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Artwork Wednesday: Jim Logan

Artwork Wednesday: Jim Logan

This week’s Artwork Wednesday will be dedicated to Jim Logan’s piece entitled A Re-Thinking on the Western Front. This large-scale work is currently on display with the Locate exhibition and is a part of the Yukon Arts Centre Permanent Collection.

With Métis heritage, Logan grew up in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia and at a young age was encouraged to pursue painting by his mother.  Logan followed his artistic inclination and travelled to Europe to study the work of Van Gogh and Edvard Munch. It  is possible that during this time, Logan began to take notice of what he describes as “the European ego.” As it can be seen in A Re-Thinking on the Western Front, the artist challenges the viewer by redefining a familiar and iconographic image. Housed in the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam serves as the basis of Logan's statement. The artist is addressing the art historical canon that defines what constitutes an artistic “masterpiece.” Logan’s piece speaks to the lack of diversity amongst art and artists that are held within internationally renowned collections.

Logan draws refrence to Michelangelo's 'Creation of Adam' from the Sistine Chapel 

The power of this work begins with its sheer size and ostentatious gilded frame that is reminiscent of the coveted paintings produced during the time of antiquity. Logan replaces the image of God and Adam with First Nations figures and furthers his message by depicting God in female form. The bold primary colours play into the mocking naivety that the artist conjures through the text portion of the composition. Towards the upper left-hand corner we can read “Sorry Charlie D. I don’t believe in such a theory” and “gee is that me?” under a Darwinian-style illustration of human evolution. Logan’s playful tone further dethrones the European dominance that he believes has translated itself into various aspects of culture and thought throughout North America. 

Learn more about Jim Logan here.

Take a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel here.

Gallery Intern, Gabriella, stands next to Logan's large-scale piece on display in the Locate exhibition. 

Artwork Wednesday: Bev Thomas

Artwork Wednesday: Bev Thomas

In honour of fibre art and World Wide Knit in Public Day, this Artwork Wednesday will be dedicated to the talented work of Bev Thomas, currently on display with the Jim Robb’s Yukon exhibition. Both Bev and her husband Doug are avid supporters and dear friends of Jim’s, and have played a great role in contributing to the current exhibition. As homage to Jim’s Strait’s Auction House piece, Bev replicated the artist’s composition through the craft of cross stich.

Jim Robb, Strait's Auction House, 2007

Jim first illustrated in 1961, Strait’s Auction House in Dawson City is a favourite subject for Jim as he depicted it many time throughout his career.  The painting on display in the exhibition was completed in 2007, and is notably one of the artist’s favourite works, currently on loan from Doug and Bev Thomas. This slanted and deteriorated structure is a common sight in Dawson, where permafrost is often the demise of many older foundations. In this piece, crisp yellow leaves of the birch trees contrast the rusted background of the auction house emphasizing nature’s reclaim on the weathered building. Consequently, the dilapidated look of Strait’s compliments Jim’s signature illustration style, which he calls his ‘exaggerated truth’ a common theme throughout the artist’s dedicated journey in conserving and illustrating the rich Yukon history.

Strait’s Auction House was constructed in 1901 and was named after Ebenezer S. Strait who originally owned half the land the structure was built upon. Strait’s auction house was at one time Dawson City’s only second hand store, which meant for a lucrative trade.  The transient population meant business from various demographics, Strait’s legendary signage boasted: “Groceries, guns, ammunition, hardware, tobacco, furniture, crockery, clothing and tents.” Strait left Dawson City mysteriously and abandoned the auction house still stocked with all his belongings.

Customized frame for Bev's cross-stich built by Doug Thomas, featuring small-scale reproduction of Strait's Auction House and cabin illustration by Jim Robb

 

If you would like to attend Whitehorse’s World Wide Knit in Public Day, it is being hosted by the Itsy Bitsy Yarn Store and Yarn Bomb Yukon on Wednesday June 18 from 5:30 – 6:30 on the Waterfront Wharf.  Free knitting lessons, draws and more!

