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At The Gallery / the road home through the woodlands in search of a lost name by James Groening
September 27 @ 12:00 pm - November 10 @ 5:00 pm PDT
September 27 – November 10, Massy Arts will host “the road home through the woodlands in search of a lost name,” a new exhibition by artist James Groening (Blue Sky).
In this collection of paintings on canvas and drums, Groening both processes aspects of his Kahkewistahaw identity that are “lost in time” and the reclamation of it in reconnecting with his Indigeneity through his maternal mother and artists like Norval Morrisseau, Mark Anthony Jacobson and Loretta Gould. He is currently mentoring with Anishinaabe artist Saul Williams.
Growing up in a farm community away from his Kahkewistahaw roots, Groening’s pieces use expressive colours—mystic blues, vibrant greens, shadow black—to explore the emotions, recollections and disconnect that are all part of his experience as a 60’s scoop survivor.
The Massy Arts Gallery is located at 23 East Pender Street in Chinatown, Vancouver.
The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 5pm.
Entrance is free, and masks are mandatory. The gallery is wheelchair accessible and a gender-neutral washroom is on-site.
To contact the gallery, send us an email.
“I am searching for my shadow as the story goes. In this art I hope to find the rest of me. Meegwetch.”
From simulated beadwork to the “drama” of baby Thunderbirds, these select paintings by James Groening on canvas and drums offer reprieve from the hecticness of the world and its consequences. He creates, instead, luscious sceneries that showcase the medicinal wisdom of nature that Groening knows so intimately from growing up in a farm community.
James Groening (Blue Sky) uses his art to explore his Kahkewistahaw culture and identity. Through it, he hopes to invite others along on his journey of healing and growth.
He traces the revitalization of his artistic style to a blessing in the form of a Haida style hummingbird, which inspired him to hone his own style.