This week’s show is all about Finding City. Michael Peterson, of the void gallery, but whom also, along with Gary Young, is a driving force with FC, is my guest.
I consider this week’s show a continuation of last week’s conversation with Alanna Moore, where we talked about public art / public sites and contested spaces / narratives, and focused on Street Meet Saskatoon. You can still listen to that episode of the A Word here
Michael and I talk about the ideas that inform Finding City and a number of the speakers / events that they’ll be facilitating through their Conversation series. You can listen to us talk here and their web site is here. The Image below is by the artist Monique Motut-Firth, whom we speak about on air.
An interesting addition to this conversation is the recent decision by Saskatoon Police Services regarding the monument to missing and murdered Indigenous women that will be installed at their station. You can see images of the selected artist / installation and the two that were part of the final selection process here. In conversation with a number of people I’ve commented that I’m very pleased and surprised at this initiative, as there are spaces that one would expect this kind of sensitivity and cultural awareness from (looking at you, Usask art department) and they fail in that regard, and I don’t mean any disrespect when I say that, like many here, I remember the furor over the Starlight Tours, and am pleased that this piece is happening as an indicator of change, and progress.
I might just put out there an idea from Stronger Than Stone: one does not want to sacrifice the present for the sake of the past in terms of “monuments”, and perhaps this memorial work should be seen as further demand for a national inquiry into the pandemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Perhaps I’ll ask Randy Donhauer, whom is already sending out flyers through the post in anticipation of the federal election, where his CPC stands on this: or perhaps he’ll just continue the rich tradition (as rich as the pensions enjoyed by Vellacott, or McKay, or Baird) of silence, like the “Silent 13″ in the current federal regime.
Stepping away from the effluvia of politics, you can see a piece in the current Planet S that is all about galleries and events in the visual arts sphere this summer, in Saskatoon and beyond. You can read that here: but I must put out a mea culpa mea maxima mea culpa to the Affinity Gallery and the Saskatchewan Craft Council, as they slipped through the cracks in this article. So, in atonement, I give you links to a variety of things they’re doing this summer.
WaterFront is on this Saturday, with Citizens of Craft Day in the Park, plus their 40th Anniversary Members’ Show & Sale begins in mid-July. That is always an excellent exhibition, with numerous quality artists. I’d add that they also just presented the Dimensions Award, and the winner of the Premier’s Prize for Outstanding Entry went to Cathryn Miller of Saskatoon (you may have seen her work at the Mendel this past Winter).