With the support of the First Peoples Cultural Council www.fpcc.ca and Omineca art Centre www.ominecaartscentre.com please come and enjoy an evening of art with us.
Opening night we will have live music and refreshments. Please come and enjoy an evening of art and music. The show stays for the week, so if you cannot make it to opening night, we will be there for the rest of the week to have great conversation, to talk about art and the weather, and to support our capacities to be creative.
With the support of the First Peoples Cultural Council www.fpcc.ca and Omineca art Centre www.ominecaartscentre.com please come and enjoy an evening of art with us.
For those looking for indie gifts and hipster hauls, we present the First Annual Omineca Holiday Market!
Featuring some of the region's best artisans and craftspeople, there will be a little something for everyone at this indie market. There will also be delicious treats, live music and general festivity for everyone to enjoy!
We have a few spots left, so if you are interested in being a vendor, give us a shout at email@example.com!
**FREE** to the public: Artist Talk with Shawna Dempsey & Lorri Millan!
Collaborators since 1989, Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan are among Canada’s best-known performance artists. They were catapulted into the international spotlight in their 20s with the performance and film We’re Talking Vulva. Since then, their live work and videos have been exhibited in diverse venues as far-ranging as women's centres in Sri Lanka to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This Winnipeg-based duo has created installations (such as Archaeology and You for the Royal Ontario Museum), public art pieces (such as One Gay City, the subject of a Manitoba Human Rights Commission challenge) and books (such as Bedtime Stories for the Edge of the World, Arbeiter Ring Press). To most, however, they are known simply as the Lesbian Rangers of Lesbian National Parks and Services. Their humourous, feminist and provocative work has been acclaimed as “one of the high-points of contemporary Canadian artistic production” (Border Crossings Magazine). Performance documentation and artifacts are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of History and the Dia Art Foundation, among others. They have also curated for institutions including the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Centre and YYZ. Dempsey and Millan are the recipients of many awards, most proudly the Canadian Museums Association Award for Outstanding Publication and the Manitoba Arts Council Special Prize for Innovation and Excellence.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To see videos, visit fingerinthedyke.ca.
“Expose any group of first time viewers…and you'll have a gang of stompers and screamers shouting, ‘One more time!’” – Village Voice
“Smart, funny, and edgy - almost all at the same time.... The more they work, the more apparent it becomes that Dempsey and Millan really are subversive. Their occupancy of the forms of popular culture is one of the high-points of contemporary Canadian artistic production.” – Border Crossings
“Witty, acid-tongued...armed with gruesomely funny visuals and a sharp ear for the lethal banalities and truisms of modern pop culture. The logic is impeccable, provocative.” – Edmonton Journal
“Sleek, satiric.” – The Globe and Mail
“Shawna Dempsey is Queen of Great Bliss. Twat throat and cigarette dew, that floor would ruin a sponge mop!” – John Giorno
“Composition is flawless...so slick, it's unnerving!” – Swerve Magazine
“June Cleaver on an acid trip.” – Winnipeg Free Press
“Sexy, self-assured, completely unpretentious.” – Eye Weekly
“Performance art on the edge: in your face humour.” – CBC Newshour
“The iron fist of feminism in a fun-fur glove.” – Guy Maddin
“Gleefully turning mainstream culture on its head, exposing heterosexism and misogyny through biting irony cut with loopy humour.” – National Post
“Dempsey and Millan refuse to be invisible or silent.... Theirs is, without a doubt, a courageous act.” – Canadian Theatre Review
“At turns, humorous, irreverent, poignant… and highly evocative” – Books in Canada
“Dempsey and Millan…might be the Yes Men's lesbian sisters, wickedly sending up corporate targets as well as consumer marketing and their own feminist community.” – Now Magazine
Attention PG artists, musicians, and writers!
The IWAU (Inspiring Women Among Us) 2017 Conference is seeking out for participants for a Sunday Cabaret from 1:00 - 3:00 at Omineca Arts Centre. We will be celebrating women, art, and downtown PG!
