Natural Artifice

Elinor Whidden, Georgian Bay from the series Ford EXPLORER, 76 x 114 cm chromogenic print, 2009

Elinor Whidden, Natural Artifice, installation view at Gallery 44

Elinor Whidden, Natural Artifice, installation view at Gallery 44

12 POINT BUCK, Insallation view of Deer Me, Video projection

12 POINT BUCK, Ducks, mixed media site-specific installation, 2010

Natural Artifice

Friday, January 8, 2010 to Saturday, February 13, 2010
Opening Reception:
January 8,
6:00PM to 9:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

Questioning notions of progress, Elinor Whidden’s series of colour photographs Ford Explorer, documents her performance as a sublime character within nature equipped with car parts assembled as survival tools. While collaborative duo 12 Point Buck, deals with contemporary culture's fetishization of fauna in their video piece Deer Me, and landscape dioramas. For this exhibition their dioramas will be made site specific to the Gallery 44 vitrines.

Dayna McLeod writes, "while the collaborative duo of 12 Point Buck uses artifice and paper stand-ins  to question our nostalgic relationship to nature, Elinor Whidden inserts herself into Canada’s heroic frontier history to circumvent and transform it into a post-apocalyptic future that quietly waits for car culture to die."

Artist Biography: 

Elinor Whidden received a BA in Canadian/Environmental Studies from Trent University, a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and a MFA from SUNY at Buffalo. She has exhibited throughout North America, recently showing work in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Buffalo NY. In 2004 she was featured as an emerging artist on CBC’s Zed TV and in 2007 she attended the Walking and Art residency at the Banff Centre. Whidden is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including creation grants from Nova Scotia Culture, Tourism & Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, and most recently from Canada Council for the Arts. Whidden’s exhibition Ford Explorer continues her quest to find a way to survive and adapt in a world increasingly threatened by contemporary car culture. 

12 Point Buck is a collaborative duo comprised of Lethbridge artists Chai Duncan and Leila Armstrong. Chai Duncan completed his M.F.A. at the University of Saskatchewan and currently holds the position of Art Technician in the faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge. Leila Armstrong acquired an M.A. in Media Studies from Concordia University, and went on to do doctoral studies in communications at Simon Fraser University. They have been working collaboratively for two years as 12 Point Buck. In 2008 their first video Deer Foraging was shown as Part of the Toronto Urban Film Festival (aka TUFF). From October through November 2009, they worked in situ at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery where they also launched their first publication, 12 Point Buck.