• Ohcistikosiwak: The Spruce Tree Provides Shelter from Rain

Ohcistikosiwak: The Spruce Tree Provides Shelter from Rain

Jason Baerg

February 4 - April 8, 2016
 Jason Baerg Artist Statement:

Ohcistikosiwak is a suite of works created for the developing
Oskâyi Askîy series.
Oskâyi Askîy, which means The New World in Cree, explores themes of human survivance, engaged by Anishinaabe cultural theorist Gerald Vizenor as he writes about “the enunciations of dominance, tragedy and victimry.” Oskâyi Askîy carries survivance into reflective spaces of activation, as we now witness international artistic trends engulfing the apocalyptic. In Art in The Age of Asymmetry, Timothy Morton proposes, “that we have entered a new era of aesthetics, shaped by the current ecological emergency.” The Oskâyi Askîy project is an abstract body of work that considers a disconnected rapport with the environment as a result of misdirected human desire. The Sky, Animals and Land are processed through technology and are translated as flesh, fauna and playful apparatus. As a working methodology, this space acts as an exploratory arena to consider solutions to the social and environmental calamities at hand.
Artist compositions I drew inspiration from in developing the laser cut templates:
Annie Pootoogook
Daphne Odjig
Alex Janvier
Norval Morrisseau
Joseph Sanchez
Readings for your interest:
1.241 Indigenizing the Anthropocene essay
by Zoe Todd
Native Liberty: Natural Reason and Cultural Survivance
By Gerald Vizenor

Jason Baerg is an Indigenous curator, educator and visual artist. Baerg graduated fromConcordia University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts from Rutgers University. Curatorial contributions include developing and implementing the national Metis arts program for the Vancouver Olympics. He taught at Rutgers University (2014-2016) and currently is an adjunct instructor at The Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Dedicated to community development, he founded and incorporated the Metis Artist Collective and has served as a volunteer Chair for such organizations as the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and National

Indigenous Media Arts Coalition.
Creatively, as a visual artist, he pushes new boundaries in digital interventions in drawing, painting and new media installation. Recent international solo exhibitions include:
The Illuminato Festival in Toronto, Canada, The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and the Digital Dome at the Institute of the American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Jason Baerg has given formal artist talks at such institutions as the Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design, Auckland, New Zealand, New York Citys
Parsons School of Design and the University of Toronto. In 2008, Jason Baerg won the Emerging Artist
Award for the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, granted on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Culture. He has sat on numerous art juries and won awards through such facilitators as the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. For more information about his work, please visit Jasonbaerg.ca