Resurgent Gallery Happening
By Charlene Vickers and Maria Hupfield
This performance was created for Cutting Copper: Insurgent Indigenous Arts Practice, presented by grunt gallery and the Belkin Art Gallery, in conjunction with Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity, on the traditional unceded homelands of the Musqueam First Nations. At the Belkin Art Gallery March 5, 2016, to start the day and lead the session on Creations, Insertions and Rebuffs: Cultural Institutions and Practice.
Hupfield and Vickers present Resurgent Gallery Happening a mash-up of unexpected visual references and interactive experiences that revive the gallery as a site of artistic resurgence through the immediacy of live performance. Using items worn and carried on the body the artists combine choreographed movement and free demonstrations to perform and occupy personal/collective sovereignty. Creative ingenuity and cultural survival mix with humour and animated objects to reflect the strength and adaptability of the human spirit.
Actions include cooperative teamwork stretching for two, looking, listening and speaking pylon-spyscope talk-back, copper line drawing with live audio composition, and this is not a ceremony.
Charlene Vickers and Maria Hupfeld live on opposite coasts and met via Rebecca Belmore in Vancouver BC at Grunt Gallery in 2007. Their project Vestige Vagabond was developed for the Not Sent Letters Project by Jeremy Todd, 2010, and commissioned in 2011 for The Annual Santa Fe Indian Market by Ryan Rice, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Santa Fe NM for the exhibition Counting Coop. In 2014 they performed at Panoply Performance Lab in Brooklyn, NY and extended their work with objects at street level in Viger Square during MANIFEST! Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas, Encuentro Hemispheric Institute, Montreal 2014 made possible through the generous support of the British Columbia Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Vickers and Hupfield have performed together since 2010.
Charlene Vickers is an Anishnabe artist living and working in Vancouver. Trained as a painter, she graduated from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and attained a BA from Simon Fraser University in Critical Studies of the Arts. She is an MFA grad at Simon Fraser University and is on the Board of Directors at grunt gallery in Vancouver, BC. Born in Kenora Ontario and raised in Toronto her art explores her Ojibway ancestry through the mediums of painting, sculpture, performance and video exploring memory, healing and embodied connections to ancestral lands. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and the United States, and can be seen in the permanent collections at the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. In 2015 Charlene’s work was featured in the window space at Artspeak, Vancouver and the traveling group exhibitions The Fifth World at the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, and Custom Made at Kamloops Art Gallery.