Greg Staats

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it dropped down their minds / for at least one day you should continue to think calmly

Created by Greg Staats at Trinity Square Video as part of its 2013 Artist-In-Residence Program it dropped down their minds / for at least one day you should think calmlyand in partnership with the Images Festival 2013

EXHIBITION ESSAY by JP Kelly

OPENING RECEPTION Saturday April 13, 2012  1-5PM

TSV GALLERY OPEN Monday – Friday 12-6PM  Saturday 12-4PM

Show runs until May 11. 2013

Greg Staats has been in the process of reconnecting with a traditional Haudenosaunee [Iroquois] restorative aesthetic that defines the multiplicity of relationships with trauma and renewal. Staats’ photographic, video and sculptural works are a study of the event-based actions that define condolence within a mnemonic continuum. In recent works – from real-time performance and live video feedback installation to vocode/buffer analogue manipulation – where Staats’ oral attempts affected the video signal of prerecorded wampum, language and trauma are activated via reciprocity of the body as receptacle which creates a repetitive signal replicating the intense oratory and performative burdens and phenomena of condolence. Using the screen as intermedia, Staats investigates trauma felt from his own existential displacement from the Mohawk language and subsequent relational worldview. This dissociation as liminal space offers both a temporal unfolding and a metaphysical embrace. The significance of death-purple wampum string and white strings (conduits of codified quahog shell beads), both aim to elevate the mind and to recognize complex trauma, dissociation and the existential loss of self, which are further amplified without language; Kanien’kehá:ka. While in residence, Staats will create and work on furthering gestural and performative video works while incorporating signal responses and a vocabulary of event-based memories.

Greg Staats has lived and worked in Toronto since 1985. He is a photographer
and video maker who draws on a traditional Mohawk restorative aesthetic that
defines the multiplicity inherent in relationships.

 

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TSV ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE 2013 – Greg Staats

it dropped down their minds / for at least one day you should continue to think calmly

Greg Staats, Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk), Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.  (b. Ohsweken, Ontario).

Trinity Square Video and the 26th Images Festival are excited to present a Toronto-based artist Greg Staats in TSV’s yearly Artist-in-Residence program, which aims to advance video’s expanding sphere of experimentation. From March 18th Staats will be using TSV as a space to create a new work which will premier at the Images Festival on April 13, 2013.

Greg Staats has been in the process of reconnecting with a traditional Haudenosaunee [Iroquois] restorative aesthetic that defines the multiplicity of relationships with trauma and renewal. Staats’ photographic, video and sculptural works are a study of the event-based actions that define condolence within a mnemonic continuum. In recent works from real-time performance, live video feedback installation to vocode/ buffer analog manipulation where Staats’ oral attempts affected the video signal of prerecorded wampum, language and trauma are activated via reciprocity of the body as receptacle which creates a repetitive signal replicating the intense oratory and performative burdens and phenomena of condolence. Using the screen as intermedia, Staats investigates trauma felt from his own existential displacement from the Mohawk language and subsequent relational worldview. This dissociation as liminal space offers a temporal generative unfolding and a metaphysical embrace. The message absorption of the signal/notification of death purple wampum string, and white strings (conduits of codified quahog shell beads) both aim to elevate the mind and to recognize and countervail complex trauma, dissociation and the existential loss of self, further amplified without language; Kanien’kehá:ka. While in residence Staats will create and work on furthering gestural and performative video works while incorporating signal responses and a vocabulary of event-based memories.

His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the McMaster Museum of Art, McMaster Univ. Hamilton, ON, Kitchener-Waterloo Arts Gallery,ON, Walter Philips Gallery, Banff, AB,Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, ON,  Mercer Union, Toronto, ON, Gallery TPW, Toronto, ON, articule Montreal, QC, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC, Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg MB.

Group exhibitions include; Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Sante Fe, NM, Ottawa Art Gallery, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art. Staats is the recipient of the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography. Staats served as Faculty for 2 Aboriginal Visual Arts Thematic Residencies: Archive Restored (2009) and Towards Language (2010) at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Staats lives and works in Toronto.

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