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Fastwürms and Adrian Stimson open Friday Jan. 11, 7-11pm at PPCA

  • Paul Petro Contemporary Art 980 Queen Street West Toronto, ON, M6J 1H1 Canada (map)

You gotta go!:

Adrian Stimson "Buffalo Boy and The Shaman Exterminator"

January 11 - February 16, 2019

Opening Reception Friday January 11, 7-11pm. Artists present.

To usher in the new year, Paul Petro Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the following exhibitions:

FASTWÜRMS "4V4LON-5" is a new installation and includes a performance at the opening reception.

Adrian Stimson's exhibition looks at the artist's performance personae with photographs of Buffalo Boy and The Shaman Exterminator dating back to 2005 and also includes a performance by Buffalo Boy at the opening reception.

FASTWÜRMS are Toronto/Creemore-based multidisciplinary artists whose artwork melds high and popular cultures, bent identity politics, social exchange and a Witch positive DIY cinematic sensibility.

FASTWÜRMS (Kim Kozzi and Dai Skuse) have developed an influential poly-disciplinary art practice over the past four decades and have exhibited and created public commissions and installations, performance, video and film projects, across Canada and in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Korea, and Japan. Their installation survey "[email protected]@WITCH" was mounted at the Art Gallery of York University (2007) and the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2008), both with catalogues, and at Plug/In ICA, Winnipeg (2008). "4V4LON-5" is the seventh installation by FASTWÜRMS to be presented at Paul Petro Contemporary Art.

Adrian Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation. He has a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design and MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. He is as an interdisciplinary artist, working in painting, performance, installation, photography and sculpture.

Stimson's performance art looks at identity construction, specifically the hybridization of the Indian, the cowboy, the shaman and Two Spirit being. Buffalo Boy and The Shaman Exterminator are two reoccurring personas. Stimson’s installation work primarily examines the residential school experience; he attended three residential schools in his life. He has used the material culture from Old Sun Residential School on his Nation to create works that speak to genocide, loss and resilience. His photography includes collodion wet plate portraits, performance dioramas and war depictions.His sculpture work has been primarily collaborative; he has worked with relatives of Murdered and Missing Women to create "Bison Sentinels" and with the Whitecap Dakota Nation in creating "Sprit of Alliance", a monument to the War of 1812, in Saskatoon. Stimson was a participant in the Canadian Forces Artist Program in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Blackfoot Visual Arts Award in 2009, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003, the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 and the Hnatyshyn Foundation’s REVEAL Indigenous Art Award. Stimson is a recipient of the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts (2018). In the past year major works of Stimson's have been acquired by the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

For artist statements, exhibition histories and additional information please visit our web site at the following links:

Earlier Event: January 8
Working Women Comedy Showcase
Later Event: January 12
Spank! With Andrea Zanin!