In collaboration with Sheridan College, the Art Gallery of Mississauga is pleased to announce that Inuk sculptor Couzyn van Heuvelen was chosen to create the Temporary Contemporary installation for the 2017-18 academic year. Van Heuvelen’s selection followed a nation-wide request for proposals and a multi-stage adjudication process. His project, Nitsiit is now installed in the Creativity Commons of Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga until April 27, 2018, with a companion exhibition of van Heuvelen’s creative process opening at the AGM on February 22.

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.

Van Heuvelen’s project is an installation of large-scale fishing lure sculptures that reference traditional and historical Inuit production. The artist used a wide range of fabrication processes to incorporate aluminum, wood, ceramics, and other materials. “I 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,” says van Heuvelen.

The artist worked on-site at Sheridan’s Oakville campus over the fall semester to develop the sculptures, which were installed at the Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga this past week. Van Heuvelen will participate in a Lunch & Learn Event at Sheridan on Wednesday, February 7, beginning at noon in Sheridan’s Creative Campus Galleries.

An ancillary exhibition highlighting van Heuvelen’s creative process will be on view February 22 to April 15, 2018 at the AGM. In addition, the artist will host a conversation about his artistic process and studio practice at the AGM. Stay tuned for event details!

“We’re delighted to partner with the Art Gallery of Mississauga to bring this innovative creator’s work to the heart of the city centre,” says Ronni Rosenberg, Dean of the Faculty of Animation, Art and Design. “This also provided our students with a unique opportunity to engage with Couzyn as he undertook the project, through observing and participating in the creation of component pieces.”

“The Art Gallery of Mississauga is thrilled to partner with Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Art and Design in support of TempContemp,” says Mandy Salter, Director/Curator of the Art Gallery of Mississauga. “This vital and collaborative community engaged programme connects the diverse creative practise of Couzyn van Heuvelen with Sheridan students working in various departments. This project positions a progressive and relational approach to arts education, and strongly advocates the importance of mentorship and community engagement while aligning strongly with both the missions and mandates of The Art Gallery of Mississauga and Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Art and Design.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST

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. Couzyn holds a BFA from York University and an MFA from NSCAD University.