Record, (Re)create: Contemporary Coast Salish Art from the Salish Weave Collection

The Comox Valley Art Gallery, Courtenay, BC : 2015Nanaimo Art Gallery, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo, BC : 2015The Reach Gallery Great Hall, Abbotsford, BC : 2014

Organized by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the touring exhibition Record, (Re)create: Contemporary Coast Salish Art from the Salish Weave Collection showcased a selection of works by 14 artists of Coast Salish ancestry from the Salish Weave Collection, a private art collection held in British Columbia. As examples of a diverse range of traditional and contemporary media and techniques, the works in this exhibition effectively negotiated the interrelationality of the traditional and the contemporary in order to record history, to recreate form, and to create new works that simultaneously uphold the relevance of history and communicate the importance of change in the contemporary world.

The exhibition was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue that included an introduction by exhibition curator Toby Lawrence, artists’ biographies, and essays by Coast Salish artist lessLIE and Alaska-born art historian India Young that togther provided critical and historical contextualization for the artworks, and importantly expanded on the discourse surrounding Coast Salish art past, present, and future.

The exhibition included works by the following artists: Kelly Cannell, Thomas Cannell, Charles Elliott, Andy Everson, Stan Greene, Maynard Johnny Jr., lessLIE, Angela Marston, Jane Marston, John Marston, Luke Marston, Chris Paul, Susan Point, and Dylan Thomas.”

Toby Lawrence, Curator, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Video of Record, (Re)create produced by Ashley Marston. Photographs by Janet Dwyer are accompanied by Coast Salish songwriter and singer Suliquye (Buffy David).

2013 - 2015

Publication ISBN#: 978-0-88885-3-707