Apr 062013
 
Hart at lecturn, in front of work

The Dance Screen (The Scream Too) Jim Hart speaks at the Vancouver Art Gallery

The Beat has shown earlier stages of this monumental project by Haida master carver Jim Hart (see The Beat September and December 2012 ). The project is close to completion; the carving will be leaving the Gallery for the home of the private collector who commissioned it in January 2014.

Begun in 2009, the work shows many of the legendary creatures in Haida culture who depend on the salmon for their survival, revealing the importance and interdependence of all creatures. If the salmon decline and are weaker as a species, we too suffer that fate. In March Hart spoke eloquently at the Vancouver Art Gallery about his work and these concerns. See http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/exhibit_hart.html

 

Dec 082012
 
 Haida artist Jim Hart  working on Salmon Dance Screen at the VAG  Photo: Ann Cameron

Haida artist Jim Hart
working on Salmon Dance Screen at the VAG
Photo: Ann Cameron

The September 2012 issue of The Beat shows the ongoing work on the superb Salmon Dance Screen, now on the fourth floor of the Vancouver Art Gallery until 2014. Jim Hart, Chief Edansu, began to design and carve this commission by a private collector in 2009. The large panel depicts creatures associated in the Haida tradition with the salmon and the rites to ensure its continuing return. Carl Hart, John Brent Bennett, Leon Ridley and Brandon Brown are assisting Hart in the project.

On December 17 2012 the screen will be lifted to hang on the Gallery wall, for further work and painting.

Dec 072011
 
Artist Jim Hart with his sculpture The Three Watchmen. Photo from The Ottawa Citizen

Artist Jim Hart with his sculpture The Three Watchmen. Photo from The Ottawa Citizen

 

In 2003 Haida artist Jim Hart created a 16’ high bronze sculpture The Three Watchmen, which was placed by developer Michael Audain within a landscaped entrance area in a residential complex near Quilchena Park in Vancouver. The work has become a graceful and much-admired landmark in the neighbourhood.

This year a new bronze casting, second in a possible edition of three, has been made, and donated by Mr. Audain and his wife Yoshika Karasawa to the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. It was installed on November 10 2011 outside the entrance of the National Gallery.To view a National Gallery of Canada video of the difficult installation of the sculpture on a traffic island on Sussex Drive outside the National gallery see

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Um3qZ__YMgY

Nov 012011
 
Portrait Mask, ca 1800, unknown Gitk’san artist  Collection of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa  Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

Portrait Mask, ca 1800, unknown Gitk’san artist Collection of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery

 The Vancouver Art Gallery has opened a strong exhibition of exceptional British Columbian and Mexican artwork from the impressive art collection of developer and philanthropist Michael Audain and his wife Yoshiko Karasawa. Shore, Forest and Beyond: Art from the Audain Collection has a richly illustrated 160 page catalogue.

The exhibition closes on January 29 2012.

There are a large number of exceptionally fine works by historical, many anonymous, First Nations artists, beautifully displayed, such as the Gitk’san Portrait Mask above.

A recent Model Pole in yellow cedar by Haida artist Jim Hart shows how creative and powerful art created within traditional boundaries can be. Audain also collects contemporary First Nations work in less traditional modes, such as works by Brian Jungen’s Variant 1 2002, an assemblage of Jordan running shoes. Seldom does one see such a discriminating selection.

The CBC’s website has a Photo Gallery of some of the pieces on view at the VAG exhibition at http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2011/10/27/photo-gallery-audain.html