Please contact Rob Budde if you would like to participate.
All Genders Welcome!
Learn the basics of block printing to create unique patterns on fabric!
From start to finish we will cover:
- what tools to use
- how to carve your block
- pattern layout & design
- printing on fabric
Catherine Ruddell is a BC based textile artist & surface designer. Covering Ground, her most recent body of work, is currently on display in the Rustad Galleria at the Two Rivers Gallery.
Register for this workshop by email: email@example.com
Cost is $115
CFUR is proud to present Women of The North: A CFUR Fundraiser!
A CFUR Showcase, Women of The North is a powerful event which will take place in the new local arts venue, Omineca Arts Centre. There, we will gather enthusiasts of local music and culture to celebrate women musicians of our region, with the accompaniment of live painting and live and silent auctions, creating an evening of celebration with Northern flair. This action is supported by CFUR’s mandate and ever-growing ambitions of exposing and encouraging the arts in Northern BC.
Rachelle van Zanten!
Nove Voce Choral Society!
Alongside the music of these stellar performers will be visual artist Audrey McKinnon de Leon, live-painting one of her signature pieces while the music plays on.
Tickets are available in advance at Handsome Cabin Boy Tattoo, at CFUR 88.7fm on campus, or online at http://cfur.ca/tickets-1/
Don't miss this opportunity to support CFUR 88.7FM and enjoy one of the biggest music events of the year!
Redwhyn would like to celebrate with you the release of their debut self-titled album Friday, November 10th at the Omineca Arts Center! (It's only a really big deal.)
Doors open at 7 PM
Music at 7:30 PM
Tickets $10 at Sound Factory (starting Monday October 23rd) or $15 at the door.
All ages welcome. Cash bar available.
World Town Planning Day | Everyone Welcome!
Event is Free
On Wednesday November 8, 2017, the University of Northern British Columbia’s Student Planners Association would like you to join us in celebrating World Town Planning Day!
What is World Town Planning Day (WTPD)?
WTPD is an international day celebrating the accomplishments of planners and their contributions to their communities! Countries around the world have celebrated WTPD since 1949 and this year more than 30 countries will be celebrating alongside us!
What is Planning?
We hear this question a lot, we even ask this question a lot! Simply put, ‘Planning’ looks at the past, to make decisions for the present, while considering the needs of the future.
Join us for a guided walking tour in the heart of downtown where members of the Student Planners Association will show how Planning has influenced and shaped the city of Prince George. We’ll follow up with some snacks and refreshments at Omineca Arts Centre where we can discuss and learn more about what it means to ‘Plan’ and the roles that Planners play in our communities!
5:00 pm - Omineca Arts Centre (1119 3rd Avenue, Prince George)
5:30 pm - Walking Tour* (leaving Omineca Arts Centre)
6:30 pm – Return for snacks and refreshments
*Weather permitting – other activities will be prepared in the event of weather limitations
Local professional artist Audrey McKinnon will be hosting a bi-weekly drop-in space for visual artists starting Sunday, October 22! Artists will have access to the Omineca Arts Centre from 10am - 6pm for studio space and skilled creative company.
All skill-levels, artistic styles, and ages are welcome!
$10 for up to 6 hours of studio access
The Alkemist (Jay Boy) is celebrating his 30th birthday AND releasing his brand new album.....ON THE SAME NIGHT!!! Going to be a great show! Come on down to the Omineca Arts Centre to celebrate and enjoy some new music from this one-man-band wonder!
A kick stompin', rattle shakin', music machine from Northern BC. Playing guitar, fiddle or banjo while injecting psychedelic effects into the mix and playing kick drum, hoof boot and a crash cymbal, The Alkemist weaves dark and ethereal soundscapes with upbeat porchpunk anthems, to create an environment perfect for blissing out in the mind's eye, or kickin' up a storm.