Artwork Wednesday: Jude Griebel

Artwork Wednesday: Jude Griebel

This week’s Artwork Wednesday is dedicated to Jude Griebel’s works from his book “Footsteps in The Macaulay House,” inspired by his Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) residency. The three pieces “Shadow-like things, out of the corner of my eye,” “Last night I had another visitation” and “I suddenly stepped into a dark forest in which I was uninvited,” are currently on display in the Locate exhibition. Focusing on themes of psychology and transformation, Griebel’s haunting visuals are inspired by ghost stories from the Macaulay House where the artist completed his KIAC hosted residency. It was an ideal subject matter as Griebel’s work is, in his words, “continually an interplay between the imagination and the physical world, and depicts instances in which these two spaces overlap.”

Located in Dawson City on Princess and 7th Avenue, the Macaulay House was originally the home of the first mayor of Dawson City before finally becoming property of Parks Canada. At one point in its history, the building was developed by the Yukon government as a household for troubled youth, and was temporarily the home to young Daniel Hummel who would later be convicted for murder. Griebel became interested in the rumoured paranormal presence and was accepted by KIAC to complete his project in 2007. In his publish book “Footsteps in The Macaulay House,” Griebel illustrates the ghost stories associate with the house and describes tenant experiences.


Griebel corresponded with past artists and collected their encounters. These three exhibited works from Griebel’s book reflect these accounts of shadowy figures occasionally scene by resident artists. “I suddenly stepped into a dark forest in which I was uninvited,” depicts one account described as a ‘heavy feeling, like having to push through brush in a forest.’ Through experiences such as these, Griebel came to realize the two most commonly referenced sites of supernatural presence in the house were the staircase and two upstairs bedrooms. The rocking chair depicted in “Shadow-like things, out of the corner of my eye,” is a known fixture found in one of these bedrooms. Done in oil on paper, Griebel’s stylistic choice in using golden hues emulates the feeling of melancholy that many of the residents spoke of. Compositionally, the perspective of each work positions the viewer to feel as though we have suddenly come across the figures ourselves. Griebel achieves this through focussing his shadowed figures in full light, as if a door has swung open to reveal the unanticipated guests.  While many did not have such vivid experiences such as these, the consensus from Griebel’s correspondence was that the Macaulay House held an unnerving presence that left its residents tense.

To learn more about Jude Griebel, visit the artist’s website here.
For more information on KIAC residencies visit here

Artwork Wednesday: Jim Robb

Artwork Wednesday: Jim Robb

As you enter Jim Robb's Yukon exhibition, one of the first things you encounter is a wall of pastel portraits of people and buildings on hide, some of Jim Robb's earliest artworks. Jim was first inspired to create this style of artwork, when he saw a snowshoe frame that was missing its woven interior and he thought it would be a good idea to fill it with tanned moosehide on which he could draw.  These ‘canvases’ were tanned and stretched by the Silverfox family from the late 1950s to the mid 1960s.  Jim collaborated with the Silverfox family for over 15 years, producing a whole series of portraits of buildings and Yukon characters on moosedhie stretched on willow and snowshoe frames.  The Silverfox family home is on display beside these works on hide.  Accompanying these works are also a series of articles and photos documenting this period in Jim's career.  Jim’s iconic style is already apparent in these early works, capturing his characters for his colourful 5% and iconic buildings like Straights Auction house in Dawson.

In the photos below, Jim has written his stories about these early, defining works of his 58 year career capturing Yukon.  Thank you to Doug and Bev Thomas for the text and photos.

 

 

YAA Award Winners Announced!

YAA Award Winners Announced!

We have the official list of 2013-2014 YAA Award Winners!

Thank you everyone for participating - It has been a blast! 
Below you will find the winners ordered by the community in which the events happened, as well as comments about people's all time favourite events of the year and volunteers they would like to recognize!

