September 16 to November 4, 2017
The Cube
Planned Peasanthood stems from the artist’s ongoing project The Pavilion, a geodesic dome that Ward is developing in collaboration with the artist Kevin Schmidt as a rural, site-specific facility for artistic research and production. For this exhibition in The Cube, Ward formulates a series of sculptural and two-dimensional works that explore connections between “natural” systems, skill building, self-reliance and artistic agency within late capitalism.

With increasing pressures on our environment and the rise of neoliberalism, we are currently seeing unprecedented social, political, ecological and economic circumstances of insecurity. Standing on the precipice of this dramatic change, citizens are increasingly being asked to re-examine their core values and daily behaviours and interactions.

Planned Peasanthood is a process-based series of works wherein Ward examines outmoded, pre-modern methods of land-based survival as a means of reclaiming this body of knowledge as a potentially crucial skillset for the coming era. These works resist nostalgic yearnings for days gone by, as with changes in technology these tools no longer are up to the task. Instead, the artist seeks to develop and incorporate distinctly new tools for survival in the present day, such as those that counter facial-recognition and digital tracking strategies.

This project presents a series of sculptural propositions regarding our collective future and in doing so offers a productive moment of reflection on our contemporary present.
Holly Ward
Future Farmer, 2017
digital collage
Image courtesy of the artist
Curated by Craig Willms, Assistant Curator, Kamloops Art Gallery
Generously sponsored by Jane Irwin and Ross Hill, Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services (Kamloops) Inc., the Hamber Foundation
View images of the exhibition here.
Since Then
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September 23 to December 30, 2017
Central Gallery
Rebecca Belmore
Helga Jakobson
Justin Sorensen
Dana Claxton
Garry Neill Kennedy
Derek Sullivan
Leah Decter
Janet Kigusiuq
Ione Thorkelsson
Cheryl L'Hirondelle
Kent Monkman
Rachael Thorleifson
Demian Dinéyazhi'
Peter Morin
Chih-Chien Wang
Mark Emerak
Lisa Myers
Christopher Wool
Cliff Eyland
Rúrí
Felix Gonzales Torres
Postulating what the future might hold, this exhibition looks to histories of survival as a starting point for a conversation about the possibilities of endurance, cross-cultural exchange and legacy. By looking at artwork that depicts survival, that alludes to hybridity and transformation, and that carries with it the physical markers of distress as part of their conceptual make-up, Since Then challenges preconceived notions of what it is to endure from both a historical and a contemporary point of view.

The artworks featured in Since Then are in turn humorous, confounding and rooted in an awareness of colonial violence. Themes such as water, literature, mythologies and time travel are prevalent, as are factual accounts of hardships. These themes emerge and are explored through a variety of media including video, photography, works on paper, performance and site-specific installation in order to inform this conversation concerning an aesthetics of survival. How is the road forward paved with stories of what has come before? What has happened Since Then?

This sprawling, multi-faceted group exhibition poses questions about what it means to survive and how the markers of survival sometimes, necessarily, force a dialogue about its opposite.

Published in response to this research is a special issue of CV2, The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing, featuring a 16-page visual art supplement of work from Since Then as well as an exploratory text by the curator.

Artist and independent curator Tania Willard has also curated a performance series in response to Since Then, to be presented over the course of the exhibition.

Since Then was originally produced in Winnipeg for núna (now) – Icelandic Canada Art Convergence, as part of their 10th anniversary programming in 2016.
Justin Sorensen
The Foolish Builder, 2012
video still
Courtesy of the artist
Curated by Kegan McFadden
Generously sponsored by Funk Signs Inc.
View images of the exhibition here.

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