Cosmologies: anything that exists has a beginning; curated by CCST candidate Daina Warren

Saturday July 4, 2009 - Saturday August 8, 2009

Opening, Friday, July 3, 2009. Artist Talk: July 4, 2009 at 2pm. Show runs July 4 to August 8, 2009.

Jason Baerg, Dana Claxton
Lewis deSoto, Richard Tawhanga Kereopa

This multi-media group exhibition deals with complex cultural systems created by individual artists from various Indigenous cultures. These systems of knowing the world display various cosmological interests through reflection on beliefs about the creation of the natural world, investigate spiritual practices, or show the various cultural applications based in time and space philosophies.  Other systems provide access to the creator – all of which can be combined into a personal way of being or intervening space, adding to the understanding of self. This four-person show at Centre A Gallery in Vancouver includes, Jason Baerg’s project is based in Cree and Métis cultures combined with his investigations of contemporary painting and creating a virtual world; Richard Kereopa’s work deconstructs his own Maori cultural identities in relation to a global culture; Dana Claxton’s video is a mesmerizing account of spirit work and a powerful Lakota medicine woman; Lewis deSoto, from the Cahuilla Nation, creates an installation that speaks to his interests in Buddhist philosophy through the understanding of self and desire.

This exhibition is curated by Daina Warren, a candidate to the Masters Degree in Critical Curatorial Studies at The University of British Columbia, with support from the Killy Foundation, the Alvin Balkind Fund for Student Curatorial Initiatives, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, and the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory at The University of British Columbia.

Centre A: Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Art
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Image: Video Still, Dana Claxton, her eyes have seen many worlds, 2005.