Sean Arthur Joyce is better known in the West Kootenay as Art Joyce for his poetry, popular newspaper columns and books on local history. Joyce has been a freelance journalist since 1990, working since 2005 as a reporter and Arts and Culture Editor for the Valley Voice, one of the last independently owned newspapers in BC. Joyce has published two books of West Kootenay history and in 2014 published Laying the Children’s Ghosts to Rest: Canada’s Home Children in the West (Hagios Press). New Orphic Publishers of Nelson, BC has published his three collections of Joyce’s poetry, The Charlatans of Paradise, Star Seeds, and The Price of Transcendence. In 2001 he produced his first poetry video, The Muse: Chameleon Fire, with the assistance of BRAVO TV funding. In 2016 he produced his second poetry video to launch his touring multimedia performance, Dead Crow: Prologue, with music composed by Noel Fudge and video production by Isaac Carter of ICandy Films.
Al Rempel’s books of poetry are This Isn’t the Apocalypse We Hoped For (Caitlin Press, 2013), understories (Caitlin Press, 2010) and a chapbook called The Picket Fence Diaries (Lipstick Press, 2010). His poems have also appeared in The Malahat Review, GRAIN, CV2 and Event, and in anthologies such as The Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2011, Rocksalt, 4Poets and Half in the Sun. He currently lives in Prince George where he teaches at a high school.
Book Launch & Reading by author Gillian Wigmore of her new book "Glory"
A northern gothic tale about resilience and belonging
In a boom town dominated by a man-eating lake, Renee and Danny Chance start a new life in his grandfather’s cabin. Renee struggles to keep her head above water until she is drawn into the orbit of two beautifully notorious bar-singer cousins, and all three women are called to test the bonds of blood and loyalty. A polyphonic fable riddled with tall tales, Glory explores what it means to be a woman in north-central BC by flooding the shores of the human heart.
Born and Raised down a country dirt road west of Prince George, British Columbia, Genevieve spent childhood days writing stories, poems & melodies while laying on her horse's back. Genevieve has been singing since she could talk, her parents recognized this at an early age and placed her into choir, song & dance classes, and vocal lessons. Shortly thereafter, Genevieve started performing at local cafe's, restaurants, theaters, and any other stage she could get her microphone on.
Music has always been a staple in Genevieve's life. After high school she enrolled in psychology classes at a local college. One semester into the program, she knew this was not the path for her... and moved to Nelson BC to attend the 'Contemporary Music and Technology Program' at Selkirk College for a Vocal and Performance Major. In her spare time Genevieve picked up the acoustic guitar and her songwriting journey began. She gathered inspiration from her surroundings, her fellow students, and ultimately the beauty of nature and began translating her stories into songs.
One year into the music program, Genevieve developed a vocal condition that immediately cut her diploma short and she was unable to continue studying/singing. The doctors recommended vocal rest, which meant complete silence for weeks, and didn't sing again for 3 years. There were times when she believed she would never sing again.
After moving back to her home town in a state of depression, music began to crawl back into her life; little by little she began writing, humming, and strumming. It was inevitable that music would forever be the main focus in Genevieve's life. She is now a vocal coach, and advocates teaching proper singing technique to her students.
Genevieve has just finished recording her debut EP "For Him" at Cheslatta Records & it will be available on iTunes, Bandcamp, Spotify in October 2017. Genevieve Jaide performs alongside the ever so talented and rhythmic Nick Tindale. Their music has been described as "folk with a twist of organic pop”. The music of Genevieve Jaide will remove you from your own mind & take you on a journey with every story that she paints through her music.
Doors at 8pm
Show at 9pm
Saltwater Hank’s songs will take you on a journey from through the mountains of the Bulkley Valley to the Skeena, to the saltwater out west, down the coast and eastbound to the Kootenay’s. His stories are inspired by the people, the land and the water of the region he calls home.
