January 19 – April 30, 2023
Curated by Sally Frater
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.
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.
Organized by the Art Gallery of Guelph with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
Image detail: Pachinko Machine (Ya’ai’ version), 2020, customised vintage pachinko machine, 81.3 x 5.1 x 20.3 cm. Courtesy the artist and MKG127.