Blinkers Art and Project Space: Group Exhibition: History Works Itself in All Directions, April 27 - June 8

Blinkers Art and Project Space
520 Hargrave St, Winnipeg MB

Group Exhibition:

History Works Itself in All Directions

April 27 - June 8 2018
Please join us for the opening reception April 27th, 7- 11 pm

Featuring:

Ian August, Noor Bhangu, Alexis Dirks, Duncan Ferguson,
Julian Hou, Luther Konadu

Featuring the work of six artists from across Canada, History Works Itself in All Directions explores alternative models of history, archaeology and museology to create new works in photography, painting, sculpture, installation, text and sound. It will be the inaugural exhibition at Blinkers.

Artists:

Ian August is an artist based in Winnipeg. August's work is heavily focused on the dialogue between painting and sculpture, often using the construction of structures and models within his painting process. His recent project titled PLUNDER DUPES is an effort to identify and create replicas of the 3000 Mesopotamian artifacts looted from the Baghdad Museum during the 2003 Invasion of Iraq. The duplicated relics are constructed from found items and scraps then used as source material for a series of oil paintings on canvas. The replicas are also being scanned using 3D software and the files will soon be made available for free download online. August received his MFA from York University, and his BFA,honours from the University of Manitoba's School of Art. His work has been
the subject of many solo exhibitions, including Plunder Dupes, Actual Gallery, Winnipeg; Re: Build Them, Gallery 1C03, Winnipeg; and Big Ideas, Images, and Distortetd Facts, Golden City Gallery, Winnipeg. His work has also been included in numerous group exhibitions.

Noor Bhangu is an emerging curator of South Asian descent whose practice employs cross-cultural encounters to interrogate issues of diaspora and indigeneity in post- and settler-colonial contexts. She completed her BA in the History of Art and her MA in Cultural Studies: Curatorial Practices from the University of Winnipeg, where she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship. She holds the position of Programmer at Window Gallery and is currently employed as the Gallery Program Assistant at the University of Manitoba's School of Art Gallery. Her independent and collaborative projects include Soon: South Asian Evocations and Becomings (2017), Once a Total Art Happening: Revisiting "artario 72" (2017), An Obscure Miracle of Connection (2018), Overlapping Violent Histories: A Curatorial Investigation Into Difficult Knowledge (2018), womenofcolour@soagallery (2018), and Wrestling with Angels (2018). She is currently based in Winnipeg, Treaty One.

Alexis Dirks holds an MFA from the Glasgow School of Art (2009), and a BFA from the University of Manitoba (2006). She has exhibited in Canada, Europe and the UK and currently lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Recent projects include Womxn Stage at aceartinc in collaboration with UK based punk band Charismatic Megafauna. Other recent solo exhibitions include Botched Fabrications on the Foggy Landscape at aceartinc in Winnipeg (2016); Yellow Font Forest Green at G44 in Toronto (2014); New New Monuments at TRUCK Contemporary in Calgary (2014). Recent group exhibitions include The Inhabitants of Space at Toronto's Open Studio for the Contact Photography Festival (2017); Wayward at Winsor Gallery in Vancouver as part of the Capture Photography Festival (2015); and You can't win them all ladies and gentlemen at Butcher's Tear in Amsterdam (2015). She has received project grants from Manitoba Arts Council, Winnipeg Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Northwest Territories Arts Council and Glasgow Arts Council.

Duncan Ferguson is an artist, photographer and writer who lives in his truck. He was born in London Ontario, and received a BFA from NSCAD University where he honed a practice in painting and sculpture. His work can be fairly described as flailing around in rampant consumerism in the pursuit of happiness. After several years of working in bush camps remote areas of BC, Ferguson has developed a taste for adventure and life on the road. His photos and writing have been featured in Vice Magazine.

Julian Hou is an artist based in Vancouver working primarily in audio, textiles, performance, and installation. He has recently participated in exhibitions at Artspeak (Vancouver); the Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver); 8eleven (Toronto); Unit 17 (Vancouver); Soon.tw (Montreal); Spareroom (Vancouver); 221A @ Occidental Temporary (Paris); L'escalier (Montreal); CSA Space (Vancouver). He has recently held performances at Things that can happen (Hong Kong); Damien and the Love Guru (Brussels); and the Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver). He was the 2017 recipient of the Vancouver Mayor's award for emerging artist.

Luther Konadu is an emerging writer and an image-maker. He's also a content contributor for the online publication Public Parking. A collaborative project for highlighting the working practices of emerging creatives. His studio activities are project-based and realized through photographic print media and painting processes. He acknowledges the legacies of these mediums as interpretive sites for generating new conventions and expanding fixed narratives. Konadu currently lives and works in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Acknowledgments:
Blinkers would like to acknowledge Video Pool Media Arts Centre as generous community sponsors of this exhibition. Thanks Video Pool Media Arts Centre!

Additional Info:

Accessibility: Blinkers is an old building with three steps leading up to the main floor. While we are working to create a more accessible solution, please note that this means there is currently limited entry. Additionally: Blinkers occupies both the main floor and basement of the gallery, at this point in time there is unfortunately no accessible way to get downstairs from the main floor.

Location: We are located on the edge of the exchange district at 520 Hargrave St. directly across the street from Western Paint, near the corner of Hargrave and William. For further location details see map here: https://goo.gl/maps/Zi9S79A7o3G2

Inclusivity: Blinkers is a non-profit space which encourages the participation of people of all gender identities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and abilities. Blinkers has a zero-tolerance policy towards any-type discrimination or harassment.