Greg Staats, Witness (series) C Print, 2004, photo: courtesy of the artist

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Frank Shebageget, Greg Staats

Main Gallery

October 30 – December 4, 2004

Curated by:

This exhibition marks the curatorial debut of Ojibway artist Michael Belmore.

The exhibition will examine how external forces have influenced First Nations communities. Previous works of both Shebageget and Staats have illustrated through sculpture and photography both the means of this influence and the final outcome. Staats has documented the change of the family homestead on the Six Nations reserves, juxtaposing older family photographs alongside current related images. Recent installations that Staats has done further develops this narrative using the fallen branches and twigs from the old trees that mark the property.

Shebageget combines over 1700 models of the deHavilland Beaver float plane into a large hive-like installation. The Beaver is the aircraft which brought the effects of our global economies to the doorstep of the most remote regions of our country and Frank has constructed one model for each unit that was produced by the factories of deHavilland. Through the constructs of these previous installations Shebageget highlights the strength and the weaknesses of colonial influence.

BIOGRAPHIES

Frank Shebageget was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, in 1972. Currently living in Ottawa, he is of Ojibway heritage. He received his MFA from the University of Victoria. Shebageget’s installations incorporate wood, metal, cements, and hardware materials. He has had solo exhibitions, at Tribe, Inc.; Saskatoon, and Gallery 101, Ottawa. His group exhibitions include the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC, Bard College and the Ottawa Art Gallery. Shebageget’s work has been collected by the Canada Council Art Bank, Dorothy Hoover LIbrary, and the Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Toronto.

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