Gallery Exhibition Schedule

2016-2017 Exhibitions 

Diyan Achjadi and Shawn Hunt: Cultural Conflation
October 15 - December 31, 2016 

Shawn Hunt, Odalisque, 2014
Shawn Hunt, Odalisque, 2014, red cedar, yellow cedar, Horsehair 50” x 41” x 21”. Photo courtesy of Macaulay & Co. Fine Art. Collection: Kathleen & Laing Brown

Vancouver artists Diyan Achjadi and Shawn Hunt explore art forms that have been appropriated by other cultures, often resulting in a conflation of both. Achjadi’s prints and multi-media works reference to 18th- and 19th-century porcelain paintings and textile designs, medieval bestiaries, chinoiserie motifs, Javanese batik patterns, and fragments from Dutch maps have been combined to create grisaille prints and colourful collages. Meticulously made and dense with iconographic components, the resulting works bring together a myriad of cultural elements to create a new reality. Shawn Hunt’s sculptural works draw from western art history and combine with traditional Northwest Coast carved forms. The forms, carved by Hunt or procured from his father, Bradley Hunt and brother, Dean, also a carver, include components such as rattles, spoons, model totem poles, canoes and masks. Hunt’s new constructions and Achjadi’s drawings and prints provide a rich fusion of cultures that call forward complex and sometimes contentious histories.

Meryl McMaster: Confluence
January 14 - March 19, 2017

Meryl McMaster, Dream Catcher (2015)
Meryl McMaster, Dream Catcher (2015), Ink jet print, edition 2 of 2 AP, Courtesy of the artist and Katzman Contemporary

Meryl McMaster’s potent, alluring photographs explore the fluid domain of identity, and the possibilities of examining and revisioning the self and its representation. Placing her body centrally in front of the camera, she transforms her appearance, whether by layering photographic images onto her body or through elaborate costumes and props she creates and inhabits as alter egos. An artist of Plains Cree and Euro-Canadian heritage, McMaster explores the dimensions of her own sense of identity, and the complex history of the photographic representation of Indigenous peoples. The three bodies of work in Confluence collectively trace the evolution of McMaster’s practice, with its recurrent thematic threads.

Confluence is a touring exhibition produced by the Carleton University Art Gallery in Ottawa and is accompanied by a publication with essays by Gabrielle Moser and cheyanne turions, as well as an interview with McMaster by CUAG curator Heather Anderson.