Nitsiit by Couzyn van Heuvelen

22 January – 27 April 2018
Hazel McCallion Campus | B-Wing Creativity Commons

The 2017-18 Temporary Contemporary program is presented by Sheridan in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM). Visit Casting Hooks, the ancillary exhibition about van Heuvelen’s creative process, from February 22 – April 15 at 300 City Centre Drive. The artist will also host a workshop at the AGM on Saturday, March 10 at 1pm and offer an artist’s talk at Sheridan’s Creative Campus Galleries at noon on Wednesday, February 7.

Nitsiit, which means “hooks” in Inuktituk, is an installation of large-scale fishing lure sculptures that reference traditional and historical Inuit production. Artist Couzyn van Heuvelen worked with students and technicians at Sheridan’s Oakville campus over the fall semester to develop the sculptures in the Faculty of Animation, Art & Design’s workshops. He explains that he “was interested in exploring the rapid prototyping technologies at Sheridan, as using newer manufacturing processes to create work that references traditional Inuit technologies will allow these objects to be seen from a fresh, modern perspective.” The moulds for the cast metal sculptures as well as the wood and ceramic lures were all created at Sheridan.

Couzyn van Heuvelen is a Canadian Inuk sculptor. Born in Iqaluit, Nunavut, but living in Southern Ontario for most of his life, his work explores Inuit culture and identity, new and old technologies, and personal narratives. While rooted in the history and traditions of Inuit art, the work strays from established Inuit art making methods and explores a range of fabrication processes. Van Heuvelen holds a BFA from York University and an MFA from NSCAD University.

Temporary Contemporary Program
Launched in 2012, the Temporary Contemporary program is an annual installation of a new artwork on one of Sheridan’s campuses. It provides creators with the opportunity to incubate and implement new ideas through exchange with Sheridan’s vibrant interdisciplinary community. The 2017-18 Temporary Contemporary program is presented by Sheridan in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM).

 

Images: installation and detail views of Nitsiit (2017) by Couzyn van Heuvelen. Photography by Toni Hafkenscheid.