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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. 

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.