Installing the show, visiting old Yukon pals, dog sledding, northern lights, it’s been a helluva week in Whitehorse.
My friends Arthur, Julia, Kath, and Terry took me out dogsledding the first day there on beautiful Marsh Lake, just a 45 minute drive outside of town. It was such as great way to start the week. The weather was unusually warm for this time of year, between -6 and 3 degrees celsius.
The install went smoothly as well, such a supportive staff at the Yukon Arts Centre, willing to help whenever possible. It was really the first time I had full time help during the install of STATION. The gallery even gave me a swanky SUV for the week to rip around town in, run errands etc.
Accompanying my work STATION was Future Telephone Model 100. This was the first time I installed this brand new work, so it was a great opportunity to work out kinks, and see how it can be integrated alongside STATION. This is the first of a series of prototype models of telephones that are designed in a hypothetical future, using means of gathered materials to create a de-centralised communications network that exist beyond the grasp of corporate monopoly. Future Telephone: Model 100 is the first model for this series, extending the exploration of communicative media.
I also for the first time had some prints made of my grandfathers images. Scott Price, the YAC preparator made some excellent tables to display them on, fitting them to the prints. Evan Mensch printed the images, which were cleaned up and enlarged from 35mm slides taken in 1953 by my grandfather.
The vault that houses the Yukon Arts Centre Art Gallery collections, the new home to my project S.A.G.S.R.I. (Suitcase Art Gallery Space Research Institute). Their S.A.G.S.R.I. collection includes the complete set of Flags of Our Solar System (nine 3’x5′ nylon flags), three SAGSRI DDP’s, a framed photo of the SAGSRI Headquarters, two SAGSRI flags (4’x6′ nylon), and a framed Flags of Our Solar System print. I’m thrilled to finally have a safe place for this work, much of which was donated by Mario Villeneuve, who collected the works by attending ODD Gallery auctions from 2007 – 2011.