The Marion Scott Gallery and Kardosh Projects are pleased to announce
our participation in Art Toronto 2011. Now in its 12th consecutive
year, Art Toronto is widely recognized as Canada’s premiere contemporary
art fair. This year’s edition runs October 28 through 31. An opening
night preview and benefit reception for the Art Gallery of Ontario
will be held on Thursday, October 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
MSG’s booth (# 442) will feature exceptional Inuit works from both
the classic and contemporary periods. A suite of recent drawings
by Cape Dorset’s Itee Pootoogook, one of Canada’s most exciting
new artistic voices, offers a new look at the northern landscape.
Pootoogook’s sensitively coloured images, which include studies
of modern northern architecture, combine a strong formal sensibility
with an interest in the visual complexity of the everyday world.
By contrast, the whimsical abstractions and delicate wildlife renderings
of Kavavaow Mannomee, also from Cape Dorset, reveal a strikingly
fantastical vision. Addressing themes such as the collision of
cultures and the ongoing relationship between the human and natural
worlds, Mannomee’s precise drawings offer a unique perspective
on the North’s cultural landscape.
We will also be featuring the work of a number of prominent sculptors.
Included is a major work by the late Arviat sculptor John Pangnark,
one of the North’s greatest artistic innovators. Combining his
timeless minimalism and dramatic scale, this untitled stone sculpture
of a woman is an exemplary work by a great Canadian artist. In
a different register is a large and intricate stone sculpture of
a motorcycle by Cape Dorset’s Jamasie Pitseolak. Entitled Tiger’s
Golf Cart, Pitseolak’s work from 2011 wittily draws on familiar
forms, shaping golf balls into lights and a pair of golf bags into
the engine block. This is a major new work by a rising artist.
Other highlights include a trio of recent drawings by Pangnirtung’s
Elisapee Ishulutaq, inspired by her participation in the 2011 Inuit
Modern conference in Toronto; a drawing by Cape Dorset’s Shuvinai
Ashoona made of strips of paper woven together like a mat; and
a wallhanging depicting rows of differently coloured owls by Baker
Lake’s Miriam Qiyuk.
In collaboration with Kardosh Projects, the gallery will also feature
two large-format works by contemporary Haida textile artist Hazel
Wilson. These works are from Wilson’s monumental new series of
button blankets chronicling the modern and pre-modern experiences
of the Haida people of British Columbia’s northwest coast. Wilson’s
boldly painted and appliquéd works address a range of traditional
and contemporary themes, including the devastation of smallpox,
deforestation and the culturally suppressive role of missionaries.
These major works by a senior Canadian artist are being shown publicly
for the first time.