Artist Talk with Duane Linklater

February 6, 2016 – 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present a talk with artist Duane Linklater. A unique voice in Canadian art, Linklater is well-known for his multidisciplinary practice that includes research-based installations, writing and video. Through his work he addresses issues of cultural loss and recovery as well as authenticity, appropriation and authorship.

The artist will be in Winnipeg on a research trip as part of a larger conversation between the artist and institution, as Linklater works to rebrand Plug In ICA’s celebrated research program, the Summer Institute, to the Wood Lands School. Linklater often works under the title Wood Lands School to define his work, which takes multiple forms such as exhibitions, talks, seminars, residencies, and also includes an upcoming book of criticism.

This July Jamie Isaac and Duane Linklater will act as guest faculty, leading a select group of twelve to fourteen participants in a three-week studio seminar that will work under the nomenclature of the “Wood Lands School” – an art historical reference to a style of painting founded by artists Daphne Odjig (Odawa) and Norval Morrisseau (Anishnaabe) in the 1960s. More information on this program will be available on February 15, 2015.

Duane Linklater is Omaskêko Cree, from Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario and is currently based in North Bay, Ontario. Linklater attended the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College in upstate New York, USA, completing his Master of Fine Arts in Film and Video. He has exhibited and screened his work nationally and internationally at the Vancouver Art Gallery; Family Business Gallery in New York City; Te Tuhi Centre for Arts, Auckland; New Zealand, City Arts Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland; Institute of Contemporary Arts Philadelphia and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City. His collaborative film project with Brian Jungen, Modest Livelihood, was originally presented at the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre as a part of dOCUMENTA (13) with subsequent exhibitions of this work at the Logan Centre Gallery at the University of Chicago and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Linklater was also the recipient of the 2013 Sobey Art Award. He is currently represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery, Vancouver.

Plug In ICA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We thank the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for their support of our 2016 and 2017 program, and we extend gratitude to our generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers.

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