Congratulations to all the winners and a big applause to everyone who make these amazing events happen!

If you are a winner and would like to get a certificate, contact erin.corbett@yac.ca

Atlin:

Best Arts Festival

  1. Atlin Music Festival
Dawson City:

Best Music Performance

  1. The Cost of Doing Business  Odd Fellows Hall
  2. Naysayers, Palace Grand Theatre
  3. Wanda Jackson, Palace Grand Theatre

Best Music – Jazz Performance

  1. Claire Ness & Declan O'Donovan, Palace Grand Theatre
  2. Kellylee Evans Trio, Odd Fellows Hal

Best Performance by Emerging Artist

  1. Old Cabin, Palace Grand Theatre
  2. Cousins, SOVA

Best Solo Exhibition

  1. Rebekah Miller, “Skins” Odd Gallery
  2. Sarah Fuller, “The Homecoming, Bear Creek/Odd Gallery

Best Group Exhibition

  1. Gallery Hop, Yukon Riverside Arts Festival
  2. SOVA Students Exhibition, SOVA an KIAC

Best Art Happening

  1. The League of Lady Wrestlers Hobo Showdown
  2. Youth Art Enrichment, KIAC
  3. The Experimental Sound & Music Stage (Aaron Burnie, Bear, Sauna Music, Chad VanGaalen, Peter Cox, Epikurs Euforie), The Yukon School of Visual Arts

Best Art for Social Change

  1. The Hours That Remain,  Gwaandak Theatre and New Harlem Productions, Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre

Best Family Event

  1. Community Coffehouse Series, KIAC 
  2. Cats produced by Jack Amos, KIAC

Best Arts Festival

  1. Dawson City Music Festival
  2. Yukon Riverside Art Festival
  3. International Short Film Festival
Haines Junction

Best Music Performance

  1. David Myles, St Elias Convention Centre
  2. The Gin Swings Valentine’s Cabaret, St Elias Convention Centre

Best Classical Performance

  1. Yadong Guan Trio, St Elias Convention Centre

Best Jazz Performance

  1. The Simpson Syncopater’s Yukon Swing Dance Project, Haines Junction Convention Centre
  2. Kellylee Evans Trio, Haines Junction Convention Centre

Best Group Exhibition

  1. Encounters with the Sublime: Kluane National Park and Reserve through the lenses of Sebastião Salgado and Bradford Washburn, Atrium of St. Elias Convention Centre

Best Performance by Emerging Artist

  1. Swing Dance
Mayo

Best Music Performance

  1. Mayo Arts Society Coffee House

Best Group Exhibition

  1. Retrospective

Best Family Event

  1. Mary McMahon Talent Show

Best Arts Festival

  1. Mayo Arts Festival
Mount Lorne

Best Performance by Emerging Artist

  1. Mountain Music, “Open Mic,” Mount Lorne Community Centre

Best Jazz Performance

  1. The Simpson Syncopater’s Yukon Swing Dance Project, Mount Lorne Community Centre
Watson Lake

Best Jazz Performance

  1. The Simpson Syncopater’s Yukon Swing Dance Project, Watson Lake Recreation Centre
Whitehorse

Best Dance Performance

  1. Go Nuts! Extremely Moving Youth Society, Yukon Arts Centre
  2. Danse Lhasa Danse, Coup de Coeur Francophone & PPS Danse, Yukon Arts Centre
  3. Nutcracker, Northern Lights School of Dance, Yukon Arts Centre

Best Theatre Performance

  1. Jenny Hamilton, Yukon Gold Comics 2, The Guild Hall
  2. Book Of Esther, The Guild Hall
  3. (Tied) Cripple of Inishmaan, The Guild Hall and You Should Have Stayed Home: A G20 Romp, Praxis Theatre, Yukon Arts Centre

Best Music Performance

  1. The Cost of Doing Business - Headless Owl Records, Yukon Arts Centre
  2. The Mourning After, Sunstroke Music Festival 2013, Shipyards Park
  3. Dave Haddock CD Release Concert, Yukon Arts Centre

