1992: Robert Houle, Duane Linklater, Nadia Myre

December 5, 2013 – February 23, 2014

Robert Houle, Untitled, 1992, collage, acrylic and graphite on paper, 56.2 x 76.5 cm. Collection of the MacLaren Art Centre. Gift of the John F. (Jack) Petch Family.

1992: Robert Houle, Duane Linklater , Nadia Myre
December 5, 2013 to February 23, 2014
Joan Lehman Gallery
Reception: Thursday, December 5, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

1992 features two works on paper from the MacLaren’s Permanent Collection by the renowned Anishnaabe artist, curator and critic Robert Houle. Both works were created in 1992, the contentious year that marked the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in the Western Hemisphere. Houle’s work often draws on Western conventions to deal with aspects of European colonization of First Nations people. The dual experience of Western and Indigenous traditions is clear in these powerful mixed-media works that combine photography, collage, drawing and abstract painting. Exhibiting artists Duane Linklater and Nadia Myre were both adolescents during the year 1992. In this exhibition, they each contribute a personal response to these works by Houle, an influential artistic antecedent for their generation.

Robert Houle is an Anishnaabe Saulteaux First Nations artist, curator, critic, and educator who has been active in the arts since the mid-1970s. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Arts in Education from McGill University. From 1977 to 1981 Houle was the Curator of Indian Art at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa. He is known for his role in bridging the gap between contemporary First Nations artists and the broader Canadian art community through his contributions to exhibitions such as Land, Spirit, Power: First Nations at the National Gallery of Canada in 1992. Houle has exhibited artwork both nationally and internationally; he has also curated or co-curated numerous ground-breaking exhibitions and written extensively on major contemporary artists. He currently lives and works in Toronto where he is represented by Kinsman Robinson Galleries.