Wires, Threads, Lures, Ties
October 26 – 29, 2018
Fazakas Gallery is excited to present works by Carollyne Yardley, Couzyn van Heuvelen (Inuk), Cole Speck (Kwakwaka’wakw), and Charlene Vickers (Anishnabe) at Art Toronto’s VERGE section.
Cole Speck comes from a strong cultural and artistic heritage in Alert Bay, BC and has apprenticed under renowned master carvers Beau Dick and Wayne Alfred. His work has immense reverence for old traditions; however, much like his mentor Beau Dick, Speck’s carved masks and panels also reflect the contemporary realm by blending modern references with traditional styles.
Couzyn van Heuvelen’s work explores Inuit culture and identity, new and old technologies, and personal narratives. While rooted in the history and traditions of Inuit art, his work strays from established Inuit art-making methods and explores a range of fabrication processes. His largescale fishing lure sculptures reference traditional and historical Inuit production. He used a wide range of fabrication processes to incorporate aluminum, wood, ceramics, and other materials into the installation. His use of newer manufacturing processes to explore rapid prototyping technologies allowed him to create work that references traditional Inuit technologies and allows the objects to be seen from a fresh and modern perspective.
Carollyne Yardley is an inter-disciplinary artist, speculative designer, and squirrel lover. Her artistic practise is driven by research into the changing role that nature plays in urban space, the unexpected interconnections between humans and non-humans within a shared urban landscape, and the opportunities to better organize our environments that de-centres the human in the design.
Yardley’s body of work visually interprets a cross species dialogue by translating the visual, sonic, gestural, and social data she’s collected by observing the free range Grey Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) in her urban garden. After she rescued a dying squirrel in her yard, Yardley was compelled to create portraits of hybrid-humans in an effort to break down the barrier between humans and non-humans to create dialogue – and thus, Squirrealism was born.
The Eastern Grey Squirrel has excellent dichromatic colour vision that is mediated by green and blue cones. A sample of her work in our booth simulates the colour vision of the Grey Squirrel, and examines the dual-subjective reality of our senses to better imagine their worldview. Yardley believes we can come to know someone else through experience, which can promote new forms of cohabitation.
Charlene Vickers is an Anishnabe artist living and working in Vancouver. Her painting, sculpture and performance works explore memory, healing and embodied connections to ancestral lands. Charlene is the recipient of the VIVA Award in 2018. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and the United States, and can be found in the permanent collection at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She graduated Emily Carr University of Art and Design (94), Simon Fraser University in Critical Studies of the Arts (98), MFA (2013). Vickers also serves on the Board of Directors of grunt gallery in Vancouver.