Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art and aceartinc.: Buffy Saint-Marie: Pathfinder a retrospective by an innovator of digital art, December 17 - March 5

Urban Shaman & aceartinc. present: BUFFY SAINT-MARIE: PATHFINDER a retrospective by an innovator of digital art

Dates: December 17, 2021 to March 5, 2022

Curated by Natasha Desrochers Lowenthal, of Paquin Entertainment

**Please note the gallery will be closed for the winter holidays from December 23, 2021 to January 3, 2022**

By appointment only. Contact info@urbanshaman.org or call 204-942-2674 to set up a time to visit the gallery!

EXHIBITION ABSTRACT

Pathfinder features Buffy Sainte-Marie's full collection of large-scale digital paintings as well as never-before-seen personal sketches, artifacts and behind-the-scenes photos that speak directly to this respected icon's unique perspective of her own multi-disciplinary life and culture and the experiences that inspired her to create these pieces.

Sainte-Marie approached the digital medium as she has with every facet of her diverse career — with trailblazing ingenuity. Reflect back to 1984 — a time when the internet was almost unheard of and home computers were in their infancy — Buffy was there, building pieces of this collection within the confines of the very first versions of MacPaint on the earliest Macintosh models. The technology was nothing like the digital production resources we have today, and was used primarily as tools for marketing and graphic design rather than for creating fine art with emotional impact. Being void of prefabricated filters or options for multiple layers, the process of creating artful images required dexterity and patience. Rising above the limitations of the software, she injected as much depth of tradition and attention to detail with pixels as one would with intricate beadwork or classic oils. Meticulously blending scanned images of her wet studio paintings and in-progress drawings and sketches with those of real fibers, feathers and beads, Buffy crafted these digital tapestries with the precision and care of a natural-born storyteller. The visual and intellectual brilliance of this collection is undeniably ahead of its time.

Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery acknowledges the support throughout the year, of our friends, volunteers, community and all our relations, NCI FM, Wawanesa Insurance, the Winnipeg Foundation, Canadian Heritage, the Winnipeg Arts Council, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. ~ Miigwetch/ Hai Hai / Ekosi / Marsii / Merci / Thank you.

Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery

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