Onsite Gallery at OCAD University - Up Front
- Artists: Kablusiak, Jordan Bennett
- Medium: Installation
- Project Type: Major Institutions
- Neighbourhood: Downtown
Artists Kablusiak and Jordan Bennett take over the front windows of Onsite Gallery, with a mural and an augmented reality piece. Enjoy colourful photo opportunities and take home a contemporary digital artwork!
199 Richmond St W
- Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible
- Schedule: October 2 to 9. Viewable Wednesday to Friday 12 to 7 p.m. & Saturday 12 to 5 p.m.
In partnership with the Inuit Art Foundation (IAF), Onsite Gallery presents ‘Up Front’, a new series of commissioned digital murals by Inuit artists. Onsite Gallery recognizes the important contributions of the Inuit art sector and is pleased to work with the IAF to support Inuit art and artists in the public realm. Curated by Ryan Rice, Kablusiak, is the first mural in the series. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dive into Jordan Bennett’s ’al’taqiaq: it spirals’ through the latest in augmented reality technology. The digital work is downloadable for free to mobile devices and features a moose skull harvested in the artist’s home community of Stephenville Crossing, Ktaqamkuk. The digital sculpture was commissioned by The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Grenfell Art Gallery in partnership with the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom.
Kablusiak is an Inuvialuk artist/curator who uses Inuk ingenuity to create work in a variety of mediums including, but not limited to, lingerie, soapstone, Sharpies, bedsheets, felt, and words. Their work explores the dis / connections between existence in Inuit diaspora while maintaining family and community ties, the impacts of colonization on Inuit gender and sexuality expressions, as well as on health, wellbeing, and the everyday. Kablusiak holds a BFA from Alberta University of Arts in Mohkinstsis, where they are currently based. Their work can be found in the collections of the Indigenous Art Centre, the Art Gallery of Alberta, and Global Affairs Visual Art Collection among others. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Jordan Bennett is a Mi’kmaq visual from Stephenville Crossing, Ktaqamkuk (Newfoundland). He lives and works on his ancestral territory of Mi’kma’ki in Terence Bay, Nova Scotia with his partner in life and art Amy Malbeuf. Jordan's ongoing practice utilizes painting, sculpture, video, installation and sound to explore land, language, the act of visiting, familial histories and challenging colonial perceptions of indigenous histories and presence with a focus on exploring Mi’kmaq and Beothuk visual culture of Ktaqamkuk. In the past 10 years Jordan has participated in over 75 group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally in venues such as the Smithsonian-National Museum of the American Indian, NYC; MAC-VAL, Paris; The Museum of Art and Design, NYC, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe, NM; Project Space Gallery, RMIT, Melbourne, AUS; The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Power Plant, Toronto, ON; Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, QC; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France and was one of two artists to represent Newfoundland and Labrador in the 2015 Venice Biennial at Galleria Ca’Rezzonico, Venice, Italy as part of the official Collateral Events.