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Regina artist Nic Wilson to be featured at Remai Modern through RBC Emerging Artist Series

For immediate release — December 28, 2021

SASKATOON, CANADA — This December, Remai Modern presents a new solo project by Regina-based artist and writer Nic Wilson as part of the RBC Emerging Artist Series.

Wilson’s video series, A Dying Hare, launched on December 22 and can be seen on screens located throughout the museum. Documenting burning candles — from standard birthday cake toppers to wonderful and weird wax figurines — melting in real time, the videos weave together a number of references, from historical to kitschy.

“In keeping with his visual art and writing practice, this series is activated by a number of disparate references thrifted from the history of art and ideas, visual culture, and day-to-day experience,” said Troy Gronsdahl, Curator,  Performance and Public Practice. “With references to Structuralist film, still life painting, divination and even the fireplace channel, Wilson layers memory and allusion to create a strange and poignant body of work.”

 A Dying Hare  is an absurd and  charming memento mori for a period of uncertainty and anxiety about the future.  

 A Dying Hare, curated by Gronsdahl, is on view at Remai Modern until March 6, 2022. The annual RBC Emerging Artist Series provides funding to support an emerging artist at Remai Modern. Wilson’s project also includes a public performance and the production of a new artist book, both taking place in 2022.

 About Nic Wilson

Nic Wilson (he/they) is an artist and writer based in Regina. Fluent across media, their practice includes video, performance, and artist books, as well as criticism, poetry and life writing. Their multifaceted projects unravel and reconfigure a web of diverse and diverging references to engage ideas of time, decay, and queer lineage.   

Wilson was born in the Wolastoqiyik territory, now known as Fredericton, NB in 1988. They graduated with a BFA from Mount Allison University, Mi’kmaq territory, in 2012, and an MFA from the University of Regina, Treaty Four Territory, in 2019 where they were a SSHRC graduate fellow. In 2021 they were long listed for the Sobey Art Award as a representative of the Prairies and the North. Their writing has appeared in publications such as BlackFlash Magazine, Peripheral Review and Public.

 The artist would like to acknowledge the support of SK Arts.

 About Remai Modern

Remai Modern is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Traditional Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to First Nations and Métis ancestors and reaffirm our relationship with one another.

 Remai Modern is a new museum of modern and contemporary art in Saskatoon. The museum is committed to affirming the powerful role that art and artists play in questioning, interpreting and defining the modern era.

Open since October 2017, Remai Modern is the largest contemporary art museum in western Canada and houses a collection of more than 8,000 works, including the world’s foremost collection of Picasso linocut prints.

 Remai Modern would like to acknowledge the contributions of the Frank & Ellen Remai Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture through the Sask Lotteries Fund, SaskArts and the City of Saskatoon.

 For additional information contact:

Stephanie McKay, Communications Manager