Terrance Houle & Adrian Stimson
Sick and Tired / Paper Bag Princess
February 3 - 25, 2006
A three-part installation piece with sculptural beds placed under Residential School windows, and a classroom setting with a blackboard and desks. Paper Bag Princess is an installation piece based on the theme of the paper bag Indian suit that kids used to make in elementary school. An accompanying performance was programmed as part of Full Circle's Talking Stick Festival (see video).
Terrance Houle is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary media artist and a member of the Blood Tribe. Involved with Aboriginal communities all his life, he has traveled to reservations throughout Canada and the United States to participating in Powwow dancing and other native ceremonies. Terrance began his art career at the Alberta College of Art & Design in 1995. After a 2-year hiatus, he returned to his studies in 2000. In 2003 he graduated with a BFA in Fibre. He has developed an extensive portfolio that ranges from painting and drawing to video/film, mixed media, performance and installation. His works have been shown in Calgary, Vancouver, also Toronto and internationally in Australia and Warwickshire, England.
Terrance has also had numerous screenings of his short video and film works in particular at Toronto's 2004 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival winner of Best Experimental Film and 2004 ImagNation Film Festival in Vancouver including the Calgary International Film Festival 2004. Terrance's work has been discussed in Alberta Views, New Tribe, Aboriginal Times and Artlink in Australia. In the fall 2003 Terrance participated a Thematic Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. The Residency focused on 34 indigenous people working on issues of colonization and communion. Artist came from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United States. Currently Terrance works and maintains his art practice in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Adrian A. Stimson
Adrian A. Stimson is a member of the Siksika (Blackfoot) Nation in southern Alberta. After obtaining a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design, he moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan to begin a MFA program at the University of Saskatchewan where his thesis will include ideas of identity, physics, two spirited people, ecology and spiritual healing through the aboriginal art movement.
Adrian returned to school after serving eight years as Tribal Councilor for the Siksika Nation, he also served as President for the First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centers based in Ottawa. He has been a board member for the Alberta Human Rights, Citizenship, and Multiculturalism Education Fund Advisory Committee, AIDS Calgary, Calgary Aboriginal Arts Awareness Society and the John Howard Society. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in June 2003 for outstanding work within various communities.
The Susan Whitney Gallery in Regina represents Adrian. He is currently collaborating with Lori Blondeau in "Putting the WILD back into the west: Belle Savage & Buffalo Boy" at the Mendel Art Gallery artist by artist. In the MFA show "Untilted" he installed "Sick and Tired" at the Gordon Sneigrove Gallery, Saskatoon. He has had an installation called "Space Bison Bison Space" at Burning Man 2003, Black Rock City, Nevada, USA. He has had two solo showings at private corporations in Calgary; "Life Textures" and "Resonance". He has been the featured artist at the Glenbow Museum's Blackfoot Exhibit and was part of 5 degrees at the Art Gallery of Calgary. He has curated shows including; An Indian Affair, Chalk It Up and AB-ORIGINAL-MIX and SNAG at the FN Gallery and ACAD Gallery 371.
Adrian has appeared in two BRAVO channel short films "A Living Space" by The Film Factory and "LuLu Waltz" by Cracker films. He has been featured and appeared in S Planet, Designing Spaces (Saskatoon), Designer Showcase (Calgary), the A- channel, Canadian Living, Aboriginal Times, Siksika Nation News, The San Francisco Chronicle and Seattle Times.
Adrian's art is in numerous public and private collections including Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Siksika Nation, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Burning Man.
Clicking this link will launch video of Terrance Houle and Adrian Stimsons collaborative performance at the 2006 Talking Stick Festival. A high-speed connection is required.