Nitsiit Sheridan College, Hazel McCallion Campus
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.