- June 15, 2001 to July 28, 2001
Two cultures, two artist, two thoughts - an exhibition that focuses on conceptual ideas around traditional Native themes within contemporary materials. Both artists apply the use of traditional First Nations organic material in celebration of their native ancestry as well as use the duality of metals and found objects to reference the non-native aspects of their cultural background. It is at this point that the artists diverge in their artwork. McKenzie has taken a more political direction, concentrating on icons of industry within contemporary culture in contrast to Marchand, who chooses to discuss the ties of Aboriginal spiritualism and creative process.
By Barb Marchand, Kevin McKenzie
- Curated by Daina Warren
artist | 1 ProgramArtists Kevin McKenzie
Kevin McKenzie has exhibited his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1993. As a First Nations artist, his work has addressed concerns that arise from his traditional and contemporary life. His artwork is represented in collections across Canada and has been discussed in many publications, on radio and on television. He has received two grants from Canada Council for the Arts (2002, 2004) and the Aboriginal Arts Development Award, First People’s Cultural Foundation, BC (1999). He has also participated in three artist residencies, acted as a curator (Souls Exposed, Art and Soul Gallery, 2005) and a juror (The Alpha, Seymour Art Gallery, 2000).