Wow! What an honour it is to be named this years Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council's BMO Artist of the Year! It has been a very busy year for me with travelling for exhibitions, residencies and artist talks. Currently I am in Melbourne Australia on an artist residency with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with my wife and artistic partner Amy Malbeuf. We have been hard at work and are opening an exhibition with a new body of work this Thursday May 1st, the Show is titled Horseback or Foot: Flattened and Confused (click to view)
Here is the acceptance speech that I gave!
Just finished up the final shoot in my hometown of Stephenville Crossing for my upcoming Film and installation with the NFB and imagineNATIVE. The weather was up and down, making it quite a challenge to get the shots needed, but all in all we got some amazing footage and I am excited for the next steps in this collaboration. Thank you to an amazing crew, you made my job as Director and Actor a dream, I don't know how I would have done it without you all.
This past week I was in my home town of Stephenville Crossing shooting the first portion of a short film that will accompany an installation that will be launched in October of 2014 at the imagineNATIVE film and media arts festival in Toronto. The project is possible though collaboration from the National Film Board of Canada and imagineNATIVE, here are a few shots of the ongoing work in progress. Many thanks to the crew and looking forward to the next portion of the shoot!
The issue of derogatory names and caricatures within major, minor and college league sports has been an ongoing battle for quite some time. I make it a point to bring up some of these issues within my own work and have friends who put their neck out there with their own perspectives and twist on the issue too. Here is a video that goes to show that if enough people believe in something, a change can come. It's an important time for indigenous people of our country to stand up and fight for future generations, making a stand and protecting our land our air and the pride of our people. We don't want our children to hold a picture of a caricature in their minds as a representation of who they are. Spread the word world.
About to head up to Sir Wilfred Grenfell to give a talk and will also be launching my new website, this one right here! It's been a long time and I hope that everyone enjoys seeing the work I have been producing over the past couple of years. See you in a few Grenfell!
My new site will be launched soon!