Artist Salon: Text-based Art with Whess Harman

  • Artist Salon
  • Saturday, March 16, 2024

    1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Above: Whess Harman

    Join us in-person for the artist talk and hands-on art-making social, or join online for the artist talk portion of this event.

    Artist and curator Whess Harman will discuss their practice and how art can be used as a tool of resistance. 

    For the in-person session, following the artist’s visual presentation, Whess will lead an art-making session using text as the starting point of an artwork.
    Suitable for artists of all skill levels, ages 16+.
    All materials provided.

    Registration is required.

    The first hour of this session will be hosted online as a live-streamed event, and recorded as a video for later viewing.

    Online Session Format: 1:00 – 2:00 PM

    • This event is a free live-streamed webinar on the Zoom platform. Registration is required to participate.
    • Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in real time.
    • Live English automated captions will be included using the Zoom platform. Captions are generally about 70% accurate.

    In-Person Session Format:
    Seating limited to 24 participants. Registration is required.

    1:00 – 2:00 pm:

    • Artist visual presentation will be hosted in person in the Gallery’s Program Room, and also  live-streamed to an online audience.
    • Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in real time and to hear questions from the online participants.

    2:00 – 4:00 pm:

    • The artist will lead a demonstration on using text as the basis of a textile artwork. Using stitching, paint, and various embellishments, develop a small textile project as you chat with new friends in this artist social. All materials provided.

    About the Artist:

    Whess Harman is a member of the Carrier Wit’at Nation, a nation amalgamated by the federal government under the Lake Babine Nation. He doesn’t like cops and believes in land sovereignty for Indigenous peoples all across the globe. In his arts practice he works primarily in drawing, text and textiles. As the curator at grunt gallery and occasional editor for a mish-mash of publications, he prioritizes emerging queer and BIPOC cultural workers and artists. Whess looks to the arts as one of many tools in fighting oppressive forces and can be a little fucking rude about it, when the occasion calls. If you saw him listed as an appetizer on a menu, it’d say that he’s trans, mentally ill, vegan-but-normal-about-it, GF-friendly and pairs well with soapberry ice cream in bisexual mood lighting.

    Whess currently resides on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples and always wonders about the best way to utilize a land acknowledgement to go beyond words. What does the land want? Probably not to pummel poor and houseless people. Probably not to shame and police drug-users or shut down safe injection sites. Probably not to shame and police sex workers. Probably not to treat trans men and especially trans women like they are unworthy and disposable. Probably not to divide ourselves from communities we should be fighting alongside. These are not issues separate of the land; is a land acknowledgement enough to be a good guest and neighbour?

    The Artist Salon is an opportunity for emerging and established visual artists to learn from arts professionals and discuss opportunities in the arts community. Each month presents a different guest presenter for inspirational talks and professional development advice for visual artists.

    Past online sessions from 2020 onwards were recorded and may be viewed online at the RAG@Home Artist Salon videos.


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