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Michael Belmore, Fly By Wire

Michael Belmore, Fly By Wire. 2001

As with many things from the past, our ability to decipher and understand their true meaning have either been lost or confused along the way. Western society has fostered many advances over the previous centuries which eventually lead us to our current reality. We live in a society that is increasingly defined by a simple language of 1s and 0s. A language that is not readily understood by the mass of individuals who use technology. Todays environment has at times left us disjointed and removed from ourselves. It is this distance from things that have relevance to our lives that is being addressed in this exhibition. Michael Belmore graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1994. His work, which utilizes diverse materials including acrylic, metal, wood, photography and text has been exhibited nationally since 1988. Belmore is of Ojibway heritage and currently lives near Minden in the Haliburton Heighlands.

Hulleah Tsinhnajinnie, An Aboriginal World View

Hulleah Tsinhnajinnie, An Aboriginal World View. October 2001

This exhibition of digitized photographs was in partnership with T.P.G. and marks her Canadian debut.  Hulleah Tsinhnajinnie (Navajo/Creek/Seminole) is an American artist, writer and filmmaker hailing from Phoenix Arizona.  In this body of work, Hulleah employs found photographs, overlaying images with text and/or other images that comment on the content of the picture. She often uses turn of the century studio portraits of Native Americans which, in combination with the texts, refer the viewer to the past.  They suggest pressure to assimilate from one culture into another and through that process, the loss of the particularness of language, identity and history.  Hulleah processes the images through digitization, in effect re-mastering the images, re-capturing the content, then reformatting the message to bend the original to her own ends.  For Hulleah,  photographs are lessons and photography is a way to keep Native communities strong with their visions (more…)