Ursula Johnson | Hide 2.0
2017 | lumber, hardware, faux fur, polycord | 22.6 x 1.5 x 23.2"
This new work by Ursula Johnson was produced specifically for the Plug In gala. It is a sculptural assemblage that mimics a method of animal hide stretching and preservation used by indigenous peoples in Canada. Humour is laid up front in fun fur in a splashy pop reference that unearths a critique of the way indigenous cultures are represented and romanticized.
Johnson is an interdisciplinary artist of Mi’kmaw First Nation ancestry. She frequently works in performance and installation, where she incorporates traditional indigenous material cultural techniques and durational performance of repetitive tasks. Her works mimic certain traditional elements, but never exactly. Making forms that don’t quite work, for example, Johnson explores tensions between artist and viewer, as well as, making and presentation. Johnson holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and studied theatre at the University College of Cape Breton, Sydney, Nova Scotia. Her solo exhibition Mikwite’tmn is currently touring across Canada and has been shown at Grenfell Campus Art Gallery, Cornerbrook, Newfoundland; Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Kenderline Art Galleries/ College Art Galleries, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; and Saint Mary’s Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Recent group exhibitions include Fifth World, Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon; Memory Keepers, Urban Shaman Art Gallery, Winnipeg; and Making Otherwise: Craft and Material Fluency in Contemporary Art at Cambridge Galleries, Cambridge, Ontario; Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa, Ontario. Johnson is winner of the 2017 Sobey Art Award.
Available for purchase at the Plug In ICA 2017 Gala & Art Auction on November 4, 2017.
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