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2007

THE NATURAL & THE MANUFACTURED 2007

August 16 to September 7, 2007

Klondike Institute of Art & Culture
Dawson City, Yukon, Canada

1. EXHIBITIONS

Mincemoyer_web9Carin Mincemoyer | Grounded, Dawson City

Gallery-specific Installation
August 16 – September 7, 2007
Artist’s Talk & Opening Reception: Thursday, August 16, 7 PM

 

cooper_web11Jefferson Campbell-Cooper | Shove: Fill, 2007

August 16 – September 7, 2007
Outdoor Site-specific Installation installed at 3 sites along the Yukon River from the Ferry Landing to the mouth of the Klondike River.

 

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A thematic residency and exhibition project organized by the ODD Gallery and KIAC’s Artist in Residence program, The Natural & The Manufactured 2007 presents site-specific exhibitions by Canadian artist Jefferson Campbell-Cooper and American artist Carin Mincemoyer.

Through exhibitions, artist’s talks and outreach activities, The Natural & The Manufactured presents contemporary site-specific and land based art practices to Yukon and visiting audiences. The project as a whole is intended to stimulate and engage people in a re-examination of the various cultural and economic values imposed on the environment, while exploring alternative political, social, economic and aesthetic agendas and strategies towards a re-interpretation of the regional landscape and social infrastructure.

During her six week residency, Mincemoyer will be producing Grounded, Dawson City, a Gallery-specific installation transforming the space into a very ordered nature park built of recycled Styrofoam, live plants, wood, and lights.  Hundreds of Styrofoam packing components are used to create miniature landforms that house live plants from various climatic regions along with a constructed wooden walkway keeping viewers on the proper viewing path.

During his six-week residency, Campbell-Cooper has produced Shove:  Fill, 2007, consisting of multiple site-specific outdoor sculpture installations. The structures are reminiscent of heavy construction equipment buckets and dredge scoops, that are constructed out of only locally found materials. The pieces are life-sized and as accurate and detailed as possible, providing the potential that they could be fastened to the equipment again.

Both exhibitions incorporate materials from the community and surrounding environment. Mincemoyer’s use of collected Styrofoam, and Campbell-Cooper’s use of various materials/debris found at outdoor sites, develop an interplay and juxtaposition between consumption & use, and re-use & disposal, all within a larger context that addresses and explores the complexities and contradictions in our relationship to the land and in the activities that signify it.

The Natural & The Manufactured is conceived as an ongoing, annual project to involve visual, media and interdisciplinary artists, curators, art historians, writers and cultural thinkers through residencies, exhibitions, lectures, essays and workshops.

 

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2006

THE NATURAL & THE MANUFACTURED 2006

August 3 to September 22, 2006

Klondike Institute of Art & Culture
Dawson City, Yukon, Canada

1. EXHIBITIONS

okano_01Haruko Okano | Arboretum, Arborescence

ODD Gallery Installation
August 17 – September 21, 2006
Artist’s Talk & Opening Reception: Thursday, August 17, 7 PM

 

"Canoe "located along the Yukon River dike in downtown Dawson City.Peter Flemming | Canoe

Outdoor Installation
August 3 – September 6, 2006
Artist’s Talk & Opening Reception: Sunday, August 6, 4:30 PM

 

verkley01Veronica Verkley | Ground Truthing

Outdoor Site-specific Installations
August 18 – September 22, 2006
Dawson City & Whitehorse, Yukon

 

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A thematic residency and exhibition project organized by the ODD Gallery and KIAC’s Artist in Residence program, The Natural & The Manufactured presents site-specific exhibitions by nationally recognized artists: Peter Flemming, Haruko Okano, and Veronica Verkley. In our second year of this on-going project we are pleased to welcome new program partners: The Ted Harrison Artist Retreat (THARS) and the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery, thereby expanding the scope of The Natural & The Manufactured from Crag Lake through Whitehorse up the Yukon River to Dawson.

Central to the theme of The Natural & The Manufactured is the environment and a strong sense of place. All the artworks play off their locations from the quiet white box of the ODD Gallery interior to the banks of the Yukon River. Inside the gallery Haruko Okano has transformed the space into Arboretum Arborescence, an installation of tall funnel like forms constructed from gathered pine needles. The forms are delicate and almost sheer; they feel like spirits or echoes to the dense forest which surrounds us.

Another such echo is found on the shore of the Yukon River; Peter Flemming’s Canoe is in essence an artificial river, through which a robotic arm endlessly paddles. The action is meditative as the water swirls around the wooden paddle yet so plainly manufactured that it questions our relationship to mechanization, nature, and leisure.

Veronica Verkley has produced site-specific installations in Dawson City and Whitehorse utilizing locally available natural and found materials. Ground Truthing was planned while Verkely was in residence at THARS and constructed on-site(s). The project as a whole provides a re-interpretation on how we relate, react and view our regional landscapes and in turn how these social, cultural and aesthetic agendas impact the land itself.

The Natural & The Manufactured is conceived as an ongoing, annual project to involve visual, media and interdisciplinary artists, curators, art historians, writers and cultural thinkers through residencies, exhibitions, lectures, essays and workshops.

 

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