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Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain presents

Meryl McMaster
Ancestral / Second-Self

July 14 - August 25, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday July 14, 3pm - 6pm
Artist in attendance

963 rue Rachel Est
Montreal QC

Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to present Meryl McMaster: Ancestral / Second-Self, an exhibition of two preceding bodies of work not previously exhibited in Montreal.

The series entitled Ancestral examines the relationship between historical misrepresentations of indigenous heritage, and the reality of living indigenous peoples. These works were made by projecting photographs by American photographers Edward S. Curtis and Will Soule and works of the painter George Catlin on the faces of the artist and her father. The series Second-Self delves into complex issues of self-awareness and self-representation. The artist made wire drawings from the subjects' own blind-contour portraits, suspending them as overlays and doubles to McMaster's portraits of them. These wire masks reframe and contrast with the subjects' physical personae captured by McMaster.

To read more about Ancestral and Second-Self, and to view work presented - please visit the exhibition page.

Meryl McMaster is a Canadian artist based in the city of Ottawa. Her work is predominantly photography based, incorporating the production of props, sculptural garments and performance forming a synergy that transports the viewer out of the ordinary and into a space of contemplation and introspection.

McMaster is the recipient of the Scotiabank New Generation Photography Award, the REVEAL Indigenous Art Award, Charles Pachter Prize for Emerging Artists, the Canon Canada Prize, the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, the OCAD U Medal and was long listed for the 2016 Sobey Art Award.

Her work has been acquired by various public collections within Canada and the United States, including the Canadian Museum of History, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Eiteljorg Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

Her work has been included in exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, including the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Indian, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, the Eiteljorg Museum, the Ottawa Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Mendel Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Her solo touring exhibition Confluence is currently at The Rooms in St-John's, Newfoundland. Her work will be featured later this year at Art Toronto in a solo project booth co-organized by Stephen Bulger Gallery and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain.


Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
963 rue Rachel Est
Montreal QC  H2J 2J4
514 395 6032
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