Danny Bell's songs are pure & simple, sweeping superfluity off of the table so we can get down to realer and more constructive expressions & conversations.
"Danny Bell's lyrics are so real they are irrefutable, undeniable, so honest and powerful and touching." - Scott Dunbar
$10 cover charge
Doors at 8pm
Show at 9pm
Drinks by Donation
Exhibit Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:30-6:00pm
Audrey McKinnon is an artist originally from Vancouver where she organised and exhibited in several shows. Her paintings are characteristically large and filled with vibrant colours and energetic lines. Self-taught, Audrey previously painted in oils, selling out her last body of paintings. Her work is now a part of two private collections in Canada, while other select works have been sold for the benefit of charitable organisations.
Now living in Prince George, her most recent works are done with spray paint, staying true to her style with bright colours and expressive lines. Influences of traditional Mexican art and the wild whimsy of Pop Kei fashion can be seen in the feminine and saturated choice of colours in her paintings of women’s faces shown up close and several feet tall from jawline to forehead.
Misdemeanors in Colour and Scale is an exhibit of Audrey’s most recent work. Several oversized paintings hang and some sprawl from their rigid edges right onto the walls at Omineca Arts Centre from Sept. 23-Oct. 6.
Since finding each other in Nelson, B.C. seven years ago The Party On High Street has worked tirelessly to bring it's signature feel-good funk jams to the people! We are a lively dance-inducing mix of funk, folk and jazz fuelled rockn' roll, joyfully delivered and presented like a funbomb waiting to make you jive.
Our band sings of peculiar youthful enchantments, weird love, and some of the odder aspects of life. Touring and playing live shows has fed our spirits and stroked our souls since the beginning. Every summer we travel further into the Canadian festival scene. Playing the campfires and stages, bars and backyards. This past summer we performed at over 6 music festivals and we are gearing up to do it again this year.
At these festivals we've developed a family of friends and fellow musicians, who we've joined on stage and off for plenty of collaborations and all around good time merry music makin'! We're taking our new songs and these experiences and bringing our brand new first ever acoustic album to you Spring/Summer 2015! At Yer' Place, Baby!
Rae Spoon is an award-winning Canadian musician, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and author. They have released eight solo albums spanning folk, indie rock and electronic genres over the past twelve years and have toured across Canada and internationally. Their live shows swing between audience singalongs and large danceable arrangements, which keep them playing everywhere from folk festivals and house concerts to rock concerts and theatres. Rae was the subject and composer of the score for the National Film Board–produced musical-documentary My Prairie Home, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2014. They have been nominated for two Polaris Prizes, a Lambda Literary Award, a Western Canadian Music Award, a CBC Radio 3 Bucky Award and a MOTHA Transgender Musician of the Year Award.
Armour, Spoon’s eighth solo album, is the highly anticipated follow-up to Polaris Prize–nominated My Prairie Home, a musical about Spoon’s fraught childhood in Alberta. As much as My Prairie Home was about Spoon’s upbringing as a queer youth in a Pentecostal household, Armour is about their view of the future. Moments of reckoning with trauma and self-preservation mingle with messages of hope and survival. Armour explores the idea that there is no instruction manual for healthy adulthood, asserting that the attempt to construct meaning is itself the point of life. The album is a tribute to the intimate space where both hope and despair have space to share the same voice. The ten new songs hold all of the lyrical depth indicative of Spoon’s compositions while showcasing their distinctive voice. Armour’s self- produced enigmatic soundscapes blur the lines between organic and electronic instruments. Analogue synthesizers, electronic drum programming, drum kits, percussion, electric bass, cello and guitar carry the album through pop refrains and danceable beats.
Rae’s first book, First Spring Grass Fire, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2012. The book was a finalist for a Lambda Award in the Transgender Fiction category and was shortlisted for an Expozine Alternative Press Award. In the spring of 2014, Rae was awarded a Honour of Distinction by the Dayne Ogilvie Prize, presented by the Writers’ Trust of Canada. Rae’s second book, co- written with Ivan E. Coyote and titled Gender Failure, was published in 2014. Gender Failure was on the 2015 Over The Rainbow Reading List and was translated into German.
