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Artist Talk: Burning the Midnight Oil with Dan Cardinal McCartney

  • Contemporary Calgary 701 11 Street Southwest Calgary Canada (map)

Collider artist-in-residence Dan Cardinal McCartney will showcase a mixed media collage which stretches wall to wall of his Collider studio. He will touch on themes of intuitive art-making, his own relationship to Indigenous diaspora, and the intrinsic danger of living in Alberta as a two-spirit, transmasculine person. Scavenged materials such as problematic Western novels, tobacco ads, alcohol packaging, and apple boxes are scratched out and mounted onto the studio wall. This artist talk provides an experience for visitors to view the work up close with flashlights provided by the artist.

Dan Cardinal McCartney is a Calgary-based interdisciplinary artist and emerging curator. His maternal bloodlines are a proud mix of Mikisew Cree, Suline Dene, and Métis from Fort Chipewyan. As a two-spirit, transmasculine person, Dan sifts through questions of blood memory and intergenerational trauma. His focus is on mixed media collage, performance, and video. Gender dysphoria which intertwines with cultural diaspora leaves gashes to either remain open or to be scabbed over in time. Cardinal McCartney is the Curatorial Resident at Stride Gallery, and actively showing across Canada. He graduated from AUArts (formerly known as the Alberta College of Art + Design) in 2016 with a degree in Drawing. Recently, his work was featured in Fix your hearts or die at the Alberta Gallery of Art; let’s talk about sex, bb at Agnes Etherington Arts Centre, and Off-Centre: Queer Contemporary Art in the Prairies at the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina.