CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: Press Release January 12 Repellent Eye (Winnipeg)

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Contact: Alix Sobler
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010
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For Immediate Release: January 12, 2011

Repellent Eye (Winnipeg) 2011
Installed at Manitoba Hydro Place as part of Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years

January 12, 2011 – Winnipeg – A major artwork has been installed at Manitoba Hydro Place in anticipation of the international exhibition, Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, opening January 22nd.

Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years will be an international exhibition of contemporary Indigenous art featuring work from more than 30 Indigenous artists from Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Finland and Brazil. The Close Encounters Main Exhibition space will be at 109 Pacific Avenue, with satellite locations throughout the city, including Manitoba Hydro Place.

Repellent Eye (Winnipeg) 2011 is a large rubber balloon, ten feet in diameter, inspired by Scare-Eyes used throughout the world as bird deterrents.  It was created by the American art collective Postcommodity and installed at Manitoba Hydro Place along with work by local artists KC Adams and Linus Woods. In conjunction with Close Encounters, art tours of Manitoba Hydro Place will be offered to the public providing the opportunity to view the artwork throughout the state of the art building at 360 Portage Avenue. The tour will include pieces from the Manitoba Hydro art collection, which was started 2008. The collection focuses on Manitoba artists and consists of pieces from about 1970 to the present; including paintings, prints, sculpture and ceramics displayed in a stunning architectural setting.

Close Encounters is being presented by the Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada ARTS FOR ALL Program. It has been organized by Plug In ICA, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and URBAN SHAMAN: Contemporary Aboriginal Art and other partnering organizations.

For more information about Close Encounters, tours and artists.

Postcommodity on Repellent Eye (Winnipeg) 2011:
“In terms of law and policy, the balance of competing public interests (colonizer versus Indigenous) regarding the perception of land and the management of its resources has been one of the defining challenges of the past 500 years in Canada and the rest of the Western Hemisphere.  Repellent Eye (Winnipeg) memorializes this history, while at the same time holds the present accountable, and provides a vision for repelling future devastating expressions of this logical framework as a means of achieving a more respectful and sustainable balance of land, culture and community.”

Another work by Postcommodity, Mother, Teacher, Destroyer, will be installed at the Close Encounters Main Exhibition Site at 109 Pacific Avenue.

About Postcommodity

About KC Adams

About Linus Woods


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