Art

Comics Coastal Style

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Batman-printI don’t read comics (errr graphic novels) much these days. There once was a time where Archie comics filled my reading time, but those days are long past. I do think it’s fair to say that there is not much Indigenous representation in graphic novels these days. I can think of Shelley (Comanche) in Wapsi Square, that Native Batman comic, Rabbit and Bear Paws, Super Indian, and this comic book I just heard of today ‘The 500 Years of Resistance‘ by Gord Hill. In fact, just this week as I was dreaming up illustrations, I was wishing that there were … Continued

imagineNATIVE’s Stolen Sister Initiative

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6139223463_c633c377aa_bFirst Contact by Ange Sterritt imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival is presenting the Stolen Sisters Digital Initiative (SSDI) an artistic commission and national exhibition of four, one-minute digital works by award-winning Canadian Indigenous filmmakers celebrating and honouring Indigenous women and their contributions to the Canadian social fabric. This very exciting and cool digital artistic project is the first time the Festival has partnered to present a simultaneous exhibition on a national scale. SSDI will be shown throughout Toronto’s subway system, on 254 digital monitors in malls across Canada, at the Calgary International Airport, and at the TIFF Bell Lightbox leading up to and … Continued

Art by Assu

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Screen Shot 2012-08-09 at 4.30.57 PMPhotos courtesy of SonnyAssu.com There are many Native artists I love, but one that really resonate with is Sonny Assu. Since I first saw his Coke Salish piece as a photograph in a magazine, I knew that this was a modern Native artist that fuses pop culture with Indigenous ideology. I started to follow his work by basically stalking watching for his updates online. Chief’s Drum from iDrum series Ovoid as Language #1 When I saw his iDrum series and his Longhouse series, I really fell in love with Assu’s aesthetic. Here is an artist melding West-Coast designs in a modern context that … Continued

Nicolas Galanin: Awesome Tlingit Artist

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Wolfy-CharlieHanging with a wolf. I think we look foxxxy together. Earlier this month I went to the Association for Native Development in the Visual and Performing Arts (ANDVPA) Members feast at the Toronto Free Gallery and was surprised with this awesome exhibit by Nicolas Galanin. First I saw the Inert Wolf in the window and I was slightly scared, and then intrigued. It took me the entire dinner to work up the courage to go get a photo with him (thanks to Dee for the photo). It was slightly awkward because I was posing for a while and Clifford Cardinal … Continued

Wapsi not WASPy

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2011-12-06-so-peacefulYesterday I got a fashion shot-out by Paul Taylor, creator of Wapsi Square.A few weeks back I hung out with my Mohawk stuntman friend and tried on one of his many fur hats. This one in particular is coyote. Yes coyote. It lends a fuzzy feel to ones head much unlike when you have too many mimosas. Thanks for the nod Paul, I think Shelly looks great in her furry hat! 

Jane Ash Poitras at the ROM

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art-img-poi_BIG_1Photo from McMichael Canadian Art Canada  Eli’s Blanket Romanticized Indian About 4 years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Jane Ash Poitras downtown Toronto at a First Nations community art roundtable. She was humble, kind, and totally down to earth. She even liked to kick it to Johny Cash while hanging on the east end. I told her I admired her work as she marvelled about the fact that banks were buying her mixed media pieces to hang in their institutions. What I didn’t tell her is how about 7 years earlier I came across her work in the … Continued

Kent Monkman is a Man of Style

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Page1and2MichaelCheck out Kent Monkman’s loft conversion that was featured in the summer issue of Design Lines. It is so beautiful and innovative, just like his artwork. Monkman is a Cree/Irish artist who makes amazing Two-Spirited Canadiana Kitsch work as well as a filmmaker. I have been a fan of his work since I saw his short, Shooting Geronimo, when I worked at imagineNATIVE Film Festival. His modern and humourous approach makes him stand out amongst First Nations artist. His loft is an artist’s dream. Big space, blank white walls and polished concrete floors are exactly what I dream of. Kudos … Continued

Smurfs make me smile

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humbleindianI love artists who make things that make me laugh. I also love comedians who say things and make me laugh. I really love comedians who are artists who make things to make me laugh. Like these silly little Smurfs. Native Appropriations did a blog about them yesterday and it was so cute my little not-so-inner child just melted and wanted to have some. And then my digital buddy Ryan McMahon showed me his smurfs. And I laughed and chuckled and decided to share them with you. Perfect for a Friday non? They are now on my Amazon wish list. … Continued

Beyond Eden

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47 Photo from The Walrus If you happen to be in Calgary from now until March 7th, than you should really check out this show, Beyond Eden. It is a musical theater based on the expedition of a young anthropologist/archaeologist Wilson Duff and his Haida friend, Bill Reid. Yes the famous, awesome artist Bill Reid. Bill Reid had quit his job with the CBC and had begun to explore his Haida ancestry, teaching himself how to carve and the art of jewelry making. Over the next 50 years Reid’s work embraced many art forms reaching international acclaim. But perhaps more importantly, … Continued

Monkman and Stimson Oh My

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Page-1-CDThank goodness for social marketing. My new favorite liberal magazine, Canadian Dimension, made a Facebook group that alerted me to the appearance of acclaimed Aboriginal Artist Kent Monkman in their summer Queer issue. I was so excited I actually was waiting for it’s appearance on a newstand near me (I would say it’s high time for a subscription already). So when I finally got my hands on it, I just knew I had to share it, especially for you readers down south. The piece is a Q & A with Monkman and Aboriginal Artist Adrian Stimson on Two Spirited people … Continued