Ode – Installation View The Works Gallery
Jackson Power is pleased to present Installation View, an exhibition exploring installation art’s capacity to imagine novel spaces. The show is curated by Stacey Can. This work is a celebration of the counter culture on Cape Sable Island. Based off of the Story #2, I created a “church” where the view could enter and leave a tooth lost from the latest wharf fight in hopes to win the next round.
It’s just before Christmas and I step out from the bus station located next to Pier 21 in Halifax. The damp wintery chill goes straight to the bones. I am just about to embark on the long bus ride to the South Shore to visit family and friends. From where I am standing I can see the bus driver check baggage departments, opening and closing doors, general busy work. The longer I watch this man his appearance becomes ever more striking. I can’t help but walk over, “Excuse me,” I say “You look exactly like my father.”
The bus driver looks a little unimpressed, “Well, is he a Nickerson?”
“Yes.” I reply.
“From Cape Sable?”
“Yeah.” I reply again.
“What side of the Island you from? Who’s your great grandfather? When did your branch of the family leave the Island?”
After figuring out our closest Nickerson connection I finally got the nerve to ask. “So were you there when they shot down the Coast Guard helicopter?”
“Blah, nobody shot nothin’ down, those boys don’t know how to fly one of those things, we were just tryin’ to help the boys out of the water.”
Living in Halifax I died yarn for a small, family run company, we regularly had yarn delivered by a hard looking older couple. They ran deliveries from the airport to the city and I never once saw the gentlemen without a smoke dangling from the right side of his mouth. As I sign for the delivery he notices, “Nickerson, you must be a Capie.”
“I never grew up there but both sides of my family are from there, first generation off the Island,” I joke.
Looking proud he says, “There was nothin’ better than goin’ down to the wharf on a summers night with a bottle of rum ready to fight a Capie.”
Record of Events – Harcourt House, Edmonton 2014
This exhibition is primarily focused on a critical engagement with issues surrounding the concept and constructs of an “Opening” or celebratory event surrounding an exhibition of creative work. work. A Record of Events looks to generate a creative dialogue focused on the experience of an opening event from an artist’s perspective.
A Record of Events aims to challenge participants to reassess the ways in which they can engage, view and participate with and in an art project. The project functions at the intersection of two distinct conceptual explorations. Firstly the performative “Opening” that engages participants in an experiential and participatory event. This event will takes place in the essentially empty exhibition space of the Harcourt House Gallery and ultimately manifests in a form of an “opening” party without specific finished works. The artist’s will use this “opening” event to document/generate their artwork which will be derived from their experiences of the “Opening” and their interactions with other artists and participants in whatever medium they chose. This finished work, which will later be exhibited, will critically engage with issues that currently surround the concept of an opening such as experience, historical value, capitalist structures, public engagement, professional anxieties, etc.
Opening #1 Limo, The Performance
The pointed finger moved in an oscillating manner, slowly judging at each of the viewers. Sitting at the bottom of the plinth is the collection of cans drank inside the limo.
Photos by Max Hurd