4 acts, all good ones too! Check out the descriptions and videos below.
Doors @ 8pm
Show @ 9pm
OK Vancouver OK:
"OK Vancouver OK prove why they’ve been an indispensable fixture in the West Coast music underground for over a decade. The pleasant rhythm and backing vocals on “Black Part of Light” provide a solid base, counter-balancing the undisciplined lead vocals and whimsical instrumental flourishes. These guys could give a Weird Tuesday clinic" - Mark Anthony Brennan / Ride the Tempo 2016
Ok Vancouver Ok is a Canadian indie rock band formed in Vancouver B.C. in 2004. Described as "anti-capitalist indie music with an environmental message". Do-it-together. DIY. Integrating elements of punk, lo-fi, funk, pop, post punk, folk rock, and avant-garde ideas. The current lineup comprised of Jeff Johnson(lead vocals, guitar, keyboards), KMVP (bass, vocals,) and Laura House (drums). Liza Moser(Bass) is taking a break from live shows to focus on her studies in environment & agriculture, and her new baby. The band has been building a reputation as poetic, thought-provoking and forthright, with captivating live shows.
Montreal-based witch-folk project, Ghostly Hounds, combines strings, horns and powerful vocals to create a dark, jazzy sound. Featuring the songs of Francesca Daoust (vocals and banjo) accompanied by an eclectic mix of instrumentation, often including Matthew Dorfman on Double Bass, Suzanne Stirling on Trumpet and Vimul Him on Cello.
Britt A.M. is a Canadian singer-songwriter hailing from Northern British Columbia. A one-woman band to be reckoned with, Britt delivers a gripping set, twisting and manipulating the signal of her guitar with loop and effect pedals, to create rhythmic, riff-based songs with barbed hooks and experiential messages.
Sean Wesley Wood:
We're celebrating the launch of The Omineca Arts Centre with a night of music, hanging out, and much.....much....more!!
Hailing from Victoria, BC, Bad Hoo’s David Oswald, Mat Clarke, Todd Newton, Ben Ferrel, jangly licks, atypical song structures and arcane lyrical humour pull the audience into a sensation of
As exceptionally unique as the music they create, Bad Grams are the cultivation of the musical journeys of Rhys Jetts and Nate Grossbuster. Each equally as proficient in their craft, the combination of forces has conceived an operatic exploration of sound, unlike anything previously seen. Knowing no genre, their music defies classification and instead invokes awareness and perception of streetwise sights and sounds.
Well respected in the art of turntablism and with a solid decade of DJ experience, Jetts lends the hip hop influence to the Bad Grams sound. Motivated by anything in the Hip Hop, Trap, Soul or RnB realm, his competence has afforded opportunities at large festivals (such as Tall Tree and Rifflandia) in addition to representation alongside artists well respected in their own art (such as Kool Keith, Souls of Mischief and many more). Complementing Jett’s experiences and abilities, Grossbuster’s live electronic performances are second to none. A classically trained pianist, known for his ability to synchronize beats to cultivate live sets, Grossbuster has seen an explosion of notoriety with the release of his album Singularity; which held number one spots on both the Top 30 Charts at college radio stations throughout the country. A familiar face across the Pacific Northwest, due in part to a slew of tours in 2014, he has been nominated as a Top Electronic Artist (by M Awards Victoria) in addition to gracing stages at festivals like Tall Tree, Rifflandia, and Victoria Ska Festival among others.
The combination of forces between Jetts and Grossbuster has lead to the establishment of a musical duo that strives to develop organized, original material as crook and future as the individuals themselves. Developing melodic and thought provoking music, Bad Grams will provide you with a soundtrack for chilling out at home or vibing out in the club. Subconsciously connected, their layered approach allows each to blend their own notions to result in a gangster, bass heavy sound. Avoid the cookie cutter nonsense, indulge in legitimate sounds and let Bad Gram’s satiate your musical thirst!
