Robert Houle and Don Hall

Curated by: Gerald McMaster

9 January 1997 - 15 February 1997
Opening Reception 9 January 1997 8pm

Ghostwriter #3: A Project Room Series

Featuring Robert Houle and Don Hall

A View of Things

Mercer Union is pleased to present Ghostwriter #3, the third in a series of five project room exhibitions which posit artmaking and writing as interlocked processes. Each exhibition is a collaborative project formed by the fusion of the Ghostwriter/curator and the artist(s) he/she chooses to work with. Each Ghostwriter was selected based on their own visual and written productions, which reflect a diversity of disciplines and communities.

For A View of Things, Gerald McMaster has invited artists Robert Houle and Don Hall to present contemporary views on native culture. Houle is a painter and installation artist who examines well-known historical events, interpreting them from an aboriginal perspective, while photographer Don Hall explores objects in a prairie landscape that undergo changes while simultaneously influencing change.

Gerald McMaster has been the Curator of Contemporary Indian Art at the Canadian Museum of Civilization since 1981 as well as a prominent Canadian visual artist. His more recent solo exhibition Savage Graces: “afterimages” travelled across Canada in 1994/95, while his curated exhibitions have been exhibited internationally. Robert Houle’s past solo exhibitions have included Pontiac’s Conspiracy, 1996, Premises for Self Rule, 1994 and Kanata, Robert Houle’s Histories, 1993. His site-specific piece produced for Mercer Union is related to Pontiac’s Conspiracy, exhibited at Garnet Press Gallery in 1996. Don Hall has exhibited nationally since the mid-1970’s including The Cowboy Showat The Susan Whitney Gallery, Regina, 1996 and his solo exhibition, European Photographs, 1989.

The Ghostwriter anthology documenting all five Ghostwriter exhibitions will be available by early summer, 1996. This exhibition has been generously supported by the Canadian Image Project through the Canadian Museums Association and the Department Of Canadian Heritage.