Eleven Times Eleven
February 7 – May 11, 2014
Aboriginal Resident Curator Jason Baerg, conceptualizes Eleven Times Eleven / Peyakosâpwâw, which investigates Indigenous traditional knowledge, specifically seven generation sustainability. Known as The Great Law of the Iroquois, it is a principle that requires foresight, contemplation and consideration for seven generations into the future when governing decisions are made.
Well-known Aboriginal artist Ron Noganosh has been invited to produce work inspired by The Great Law of the Iroquois. Entitled Power People his work speaks to ancient traditions in Indigenous image making and storytelling as they reference early petro glyphs, while simultaneously acknowledging the future.
About the Artist
Ron Noganosh's sculptural assemblages and installations integrate aspects of his Ojibway heritage with contemporary civilization's garbage to create ironic comments on ecology, racism, identity and socio-economic hierarchies. In addition to his imaginative use of recycled garbage, Noganosh also makes sensitive use of the more natural materials he finds —feathers, wood, stone, bone, and fur.
Ron has focused his recent creative energies towards the production of drawings called the Power People, which work to transport the viewer into other realms as they summon notions of the Star People, those believed to be Relations from far off galaxies.
Born on the Magnetawan Reserve on Georgian Bay, Noganosh is currently living and working in Ottawa.
Eleven Times Eleven / Peyakosâpwâw has been produced in conjunction with the Emerging Aboriginal Curatorial Residency Project, generously sponsored by RBC and the Ontario Arts Council's Aboriginal Curatorial Project Fund.