January 21 – April 25, 2021
The Disappearing Sky features the work of Saskatchewan-based artist Zachari Logan and Baker Lake artist Ruth Qaulluaryuk. Sharing a distinct visual language of flora and foliage, Qaulluaryuk’s embroidered textiles and drawings capture patterns of floral and plant design associated with the tundra groundcover of northern environments, while Logan’s large-scale works on paper verge on tapestries, addressing the implicit and intimate link between land and body in his exploration of the intersection of the body, queer identity, memory, and place.
Ruth Qaulluaryuk (b. 1932) is from the Back River area of the Keewatin Region of the Northwest Territories, much of which is today’s Kivalliq Region of Nunavut. Like many Inuit, she lived a nomadic existence until she and her family moved to the settlement of Baker Lake in the early 1970s. To contribute to the family income, Qaulluaryuk began to sew clothing and craft items. In 1974, two of her wall hangings appeared in the Crafts from Arctic Canada exhibition, and her drawing Tundra with River was selected for the fourth Baker Lake Annual Print Collection that same year. She has continued to contribute work to exhibitions in Canada and the United States. As well as the collection of the Art Gallery of Guelph, her work is in the collections of institutions across Canada.
Zachari Logan (b. 1980) is a Canadian artist working mainly with large-scale drawing, ceramic and installation practices. Logan’s work has been exhibited widely, in group and solo exhibitions throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and can be found in public and private collections worldwide, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Remai Modern.
Image: Zachari Logan, Nel Mezzo Del Cammin Di Nostra Vita (detail), 2018, pastel on black paper, 394 x 59 in.