NDN Ironworker (Peter)
LED firebox with transmounted lightjet duratrans, 2020
51 1/2 x 39 1/2 x 7 in, 130.8 x 100.3 x 17.8 cm
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Sold for: $28,125
Preview at: Vancouver Art Gallery, 4th Floor
Donated by the Artist
Dana Claxton, quoted on an exhibition label for Dana Claxton: Fringing the Cube, October 27, 2018 - February 3, 2019
Dana Claxton is a critically acclaimed artist who works in film, video, photography, single and multi-channel video installation and performance art. Her work has been shown internationally at such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Walker Art Centre and the Sundance Film Festival. Her work is held in Canadian public and private collections, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Audain Museum. She has received numerous awards including the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2020), the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation’s VIVA Award (2001), the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship, The Ramon John Hnatyshyn (RJH) Award and the YWCA Women of Distinction Award. She is Head and an Associate Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory with the University of British Columbia. Her family reserve is Wood Mountain Lakota First Nations located in Southwest Saskatchewan and she resides in Vancouver.
This work stems from Claxton’s series NDN Ironworkers (2018), that features photographic portraits of Indigenous workers who assemble steel reinforcing bar for the construction of office and residential towers in Vancouver. While celebrating their skilled but often unrecognized labour, these works also speak to her interest in what she describes as “the working body as a means to live, be creative, work against the clock, work for the clock, work in spite of the clock—the labour/ed body swings, carries, cuts, types, rolls and folds.”
Accompanying this lot is a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist and dated May 26, 2021.
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