Dec 082014
 

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Rivers, 2014 Kamloops, British Columbia

A sculpture commissioned from Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas by the city of Kamloops celebrates confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers in Kamloops. This confluence goes on to form the largest tributary of the Fraser River.

 This new sculpture echoes of the exhilarating form of Yahgulanaas’s 2010 sculpture at Thunderbird Arena at the University of British Columbia.

 See the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7aK_9FP5PQ

 The paperback version of Yahgulanaas’s book Red, A Haida Manga, was launched at the American Museum of Natural History in New York in November. The 5-metre mural that relates to the book will be exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum on February 2015. Also in 2015, in September, a book about the artist’s work will be published by Black Dog Press: The Seriousness of Play by Nicola Levell. See http://www.mny.ca

 

Nov 052012
 
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Nicholas Galanin I think it goes like this? 2012
Photo: Ann Cameron

The Trench Gallery’s exhibition of work by Nicholas Galanin continues until November 24 2012. There are several sculptures animated by Galanin’s sense of irony about the role of First Nations’ art on the Pacific coast; other works have a more direct message about identity.The chopped-up Northwest coast-style totem pole illustrated above was manufactured in Asia.

Galanin is the 2012/13 Audain Professor in Contemporary Arts of the Pacific Northwest at the University of Victoria. http://trenchgallery.com/

Mar 042012
 
Bill Reid, Chief of the Undersea World at Vancouver Aquarium

Bill Reid, Chief of the Undersea World at Vancouver Aquarium

The bronze sculpture by Bill Reid of a killer whale, Chief of the Undersea World, stolen for the second time from an outdoor site in Ottawa, has recently been returned anonymously after its disappearance 16 years ago. It had been displayed until then in the middle of a pond, secured with two-metre threaded bolts. A larger version of the same work is at a fountain outside the Vancouver Aquarium.

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

Jun 032011
 

 

Michael Nicoll Yahgulaanas. Component part of The Bracelet of Abundance 2011

Michael Nicoll Yahgulaanas. Component part of The Bracelet of Abundance 2011

Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulaanas is preparing a new public sculpture for the city of Vancouver The Bracelet of Abundance. The stainless steel work will be placed on a retaining wall on Knight Street at 33rd Avenue East in Vancouver.

The bracelet is inspired by the unexpectedly abundant migration of salmon into the Fraser River in 2010. The Clark-Knight corridor links Vancouver to this river, one of the world’s most significant salmon runs,” says the artist.

Yahgulaanas currently has an exhibition with Joanne Hui, Haida Manga Reading Room + Comic Jam Studio, at the Gendai Gallery of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto until June 26, 2011. See http://www.jccc.on.ca/

Knowledge Network, Channel 5 in British Columbia, will broadcast several films about contemporary First Nations artists in June 2011. In its Masters series about the arts, a feature film called Pushing the Line: Art Without Reservations about Yahgulaanas and Marianne Nicholson will air on Tuesday June 21 at 9 pm and is repeated at midnight. The series Ravens and Eagles will also be broadcast in June.

 

May 062011
 
From the exhibition The Power of Giving  Collection: U’mista Centre, Alert Bay  Photo: Sharon Grainger

From the exhibition The Power of Giving Collection: U’mista Centre, Alert Bay Photo: Sharon Grainger

The German exhibition of cultural objects from the U’mista Centre opens on May 6 at the Lipsiusbau in Dresden. Kwakwaka’wakw artist Corinne Hunt (designer of the 2010 Olympic Games medals) has designed the installation of the exhibition in Dresden, and a sculpture in an adjacent park. The objects have special Canadian historical significance because in 1922 they were brutally seized by the government attempting to enforce the infamous ban of the potlatch. Since then the Kwakwaka’wakw nation has repatriated most of the objects taken.For information about the exhibition in Dresden, see: http://www.skd.museum/en/special-exhibitions/the-power-of-giving/index.html

Mar 162011
 

Bill Reid’s Grizzly Beat Mantlepiece and donor Michael Audain  Photo: Doug Denton, Oak Bay News

Bill Reid’s Grizzly Beat Mantlepiece and donor Michael Audain Photo: Doug Denton, Oak Bay News

A sculpture by Haida artist Bill Reid has been purchased for the Royal British Columbia Museum, thanks to a $750,000 donation by the Audain Foundation. The Grizzly Bear Mantlepiece, carved in cedar in 1954, was commissioned by the late Anne and Douglas Stevenson for their home in Williams Lake BC.