Markham Public Art Co-presents Walk East for Sun Rise Walk West for Sunset: With Artists

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Programmed by Native Art Department International (NADI), a long-term collaborative project created and administrated by artists Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan, Walk East for Sun Rise Walk West for Sunset is a series of five-part online activations—With ARs, With Artists, With Movement, With Sound, With Star Knowledge—designed for and informed by their public installation Double Gazebo.

Double Gazebo comprises two intersected structures modeled on a traditional gazebo. Using social spaces as a point of departure, Double Gazebo expands on the concept by constructing something that operates both as inside and outside, to foster an interaction between the concept of space and occupation. A gazebo can be considered a rather conservative structure, but it is a familiar type, prevalent in the community in which one variant of the installation is installed. Double Gazebo intentionally disregards colonial definitions of what Indigenous art and design elements should look like. Instead, it calls into question the concept of “categorized aesthetic” in terms of both expression and self-representation.

The intention of Walk East for Sun Rise Walk West for Sunset is multifold. Its online format is to address the related issues of social distancing and public art at this special time. Practically and metaphorically, it is to build a conceptual common ground that connects the installation’s two variants hosted at two places: Double Gazebo (Markham), commissioned by the City of Markham’s Public Art Program and located at the outdoor courtyard of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, on view now through November 28, 2021, and Double Gazebo (MOCA) that will be on view indoor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto as part of MOCA’s inaugural triennial survey exhibition, the Greater Toronto Art 2021, from September 29, 2021 through January 9, 2022. Conceived to activate various architectural potentials of the installation—an open-ended platform for observation, reflection, experimentation, and action—through the contributions by a network of local collaborators, the program highlights the mandate of NADI’s operation—kinship, relationality, and non-competition.

The five-part online activations have been and will be simultaneously launched on two variants’ respective project websites—Double Gazebo (Markham) and Double Gazebo (MOCA)—on the first day of each month from July through November 2021.

July 1st
With AR (Markham) (Click HERE)
Supported by ar-works
[With AR (MOCA) will be launched on September 29, 2021]

August 1st
With Artists (Click HERE)
By Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan of NADI

September 1st
With Movement
By Deanne Hupfield, Pow Wow Dancer

October 1st
With Sound
By Dr. Mark Campbell, DJ

November 1st
With Star Knowledge
By Dr. Hilding Nelson, Astronomer

Video documentation of the program are made by artist Liang Yue.


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In With Artists, Maria and Jason of NADI, deploying reflective mylar, clear acetate, and spray paint, performed an unannounced action and had some fun with the Double Gazebo (Markham). A gesture that counters the expected making of site-specificity, a common idea prevalent in the field of public art, transforming the structure into a place with its own terms, in anticipating the installation’s next variant, Double Gazebo (MOCA). The resulting video in documentary style, launched on August 1st, was filmed and edited by Markham and Shanghai based artist Liang Yue, with the assistance of Man Yi.

To watch With Artists, please click HERE.


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Lunch and Learn: Native Art Department International
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM EST

As part of the Varley Art Gallery of Markham’s Lunch and Learn artist talk series, Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan of Native Art Department International (NADI) will discuss their installation Double Gazebo (Markham). During this talk, the artists will speak about their artistic partnership, share the process behind the creation of the work, and explain how they will engage with the work while it’s on display.

The event is free. Presented virtually on Zoom, registration is required.
Register HERE

Double Gazebo (Markham) is presented in partnership with the Varley Art Gallery of Markham, now on view in the gallery’s courtyard through to November 28, 2021.

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham would like to thank the Varley-McKay Art Foundation of Markham for their ongoing support of the Lunch and Learn speaker’s series.


Native Art Department International (NADI) is a collaborative long-term project created and administered by Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan. It focuses on communications platforms and art-world systems of support while at the same time functioning as emancipation from essentialism and identity-based artwork. It seeks to circumvent easy categorization by comprising a diverse range of undertakings such as curated exhibitions, video screenings, panel talks, collective art making, and an online presence, however all activities contain an undercurrent of positive progress through cooperation and non-competition.

Commissioned by the City of Markham’s Public Art Program, Double Gazebo (Markham) was conceived as part of Becoming Public Art: Working Models & Case Studies for Art in Public, a public art summit that took place in the fall of 2020 and was co-curated by Markham’s Public Art Curator Yan Wu and Rebecca Carbin, Principle of ART+PUBLIC UnLtd. It is presented in partnership with the Varley Art Gallery of Markham.

The program of Walk East for Sun Rise Walk West for Sunset is a co-production between Markham Public Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto.

Images:
[1] Walk East for Sun Rise Walk West for Sunset: With Artists video cover. Graphic design: Chris Lee.
[2] Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan, Walk East for Sun Rise Walk West for Sunset: With Artists, 2021. Video documentation by Liang Yue.
[3] Native Art Department International, Double Gazebo (Markham), 2020-21. Installation view. Steel, plexiglass, cedar wood, paint. Photo by Jack McCombe.


Media inquiries:
Yan Wu
Markham Public Art Curator
ywu@markham.ca

Markham Public Art
Markham’s Public Art Program was first initiated in 2003 and formalized in 2012. The objectives of the program are to inspire people to live, work, visit, and invest in Markham; to celebrate the city’s diverse cultures and heritage from multiple points of view; and to connect residents to Markham’s built and natural environment.
https://markham.ca/publicart

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