On November 4th 2022, 6:00 – 9:00PM, Kevin Lee Burton will launch his solo exhibition, SACRED SPRING.
“Honouring the sacred nature of eagle bones through ceremony, SACRED SPRING is a series of ‘portraits’ created from assemblages of eagle bones and foliage printed on transparencies that are layered and mounted into light boxes – creating ‘funeral boxes’.
Indigenous people have had and continue to have an unstable relationship with colonial Canada. Over the course of history, Indigenous people have been bludgeoned with many attempts of eradication – outlawed spirituality, programmed assimilation, acculturation, and forbidden ancestral languages. Given all these attempts, Indigenous people and their traditional practices have survived. These portraits represent a contemporary spirituality, evoke entities and spirit beings, beacon a Cree philosophy of reincarnation, and express an artist’s ceremony of honouring spirit.”
Launch: November 4, 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Artist Talk: November 4, 7:00PM
Exhibition run: November 4 – December 9 2022
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00PM – 5:00PM
Closed November 11 for Remembrance Day.
Kevin Lee Burton (Swampy Cree) is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist from God’s Lake Narrows, MB. Starting out in film + video, Kevin has migrated into various art genres including interactive, installation, photography and social work. Kevin’s work focuses on Indigenous expression and celebration. He has been carving a niche in working with his ancestral language, Cree.
”My greatest goal is to create a fluid connection between ‘traditional’ and technological ideas, so that the word “contemporary” is diminished to the mere segregation that it really is, so then we can start creating from self-expression other than self-definition.”