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Bait: Couzyn van Heuvelen


1 June 2021 - 6 July 2021


1 June 2021
6 July 2021

Curated by

Ryan Rice
Shiny silver foil balloons shaped like seal skin floats, and printed with a fur pattern are lit by spotlights as they appear suspended in a darkened space.

Bait: Couzyn van Heuvelen

About this exhibition

Couzyn van Heuvelen’s work reinterprets and reimagines Inuit hunting and fishing implements, and draws upon his relationship to Inuit tradition and land-based material culture and technology. The works in BAIT teases out the language of hunting, innovation, and traditional practices through a framework of scale, materials, and abstraction that is still uniquely Inuit. The exhibition thus addresses issues related to the transitional experiences between North and South, food sovereignty, and the binaries of art and craft.

Couzyn van Heuvelen is an Inuk sculptor and installation artist originally from Iqaluit, NU, currently based in Bowmanville, Ontario. van Heuvelen received his BFA from York University in 2011 and his MFA in 2015 from NSCAD University. His artistic practice primarily consists of sculptural and installation works that draw from both art history and Inuit life. Across his varied pieces, he fuses traditional practices and forms with contemporary materials and fabrication processes.

Ryan Rice, Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawake, is an independent curator and the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs in the Faculty of Liberal Arts / School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) University (Toronto, ON). His curatorial career spans 25 years in museums, artist run centres and galleries.

The exhibition is supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Image Gallery

Exhibition Catalogue

Featuring writing by Ryan Rice, Camille Georgeson-Usher, and Bryan Winters.

Published by Artsplace and the Owens Art Gallery
Designed by Marta Ryczko
Printed by Vide Press