Exhibition Dates: May 4 - June 8, 2019
Opening: May 4th at 4:00 pm
Exhibition Talk: June 8th at 4:00 pm
This ground-breaking exhibition looks at some of the boldest contemporary image-makers on the Northwest Coast. ŚXEL,ES - New Painting (ŚXEL,ES, in the Coast Salish Indigenous language of SENĆOŦEN, means ‘any image or graphic such as markings, drawing, paintings, etc.’) brings together a collection of Coast Salish and Northwest Coast artists who are pushing the boundary of expected themes and characters with bold and emphatic works.
These artists – informally part of the New School of Northwest Coast Painting – are bringing an excitingly different perspective to contemporary indigenous art. This hallmark group exhibition at Alcheringa Gallery showcases the vivid interpretation of traditional motifs through new ideas of abstraction, colour, political commentary, form line, and adaptation of symbols. The sense of painterly rhythm and movement creates an individual energy that is totally unique to the personality of the artist, while still referencing cultural traditions.
The exhibition will feature some of Canada’s top artists including a series of four rare and new Susan Point paintings, a Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun painting (who is internationally renowned and rarely exhibited in Victoria), and a new lessLIE painting (whose work has been collected by the National Gallery of Canada).
Going far beyond subject matter or theme alone, this exhibition hopes to attune ourselves to the individual artists’ approach, technique, conception, application and execution. Finally, these New School of Northwest Coast Painting artists continue to showcase the resurgence of Canadian contemporary indigenous art.
Artists include Susan Point, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, lessLIE, Maynard Johnny Jr, Dylan Thomas, Angela Marston, KC Hall, Andrew Dexel, and Trevor Hunt
Alcheringa is proud to present an historic print exhibition that focuses on Vancouver Island-based artists, whose innovative work has made a resounding impact on contemporary art of the Northwest Coast. Artists such as TEMOSEN Charles Elliott, Delmar Johnnie Seletze’ and Mark Henderson alongside Beau Dick Art Thompson and Susan Point to name a few
Calvin Hunt’s solo exhibition exemplifies his cultural knowledge and 45 years of carving experience. From Masks to Totem Poles, to Power Boards, this exhibition truly captures an evolution in fine art along with the diversity, spirituality and transformation of Kwakwaka’wakw culture.
As Calvin says” Fine art constantly evolves; it allows a lens through which the fluidity and creativity of the art of the Northwest Coast is expressed. Working within the elements of traditional Southern Kwakiutl art, my art work crosses the continuum of history and the present.”
Skimming the Water: Paddle Exhibition
In an artistic context, Northwest Coast paddles have evolved from tradition and function into a method for artists to interpret their style onto a truly unique ‘canvas’. This exhibition pairs emerging artists alongside renowned artists, in an attempt to examine the contemporary art form. At Alcheringa Gallery on Fort Street. http://www.alcheringa-gallery.com