Friday, May 28, 2010

Terrance Houle interviewed by Travis Lee Street

Terrance Houle interviewed by Travis Lee Street for Land Magazine.

Terrance Houle is a contemporary aboriginal artist of Blackfoot and Ojibway descent whose interdisciplinary techniques call attention to the traditional cultures of his heritage in an informative, intelligent and in many instances, humorous way. A superbly talented artist in his own right, Terrance just saw the end of Givn’r, a five year retrospective at the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg, Canada which showcased over 70 of his pieces.

As there are already quite a few great articles about him, which I loathe to regurgitate here (like this one for example in Canadian Art or this one in Absolute arts), I thought a nice, informal Bookface chat would be more appropriate... which in itself would be a way to further draw out the juxtaposition of opening a dialogue with an artist whose work centers on age-old traditions, but finds it necessary to utilize the verymost modern technical devices to do so. So, without further ado, my Bookface chat with Terrance Houle.Travis
hey Terrance, you got ten minutes for an interview?
hey Travis I do have 15 minutes

Travis 18:43
hey now
what's been happening since the last time we spoke?
that was about four months ago now, im ashamed to say

Terrance 18:44
mm well I went to Thunder Bay for my Givn'r show and did 7 artist talks/tours
just been getting back in the saddle with work starting new series'
currently have work up in fort Simpson NWT at the OPEN SKY Gallery

Travis 18:46
what new ideas are you working on?

Terrance 18:46
well I have a video series I am working on right now that Involves Video Portraits of Residential school attendee's in their favorite place or space

Travis 18:47
what ages?

Terrance 18:48
the ages are from about 50+
so its a feature length video work that I am in the process of right now.
as well I am starting the national Indian Leg Wrestling League
I have an upcoming show with Rebecca Belmore at the OR Gallery in Vancouver opens end of April

Travis 18:49
so... not much going on then...

Terrance 18:50
no not really

Travis 18:50
ha! tell me about leg wrestling and this upcoming exhibition
both sound pretty exciting

Terrance 18:51
The show with Rebecca is a two person show curated by Darrin Martin from Vancouver
The works are still kind of in Development for that show
The National Indian Leg Wrestling League is a series of Photo/performance/installation and film works based on Wrestling and Leg Wrestling
I've asked several First Nations Artists to create their Leg Wrestling Identity and I will be creating wrestling costumes
then do portraits of them in classic wrestling Posters of the 50s, 60s, 70s

Travis 18:53
that sounds incredible
we've got to get you over to Liverpool

Terrance 18:53
yea man its pretty amazing stuff
ive been basing them off old wrestlers like

Read the rest of the interview at:

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Sydney Biennial: THE BEAUTY OF DISTANCE: Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age

International Forum For Contemporary Video Art
New Media and Performance
Adjacent to Carriageworks
231 Wilson Street

12th - 15th May 2010

Momentum/Forum is a program of talks around the dissemination and circulation of non-object based practices that also re-thinks the art fair as a whole.

Collectors Panel: Tony Bond, Geoffrey Cassidy, Rhanna Devenport, Stuart Evans, Dick Quan, Johnnie Walker and Mark Waugh

photo by Julia Waugh.

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Red Mansion Art Prize

A Foundation London
Rochelle School & Club Row
Arnold Circus
London E2 7ES

13 – 23 May 2010
Exhibition of winners’ works.

The Red Mansion Art Prize was established to promote artistic exchange between China and the UK.

The 2009 panel of Judges was composed of Iwona Blaswick (Director of Whitechapel Gallery), Patricia Bickers (Editor of Art Monthly magazine), Katie Patterson (Artist and recent graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art) and Nicolette Kwok (Director of The Red Mansion Foundation).

The Winners of the 2009 prize are: Saad Ahmed Qureshi, Elizabeth Porter, Esmerelda Valencia, Una Knox, Keh Ng, Pippa Gatty and Sabina Donnelly.

Open Daily, 12-6pm, Free Admission

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Light Night LIverpool.

A Foundation Liverpool
67 Greenland Street
Liverpool L1 0BY

Friday 14 May 2010
Until 2am
Admission Free

During Liverpool's Light Night, A Foundation's galleries will be open until 10pm giving visitors an extended opportunity to enjoy The Economy of the Gift, Saatchi Online: Northern Stars and the exhibition of work produced by A Curriculum's artists in residence.

As if this wasn't enough, from 10pm until 2am we will continue our after hours entertainment with live music and performances in our café bar. Acts include:

David Hoyle: David is a performance artist whose career has included stage, television, radio and film. In 2000 David killed off his alter ego, The Divine David, at an ice pageant at Streatham International Ice Rink. Since then he has continued to perform under his own name as a self-appointed Patron Saint to paranoid schizophrenics, aesthetes and the disenfranchised. David will be coming to Liverpool in the middle of a busy schedule to entertain the crowd throughout the night as MC and to conduct his Healing Seminar, spreading the gospel of equality and love. In his own words "in a world of artifice, at last some authenticity".

Acoustic set from Liverpool-based musician Simon Knighton.

Music from Liverpool's self-proclaimed 'pseudo hardcore band that wear hotpants', We Came Out Like Tigers.

And DJ sets from Elome & Trace Element

Exhibitions open:
Tuesday to Saturday 12pm to 6pm, Admission free

A Foundation
67 Greenland Street
Liverpool L1 0BY

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Florian Bielefeldt - An Interview

What is the medium you work in and how are you developing this?:
Let me answer through the mouth of Sarah Connor "Everything on this wall stands for something. It is all blood." My way of approaching everyday life is based on the idea that you can not understand reality only by looking at the facts, but by making aware the phantasmatic dimensions or to transit these phantasmatic dimensions. For that I am using a comic based style and create imaginary figures and settings that spread out of the drawing into the room.

Have your ideas around sustainable practice moved in any particular direction over the last year?: Not massively. The engine runs smooth although it went out of fuel before I came to participate in the A Curriculum. Now it is filled again and some applications were installed. Thanks to the talks and presentations during the residency.

How has sharing a studio with 7 other artists informed the work you would show?:
Well, I am not sure if you can see that in my work. But sharing the studio was a difficult experience. I enjoyed it much because I got an idea of different work styles. And that helped me to reconsider my own strategies. On the other hand I had the feeling that everybody is watching me all the time - which was obviously not true - but I just had this feeling and that disturbed me a little bit. But I think that was also a worthwhile experience.

Have you ever considered collaboration to produce work ?: I did not collaborate so far. I would like to, but until now it just did not happen. I think if I bump into somebody who shares my ideas it would be great to collaborate.

What is the gift within your work?:
I think that it does not rebuff the viewer at first sight.

Who are your audience?
:One is called Hans Gruber but I have forgotten the names of the other three, but I wrote it down somewhere. They are friendly and cuddly guys from an NHS-office who I met in the janitors room in the Nakatomi Plaza building.

Have you ever purchased the work of another artist?:
I swapped some works with other artists, but I did not buy something so far. It did not really come to my mind. I guess, it is because I see myself more as a producer than a consumer. But to be honest, I never thought it through.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?:
On a chair still reading "infinite jest" of David Foster Wallace


Sunday, May 2, 2010