Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio: Featured Artist
January 8 to February 9 2018: Danielle Hogan
I am an interdisciplinary artist, writer, curator and practice-informed researcher with a Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick. I live in Fredericton, a city that sits on traditional unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq peoples.
My work is deeply inspired by networks of care among and across communities of women – “women’s work” – and I am an artist who is inspired by all things textile, and that thrives on thrifting and knitting. I am also the founding director of the intersectional feminist Gynocratic Art Gallery, or The GAG (www.gynocraticartgallery.com).
My studio and curatorial work embrace craftivism, DIY, women & gender studies broadly, in addition to other social justice issues. My doctoral dissertation investigates the negative effects of femaffect on textiles in art. I first coined the term ‘femaffect’ in 2016, it’s a word that specifically addresses an affect (or feeling) that has been feminized - either intentionally or unintentionally. In my research, I study the effects of femaffect on women and other members of LGBTG2+ communities, as it relates to their use of textiles in visual art.
Curatorially speaking, I am interested in investigating the powers of display, conditions of presentation, and social production of value, as well as in challenging the art world’s dominant myth of the ‘single creative genius’.
WATCH OUT, January’s artist residency title, is telling. Watch Out is an expectation and a possibility; it is a forewarning and a premonition; and, it is a declaration.
Newer, bigger and better: 2018 finds the Beaverbrook Art Gallery an institution with a vibrant history behind it, and an exciting, bold future before it. As a relevant and lively new space for art and ideas, the Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence studio will be a space to engage in the major conversations of our time.
WATCH OUT is the Gallery’s first residency of the year and, its first-ever artist-curatorial residency. Over the course of four weeks, artist, writer, curator, and academic, Dr. Danielle Hogan will guide visitors in both formal and informal events designed to engage individuals to think more deeply about our experiences at art galleries.
Danielle will encourage visitors to examine the functions that galleries play within our communities. They will be asked to reflect on what sort of experiences art can offer them, and to ponder what sort of meaningful experiences they take away (or would like to take away) from their time spent with art.
Danielle will be working with visitors, encouraging them to share their observations and ideas with each other and with members of the gallery team. WATCH OUT aims is to bring to light threads from conversation, and yarns that too often drop from our view. WATCH OUT will witness, it will create and host conversations around reconciliation, global migration, immigration, race, and gender.
Danielle will engage visitors both in the Bruno Bobak Artist-in-Residence Studio as well as around the galleries, seeking to understand better what communities need and expect from their engagements with arts and culture. Having curated exhibitions at Maltwood Gallery in Victoria BC., at the University of New Brunswick, and online at the Gynocratic Art Gallery (a space she created in 2015), Danielle has curated a corresponding exhibition at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, WATCH OUT, featuring works from the permanent collection.
Activities offered as part of the residency include:
- A weekly tour of the exhibition Watch Out, offered by Danielle.
- The lunch hour event Pink Lunch Box
- A daily, feminist intervention project playfully titled Low Impact Cleaning. This daily-action has been designed to draw attention to how, and where, women’s creative output has been historically overlooked. Low Impact Cleaning will involve the simple placement of one yellow janitor sign (that will be moved around daily and photographed for a blog that visitors can follow ), strategically placed to raise questions. This part of Hogan’s residency will engage the public in conversation about art collections generally, and about the future of collecting.