Carl Beam: "Let us remember that we are all related"

March 27 - May 24, 2014

Enterprise Square Galleries (10230 Jasper Ave, Edmonton)

Gallery Hours: Thursday/Friday: 12-6pm, Saturday 12-4pm

(Admission by donation)

A key figure in Canadian art history in the 20th century, Carl Beam embraced his Anishinaabe heritage and incorporated his personal experiences into his art practice. Described by art historian Elizabeth McLuhan as “an artist of eloquent anger,” Beam made challenging work that was defiant and deeply personal but ultimately sought to connect and enlighten. He developed his own way of working, one that Beam felt reflected the interconnected nature of life, explored various forms of knowledge, and affirmed the necessity of change in maintaining tradition. By creating work that was autobiographical and provocative, Beam exemplifies a generation of Canadian Aboriginal artists that made cultural identity an explicit and politicized aspect of their work.

Presented here are works by Carl Beam from the collection of Maurice Yacowar, a gracious donor to the University of Alberta Art Collection. This set of 27 untitled mixed-media works on paper uses collage and photo-transfer techniques that demonstrate Beam’s characteristic artistic strategies, juxtaposing fragments of text, personal images, and found material from historical archives or popular culture to create jarring questions for the viewer.