Jordan Bennett: Hunt Guide In Red Cedar, 2015, wood and acrylic, 12 x 12 x 2 in
Jordan Bennett is a contemporary artist of Mi’kmaq descent currently based in Kelowna, British Columbia. His artistic production includes performance, drawing, painting, carving, video, and new media. His exhibition at the Vernon Public Art Gallery titled Mniku addresses a wide array of issues within contemporary indigenous discourses regarding history and indigenous artists’ practices both contemporary and historical. The exhibition consist of paintings on carved yellow and red cedar and paintings on cradled panel surfaces, all accompanied by participatory sound installation. An additional suit of smaller paintings and drawings on paper document Bennett’s creative process and development of abstract images leading to be executed in larger paintings.
Jordan Bennett’s exhibition titled Mniku re-contextualizes history written by European settlers in the past through a contemporary indigenous lens.