Where the Weather Happens
Curated by Amy Malbeuf and Jessie Short
Featuring Work by Jason Baerg, Jaime Koebel, Sheri Nault
Opening Reception Saturday 9 September 6PM-8PM
The troposphere is a layer of the earth’s atmosphere in which human beings exist, connecting the land to the perceived sky. It is the place where nearly all of the weather on earth happens. The works of Jason Baerg, Jaime Koebel and Sheri Nault activate the land and sky, and all that is within, through their intimate and delicate expression of deep connection to this space of energetic flux. Where The Weather Happens is an expression of the relationship and interactions between the land and sky as beings who live within this space.
image: After winter // signs of life (1). Pastel and drawing paper. 2016. Sheri Nault
About the artists
Jason Baerg (Cree Metis / German) is an Indigenous curator, educator, and visual artist. Upcoming 2017 curatorial projects include exhibitions with Toronto’s Nuit Blanche and the University of Toronto. Baerg graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts from Rutgers University. He currently is teaching as the Assistant Professor in Indigenous Practices in Contemporary Painting and Media Art at OCAD University. Dedicated to community development, he founded and incorporated the Metis Artist Collective and has served as volunteer Chair for such organizations as the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition. Creatively, as a visual artist, he pushes new boundaries in digital interventions in drawing, painting and new media installation. Recent international solo exhibitions include the Illuminato Festival in Toronto, Canada, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and the Digital Dome at the Institute of the American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jason Baerg has adjudicated numerous art juries and won awards through such facilitators as the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and The Toronto Arts Council. For more information about his work, please visit Jasonbaerg.com.
Jaime Koebel is of Nehiyâw, Michif and German ancestry. She is especially inspired by floral and natural imagery in Michif art. Koebel’s art practice encompasses beadwork, fish scale art, birch bark biting and ink drawing. She manages Prairie Fire, a dance group in which performs with her three children. Koebel runs Indigenous Walks Tours in Ottawa, and she is the Educator of Indigenous Programs and Outreach at the National Gallery of Canada.
Sheri Nault is a multi-disciplinary artist of Métis and mixed European descent. Situated within personal and political contexts, her art practice and research are grounded in queer, feminist, and Indigenous world-views. Through her work she strives to elicit a sense of social and ecological responsibility to one another on a damaged planet, exploring the connections between humans and nature. She completed her Master of Fine Arts degree at York University in 2017, was an Indigenous Practicum Participant in The Banff Centre’s Visual Arts department from 2014 to 2015, and received her BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2012. Recent exhibitions include Kin, the presentation of her thesis work; Entangled Bodies at the Art Gallery of York University (agYU); Things Little curated by Vanessa Nicolas, and the exhibition art( i f)ACTS curated by Belinda Ho-Yan Kwan in response to the agYU collection. She is a member of the 2017 cohort of the Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency based at Artscape Gibraltar Point (postponed to 2018 due to flooding).
Nault is a member of the feminist, queer, and (2/3) Indigenous artists’ collective No. Is a Complete Sentence alongside artists Sandra Manilla and Taylor Norris.