Cast is a Vancouver/Victoria-based duo formed
by Ben Brown (drums/percussion) and Jessica Léger (vocals/guitar). The two met while attending a winter residency at the Banff Arts Centre. Brown and Léger were immediately drawn to each other’s interest in using rhythm to discover a new sound that resided
somewhere outside of their folk and free-improv outfits of the time. Shortly thereafter Cast was formed, featuring rhythm and voice as the focal points of their compositions and performances. Their debut album, “For the Body’s Sake” (November 2016), recorded
with Chris Gestrin, is a stripped down sound that is at once intimate and immense.
The Devon Wells Quartet
The Devon Wells Quartet combine a banjo fuelled bluegrass drive with eclectic modern sensibilities and a flair for the dramatic in a pressure cooker of a live show not to be missed. Featuring Juno Award winning bassist Russell Sholberg (Pugs and Crows) and virtuoso flatpicker Chris Russell (Tishimingo String Band) and joined on this special occasion by a great local picker on mandolin, Brandon Hoffman. The quartet maneuverer through Wells’ original pieces as well as timeless bluegrass standards and a few crowd pleasing rearrangements of popular favourites. Lookout for the group’s new instrumental album, ‘Waxing Moon’.
Entrance By Donation (Suggested Donation $10)
Genevieve Jade Tucker
Will include silent auction!
$10-$20 @ the door, sliding scale.
Everyone Welcome | Hadih Daninyih | Bienvenue a tous
Girls Rock Camp North is a volunteer-run, week-long summer program for self-identified girls and gender creative youth aged 9-17, operating out of Prince George, BC from August 21-25, 2017. For more information, visitwww.girlsrockcampnorth.com
Learn and share traditional and contemporary beading and caribou-hair tufting practices in this 3-evening workshop led by Metis artist Kim Stewart and Brenda Crabtree (Nlaka’pamux and Sto:lo).
This workshop brings together a community of learners who are passionate about preserving and perpetuating traditional and contemporary Canadian Aboriginal art practices. We will begin with basic techniques, though individuals may want to experiment with contemporary materials and images. The purpose of this workshop is to share traditional and contemporary aboriginal knowledge between generations and communities, build community, foster a sense of wellness in participants, and cultivate sustainable art-making practices.
Ages 16+ All skill levels welcome. Supplies provided.
PIBC | Planning Institute of British Columbia | Placemaking Walking Tour
Downtown Prince George is full of creative people who apply their passion and skill to enliven the heart of our community. This walk looks through the lens of planning and design to consider the critical role creative communities play in making liveable places. On this walk you will learn about recent citizen, business, and government led projects that are helping to create a more people-centred Prince George. Discuss existing, emerging and potential projects that may get you thinking about “downtown” in new and interesting ways, and explore how creative individuals bring their ideas to life. We will end our walk with a fun, interactive project to make our own contribution to creativity in downtown Prince George.
*Workshop requires preregistration and is for PIBC 2017 Annual Confrence Participants
Prince George | Occupied and unceded Lheidli T'enneh Territory.
Opening reception Friday, May 12th, 7 pm - 10 pm. Exhibition open to the public May 13th - May 27th, Wednesdays to Saturdays from 2 pm - 7 pm or by appointment. Omineca Arts Centre, 1119 3rd Avenue, Prince George.
Exhibition opening reception: Friday, May 12th, 7 pm - 10 pm
Curatorial exhibition tour: Saturday, May 20th, 3 pm - 4 pm
Exhibition closing event: Saturday, May 27th, 7 pm - 10 pm
Other forthcoming events related to the exhibition will be listed on the events page.
