Comprised of sculpture and images that connect aspects of Indigenous cosmology in North America to wider cultural, political, and social meanings and understandings, Under a Star-Filled Sky explores the effects of the interplay of materials involving transparency, gold, light, and shadow. The exhibition title speaks to the idea of seeing through space – the cosmic expanse beyond our planet as well as the physical dimensions our bodies move and see through, highlighting the myriad possibilities revealed when we open ourselves to other ways of looking.
The gallery has been painted black to underscore the reflective surfaces and elements of the artwork, resulting in a space that functions both as a simulated cosmological environment as well as a foil for the objects on display. As such, the artist has constructed that facilitates contemplation and learning as much as it does engagement and enjoyment.
In conversation: Jason Lujan with Rhéanne Chartrand
Wednesday, April 5, 2023 | 6:30pm
Free | Online (Zoom)
On April 5, 2023, the AGG hosted a conversation between artist Jason Lujan and curator Rhéanne Chartrand, discussing Lujan’s AGG exhibition Under a Star-Filled Sky. This conversation invited audiences to tour the space virtually with Lujan and Chartrand as they discussed this particular iteration of Lujan’s creative process and the ways they intersect. Lujan explored how the exhibition fits the trajectory of his art-making, highlighting how this installation responds to place and collecting practices, while delving into his interest in the myriad of possibilities revealed when we open ourselves to other ways of looking, especially when uncovering the nuances of how different cultures approach each other as a result of travel and communication.
Image detail: Jason Lujan, Pachinko Machine (Ya’ai’ version) (detail), 2020, customised vintage pachinko machine, 81.3 x 5.1 x 20.3 cm. Courtesy the artist and MKG127
Organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
About the artist
Jason Lujan is originally from Marfa, Texas, and now lives in Toronto. As an artist, he creates tools for understanding and interpreting the nuances of how different cultures approach each other as a result of travel and communication. Drawing largely on North American and Asian visual elements, his work often focuses on the exchange of ideas, meanings, and values in this process, and the implications for concepts of authorship and authenticity.
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