Skawennati. Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters | Opening Fri 6 Sept 6:30pm

Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters.

A children’s exhibition designed for kids aged 5 to 11
On display in NAC’s Show Room Gallery from 6 Sept-6 Dec 2019
Opening Reception Friday 6 September 6:30PM

My name is Iotetshèn:’en, and I live on Earth—usually. Our planet is united under the Great Law of Peace. […] Earth has been attacked by more than one visitor from outerspace, and our harmonious way of life is being threatened. So for now, my home is this spaceship. We are travelling to the first meeting of the five nearest, friendliest planets in our galaxy. The goal of our mission is to create a union that will protect us from attacks and also help us share our very different knowledges. I have been invited on this historic voyage because I have a special power…

Thus begins The Peacemaker Returns, a futuristic saga set in 3025 yet firmly rooted in the ancestral Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) confederation story and featuring historical figures such as Tekanawí:ta, Jacques Cartier, and a president addicted to Twitter! This new machinima—an animation-style movie produced on the virtual reality platform Second Life—is the core of the children’s exhibition Teiakwanahstahsontéhrha’ | We Extend the Rafters, designed specifically for kids aged 5 to 11 by Skawennati.

Audiences of all ages are invited to (re)discover some traditions in the artist’s “museum of the future,” an original installation. A guided tour and a collective workshop in the form of an innovative board game will encourage young and mature viewers alike to (re)learn history from an Indigenous perspective and imagine how all people can contribute to the world of tomorrow, reminding us how History, like any other narrative, is a construction defined by those who tell it.

Presented in partnership with VOX — Centre de l’image contemporaine in Montreal. 

About the artist.

Skawennati makes art that addresses history, the future, and change from an Indigenous perspective.  Best known for her machinimas—movies made in virtual environments—she also produces still images, sculpture and textile works.

Her pioneering new media projects include the online gallery/chat-space and mixed-reality event, CyberPowWow(1997-2004); a paper doll/time-travel journal, Imagining Indians in the 25th Century (2001); and TimeTraveller™(2008-2013), a multi-platform project featuring nine machinima episodes.  These have been presented in New Zealand, Hawaii, Ireland and across North America in major exhibitions such as “Now? Now!” at the Biennale of the Americas, and “Looking Forward (L’Avenir)” at the Montreal Biennale. Skawennati is represented by ELLEPHANT and her award-winning work is included in both public and private collections.

Born in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, Skawennati holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, where she is based. She is Co-Director, with Jason E. Lewis, of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), a research network of artists, academics and technologists investigating, creating and critiquing Indigenous virtual environments. She also co-directs their Skins workshops in Aboriginal Storytelling and Digital Media. In 2015, AbTeC launched IIF, the Initiative for Indigenous Futures; Skawennati is its Partnership Coordinator.

L Show / Friday 23 August 8PM / TCO Rooftop Terrace

Friday 23 August 8PM
Ten bucks to get in

Thomas Craig Oliver Rooftop Terrace at NAC

L = 50

It was the summer of 1969.

Mark Clifford was in a band called THE STROLLING SENTRY. Mike Dixon was in a band called THE HUE AND CRY.
Dave Petrie was the drummer in THE STROLLING SENTRY. His brother Gord was HUE AND CRY’s guitarist. Both bands rehearsed in the Petrie family basement.

With the Petrie family on vacation in Europe in the summer of 69 THE STROLLING SENTRY needed a substitute drummer for a gig at a hair salon across from the Six Pence on Carlise Street.

The Hair Salon was owned by Kevin Ridge, a brother of the other guitarist in THE STROLLING SENTRY.

Mike Dixon got the gig because he could play Purple Haze, a song on THE STROLLING SENTRY set list.

A spark ignited at that first gig. The next two years they began working up some ‘muse’ with new friend Steve Doede. They called the band MOTION.

A foray into the oblivion of improvisations and the music of the day began at that gig in 1969 and it’s carried on for 50 years (Roman numeral: L).

With the L-Show on the Thomas Craig Oliver Terrace at NAC, Mike and Mark plan on playing in a transparent and vulnerable way. They have prepared and charted skeletal forms, confident in 50 plus years of experience in their quest for the muse within a moment in time

Joining us, occasionally, will be percussionist/poet/digeridoo player Mike Corrigan and technician/recording engineer/bassist Gerry Hotson.

Mike and Mark are grateful that these friends that they share so much history with will be joining them on their continued search for the ‘muse’.

‘L’ also stands for LONGEVITY. We trust the hand signal shall become a new and positive gesture.

Mike and Mark are grateful to NAC for support and encouragement from the get-go.

Much love and musing and ‘L’ to all.
Marco  (Mark Clifford)


Piece of Mind Group Show > Opening Reception Saturday 3 August 7PM

Piece of Mind
showcasing artists working toward mental wellness
August 3 – 16, 2019
Dennis Tourbin Members Gallery
Curated by Andrea Smits and Fedora Romita

What’s Eating You / Shake-n-Make Collective / Flea Market Gallery / Aug-Nov 2019

Shake-n-Make Collective
Flea Market Gallery at
St. Catharines Factory Outlet Flea Market

On display every Sunday
from 18 Aug – 3 Nov 2019

The photo diptychs presented here combine Betty Crocker recipe cards with flash fiction. Embedded in the actual recipe are short stories – mostly about interpersonal relationships, family dynamics, disappointment, failure, shame, and awkwardness. And looking over it all is the quintessential ‘70s food icon rendered in a gilt macaroni portrait, with an upgraded title to suit our current era: Master Chef Boyardee.


ShakenMake (members: Claudia B. Manley & Liss Platt) is a Hamilton-based queer art collective whose work directly references the 1970s while elevating craft and subject matter beyond kitsch to speak to our current moment. Initially inspired by the discovery of a set of Betty Crocker Recipe Cards (circa 1973), ShakenMake artworks take the form of felt banners, embroidery, photo-text works, macaroni portraiture, beaded gas cans, installation projects, and more. We are particularly interested in creating tension between the domestic sphere (a primary site of crafting) and the public sphere (the world outside the home), undermining high/low divisions, and questioning what is appropriate as an art material.

A Common Land Transformed : Magdolene Dykstra in the Plate Glass Gallery

A Common Land Transformed
Installation by Magdolene Dykstra
Plate Glass Gallery at NAC

A Common Land Transformed imagines an alien terrain, rich with unfamiliar life-forms billowing out of their containers. Inspired by microbiology, I use an aesthetic of cellular accumulation to reference the vast numbers of the human race, swarming beyond what is sustainable.
Like the Romantic paintings of the 19thcentury, this work taps into the wonder we experience in nature. The Romantics were inspired by the sublime power of the great things in nature – torrential storms, cavernous depths, and frightening heights – reminding the viewer of their diminutive status in relation to grand landscapes. I sight the sublime in microbial terrain. The abundance of this unseen universe parallels the unfathomable scale of humanity. The unfamiliar life in my work triggers a cautious curiosity, as it pushes beyond the boundaries provided for it invading our tense reality. Within this composition, each individual is absurdly insignificant except for its interconnectedness to everything around them. Gathered en masse, these lifeforms overwhelm the structure upon which they grow. Composed of raw clay, this landscape will not last. Impermanence enhances preciousness. The things that don’t last demand more careful attention.

Magdolene Dykstra is an Egyptian-Canadian artist-educator based in St. Catharines, Ontario. She uses raw clay sculptures and installations to meditate on the multiplicity of the human race. Her research includes sublime philosophy, Abstract Expressionism, environmental concerns, and an interest in secular Buddhism. Magdolene received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Magdolene thanks the Ontario Arts Council for their support.