Two Rivers Gallery’s Regional Outreach Exhibition is an annual traveling exhibition program funded by the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George. Every summer a student is hired to co-curate, with assistant curator, Meghan Hunter-Gauthier, a satellite exhibition that travels to the three communities of: Mackenzie, Valemount and McBride. This year, the Regional Outreach Exhibition is being coordinated by Laurie Cotton Pigeon.
A trajectory is understood to be the path followed by an object or a person possessing momentum. To extend this idea, we can argue that each artistic process has its own dynamic range and follows a specific path. This exhibition was motivated by the desire to explore the artistic practices of four Indigenous artists living in British Columbia: Kristy Auger, Keith Kerrigan, Lynette La Fontaine, and Angelique Merasty Levac. Through interviews and an exhibition of visual art, Trajectories highlights each artist’s unique practice.
Auger uses beading as a way to highlight ideas and values portrayed through her artwork. By adding her grandmother’s beaded floral designs to woodcut prints on paper, Auger carries forward her Plains Cree culture and family history. Kerrigan creates singular contemporary jewelry inspired by Haida design learned from his family, Haida tales, and the stories of his clients. In this way, his work functions as a meeting point for all three sources of ideas. For otipemisiwak artist, La Fontaine, beading is a means to nurture Métis heritage. Her works in this exhibition act as a tribute to a beloved family member and to the process of building a birchbark canoe. Merasty Levac, a Cree artist, creates kaleidoscopic designs on bark using her teeth. As one of few people to practice birch bark biting, with Merasty Levac there lies potential for this art form to be shared with future generations.
Angelique Merasty Levac. Flying Home, 2019. Birch bark.
Valemount & Area Museum: August 1st - September 1st, 2019
Opening: August 1st, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Notable Expressions (Mackenzie Community Arts Centre): September 12th - October 13th, 2019
Opening: September 12th, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Valley Museum & Archives (McBride, BC): October 24th - November 24th, 2019
Opening: October 29th, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Kristy Auger: Instagram
Keith Kerrigan: Website
Lynette La Fontaine: Instagram
Angelique Merasty Levac: Article
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