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Exhibition: Bill Reid Creative Journeys
Exhibition: Jaad Kuujus: Meghann O'Brien



Intangible: Memory and Innovation in Coast Salish Art
September 13 to December 10, 2017

Intangible, Coast Salish Art


Contemporary Coast Salish art is embedded within a traditional cultural framework that includes community, ceremonial life, territory, history and innovation. Six artists challenge our expectations and illustrate Coast Salish art as a thriving art tradition – a dynamic one that demonstrates both continuity with the past and exploration of new ideas and technologies.

Marvin Oliver (Quinault / Isleta Pueblo) is an innovator in contemporary glass work and embeds symbolic knowledge in glass Spirit Boards.

Aaron Nelson Moody (Squamish) invokes family knowledge of traditional copper use and combines it with contemporary techniques.

lessLIE (Cowichan, Penelakut and Esquimault) focuses on enlarged Salish design elements to magnify issues of identity and colonialism.

Tracy Williams (Squamish) explores land sovereignty by experimenting with plant, animal, and mineral components and employing them in her cedar weavings.

Ronnie Dean Harris (Sto:lo / St'át'imc) will use multimedia to explore traditional Salish territory within the urban environment.

Roxanne Charles (Semiahmoo) is a fibre artist, who frequently incorporates live performance to engage the public in contemporary issues.

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Bill Reid Creative Journeys
April 14, 2016 to December 10, 2017

Bill Reid Carving
Bill Reid carving Skidegate Pole 1976. Photo: Martine Reid.

An exhibition presented in partnership with the Vancouver International Airport to mark the 20th anniversary of Bill Reid's iconic sculpture, The Spirit of Haida Gwaii.

Celebrating the many creative journeys of acclaimed master goldsmith and sculptor Bill Reid (1920–1998), this exhibition provides a comprehensive introduction to his life and work.

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Jaad Kuujus: Meghann O'Brien

Meghann O'Brien, weaving
Meghann O'Brien: Photo: Stasia Garrawy

This newly enhanced exhibition explores the process and creativity of Meghann O'Brien's remarkable weavings in cedar and wool.

Meghann takes materials from the natural world and transforms them into pieces of high-level human expression. Working with traditional materials such as mountain goat wool and cedar bark has given her a deep connection to the supernatural world, a connection to her ancestors. She describes working with cedar bark as, “travelling back in time” or “touching the cosmos”. Her creations have a profound impact within Contemporary Northwest Coast Art.

Exhibition Supporters: Dianna Waggoner and Michael Alexander


 
By Jerry Grey, Visual Artist
BILL REID: "Mythic Messengers" 1984
Illustration by Jerry Grey

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