The Prairies, the Maritimes and a Few Lakes
September 7 – 30, 2017
Opening Reception: : Thursday, September 7, 6 – 9pm
Walkthrough tour: Thursday, September 21, 12:05 – 12:45pm
Grande Prairie art veteran Ken HouseGo articulates the many places he calls “home” in a rich and colourful exhibition that connects place, home and geography. The Prairies, the Maritimes and a Few Lakes is an artistic survey spanning many years. A celebration of the artist’s experiences, achievements and memories, it chronicles the wide geography of Canada with sentimental, yet thoughtful prose.
HouesGo’s distinct and instantly distinguishable style combines a variety of elements. He uses many mediums to create his vignettes: wood, paint, metal and pastel. Compelling and enigmatic stories unfold through this skilled craftsman and artist’s creation, which are juxtaposed with found and altered objects.
The artifacts of his practice become profoundly personal signifiers to him. They are emotive, yet charged with collective meaning, to viewers who bring their own interpretations to the works.
HouseGo can spend many years on a single work. He often sacrifices unresolved pieces to the creation of new compositions that require “a special something”: a suitable base, a certain entity or object. Not only do we learn about HouseGo through his works, we also learn about ourselves, our place in history and the heritage and habits of our nation.
This potent and inspiring exhibition journals a lifetime of fascinating stories in a distinctly Canadian voice. Each work forms a new passage from HouseGo’s suspenseful and intriguing tone.