Tepkik by Jordan Bennett
An installation by Jordan Bennett
Until Friday 9/13
TEPKIK HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 13!
Tepkik, Jordan Bennett's suspended site-specific installation at Brookfield Place, intersects the artist’s Mi’kmaq ancestral and contemporary traditions. Mi'kmaq are a First Nations people Indigenous to the eastern seaboard of Canada and into the state of Maine. Bennett’s work draws on historical references to the land, sky, and our galaxy, illuminated by the artist’s handling of color, his interpretation of patterns and shapes, and his use of materials.
For example, Bennett reimagines reflective vinyl on aluminum—typically associated with road signs—to evoke cultural markers of the past. The title Tepkik, a Mi’kmaq word for night, reflects on our place in the galaxy – bringing the stars and stories of his nation into view at any time of day.
Jordan Bennett on Tepkik:
When you see Tepkik from different angles, it creates different entry points for viewers. They can enter into it by looking at the overall shape and scale of the piece, but also enter into a tiny detail within the fabric or the elements that are created within the metal.
This time, Tepkik is taking the form of a double curve motif, so the actual shape that is formed by the hanging fabric is a very common shape and form found within Mi’kmaq visual culture, … it’s found in our clothing, in our baskets, in our drawings, and on the land, historically and in contemporary times.
When I created Tepkik, I wanted to use these beautiful bright colors to bring elements of Mi’kmaq visual culture into a different space and realm.
Within my work, I use common everyday materials that you see on the streets or in everyday life. I really try and push the limits of them and use them to tell these stories that are timeless but also yet to happen.
About the Artist:
Jordan Bennett is a Mi’kmaq visual artist from Stephenville Crossing, Ktaqamkuk (Newfoundland). He lives and works on his ancestral territory of Mi’kma’ki in Terence Bay, Nova Scotia with his partner in life and art Amy Malbeuf. Jordan's ongoing practice utilizes painting, sculpture, video, installation, public art and sound to explore land, language, the act of visiting, familial histories and challenging colonial perceptions of Indigenous histories and presence with a focus on exploring Mi’kmaq and Beothuk visual culture of Ktaqamkuk. In the past 10 years Jordan has participated in over 90 group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, as well as created numerous public art commissions. He has been the recipient of several awards and honours most notably short listed for the 2018 Sobey Art Award, long listed for the 2016 and 2015 Sobey Art Award, a Hnatyshyn Foundation REVEAL award and presented with the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Councils Artist of the Year. Bennett holds a BFA from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University and an MFA from The University of British Columbia, Okanagan.
Produced by Pearl Wagner Media & Art Consultants
Tepkik was commissioned by Brookfield Place Toronto.
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Above photo by Ashok Sinha.