Current ResidentsODD Gallery Exhibition & Residency: The Natural & The Manufactured
Dylan Miner (July 22 - August 18, 2014)
"By using the language of anti-capitalist activism and Indigenous visuality, I make intentionally unrefined objects that, if nothing else, challenge artistic ambiguity by operating within a tradition of political didacticism and egalitarian cooperation. Through the production of print-based installations and socially-engaged collaborations, I employ the art object in an attempt to narrate a particular anti-colonial and anti-capitalist desire. As an artist, I am a storyteller whose practice narrates a uniquely visual account based in an anti-authoritarian tradition. By collaborating with Indigenous and immigrant communities, as well as working in collectives, I remake history and reterritorialize colonized spaces."
During his time in Dawson, Dylan will be working towards an exhibition as part of the ODD Gallery's 10th annual The Natural & The Manufactured project. Michin – Michif, as this project is called, uses traditional plants as its starting point. The title of this project plays on the linguistic similarities between the Métis word for medicine (michif) and the word used to describe Métis language and people (Michif).
DYLAN MINER (Métis) is Associate Professor at Michigan State University, where he coordinates a new Indigenous Contemporary Art Initiative. He holds a PhD from the University of New Mexico and has published more than fifty journal articles, book chapters, critical essays and encyclopedia entries. In 2010, he was awarded an Artist Leadership Fellowship from the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution).
Since 2010, he has been featured in thirteen solo exhibitions and been artist-in-residence at institutions such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, École supérieure des beaux-arts in Nantes and Santa Fe Art Institute. His work has been the subject of articles in publications including ARTnews, Indian Country Today, First American Art Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian and Chicago Sun-Times. Miner is descended from the Miner-Brissette-L’Hirondelle-Kennedy families with ancestral ties to Indigenous communities in the Great Lakes, Prairies and subarctic regions.
Terrance Houle (July 12 - August 18, 2014)
Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist and a member of the Blood Tribe. Involved with Aboriginal communities all his life, he has traveled to reservations throughout North America participating in Powwow dancing along with his native ceremonies. Houle utilizes at his discretion performance, photography, video/film, music and painting. Likewise Houle's practice includes tools of mass dissemination such as billboards and vinyl bus signage.
During his time in Dawson City, Terrance will be working towards an exhibition as part of the ODD Gallery's 10th annual The Natural & The Manufactured project. Using Native American Sign Language & Signals to communicate personal/general stories, history, time travel, myths, legends, life and a diverse points of view, Houle will be creating a performance / installation using local environments, buildings, historical and local sites with the help of participants from the area.
While in residence Houle will also be working on a project called Ghost Days, a new project consisting of written music for the historical ghost of the Macaulay House along with his own personal ghosts that haunt the place. (for more info on this project and to support it's creation, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/ghost-days/ )
A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, TERRANCE HOULE received his B.F.A in 2003. His groundbreaking art quickly garnered him significant accolades and opportunities, including the 2003 invitation to participate in the Thematic Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in. This Residency focused on 34 international indigenous people exploring issues of colonization and communion. Houle received the 2006 Enbridge Emerging Artist Award presented at the Mayors Luncheon for the Arts, City Of Calgary. After receiving many screenings of his short video/film work at the Toronto 2004 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, Houle was awarded winner of Best Experimental Film. His work has been exhibited across Canada, Parts of the United States, Australia, Europe and England.