A new exhibition 'Nohkom Tipiskaw Pîsim in Syllabics; Місяць Жінка Grandmother’s Moon; Woman Moon ' by Lana Whiskeyjack and Svitlana Kravchuk opens September 10th at the Whiskeyjack Art House, Edmonton, AB. The exhibition features mixed media. Artist talk will be September 10, 2021, 5-7pm. Walk-in and no admission fee! Lunar cycles, nature and femininity from nȇhiyaw and Ukrainian worldviews. Lana Whiskeyjack and Svitlana Kravchuk, both being multidisciplinary artists, were brought together by their love for visual expression, culture, and beauty. They were two strangers who became sisters, honouring womanhood, and sharing joys of where they come from. Whiskeyjack’s vibrant acrylic paintings and Kravchuk’s emotive wood-burnt pieces explore the significance of each month based on traditional and linguistic teachings from their nȇhiyaw and Ukrainian backgrounds respectively. Whiskeyjack’s work explores the teachings of nȇhiyaw 13 moon calendar through acrylic and oil paintings. Each painting medium illuminates a certain emotional style and visual narrative on iskwȇwȇwin (womanhood) land-cosmic connections. Each of the paintings share about season changes, the medicines within those moontimes, as well as the non-human relations that bring land teachings. Her creations reflect the travels of being in between the spiritual, earthly and imaginative times and spaces. Kravchuk uses both reclaimed and commercial wood, often incorporating the natural texture of the grain into her imagery. The images are burnt into wooden panels with electric hot tools, while shading is created by controlled exposure to high temperature. Kravchuk incorporates organic materials such as leaves and seeds into her work, which is common for her style. Her conceptual interpretation of each month draws on femininity of nature, as she moves between abstract and representational visuals. Both, Lana Whiskeyjack and Svitlana Kravchuk have delved into deep, rich, intergenerational knowledge, conjuring up a striking artistic conversation. We invite the viewer to celebrate each moon with them. All COVID safety protocols will be put into place.
A new exhibition 'Walks With Buffalo' by Terrence McGilvery opens June 23 at the Whiskeyjack Art House, Edmonton, AB. The exhibition features 15 acrylic paintings that will be on display until August 14. Artist talk will be June 23, 2021. Walk-in and no admission fee!
"When I paint, I walk with buffalo. Even though I am bound to a wheelchair, I spiritually walks with the buffalo and that is all that matters. The buffalo chose me. The buffalo gives me strength and wisdom to do what I do, create what I create. When I am creating, I am actually walking spiritually with the buffalo, I think of how it was a long time ago. I can hear a drum, singing, and buffalo walking around. I can hear them breathing. Then the paint flows out of me into a story."
Terence McGilvery is 43 years old from Saddle Lake Cree Nation. He is the 7th sibling out of 8 children. His parents are Jenny and Late Howard McGilvery. Terence always had an interest in art since he was a young boy. When Terence was 18 years old he won a logo art contest for the Saddle Lake Pow-wow and they have been using it ever since. Terence was also an natural athlete with floor hockey being his favorite sport to play. Unfortunately, Terence’s goals and ambitions had come to an abrupt end at the age of 19. It was in the summer of 1994 when he was involved in an alcohol related car accident, which left him confined in a wheelchair. Terence is now a quadriplegic with what he describes as only having 7% use of his hands.
"This series includes my serious paintings and experimental paintings, you can see the difference between both kinds of paintings. My experimental paintings help to give my heart, mind, and spirit a break from the serious paintings. With the serious paintings, that is where I travel the most, I am competing with myself all the time."
All COVID safety protocols will be put into place.