1 North Square, Cambridge, ON
Painting is a sacred bundle that echoes through ancestral time, carry it responsibly and make a meaningful contribution to it.
The journey through twenty-five years of caring for drawing and painting have found innovative pathways through the conceptual and formal approaches of Cree Metis visual artist, Jason Baerg. Grounded commitments to Drawing and Painting have been transformed, as time positioned an artistic practice into an expanding field of digital and material experimentation. As first-generation new media artist, Jason Baerg forged fearlessly reaching towards unique ways to utilize emergent 2D, 3D, interactive, immersive and fabrication technologies. Conceptual themes of investigation have rigorously included: Community, Ritual, Urban Migration, Cree Cosmology, Native Realationality, Survivance, An Indigenized Anthropocene, Language Revitalization, and Indigenous Futurisms. The dynamic ᑕᐋᐧᐢᑫᐧᔮᐤ / A Path or Gap Among the Trees exhibition charts key contributions Jason Baerg has made in the first 25 years of his artistic practice, which includes: interactive immersive generative media projection pieces and laser cut painting installations; both of which are some of the first produced and presented anywhere in the world.
This exhibition is organized and circulated by Woodland Cultural Centre.
Jason Baerg is an Indigenous curator, educator, and visual artist. Curatorial contributions include developing and implementing the national Metis arts program for the Vancouver Olympics. Baerg graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts from Rutgers University. He taught at Rutgers University (2014-2016) and served as an adjunct instructor at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico (Fall of 2016). Dedicated to community development, he founded and incorporated the Metis Artist Collective and has served as volunteer Chair for such organizations as the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition. Creatively, as a visual artist, he pushes new boundaries in digital interventions in drawing, painting and new media installation. Recent international solo exhibitions include the Illuminato Festival in Toronto, Canada, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and the Digital Dome at the Institute of the American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jason Baerg has given formal artist talks at such institutions as the Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, Auckland, New Zealand, New York City’s Parsons School of Design and the University of Toronto. In 2008, Jason Baerg won the Emerging Artist Award for the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, granted on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Culture. He has sat on numerous art juries and won awards through such facilitators as the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and The Toronto Arts Council.
Opening Reception: Jason Baerg: Tawâskweyâw ᑕᐋᐧᐢᑫᐧᔮᐤ / A Path or Gap Among the Trees
Idea Exchange, Queen's Square
Friday October 25, 2019 7:00 - 9:00 PM