As my time here winds down, I find that I’m frustrated by how many things I have to let go, in terms of coverage of upcoming shows and such, and various worthy events.
In light of that, this week’s blog post / radio show is content rich, as the granting bodies would say, in their rhetoric.
This week’s radio show is a conversation with Ruth Cuthand: her exhibition Don’t Drink Don’t Breathe just closed at the Mann Gallery, but I have no doubt it will travel elsewhere. I’ve posted some images of it below, and we talk not just about her practice but some of the ideas that inform it. Ruth spoke at Stronger Than Stone last fall, and also was on a panel for Tribe‘s Twentieth Anniversary. I would also add that she was a strong voice for some new ideas regarding public art here, having a hand in the Tony Stallard work that, to me, and to many, has marked a seismic shift in terms of how we think about art in the public realm in Saskatoon, and what “public” includes and excludes.
You can listen to us here. I was very pleased to talk to Ruth in one of my last few shows here, and I think you can tell we enjoyed our conversation, too.
Now, just as important as the space of public art is the space occupied by arts organizations, galleries and magazines here: many of you know I was involved with BlackFlash Magazine for years, as Editorial Chair, and I still write for them now and again. Their last few issues have been lovely: if you don’t have a subscription, get one (that may be an echo of something Dr. Cameron Cartiere said, from the Street Meet panel, when she challenged a number of people talking about “change” and such as to whether or not they either vote, or are even registered to vote. I am exhausted of those who want to see more writing / coverage of art, yet don’t make the effort to support such spaces. Hell, I’m leaving the province and I’m buying a subscription).
BlackFlash’s Annual Optic Nerve Image Contest is going on right now. Travis Cole, the Managing Editor, passed on the following information regarding jurors for the competition, and it looks to be a great jury, with an excellent mix of local and international, and with a collective eye to concept as much as form.
The bios are below: everything you need to know to submit is here.
Lori Blondeau is a Cree/Saulteaux artist working primarily in performance art, but also occasionally in installation and photography. Blondeau is a member of the Gordon First Nation and is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In 1995, she co-founded Tribe, an artist-run centre geared towards exhibiting the work of contemporary First Nations artists in Canada.
Through his photography and mixed-media installations, Eritrean-born, New York-based, Canadian artist Dawit L. Petros investigates boundaries in artistic, geographical and cultural contexts. He combines extensive research and travel into art that centers around a critical rereading of the relationship between global modernisms. Petros’ artistic language – which engages liberally with sculpture, performance and painting – is an act of poetic translation that pushes against naturalized ways of investigating place, form, and subjectivity.
Vancouver and Vienna based artist Sabine Bitter has worked on projects addressing cities, architecture, and the politics of representation and of space since 1993. Mainly working in the media of photography and video her research-oriented practice engages with specific moments and logics of the global-urban change as they take shape in neighborhoods, architecture, and everyday life. Since 1994 she collaborates with and Helmut Weber and in 2004 they founded the research collective Urban Subjects with Jeff Derksen. Sabine Bitter teaches at Simon Fraser University and curated the Audain Gallery Vancouver from 2009 – 2013.
Past winners include: Connor Charlesworth (2014), Brendan George Ko (2013), Nathan Cyprus (2012), Kiana Hayeri (2011) and Clare Samuel (2009).
And BlackFlash’s latest issue is soon to hit the streets: click on the image below, of the upcoming issue, for contributors / articles and to purchase a subscription.