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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

KIAC Youth Art Enrichment Student Exhibition 2014: Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery

KIAC Youth Art Enrichment Student Exhibition 2014: Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery

Artwork created by the talented young students of KIAC's Youth Art Enrichment program. From March 7th to 28th, 2014.


Since 2001, the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture (KIAC), in collaboration with the Department of Education, has offered a series of enrichment courses for students across Yukon who demonstrate exceptional artistic ability and interest.

Every November, 48 students between grades 8 to 12 travel to Dawson City for a week to take part in specialized art instruction with practicing, professional artists. In 2013, students chose one of four possible courses: 

Collage and Mixed Media with Meshell Melvin
Portrait Drawing and Painting with Suzanne Paleczny
Improv Intensive with George Maratos
Digital Photography with James Whitehead

As well as intensive art training, students are involved in other art-related activities during their stay in Dawson City, including touring the Yukon School of Arts, meeting KIAC’s artists in residence and discussing future career options with their mentors.

Following these workshops, an exhibition is held every year at the Robert Service School in Dawson City, and Yukon Electrical Youth Gallery at the Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse to highlight the work created by these talented young artists. Additionally, two pieces are purchased by KIAC to be added to their permanent youth art collection, which is currently on exhibition in Dawson City at the Bonanza Recreation Centre, in the City of Dawson Office and at KIAC.

   

The Yukon Arts Centre is honored to once again host KIAC's Youth Art Enrichment Student Exhibiton, and would like to thank the young artists who contriubted their artwork to this year's exhibition: Julia Allen-Sernes, Alissa Anderson, Emily Anderson, Ashton Arcand, Julia Balderas, Zackery Bartholomeus, Alyssa Blanchard, Akilah Bolton, Brittany Brown, Adriana Brunet, Alyssa Budzinski, Audrey Cherrier-Burnette, Sarah Cardinal, Brandon Crawford, John Dagostin, Keenan Davis, Alexandria Duchaine, Melanie Eckenvogt-Brewster, Nicole Favron, Marlee Firth, Camilla Gaw, Kyla Giesbrecht, Emily Grantham, Micah Hildes, Olivia Holmes, Victoria Holmes, Asia Hyde, Travis Istchenko, Annie Johnsgaard, David Johnston, Melanya Kyikavichik, Sheila Kyikavichik, Jared Leary, Mallory Lipscomb, Annelise Lundgard, Sarah Ann Maningas, Aislinn McManus, Colin Milne, Chontia Murphy, Clara Reid, Violet Robert, Kristy Sibbeston, Finley Sparling, Bambi Stewart, Jen Titus, Ryan Titus, Danielle Van Bibber, Asia Winter-Sinnot, Adrian Woodhouse and Nylan Zalitis.            

This unique program is made possible through generous funding from the Yukon Arts Fund, Youth Investment Fund, Department of Education, Canada Post Community Foundation and Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in, as well as the support of local businesses and cultural organizations in Dawson City.

For more information regarding the program, please visit KIAC’s website