Learning to Tie – Kevin McKenzie
May 2019 - July 2019
Learning to Tie
May 15 – July 12, 2019
Kevin McKenzie is Cree/Métis, born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He is a member of the Cowessess First Nation of Saskatchewan, Treaty 4.
McKenzie earned his BFA and is currently enrolled in the MFA program, at the Department of Visual Arts, University of Regina.
He has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Indian Art Centre, Sakewewak First Nations Artist Collective Inc. and the Department of visual Arts, University of Regina.
McKenzie has exhibited nationally and internationally, notable exhibitions include, Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation II, Museum of Arts and Design, New York. He also participated in Don’t Stop Me Now, National Gallery of Canada. If We Never Met, Pataka Art Gallery Museum, New Zealand. His work is represented in Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound, at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institute, New York, November 2017- Jan. 2019.
McKenzie’s art work is represented in the collections of; the National Gallery of Canada, the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Manitoba Hydro Corporation, the President’s Art Collection University of Regina, First Nations University of Canada, Comox Valley Art Gallery and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. He has a permanent public sculpture in Whistler B.C. commissioned by VANOC Cultural Olympiad 2010.
Kevin currently lives and works in Regina, Saskatchewan, where his multi disciplined art practice is constantly evolving.
The urban environment and the city scape are reflected in aspects of my work. Materials and process are interwoven with the narrative. Indigenous research methodologies are what inform my aesthetic. With lightning fast internet and social media platforms it’s hard for one to distinguish what is real, in this day and age.
Indigenous aesthetic is at the heart of my object making…in the form of simulacrum. I’ve replaced the real for the hyper real by utilizing latex for skin, polyurethane for bone, acrylic, neon and for pigment. Indigenous motifs and iconography are ever present in my output.