March 22 to June 2, 2013
Public Performance: Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m with artists Jason Baerg, Jean-Sébastien Gauthier, and Adrian Stimson
This dynamic, multi-media exhibition features two recent works created by Jason Baerg, a Métis artist based in Toronto. The work in this exhibition includes a series of circular paintings from the Relations series, which draw on Baerg’s early training in abstraction combined with computer-generated elements. Also included is a new installation of figurative-abstract paintings, entitled Nomadic Bounce. Both works are presented alongside videos comprised of photo- and computer-based imagery, thus continuing Baerg’s commitment to new and traditional modes of art production and engagement.
Relations was developed out of a residency investigating the many prophecies that concern 2012—Mayan, Hopi, Mohawk, Tibetan. The resulting 13 circular works, or tondos, speak to notions of the passage of time and suggest a reconsideration of Indigenous frameworks of knowledge. Relations explores these cosmic themes through sculptural paintings, which embrace our relationship to each other, the Earth, the sun and beyond.
For his newest installation, Nomadic Bounce, Baerg looks at the tension of, as he says, “running to and from everything we love and hate at the same time; from place, from people, returning to the same place and same people.” The work draws upon this personal narrative to create a dynamic installation of laser-cut, shaped canvases as an intersection of the locative and the figurative. Nomadic Bounce was produced as part of an Indigenous Exchange residency opportunity between the RMIT School of Art (Australia) and the University of Lethbridge (Canada).
Baerg is Aboriginal curator in residence at the Judith & Norman ALIX Art Gallery in Sarnia, Ontario. He has presented his work across Canada and internationally, participated in residencies, sat on numerous art juries, and received awards. Dedicated to community development, Baerg has contributed to such national arts organizations as The National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition and the Independent Media Arts Alliance. He is currently the Chair of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective.
The exhibition was initiated by Brenda Barry Byrne at Strathcona County Art Gallery @ 501, Sherwood Park, Alberta, with a national tour coordinated by the Mendel Art Gallery. Returning is organized by Mendel Associate Curator Sandra Fraser.