Dylan Miner: Collaborative Residency in partnership with Dunlop Art Gallery
April 30 - September 5, 2016
The MacKenzie Art Gallery, in partnership with the Dunlop Art Gallery, has invited artist Dylan Miner to spend time in Regina this spring, creating a community-based art installation in collaboration with local artists and community participants. During his residency, which begins in early May, Dylan Miner will work directly with four local artists who will each engage a local community group in the creation of a collaborative low-rider bike, a continuation of his well-known Anishnaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes) series. The four local artists in the project are Keith Bird, Eagleclaw Thom, Katherine Boyer, and Stacey Fayant. Our four community partners include Mother Theresa Middle School, Kitchener Community School, Regina Public Library-Albert Branch, and the North Central Community Association.
“Drawing on the importance of hip hop within the urban Native community, the lowrider bicycle serves as an ideal site of investigation since it allows youth collaborators to bring pre-existing knowledge to an intergenerational collaboration…The lowrider bicycles became the impetus to explore issues of migration, mobility, labor, economics, and community history. Of specific importance was our desire to merge Native youth culture with traditional stories, knowledge, and artmaking. This project evokes the bicycle as a (post)modern evocation of the Red River cart (li michifsharey), a common and important marker of Métis identity and communal livelihood.” (Dylan Miner, artist statement)
One important way to experience this project is through our Dylan Miner Engagement Space at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. This sneak peek into the project will allow you to follow the residency and the artist’s process through digital updates at an iPad station and contribute to a broader exploration of bike culture through a hands-on design activity. Once the four community bikes are created, they will be shared through various installations, workshops, and programming at the MacKenzie Art Gallery and Dunlop Art Gallery, as well as other community and public spaces. While you are out enjoying Saskatchewan’s amazing summer, catch a glimpse of the bikes at Canada Day festivities and the Regina Folk Festival!
Organized by the MacKenzie Art Gallery in collaboration with the Dunlop Art Gallery with the support of Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture, Saskatchewan Arts Board, City of Regina, and University of Regina.
Friday, April 29
6:00 PM: Members' Preview
7:00 PM: Public Opening and Remarks
Thursday, May 5
7:00 PM: Dylan Miner guest hosts in The Candahar
Dylan Miner, Anishnaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag (Native Kids Ride Bikes), ongoing 4 lowrider bikes, mixed media.
Video: Eagleclaw Thom
Photos: Eagleclaw Thom
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