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Artwork Wednesday     Hart to Heart: Reflections/Réflexions

Artwork Wednesday        Hart to Heart: Reflections/Réflexions

Is it what we feel that ultimately shapes how we live on the land? –Marten Berkman, 2015.

Visual artist, film maker, photographer and Whitehorse resident Marten Berkman’s 3D video installation ‘Hart to Heart: Reflections/Réflexions’ is a thoughtful and mesmerizing display, exhibited in the Community Gallery of the Yukon Arts Centre until February 28, 2015. A video installation in conjunction with the current Available Light Film Festival, this 30 minute video and sound piece is a meditation on the land, both natural and manufactured.

‘Hart to Heart’, a reference to the Yukon’s Peel Watershed and a journey down the Hart River is experienced wearing 3D glasses. Listening to a resonant soundscape sometimes ornamented with soft plucking guitar strings or deep, threatening drum beats, it accompanies and amplifies the emotional impact of the 3D video.

On an immersive journey through the Yukon landscape, the viewer is transported through opening and closing scenes, a dynamism that we can’t always keep up with.  Our fragmented experiences with natural landscapes are calming, but broken when our vision is disrupted by shining scrap metal projected in 3D towards us. The digital manipulation of the image of scrap metal creates a visceral effect- I felt a nervousness and threat by the break in such a calming natural landscape.

The beauty, simplicity and pure sensuousness of the changing landscapes, seasons, time and place in ‘Hart to Heart’ is a journey the viewer is privileged to experience.  Berkman manipulated remote sensing to actually bring the viewer into the work. The viewer’s silhouette is sensed and projected into the video screen through a remote technology- a beautiful contrast of cutting edge technology layered onto landscapes as old as time.

Marten Berkman has worked with video and photography for Canadian Geographic Magazine, the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and the National Film Board of Canada amongst others. His work is featured in private and public collections locally, nationally and internationally.

Berkman’s documentary ‘ Chasms of Silence’ was presented early in the ALFF schedule along with two other Yukon Documentaries. The short film is a chronicle of a passage through Baffin Island with sound by Jennifer Berezan and Tanya Tagaq and poetry by Anne Michaels.

To learn more about Berkman’s work, visit his website at:

Happy Aboriginal Day! Gallery and Box Office closed

Happy Aboriginal Day! Gallery and Box Office closed
image: "Artist and Musicians" - Jim Logan, Yukon Arts Centre Permanent Collection

Please Note that the Yukon Arts Centre will be closed on Thursday, June 21st for Aboriginal Day.

Our Box Office and Galleries will reopen on Friday, June 22nd at 10am. Tickets are available online (here!) or at Arts Underground.

This year, National Aboriginal  Day in the Yukon is truly momentous with the opening of Da Kų Cultural Centre in Haines Junction and the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse!   We hope you are able to get out and celebrate!

Here is a note from the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre:

Don't forget: everyone is welcome to join the drumming procession that will kick off our Grand Opening!

Meet in Rotary Park by 10am, and join drummers and dancers as you walk along the waterfront trail, and then welcome the arrival of the "Spirit of Awakening" canoe at the Cultural Centre!

A great way to get here, and be a part of our Grand Opening celebrations!

About the artist:

Jim Logan began his art career by painting social statement pieces from his own experience as a lay minister in the Kwanlin Dün community in  Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. The most important work from this period was a series entitled "A Requiem for Our Children", which described existence within the Residential School system in Canada. Other noted pieces were the National Pastimes series in the exhibition, INDIGENA which commented on Canadian apathy toward the hardship and poverty of the Native community in Canada.

Jim Logan is a founding member and captain of the Metis Art Council, former co-chair of the Society of Canadian Artists of Native Ancestry (SCNA) and a recipient of the British Columbia Aboriginal Arts Award and two Canada Council Awards. Jim Logan currently works for the Canada Council of the Arts as a Visual Arts Section Officer.