April 29 to June 6, 2021
Horizon (hə-ˈrī-zᵊn), n. (1) the line at the farthest place that you can see, where the sky seems to touch the land or sea, (2) the limit or extent of one's outlook, experience, interest, knowledge, etc., (3) range of perception or experience
The second instalment of POP-UP celebrates the diversity of subject matters in Inuit art and the various directions they take us. The exhibition looks at the manifold of Inuit art. Inspired by the many definitions of the word horizon, we divided the works into four themes: Time, Sky, Land, and Encounters. The word horizon can relate to one’s vision of the future, their experiences and perceptions of any event, the celestial sphere, or perhaps the vast region of land before one’s eye. We see the works in the exhibition as still moments in time—a glimpse of something more—every gesture part of a bigger story well beyond us. Small scale sculptures are at the core of Horizon as they are the perfect messenger between the past, the present, and the future. Artists, such as Pitseolak Qimirpik or Ning Ashoona, are wonderful at navigating between their cultural heritage and contemporary culture; they integrate their own interpretation into every work they create.
We decided to push the idea of time further by including works from La Guilde’s collection in the exhibition. Each member of our team selected work(s) that are very special to them. Whether it be through its subject matter, its materials or the artists who made it, each work reflected a different aspect of our connection to La Guilde. The team’s favourites allowed us to build a dialogue between the contemporary pieces and the incredible pieces in La Guilde’s collection. Each story is rooted in emotional attachment and unique moments we’ve encountered through the years.
For those who couldn't attend, here is the video of Eldred Allen's artist talk on his photographic practice, through which he explores many points of view through the use of the drone and handheld camera: