Rabbit Island 2014 Residency Exhibition
Sunday, September 28, 3pm, Great Lakes Rooms in the University Center
In collaboration with the UNITED conference at NMU, a panel discussion among the 2014 Rabbit Island residents and residency co-founders Rob Gorski and Andrew Ranville.
Closing Reception: Sunday, September 28, 5pm, DeVos Art Museum
The Rabbit Island Residency, located on a remote island in Lake Superior, unofficially launched in 2010. This exhibition highlights the work of six artists and writers selected for official, supported, residencies in summer 2014. Featuring previous and new works by Nich Hance McElroy (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada); Elvia Wilk (Berlin, Germany); and the collaborative group, Waboozaki: Dr. Dylan Miner (Métis, East Lansing, Michigan), Dr. Julie Nagam (Anishinaabekwe-Métis, Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Dr. Nicholas Brown (Iowa City, Iowa), and Suzanne Morrissette (Cree-Métis, Toronto, Ontario, Canada).
Each artist plans to spend between two and four weeks on the island. Writer Elvia Wilk will explore themes of isolation, connection and the relationship between physical and virtual space through text-based works including essays and poems. The exhibition will present a series of poems written by Wilk displayed as posters in collaboration with designer Edwin Carter. Photographer Nich Hance McElroy will document the movements and migrations of people, nature and objects on and between the mainland and island. Waboozaki will work independently and collaboratively researching the Indigenous history of the island and surrounding area through ideas of borders, placemaking and mapping.
A full color, fully illustrated catalogue will be available in September with essays by the artists and designed by Edwin Carter. This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Support also provided by the NMU Department of English and the NMU Center for Native American Studies.