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Always Vessels: Conversation with Barry Ace, Samuel Thomas, Olivia Whetung and Ruth Phillips

Always Vessels: Conversation with Barry Ace, Samuel Thomas, Olivia Whetung and Ruth Phillips
Tuesday, 19 September 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Please join Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) for an informal conversation with Always Vessels artists Barry Ace, Samuel Thomas and Olivia Whetung, moderated by art historian Ruth Phillips.

This exhibition explores contexts for, processes of learning, making and the transfer and continuity of knowledge. By acknowledging artists’ desire and need to learn customary skills and techniques that in the past were met with resistance or repressed, this exhibition explores the different ways makers are seeking out and uniquely applying this knowledge.

Barry Ace (Odawa Anishinaabe, M’Chigeeng) is a practicing visual artist and currently lives in Ottawa, Canada. He is a band member of M’Chigeeng First Nation, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada. His mixed media paintings and assemblage textile works explore various aspects of cultural continuity and the confluence of the historical and contemporary.

For nearly 40 years, Sam Thomas (Haudenosaunee, Six Nations of the Grand River Cayuga) has worked to resurrect beadwork styles from the 18th and 19th centuries. He has recovered several “lost” techniques, and in the process, has garnered international respect for Iroquois beadwork.

Olivia Whetung (Mississauga-Ojibwe Anishinaabe, Curve Lake) works primarily in printmaking, digital media, and beadwork, and her work explores issues of loss, entropy, translation, and access—particularly the limited access Indigenous people in Canada often have to their own languages.

Ruth Phillips is the Canada Research Chair in Modern Culture at Carleton University. She co-founded GRASAC, the Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Cultures, and has served widely as a consultant to Canadian and international museums.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome! CUAG is an accessible space, with barrier-free washrooms and elevator.

Discount parking passes ($4.00 flat rate) will be available for sale at the tunnel entrance from 4:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Please see the visiting page for directions.

Carleton University Art Gallery
St. Patrick’s Building


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