Gallery 44 Launches Chapter 4 of “A maze of collapsing lines”
A maze of collapsing lines
Resemblance: Halie Finney and Dwayne Martineau
Curated by Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective
Artist talk: February 21 7:00 PM – Parallel Space, Edmonton AB (10573 111 St NW)
Gallery 44 is excited to launch the fourth chapter of A maze of collapsing lines. Titled Resemblance, this chapter brings together the work of Halie Finney and Dwayne Martineau, two artists who – like the curators of this chapter, Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective – are based in Edmonton Alberta.
Resemblance explores death and grief by projecting sought-after memories onto surrounding objects and experiences. The ways in which one mourns shapes and generates how we move forward. Both artists question the unknown afterlife as they are caught within an ethereal state of mourning and memories. Our grief and mourning are often present in “experiences within space and can be triggered and ameliorated in relation to particular places at particular times.” Layering and projecting their interpretations and experiences of death and grief through their lens based practices, Finney and Martineau invite viewers into an inter-relational space to honour the mourning process.
Halie Finney is an emerging artist currently based in Edmonton, Alberta. She received her degree from the Alberta University of Art and Design in 2017 where she majored in drawing; she also graduated from MacEwan University in 2014 with a diploma in fine arts.
Born and raised in the Lesser Slave Lake region of Alberta, Halie holds a strong connection to the area. She understands her Métis heritage through memories told to her by generations of her family who still reside there and through the unchanged characteristics of her home’s landscape and lifestyle. In order to speak about home and family freely Halie has created a mythology of characters living in a simplified storybook reflection of her hometown. The group of characters plays out non-linear, idiosyncratic narratives that are expressed through animations, costumes, drawings, paintings, performances and other objects.
Dwayne Martineau is a visual artist, musician and composer living in Edmonton. Two preoccupations dominate his work— the physicality of light, and experimental landscape photography. Using optics, found glass, mirrors and multiple exposures, Martineau introduces distortions, symmetries, and animism into exhaustive studies of forests and trees. His goal, as he describes it, is to use the unique power of photography to “give us a chance to see nature through a different lens, literally, and understand that it’s got its own thing going on…” Dwayne is a member of the Frog Lake First Nation, descended from a complex frontier mix of early French, Scottish and Irish settlers, Plains Cree, Métis, and Iroquois.
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective supports the work of Indigenous contemporary artists and designers and engages in contemporary critical dialogue, valuing artistic collaboration and fostering awareness of Indigenous contemporary art practices.
In March 2020, Ociciwan will be opening a contemporary Indigenous arts centre in Edmonton, Alberta. The gallery will host 4 exhibitions a year dedicated to Indigenous contemporary art practices. The goal of the centre is to create a venue to present Indigenous contemporary art in Edmonton year round and to serve as a place for experimental creative practices and innovative research.
About A maze of collapsing lines:
On the occasion of Gallery 44’s 40th Anniversary, we launched A maze of collapsing lines, a hybrid online exhibition and publication. Comprised of five chapters, each features contemporary lens-based work by artists from different regions of Canada, and associated programming. Partners and collaborators include: Toronto-based collective Black Artists Union, the Inuit Art Foundation, Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective and AKA Artist-Run Centre. This digital publication considers shifting notions of geographical and virtual spaces, perceived sensations of groundlessness, and how a gallery rooted in lens-based imagery can use the web to expand dialogues on contemporary image culture and artist-run platforms.
This project’s title conjures imagery of lines in a state of collapse, indicating multiple ways of moving and seeing. Our approach marks an intentional departure from the way we usually work within the gallery context – a deviation from that which is spatially, temporally and logically linear. To navigate this, a horizontal layout is used in reference to lateral thinking, collaboration, and to espouse connections between that which is both geographically and conceptually disparate.
In the indeterminate space that many artist-run cultures inhabit, how can we leverage our networks to build conversations that are less reliant on singular, locative, physical containers? The digital nature of this publication allows us to extend our reach, regardless of situated geography, while accompanying site-specific programming puts multiple locations in conversation with one another. We hope this project will serve to expand the networks between artist-run centers and their communities while considering the productivity, and new ways of seeing, that multiple perspectives offer.
A maze of collapsing lines is supported by both Canada Council for the Arts’ Arts Across Canada Public Outreach Stream Grant, and OCAD University’s Career Launchers program.
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.
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Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography is a charitable, non-profit, artist-run centre committed to supporting multi-faceted approaches to photography and lens-based media. Founded in 1979 to establish a supportive environment for the development of artistic practice, Gallery 44’s mandate is to provide a context for meaningful reflection and dialogue on contemporary photography.
Gallery 44 is committed to programs that reflect the continuously changing definition of photography by presenting a wide range of practices that engage timely and critical explorations of the medium. Through exhibitions, public engagement, education programs and production facilities our objective is to explore the artistic, cultural, historic, social and political implications of the image in our ever-expanding visual world.
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