Featuring new and experimental works by:
Annerose Georgeson, Bill Horne, Andrew Maize, Jennifer Annaïs Pighin, Perry Rath and the RR7@Crysdale Crossing Collective (Karen Kellett, Judyta Frodyma, Joanna Smythe).
Curated by Caitlin Chaisson, presented by Far Afield.
Far Afield is pleased to present its inaugural exhibition, Disturbances in the Field, featuring new works by Annerose Georgeson (Vanderhoof), Bill Horne (Wells), Andrew Maize (Musquodoboit Harbour), Jennifer Annaïs Pighin (Prince George), Perry Rath (Smithers) and the RR7@Crysdale Crossing Collective (Karen Kellett, Judyta Frodyma, Joanna Smythe) (Prince George). The exhibition aims to complicate our understanding of land-use in Canada, using material and visual experimentation as a proposition for new paradigms. The artists cross the disciplinary boundaries of drawing, sculpture, mixed media, multimedia and performance, eliciting alternative and compelling ways to relate to the land.
In the work of Annerose Georgeson, the hay that grows on her farm is taken up as fodder for a dedicated drawing practice. Through careful observation in the haylands, Georgeson renders the lines formed by the supple grasses into a kind of script. Despite being carefully recorded, the illegibility of the translation from the field into a form of cursive highlights the inadequacies that exist in any straightforward reading of the landscape. Jennifer Annaïs Pighin further challenges the idea of “marking” the natural environment, with an attentiveness to the colonial narrative that frequently underpins those designations. Pighin appropriates her Status Card, a form of federal identification under the Indian Act, to highlight the absurdities of the colonial classification of Indigenous lives. Confronting the language of eligibility and privilege, Pighin’s Status Cards depict bears and other resident animal species, framed in portrait views in a closely cropped landscape.
Troubling the boundaries between human and natural realms, Perry Rath’s sculptural work is a crystalline geometric structure built out of firewood. Inside the structure hangs a pendant in the shape of a human head, filled with a ball of suet and seed. Part bird-feeder, part scarecrow, the work suggests a complicated relationship with nature. Throughout the course of the exhibition, the sculpture will undertake a migratory pattern of its own, appearing in different locations in and around the city. From a more fixed vantage, RR7@Crysdale Crossing’s multimedia work projects a video of a dead eagle lying in a field that is in a seasonal transition from winter to spring. The projection is shone through a glass greenhouse, filtering light through the architectural model like a prism. As the light disperses, the work fractures the way nature is viewed through particular lenses.
Andrew Maize’s process-based endurance work unfolds slowly throughout the course of the exhibition. Maize will be boarding a cross-continental train at the beginning of the exhibition, arriving in Prince George towards the later part of the month. Maize explores the narrative role of image-making in relation to the construction of national mythologies, particularly the colonialist antecedents that shaped the Canadian Pacific Railroad. Disrupting the benign and altruistic façade of this historic institution, Maize will stitch together a number of counter-narratives throughout his journey. While Maize’s work covers an engrossing geographic expanse, Bill Horne has been emboldened by specific developments in the Peace Region of northern British Columbia. Horne’s work pointedly addresses BC Hydro’s Site C Dam and the activisms that have challenged the controversial project since the early days of construction. Horne’s maquette of an expropriated farm is surrounded with yellow stakes, screen-printed with hashtags: #nositec, #keepthepeace, #keepthepromise. Through miniaturization and printing processes, the strategies of circulation, distribution and multiples allow protest and opposition to be brought into new contexts.
Disturbances in the Field brings together artists and artworks whose wide-ranging influences liberally transform our assumptions about land and about situated knowledges. The disruption posed by the exhibition is meant to inspire a critical turn towards thinking about occupancy of the natural and cultural world in a myriad of ways.
This exhibition has been generously supported by the British Columbia Arts Council, Living Labs at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Two Rivers Gallery and Omineca Arts Centre. Disturbances in the Field respectfully acknowledges its presence on occupied and unceded Lheidli T’enneh Territory.