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Duane Linklater, A Sort of Naiveté

Duane Linklater, A Sort of Naiveté (2015), Sheetrock, pushpins, digital print on paper [Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Apr 30-Sep 18] Photo Credit: Tobias Spichtig / Courtesy of the artist and Catriona Jeffries Gallery

A Parallel Excavation:
Duane Linklater & Tanya Lukin Linklater

Art Gallery of Alberta
Edmonton AB – Apr 30-Sep 18, 2016

If collage is the most significant artistic innovation of the 20th century, and deconstruction art history’s methodological equivalent, how might we characterize our current moment? A trend that took root in the 1970s had artists continuing to produce objects and gestures while at the same time questioning the assumptions that underlie their assembly, distribution and meaning. For some, “archaeology” is the metaphor used to describe this questioning; for the Linklaters, it is “excavation.”

In this exhibition – a curatorial project of the Ociciwan Art Collective – Duane Linklater and Tanya Lukin Linklater provide installations that “explore notions of excavation in relation to the intellectual, environmental and cultural resources most immediate to the artists.”

For Duane, the object under study is the wall upon which an artwork hangs, but especially the composition of that wall, how its materials (gypsum, wood and steel) are ideologically rooted in the political economy of a country that has walled-in those it calls “aboriginal.” For Tanya, the focus is less on the physical presence of the gallery than on our recognition of it as a “site where critical modes of discourse may converge.” Through her “excavation” of the institution’s archive, Tanya has produced an “open-ended” work that asks, among other things, “How does the institution perform?”

Michael Turner

 Thu, Jun 9, 2016