Thursday, January 28, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Thanks also to all who came out for the talk that followed at the University of Winnipeg.
Tapper's video installation was discussed on CKUW's "Cabbages & Kings" radio program, with Jane Cahill on Tapper's installation and the myth of Leda and the Swan on Thursday, January 14, as well as in an interview with Evan Tapper on Thursday, Jan 21. Both interviews can be downloaded from the CKUW "Cabbages and Kings" website at: http://ckuw.ca/cgi-bin/ckuw-gridnew.pl?action=showaudio&show=thursday,12:30
Please find below some photos taken at the opening reception, and at the artist's talk at the University of Winnipeg.
A full selection of photos is available via our Facebook page.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Artist Evan Tapper returns to Winnipeg to present his most recent multimedia installation Swoon, which strives to unpack the myth of Leda and the swan, an ancient Greek story of the god Zeus and his encounter with a mortal woman. Tapper’s video installation in Gallery 1C03 will be accompanied by the presentation of a woodcut print titled Leda, which is drawn from the University of Winnipeg’s fine art collection and was created by local artist Arthur Adamson. Inspired by Adamson's woodcut and infused with Tapper's feminist perspective, the video installation presents a consideration of the narrative nodes at which power, misogyny, agency, sexuality, and violence are located within the myth of Leda and the swan. In this way, Swoon considers power imbalance and misogyny in ancient texts, while seeking to investigate how they have influenced contemporary society.
Delineating concepts of seduction and control that are inherent to the myth, Tapper engages humour to question the potential harms of historical and contemporary social expectations about gender and relationships. Further, Tapper’s project explores broader notions of dominance and persuasion that are fundamental to concerns around behaviors and structures of authority in intimate circumstances more generally. Due to its engagement with these themes, Tapper's installation and reworking of Leda and the swan are resonant with and relevant to a wide spectrum of human relationships.
Evan Tapper was born in Winnipeg and is currently based in Toronto. He received a BFA from the University of Manitoba and a MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. His multimedia work has been exhibited throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, South America, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, China, and Japan. Recent residencies include the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu Japan, and Charles Street Video. He has received grants and awards from such organizations as the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, New York State Council on the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba. Tapper has held academic appointments at the State University of New York Fredonia, Ontario College of Art and Design, and McMaster University.
Swoon is on display January 21 – February 20, 2010
- Opening reception: Thursday, January 21 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (1st Floor, Centennial Hall)
- Artist talk: Friday, January 22 beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Room 2C15 (2nd Floor, Centennial Hall)
Admission is always free and all are welcome!
Gallery 1C03 and the artist wish to acknowledge the generous support provided by the Manitoba Arts Council.
Image: Swoon, 2009, video stills.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Image: Scene from Bevel Up by Nettie Wild, Canada, 2008.
Engaging students in ways that encourage informed citizenry through creative and critical thinking is key to Gallery 1C03’s mandate and, as a facet of the University capable of connecting widely through the interdisciplinary nature of visual and media art, we hope our involvement with Cinema Politica will help us continue to grow relationships with students, faculty, and staff on campus, as well as citizens of Winnipeg at large. Watching films about issues that matter and taking time to talk about and plan actions can move us to a more equitable and sustainable world. Art and culture matter and the capacity for creative documentaries to inspire and challenge us is a testament to this fact.
Our fourth screening, directed by Nettie Wild, features the documentary film Bevel Up. This screening has been programmed by students working with the University of Winnipeg's Peer Support Group. Bevel Up follows street nurses as they administer blood tests and emergency aid to drug users who are living on the streets of downtown Eastside Vancouver. This documentary is a compelling exploration of the ethical, practical and legal issues that medical professionals face when reaching out to provide medical attention to men and women in Vancouver's inner city.
For more information about Bevel Up, please visit: http://www.bevelup.com/. For more information about the Cinema Politica network, please visit www.cinemapolitica.org.
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Gallery 1C03 and the UWSA wish to extend thanks to Cinema Politica for making it possible for us to participate in this network.