Kevin McKenzie: Resurrection

February 2 - April 29, 2018

Opening: Friday, February 2 @ 7:30pm

Kevin McKenzie, The Triptych is Father, Son and Holy Ghost II, Liquid plastic, carbon fiber, neon, each piece 34 X 34 X 14 " 2017.

Kevin McKenzie, The Triptych is Father, Son and Holy Ghost II, Liquid plastic, carbon fiber, neon, each piece 34 X 34 X 14 " 2017.

The exhibition Resurrection presents powerful sculptural installations consisting of resin-cast buffalo skulls illuminated by neon and LED lights by Cree/Métis Saskatchewan artist Kevin McKenzie. Here McKenzie positions Indigenous spiritual motifs in dialogue with Christian symbolism, inviting viewers to consider the impact of Christianity on Indigenous cultures, post-colonial notions of hybridity in terms of identity, as well as, alienation, technology and cultural commodification.

Kevin McKenzie is Cree/Métis, born and raised in Regina. His family is a member of the Cowessess First Nation of Saskatchewan. McKenzie received his BFA, and is currently a candidate for the MFA program, at the University of Regina. He has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Indian Art Centre, Sâkêwêwak First Nations Artist Collective Inc. and the Department of Visual Arts, University of Regina.

McKenzie has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institute, New York; Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 2, Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Don’t Stop Me Now, National Gallery of Canada; and If We Never Met, Pataka Art Gallery Museum, New Zealand. His work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Manitoba Hydro Corporation, First Nations University of Canada, Comox Valley Art Gallery and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. He has a permanent public sculpture in Whistler B.C. commissioned by VANOC Cultural Olympiad 2010. Kevin currently lives and works in Regina, Saskatchewan, where his multi-disciplined art practice is constantly evolving.

Resurrection is co-curated by Jennifer McRorie, Curatorial Director of MJM&AG, and Joanne Marion, Curator/Director of the Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB, and is accompanied by a publication with a text by Daina Warren, Director of Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg. The artist thanks the Department of Visual Arts, University of Regina for its support.


Tori Foster: Traces of Beings

February 2 - April 29, 2018

Opening: Friday, February 2 @ 7:30pm

Installation shot of Tori Foster's exhibition Traces of Beings. Photo courtesy of the Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat.

Installation shot of Tori Foster's exhibition Traces of Beings. Photo courtesy of the Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat.

Tori Foster’s work in photography, kinetic sculpture and video is based on logic and rigorous recording of data over time. Her everyday subject matter – city rush hour traffic patterns, people moving through public transit, a streetcar stop over 24 hours, primary satellite recording techniques and a New York streetscape – become documents of the ephemeral, mysterious and moving poetry of ordinary life.

Originally from Toronto where she earned a MFA and BFA from Ryerson University, Foster was Assistant Professor and the Head of Video/Digital Art at California State University, Northridge in Los Angeles. She has received dozens of grants and awards, including a New Media Research and Production grant from the Canada Council for the Arts in 2016. She has shown work in 16 countries world-wide, including Canada, Germany, India, Korea, Australia, Brazil, and the USA, and her work is held in numerous public, private and corporate collections. Foster is currently based in Barrie, Ontario.

Curated by Joanne Marion; Organized by the Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB