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2006 Exhibitions
Cyborg Hybrids
KC Adams
April 6 to May 21, 2006

Cyborg Hybrids is a photo series that attempts to challenge our views towards mixed race classifications by using humorous text and imagery from two cultures. The Cyborg Hybrids are digital prints of Euro-Aboriginal artists who are forward thinkers and plugged in with technology.

"The Cyborg Hybrids are digital prints of Euro-Aboriginal artists who are forward thinkers and plugged in with technology. They follow the doctrine of Donna Harroway’s Cyborg Manifesto, which states that a cyborg is a creature in a technological, post-gender world free of traditional western stereotypes towards race and gender. I photographed artists who fit the Cyborg Hybrid criteria and had them wear white t-shirts with beaded text such as “AUTHORITY ON ALL ABORIGINAL ISSUES”, “INDIAN GIVER” and other slogans that would illustrate common Aboriginal stereotypical text. I also created white chokers for them to wear while I photographed them in stoic poses, mimicking photographs of Aboriginal people from the 19th and early 20th century. I then digitally alter the photos to look like they could fit within a glamorous magazine. Their defiant poses challenge the viewer to try and classify their identity."

-KC Adams

2006 Exhibitions
Iron In The Wind
The Saskatchewan Craft Council, Curator
June 15 - August 15, 2006

An ancient story proclaims the blacksmith the King of trades because every other trade relies on the blacksmith to produce its tools: the carpenter's saws and nails, the tailor's needles and shears, the chef's pots, pans, and utensils. Only the blacksmith is capable of making all of these tools and his own as well. From tools to architectural ironwork to artistic creations, the blacksmith's trade has evolved over the centuries but remains ever vital.

2006 Exhibitions
Familiar Rings
Carol Wylie
July 6 to August 25, 2006
Wylie is part of a post-feminist generation of artists who are seeking to reclaim a view of women through their own eyes. Her subjects are shown fully, including their frailty and imperfections.

2006 Exhibitions
Paradise Institute
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller
September 20 to December 31, 2006

Since the presentation of The Paradise Institute in the Canada Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2001, Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, two artists from Alberta, have become one of the most prominent teams in the international art world. In Venice, they were awarded for "involving the audience in a new cinematic experience where fiction and reality, technology and the body converge into multiple and shifting journeys through space and time."

The exhibit consists of a large wooden box that holds up to 18 viewers. On the inside, the viewer has the sense of sitting in the first balcony of an old style theatre. Indeed, there are 18 theatre seats that overlook the main floor. Each participant puts on a set of headphones and watches the screen. Over 14 minutes, sound and visual imagery combine to take us on an eclectic sensory journey that is as thrilling as it is befuddling. The sound and image are so very intertwined that it becomes increasingly confusing what is part of the ‘film’ and what is part of the ‘real’ balcony experience as an audience. In this way, Cardiff and Miller continue the artistic tradition of creating illusion much like the reality of Vermeer’s paintings and the paranormal environment created by Salvador Dali.