Best Classical Performance

  1. Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Yukon Arts Centre
  2. Borealis String Quartet, Yukon Arts Centre
  3.  Classical Territory, "Pictures at An Exhibition" (Whitehorse Community Orchestra led by Henry Klassen), Yukon Arts Centre

Best Jazz Performance

  1. Brandon Isaak CD Release "Here On Earth", Old Fire Hall
  2. Nicole Edwards y Los Osos, Jazz in the Hall, Old Fire Hall
  3. David Bruce Haddock, Jazz in the Hall, Old Fire Hall

Best Performance by Emerging Artist

  1. Fawn Fritzen, Yukon Arts Centre
  2. Big Mama Lele, Yukon Arts Centre Studio
  3. The Midnight Sons, Sunstroke Music Festival, Frostbite, BYTE Battle of the Bands, Mt. Mac and Paddy’s Place

Best Solo Exhibition

  1. Rosemary Scanlon "The Rose Parade" Yukon Arts Centre
  2. Ken Anderson "Reflections on Form" Yukon Arts Centre
  3. Jane Isakson "From the Outer Edges" Yukon Arts Centre

Best Group Exhibition

  1. “Traversing Yukon Landscapes", Yukon Arts Centre
  2. "Featured Features", Hannah Jickling led project, Yukon Arts Centre
  3. "Planted", by Lyn Fabio and Sheila Alexandrovich, Arts Underground

Best Art Happening

  1. Art Under Pressure, Shipyards Park, Yukon Arts Centre
  2. (Tied) Burning Away The Winter Blues, SS Klondike to Robert Service Campground and Whitehorse Skeleton Parade, Downtown Streets
  3. Open Mic Comedy, Jarvis Street Saloon

Best Art for Social Change

  1. The Hours That Remain, Gwaandak Theatre and New Harlem Productions, Yukon Arts Centre
  2. Playin For The Peel - Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre
  3. Slam Homophobia, PSAC Pride Committee, Old Fire Hall

Best Family Event

  1. Arts In the Park
  2. Youth Showcase with Graeme Peters & Speed Control, Epic Pizza
  3. Sugar Shack, Shipyards Park

Best Arts Festival

  1. Available Light Film Festival, Various Venues
  2. Sunstroke Music Festival, Shipyards Park
  3. Rotary Music Festival, Yukon Arts Centre

