also work as printmakers. Kurok’s work is included in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, and the Museum of Inuit Art, Toronto.

Born in the early sixties, Leo Napayok spent most of his time growing up in the towns of Salliq (Coral Harbour) and Kangiqliniq (Rankin Inlet). He works as a carver in soapstone, ivory, and antler and has long been established as one of the region’s most talented carvers. His collaborative works have since become a part of the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.

 

Oh Ceramics and Into the Wild open tonight at the Esplande

Jenn Demke-Lange: The Wild

May 13, 2017 – July 1, 2017

A BFA graduate from the Alberta College of Art + Design with a major in ceramics, Jenn’s visual arts practice focusses on the intersection of traditional ceramics and illustration techniques with the use of new digital technology. In this exhibition of new work, Jenn presents an installation with mural and sculpture animated by a projection, as well as series of ceramic plates whose illustrations explore her identity as both a Canadian and as a mother. She comments: “Recollecting my own personal experiences camping as both a child and in motherhood, this body of work celebrates the experience of wilderness and its ability to de-civilize… While adults easily become tame to civilization, it is the perspective and inherent nature of a child that can re-connect us to the innocence, wonderment and freedom of our child-like wild spirit. The imaginative “How to” illustrations on my plates explore whimsical ways of connecting to the wilderness; reminding us to howl at the moon, roar with laughter and wander with wide eyes.”

Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Jenn Demke-Lange now lives in Medicine Hat with her husband, two children and beagle. Jenn produces handmade ceramic objects from tableware to jewellery (visit her website mikind.ca), in her studio at Medalta, where she also maintains a part-time position as the Residency Programs Studio Coordinator.

Portions of The Wild will travel throughout Alberta in 2017 – 2020 with the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Traveling Exhibition Program, curated by Xanthe Isbister.

 

Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre

Community Development, City of Medicine Hat

401 First St. SE, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8W2

www.esplanade.ca

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Earthlings @ Esker Foundation

Earthlings is an exhibition of visionary ceramic sculpture and works
on paper, produced both individually and collaboratively, by seven
contemporary artists. Otherworldly, surreal, magically figurative, and
underpinned by complex narratives, the works in this exhibition are the
products of a range of deeply personal practices that are informed by
idiosyncratic realities and myths, real and imagined spaces, sensuality,
and spirituality.

Ashoona (Cape Dorset), Boyle (Toronto), and the ceramic artists of
Matchbox studio in Rankin Inlet share a handcrafted, intuitive approach
to transformative imagery that is as sympathetic as it is culturally
distinct. The exhibition will feature recent and landmark works by each
artist as well as collaborative explorations, including sculptures
produced in September 2016 by Pierre Aupilardjuk, Shary Boyle, and John
Kurok while in residence at the extraordinary Medalta in Medicine Hat.

eskerfoundation.com
calgaryherald.com/entertainment/local-arts/earthlings-seven-artists-bridge-north-and-south-with-group-exhibition