Gail Tremblay is featured in the exhibit Community and Continuity: Native American Art of New York at the Samuel Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, NY, on view through December 9.
Hyperallergic writer Nikki Lohr says:
"Still, it is refreshing – and exceptional – that Community and Continuity has 32 artists on view. Some, like Gail Tremblay (Mi’kmaq and Onondaga), have been on the arts scene for decades. Her pieces are visible coast to coast, in collections from the Smithsonian Institution in DC, to Microsoft’s headquarters in Seattle. For the work that appears in New Paltz, 'Dreaming of Wild Foods' (2013), Tremblay looped red, 16 mm movie film into the shape of a basket, using traditional basket-weaving techniques. With a curl of green film on top, the cylindrical vessel looks like a strawberry. The basket is outwardly playful, but its scarlet film has darker implications. Called 'Fishing at the Stone Weir' (1967), the movie on the film documents Netsilik Inuit demonstrating their fishing techniques. This might sound harmless, but according to Tremblay, the movie is presented in a manipulative manner — one that robs the subjects of their ability to represent themselves honestly. In response, Tremblay asserts some of her own power over the film; she twists and contorts the reel into shapes its creators never intended."
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