‘Whose North is this?’: Inuvialuk artist Kablusiak in Twin Cities residency
, 2023-01-31 09:21:30,
As you walk toward the Buckle Gallery at night, a pattern of glowing eyes greets you. The gallery windows of the Kenwood storefront are papered, with eye-holes cut out. Peeking at it, I found a video playing that had different old TV clips going from one to the other as if someone was flipping through the TV channels. One clip shows a woman cooking an ibex head, and another clip shows chef Emeril Lagasse searing the meat. There are clips and clips from “American Gladiator” from “Seinfeld” and “The Simpsons”.
Inuvialuk multidisciplinary artist Kablusiak says they were interested in exploring the idea of ghosts when they first created the installation in 2019 for the Esker Foundation in Calgary. For the artist, ghost eyes are a way to show the concept of seeing without being seen. “It’s frustrating to talk about being an urban enoch and what that feels like,” says Kapluziak.
The nostalgic passages, according to Kapluziak, are intentionally nostalgic. “It’s like you want to change the channel with your mind,” says Kablusiak. Meanwhile, the cut eyes are different. Some are too high for a human to see through, deliberately making it difficult to reach the world behind the paper.
Curator Erin Gleason first encountered Kabelsiak when Gleason was working in Vancouver. When Gleeson took over as director of FD13, a residency program based in the Twin Cities that includes…
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