November 25, 2010 - February 21, 2011
Curator: Suzanne Morrissette and Lisay Myers
Location: Janice Laking Gallery
This thematic double-solo exhibition features photography by Meryl McMaster (Toronto) and painted wood carvings by Luke Parnell (Vancouver). These rising Aboriginal artists address the distances to historical representations of and by indigenous peole, embodying past artisitc motifs in lviing contemporary forms.
As the curators write, "The mantle of colonialism in North America propelled photographers and artists of past centuries to pictorially 'preserve' indigenous cultures. Stubborn, ruinous stereotypes arose from such representations and issues surrounding their perpetuation inevitably raised questions with respect to Aboriginal agency. Two emerging Aboriginal artsts - Meryl McMaster and Luke Parnell - engage their work in critical conversations with the past. From distinct perspectives, they question the life of historical images today. Through subtle variations of historical image and iconography, both exemplify past now as creative credo.
Luke Parnell integrates his formative influences. His works are influenced by a globalized art education adn traditioal apprenticeship. Parnell integrates Haida and Nisga'a carving styles, incorporating knowledge drawn from his familial heritage and the recovery of old master works. He works with and against the inherent grain of Northwest Coast design, contributing to and honouring its lineage."
A brochure with essays by the guest curators accompaies the exhibition, published by the MacLarenArtCentre. The brochure is now out of print, however it is available through the website (click on the attachment below).