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  • Wije'wi (Come with Me)

    Friday, June 16, 2017
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    ​Jordan Bennett exhibit at Grenfell Campus Art Gallery

    Grenfell Campus Art Gallery will be hosting an opening reception for Jordan Bennett: Wije'wi (Come with Me).

    Wije'wi (Come with Me) consists of paintings on wood, a series of drawings and two carvings in yellow cedar with an interactive audio component. The artist uses known Beothuk and Mi'kmaq visual patterns, symbols and colours to create landscapes which represent the island of Ktaqamkuk (Newfoundland).  The artist conducted research at several institutions including the Museum of History in Ottawa and The Rooms in St. John's. The artist states, "Through observing and spending time with Beothuk as well as Mi'kmaq objects I've created a series of landscapes that aim to tell the story and journey of our people on the island of Ktaqamkuk (Newfoundland)."

    The reception will take place on Saturday, June 17  from 4:30 to 6 p.m. with opening remarks at 5 p.m. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

    Mr. Bennett is a Mi'kmaq multi-disciplinary visual artist from Stephenville Crossing, NL. The artist received his bachelor of fine arts from Grenfell Campus in 2008 and a masters of fine arts from the University of British Columbia in 2016. He has exhibited his work extensively in venues throughout Canada, including solo exhibitions at the Vernon Public Art Gallery in Vernon, B.C., Trinity Video Square in Toronto, O.N. and SNAP Gallery in Edmonton, A.B. As well, he has exhibited his work internationally in venues such as the Campbelltown Art Centre in NSW, Australia; Galleria Ca'Rezzonico in Venice, Italy as part of Newfoundland and Labrador's contribution to the Venice Biennale; and the Arab World Institute in Paris, France.  His work was included in Beat Nation, De-Colonize Me and Changing Hands: Art without Reservation both of which toured extensively. He was the recipient of the Artist of the Year Award in 2014 from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. He was both awarded the Aboriginal Graduate Scholarship from the University of British Columbia and long listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2015 and 2016. 

    For further information about the exhibit, please contact:
    Charlotte Jones at 709 637 6209,  cjones@grenfell.mun.ca
    or visit the gallery website at:  www.grenfell.mun.ca/art-gallery.

     

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