Glenn Gear: TakKik rising

Up Front: Inuit Public Art @ Onsite Gallery

Glenn Gear, TakKik rising, 2024

Artist Talk with Glenn Gear

Saturday, May 11, 2024, 12 pm – 2 pm
Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond Street West, Toronto
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Public Digital Mural: May 01 – August 31, 2024

In partnership with Inuit Art Foundation, join us for an insightful artist talk with Glenn Gear on Saturday, May 11 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. as we reveal the latest rendition of Up Front: Inuit Public Art @ Onsite Gallery.

TakKik rising (2024), a captivating digital collage, delves into symmetry, geometric patterns, and the artist’s personal connection to traditional Inuit craftsmanship. Rooted in nature, this mural is a part of Gear’s interdisciplinary approach, blending photography of beadwork and sealskin with natural elements like driftwood and caribou antler. These images serve as the foundation for digital kaleidoscopic designs, drawing inspiration from the natural symmetry found in snowflakes, particularly their six-fold symmetry. TakKik rising is a celebration of the moon and the natural cycles of time as six faces gaze inward in a close huddle.

About Glenn Gear

Glenn Gear is an Indigiqueer multidisciplinary artist of Inuit and settler descent currently living in Montréal. He is originally from Corner Brook Newfoundland and has family ties to Nunatsiavut. His practice is grounded in a research creation methodology shaped by Inuit and Indigenous ways of knowing – often employing the use of animation, photography and archives, painting, beading, and work with traditional materials such as sealskin.

Instagram: @glenngear

About Up Front

In partnership with the Inuit Art Foundation, Onsite Gallery presents Up Front, a series of commissioned digital murals by Inuit artists. Onsite Gallery recognizes the important contributions of the Inuit art sector and is pleased to work with the IAF to support Inuit art and artists in the public realm.

Up Front: Inuit Public Art @ Onsite Gallery is made possible with the support from the City of Toronto’s Indigenous Arts and Culture Partnership Fund, and the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts.

Onsite Gallery exhibitions ᐳᓛᖃᑎᒌᑦ (Pulaaqatigiit) and power are on view until May 18.


Onsite Gallery is generously supported by The Delaney Family.

About Onsite Gallery
www.ocadu.ca/onsite

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University’s flagship professional gallery, presents contemporary, Indigenous, and public art and design to advance knowledge creation and stimulate local and international conversations on the urgent issues of our time.

Gallery Hours
Wednesday: 12 to 7 p.m.
Thursday to Saturday: 12 to 5 p.m.
Gallery admission and all events are free.

Onsite Gallery is an accessible venue with all-gender, single-user washrooms.
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About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s university of the imagination. Founded in 1876, the university is dedicated to art, design and digital media education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines.

Contact Information:
Susan Jama
Programs & Community Coordinator, Onsite Gallery
susanjama@ocadu.ca

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