KENDERDINE ART GALLERY CURRENT EXHIBITION

TODD GRONSDAHL: SASKATCHEWAN MARITIME MUSEUM

May 23 - Aug 19, 2017
curated by Leah Taylor

KENDERDINE ART GALLERY

JUNE 16 - AUGUST 19, 2017


OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, JUNE 16 AT 7:30 PM

ARTIST TALK: THURS, JUNE 8 AT 12 NOON, GORDON SNELGROVE GALLERY

Artist Todd Gronsdahl will be working in the Kenderdine Art Gallery on a site-specific installation that will unfold from May 23 -June 15. Visitors are welcome to engage with the artist during this process. 

Todd Gronsdahl’s interdisciplinary practice challenges truth, fiction and the construction of historical narratives. Saskatchewan Maritime Museum is an immersive installation, employing irony to highlight the randomness of museum and archive logic. By playing, tampering and reconfiguring archival documentation, Gronsdahl intentionally legitimizes mythologies, loosely retracing residual marks of past events.

Utilizing pragmatic materials, Gronsdahl’s vernacular expresses a prairie folk-art sentiment. The conflation between the art objects, real archival materials and the invented artifacts, evokes a subtle interplay between truth and fiction. A thin veil of distrust and exaggerated conspiracy theory lingers throughout the “museum,” ultimately problematizing the selectivity of written historical knowledge.

Saskatchewan Maritime Museum focuses on three mythological stories conspired from the local surrounding waterways (versus the sea). Gronsdahl proposes specific ahistoricities, chock-full of contradictory evidence suggestive of aquatic adventures. Consequently, it is imbued with skepticism, sarcasm and humour, and ultimately one is left to contemplate the need for the Saskatchewan Maritime Museum to even exist.

 curator, Leah Taylor