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Robert Houle: Red is Beautiful features over 90 large installations, paintings and drawings created between 1970 and 2020. Themes in the exhibition include Sacred Geometry, The Spiritual Legacy of the Ancient Ones, Beyond History Painting, The Aesthetics of Disappearance, Residential School Years, and Sovereignty. This exhibition is a walk through fifty years of what matters to First Nations and Settler relations today with an artist who is always ahead of time.
Dee Barsy (Ojibwe) is an emerging visual artist and a member of Skownan First Nation, Manitoba (Treaty 2). Barsy was raised on Treaty 1 territory: the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. She is currently enrolled in the MFA Studio Arts program at Concordia University, living and working on the unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, Quebec.
Barsy graduated with a BFA from the University of Manitoba. In September 2017, Dee was commissioned to create artworks for the INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. The exhibition featured the work of 29 emerging to established contemporary Indigenous artists from across Canada. Barsy had her first solo exhibition at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery in September 2019. There, she transformed the gallery space, floor to wall, with a mural featuring abstract representations of various local insects and spiders painted on top of her signature rhythmic lines and blue background. Her artwork is included in the Global Affairs Visual Art Collection, the Manitoba Museum collection, the Winnipeg Art Gallery collection and many private collections.