Kevin McKenzie: ᐊᔩᑭᓯᐢ / ayîsikis

Kevin McKenzie, Untitled (Hockey helmet), Elk rawhide, sinew, horsehair. 2021. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Kevin McKenzie: ᐊᔩᑭᓯᐢ / ayîsikis

July 14th – September 10th, 2022
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 14th at 7:00 PM CDT
Event will be livestreamed on Facebook

Lunch and Look Artist Tour: Friday, July 15th at 1:00 PM CDT
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Kevin McKenzie’s practice juxtaposes sacred and ceremonial objects from Indigenous cultures with similar objects from settler cultures, building tension between elevation and denigration. Nostalgia, ritual, and performances of masculinity pervade his oeuvre, with bison skulls lit in gaudy neon or painted up like hot rods, or, in his latest series, hockey gear built out of deer skin and elk rawhide. The title of the exhibition is Plains Cree for “tadpole,” a warrior’s symbol whose power lies in its potential. In this retrospective, a mid-career reversal of material–from synthetic to organic, additive to subtractive–culminates in the preview of a public monument to Truth and Reconciliation, documented by McKenzie and Broden Halcrow-Ducharme.

Kevin McKenzie, Untitled (Hockey Jersey), Tanned deer hide, sinew, acrylic. 2021. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Kevin McKenzie is a Brandon-Based, Cree/Métis artist and a member of the Cowessess First Nation. He has exhibited across Turtle Island and internationally, including the National Gallery of Canada and the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institute.

To follow along with the exhibition remotely, follow the AGSM on Social Media for spotlights, tours, talks, and more.

Curated by Lucie Lederhendler.

The AGSM is located on Treaty 2 Territory. These are the traditionally shared lands of the Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene, and Anishinaabeg peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

The AGSM would like to thank the Manitoba Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Brandon, and the New System Store for their support of this exhibition.

Images (left to right): Kevin McKenzie, Maquette for BU Reconciliation Sculpture – Untitled [detail], Steel, sinew, 2021. From the Collection of the President’s Office, Brandon University. Photo: AGSM. Kevin McKenzie, Resurrection [detail], Cast polyurethane, acrylic, neon, 2017. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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Brandon, Manitoba
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Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Thursday: 10 AM – 9 PM
Friday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday: Tours available by appointment (Must booked Tuesday by noon)
Sunday: Closed

Admission is Free

The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is an accessible venue.

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