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b canadien
Visual Artist.
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Looking for something to read? I can recommend a couple of books that you should pick up this summer. The first is a bit of light reading, the second not so much. The common thread here is the indigenous people of Tasmania who were claimed to be extinct by officialdom for over a century, but they endure. English Passengers by Matthew Kneale is an entertaining story of the travels of a Manx crew and their passengers across the world to Tasmania, and also of an indigenous Tasmanian caught in the full onslaught of British colonialism. Kneale tells the tale from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at bruno canadien
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Please join me, George Webber and Steve Coffey at Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond, Alberta for a new exhibition entitled NEW WORKS: Perspectives on a Legacy of 100 years of Oil & Gas. The artists' reception is this Saturday, May 3, from 2pm - 6pm. Wild River Petrolgraph, 2014, Acrylic & mixed media on canvas. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at bruno canadien
Untitled (detail), 2014. Acrylic, ribbon on canvas. New work in the FF Series. Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at bruno canadien
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I love a challenge as much as the next guy, but 5 days for an original submission is pushing it (I officially had more time, but y'know, job). Dry, paint! Dry! & off to the UPS store! Northern Waves is acrylic on paper. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at bruno canadien
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I'm a little late, but since this is my first post of 2014, Happy New Year! I'm just over halfway into my studio time courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts. I've been in my workspace, reflecting on recent Dene history, particularly the period of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline proposal, and laying down some paint. here's pix: This Phil Collins single was released about the same time the oilfield at Norman Wells, NT was expanded and connected to Zama, AB via pipeline amidst objections by the Dene (to the pipeline, not the song, although as a teenager I had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at bruno canadien
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Been plugging away at my day job lately and enjoying our brief summer here in the foothills, but soon I'll be gearing up for 6 months of studio time courtesy of The Canada Council for the Arts. That is, if I can get my hands on decent studio space, or any studio space (!) My summer reading has included Rene Fumoleau's As Long As This Land Shall Last, and June Helm's The People of Denendeh, both essential reading, I think, for students of Dene history. And why haven't I read Fumoleau's book til now? Well it's not A Song of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2013 at bruno canadien
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Amy and I went up to Edmonton on Friday for the opening reception of The News From Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, curated by Nancy Tousley, at the Alberta Gallery of Art. I'm thankful to Nancy for including my work in such an outstanding exhibition, and glad to have met some pretty f'n great artists. It was also our first trip to the AGA, so that was cool. Here's some pics. Sorry for not including images of all the art, I'm not comfortable posting my crappy pics of other artists' work. I hope you'll see them for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at bruno canadien
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Inviolable, a solo exhibition by Bruno Canadien, opens at Okotoks Art Gallery on Friday January 11th, with a reception from 7pm - 9pm. Inviolable is a collection of new work from the Freedom Fighter Series, conveying Indigenous resistance to Alberta’s oil & gas industry. It runs until February 23, 2013. CAMP, by Janice Tanton, will also be on view. For more information on exhibitions and location, please see the Winter 2013 Culture Guide Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2013 at bruno canadien
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In greeting the New Year, I'd like to first acknowledge the First Nations of Treaty 7: the Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley Nakoda Nations, the Blood Tribe, the Piikani Nation, the Sikisika Nation and the Tsuu T'ina Nation, on whose territory Canadians of southern Alberta are blessed to call home, including myself. 2012 was a particularly good year in terms of showing and being involved in the arts, with the highlights being Narrative Quest at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, and a solo show at Bluerock Gallery here in Black Diamond. 2013 will get off to a promising start, with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at bruno canadien
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Many thanks to Karen and Chris and the staff at Bluerock Gallery for hosting Oil Paintings this past month! Thanks also to everyone who stopped by the show, and especially to those who left some very kind comments in the guest book - mahsi! If you haven't seen it yet, there's still time, the show is up until Wednesday. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2012 at bruno canadien
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I'll be showing new work in an exhibition entitled Oil Paintings at Bluerock Gallery in Black Diamond, opening this Saturday (October 6). The reception is from 5pm - 8ish, so please stop by! Petroglyph, From the Freedom Fighter Series, Copyright Bruno Canadien 2012 Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at bruno canadien
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In case you missed it at the Royal Alberta Museum, a smaller version of Narrative Quest is now showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Calgary until August 25. Narrative Quest is an AFA Travelling Exhibition of works by Aboriginal artists in the AFA collection, dedicated to the late Joane Cardinal-Schubert. Coal and Removal Copyright Bruno Canadien 2001 Alberta Foundation for the Arts Collection Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2012 at bruno canadien
Congratulations to Faye Heavyshield, Terrance Houle, and all the artists who have been selected for the 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art. The AGA's press release states that "The News from Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art will explore the theme of post-regionalism in the context of Alberta art." 36 artists, including myself, were chosen by Alberta-based writer, critic and curator Nancy Tousley to participate in this exhibition, to be presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta by ATB Financial from January 26-May 5, 2013. Click here for more details. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2012 at bruno canadien
View blacklisted Canadian activist-artist Franke James' animated video "What is Harper Afraid Of?". The animation is primitive but the message is true. Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2012 at bruno canadien
Take a few minutes to read this urgent letter about the human rights emergency in Colombia, and sign Amnesty International's petition calling on the Canadian government to intervene. Multinationals, including Canadian crown corporations, are complicit in this situation facing Columbia's Indigenous People. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2012 at bruno canadien
When is the country's oil addiction going to end? Well, if projections are accurate, then the answer is, not anytime soon. via sierraclub.typepad.com Thanks to the Sierra Club for this blog post about importing tarsands oil to the U.S.A. Click on that small link to read the full article. Love the attached cartoon (it's funny 'cause we're f***ed). Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 30, 2012 at bruno canadien
Posted Mar 24, 2012 at bruno canadien
I found time to grab some new photos of local Grandfather Rocks over the holiday weekend: Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2011 at bruno canadien
Pipe Dreams, 2011, From the Freedom Fighter Series. Click on photo to view details and more images on flickr. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2011 at bruno canadien
Canada Red Cross is mobilizing to help the northern community of Attawapiskat, which has been in a state of emergency for at least three weeks due to an extreme housing and water shortage. Up til now, Attawapiskat has received little to no response from the provincial or federal governments, despite the deplorable conditions and plummeting temperatures. Attawapiskat is also infamous for being without a school for the past twelve years. The community's children have petitioned the Canadian Government for a school that meets the needs of its 400 students. For more information on the Red Cross's efforts, click here. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2011 at bruno canadien
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The Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton is currently hosting the Alberta Foundation for the Arts' travelling exhibition Narrative Quest. The exhibition features a selection of artworks by 22 Aboriginal artists included in the AFA's collection, including yours truly. The show runs until April 29, 2012. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2011 at bruno canadien
I took these landscape photos the other day while on a bike ride near Turner Valley. Check out the name of the gas company on the signs. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2011 at bruno canadien
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Just south of Deadman's Flats (off of Hwy 1) is a bit of wilderness called the Wind Valley, overlooked by Mts. Peter Lougheed, Pigeon, Wind Tower, and Wind Ridge. The trail up Wind ridge is a beautiful hike through cool forest then up a grassy south facing slope to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2011 at Sheep River Journal
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The trail to Junction Lookout is a 24 km round trip from Indian Oils trailhead, so to save some time we got out our bikes and rode the first 4 to Dyson Falls (and the last 4 back) then ditched them and hiked the eight K up the mountain. What... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2011 at Sheep River Journal