All time favourite arts event of the year

Huff at the Pivot Festival - It was just an amazing story and performance, very funny, moving and dynamic!
Available Light Film Festival - screenings, the question and answer sessions with the filmmakers.
Atlin Music Festival - Always great!!
     - Location and the variety of music
     - Great music and art but it retains that small-festival friendliness and ease.
     - Something for every age, a beautiful location and great music.
Old Cabin at Palace Grande at DCMF
The Grand Seduction screening at ALFF 2014
The Hours That Remain - a very powerful message.
David Myles - He was amazing and so entertaining.
Because I am a Girl Concert - It was fundraiser organized by 7 14-16 year old girls. The talent was phenomenal for a mere $10 entrance fee. The community support was remarkable and people were standing for the entire concert. People came expecting a "nice little concert" and were blown away by the talent they saw!
Big Mama Lele - Stage presence
The God That Comes with Hawksley Workman - An experience unlike any other, completely immersive and engaging me at a level deeper than all but a few shows I've ever seen. Words really don't suffice to describe the experience.
     - Amazing solo performance, imaginative use of set, props, music.
Aybrid - The most amazing show to hit Whitehorse.
Whitehorse Community Orchestra - It was created totally from local classical and jazz musicians and was a "first" for the Yukon.
Slam-homophobia because it including a variety of performers for age 12 and up and carries important messages for social change.
Haa Koosteey in Teslin - An authentic cultural experience
Playin' For The Peel at the KCDD Feb 9 - It was -30, on a dark Sunday night in February, and it was so enthusiastically attended by talented musicians donating their voices, volunteers, and over 400 people from all circles of our community... People gathering for change in the longhouse - art in its most powerful form!
Yukon Gold Comics 2 - I'll admit I'm a little biased, this having been my first show as Artistic Director for The Guild Society, but seeing Jenny Hamilton hypnotized into doing a stripper routine is an event that will never happen again!
Cost of Doing Business - Super unique, and an incredible collaboration between Yukon artists and outside artists.
    - So many great artists and a really well run show
DCMF every time!!!
Whitehorse Skeleton Parade - Because it was outside and totally different
     - It was the first year it was organized and it was so amazing to have lots of people come together dressed up and dancing in the downtown streets at night all lit up
The Hobo Showdown in Dawson City - The DIY nature of the event and the incredible participation of all the wrestlers and trainers made it amazing.
    - Fun times!
Leaping Feats shows, so much talent and chance to show youth talent
    - Go Nuts! So many local youth!!
    - Go Nuts Student Choreography showcase - youth choreographing their own works and performing them for an appreciative audience
Whitehorse Concerts Guitar Quartet
Danse Lhasa Danse - It was so great to hear Lhasa music on stage after all these years
    - Lots of memories. Good memories. Beautiful show, I was really moved by the singers. We really feel her spirit in the venue.
FebFest '14 at Epic Pizza. 16 acts in 4 days, all local and all FREE!
Epic Pizza Youth Showcase!
The Nutcracker! -  I was impressed by the quality and ability of dance that was demonstrated and the story was told so well!
Northern Scene on Ottawa - I was so happy I was able to travel from Montreal to attend. I saw Ramshackle Theatre's Sci-Fi Double Feature performance and I loved it! Got to see the dolls and the gallery exhibitions by Yukon artists. It was incredible to see people I knew showcasing their work to such a big audience!
Whitehorse Concerts - Classically Yours. Amazing local talent from String Quartet and local orchestra. Unbelievable. Proud to be a Yukoner.
- It was the closest thing to an home grown orchestra the Yukon has had yet, and it was excellent.
- The Classical Territory event
Diana Panton & Canadian Jazz Masters - The incredibly talented band fronted by a alluring vocalist who won us over with her intimate and personal song interpretations.
Terminus - One of best pieces of theatre I have ever seen
Leaping Feats and Northern Lights dance shows, those dancers are so talented
TJ Dawe's Medicine - One of the most amazing shows, it really made me think about what I'm doing with my life and how I'd like to change it for the better.

Volunteers the community wanted to recognize!

All of them!
Jordi Jones! Sunstroke is a great event!
Chris Ross, Yukon Film Society
Victoria Kennedy, Yukon Film Society
Susanne Hingley
Erica Heyligers who provided the assistance for the sound for the concert and did an amazing job.
The Guild Board. Lots of events and they are always there to make it happen.
Stephanie Hammond
Lisa Vollans - Dedicated to helping make the Yukon a safer community for her queer family! smile
Paul Davis
Jenny Hamilton - As General Manager of The Guild, she crams in ridiculous amounts of hours, going above and beyond her regular duties to make sure shows run smoothly, while maintaining her own comedy career. Extremely supportive, hard-working and committed. Or she should "be" committed? Either way - Jenny is awesome!
Peter Menzies in Dawson City
Duncan Sinclair, Jazz Yukon and many other arts groups in Whitehorse
Corinna Warren
Dean Tower
Claire Ness - Her personality brings the events she helps with a new level of fun excitement and fun
Kasey Rae Anderson
Agnes Riediger - Attendance taker for the Sopranos
Renée Claude-Carrier
Stéphane Ruest - Always present at art events and willing to lend a hand plus a few Haikus
Debbie Thomas for the Out North Film Festival!
Erin Corbett
Hilary Wilkinson - Yukon Arts Centre

Who Voted?

75% Fans
34% Artists
12% Presenter/Organization