Nit­siit Sheri­dan Col­lege, Hazel McCal­lion Cam­pus

Inuit Art Quarterly - - HIGHLIGHTS - – Couzyn van Heu­ve­len

Launched in 2012, the Tem­po­rary Con­tem­po­rary pro­gram is an an­nual in­stal­la­tion of a con­tem­po­rary art­work on one of Sheri­dan Col­lege’s cam­puses. The com­mis­sions are pri­mar­ily process based and emerge out of an ex­tended pe­riod of in­cu­ba­tion and ex­change be­tween the se­lected artist, stu­dents and the lo­cal com­mu­nity. The 2017 artist-in-res­i­dence is sculp­tor Couzyn van Heu­ve­len, who will trans­form the first floor of the Cre­ativ­ity Com­mons in the new Hazel McCal­lion Cam­pus. This sea­son is a part­ner­ship be­tween the Sheri­dan Cre­ative Cam­pus Gal­leries, the Fac­ulty of An­i­ma­tion, Arts & De­sign and the Cen­tre for Indige­nous Learn­ing and Sup­port and ex­ter­nally with the Art Gallery of Mis­sis­sauga, which will host a com­pli­men­tary ex­hi­bi­tion high­light­ing the artis­tic process. Here, van Heu­ve­len dis­cusses his vi­sion for the in­stal­la­tion: This project is sited at Sheri­dan Col­lege’s new cam­pus, within a big com­mon area cre­ated as a com­mu­nity space—the ceil­ings are maybe 35 feet tall. I pro­posed a se­ries of ob­jects, which come out of an on­go­ing project of mine ti­tled Fish­ing Lures, started in 2015. For this it­er­a­tion, I’m cre­at­ing a se­lec­tion of six dif­fer­ent lures that are blown up to about 3 to 4 feet tall that will hang from the ceil­ing. They are be­ing pro­duced in a whole range of ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing cast alu­minum, wood, glass and, I’m hop­ing, even a ce­ramic com­po­nent. Many of the forms are in­spired by ex­am­ples of an­cient Inuit lures made from bear teeth that are held in mu­seum col­lec­tions. I have a few images saved of these his­tor­i­cal lures that I found on­line that I’ve been work­ing with. Another im­por­tant as­pect of the project is that I’ve been work­ing at the cam­pus and work­ing out of the stu­dios. I re­ally wanted to en­gage with the stu­dents and the broader com­mu­nity.

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