Intangible: Memory and Innovation in Coast Salish Art
September 13 to December 10, 2017, Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Vancouver BC
The exhibition ‘Intangible: Memory and Innovation in Coast Salish Art’ runs from September 13 to December 10, 2017 at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Vancouver BC. It features 6 short documentaries created by students in Kate’s Moving Images class (IAT 344) that profile each of the exhibiting artists. Aynur Kadir was the course’s Teaching Assistant, and former MCL research assistant Justine Crawford also created two of the films. The exhibition is curated by Sharon Fortney and Beth Carter, and we are very grateful to have had the opportunity to engage these incredible artists and to help tell the story of the intangible qualities of their work.
Contemporary Coast Salish art is embedded within a traditional cultural framework that includes community, ceremonial life, territory, history and innovation. Six artists challenge our expectations and illustrate Coast Salish art as a thriving art tradition – a dynamic one that demonstrates both continuity with the past and exploration of new ideas and technologies.
Marvin Oliver (Quinault / Isleta Pueblo) is an innovator in contemporary glass work and embeds symbolic knowledge in glass Spirit Boards.
Aaron Nelson Moody (Squamish) invokes family knowledge of traditional copper use and combines it with contemporary techniques.
lessLIE (Cowichan, Penelakut and Esquimault) focuses on enlarged Salish design elements to magnify issues of identity and colonialism.
Tracy Williams (Squamish) explores land sovereignty by experimenting with plant, animal, and mineral components and employing them in her cedar weavings.
Ronnie Dean Harris (Sto:lo / St’át’imc) will use multimedia to explore traditional Salish territory within the urban environment.
Roxanne Charles (Semiahmoo) is a fibre artist, who frequently incorporates live performance to engage the public in contemporary issues.
Exhibition Supporters: Audain Foundation