(Left) Todd Gronsdahl, G.A.S.P.R. 2, 2019, recycled wood, Masonite, fuel line, 18.5”(h) x 13.5(w). Photo by Todd Gronsdahl. (Middle) Todd Gronsdahl, G.A.S.P.R., 2017, foam core, recycled wood, duct tape, vacuum form plastic, acrylic glue, 21 ½" x 22 ¼" x 54 ½". Photo by Sam de Lange. From The Saskatchewan Arts Board Permanent Collection. (Right) Todd Gronsdahl, Saskatchewan Maritime Museum, installation image, Kenderdine Art Gallery, 2017. Photo by Matt Ramage at Studio D Photography.
Todd Gronsdahl: The Saskatchewan Maritime Museum
December 12, 2019 - February 22, 2020
Taking the form of a faux museum, Todd Gronsdahl's The Saskatchewan Maritime Museum finds its inspiration in actual Saskatchewan events and waterways. The museum's exhibits detail the eccentric inventions and bizarre adventures of Gronsdahl's fictional characters. These characters include polymath, aquatist, and bon vivant Charles Gaspar, and Frankwin Persephony Marquis, who aimed to secure a place in Saskatchewan Maritime history through an ill-conceived, ill-considered, and ill-equipped mission.
Gronsdahl's choice of materials — his sculptures often include recycled wood and duct tape — signal his kinship to the countless bricoleurs and amateur inventors toiling in sheds and barns across the province.
Gronsdahl exposes the untrustworthy nature of all histories and museums as constructions that serve a political end. The Saskatchewan Maritime Museum is a humorous comment on the creation of a national and provincial identity through the mechanisms of military infrastructure and sport. At the same time, The Saskatchewan Maritime Museum is an invitation to dream of an alternate history that celebrates creation, and collectivism.
Self-guided tour pamphlet click here
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Praise & Press for the Saskatchewan Maritime Museum
The public and media response to Todd Gronsdahl's wonderfully wonky and insightfully incisive exhibition, The Saskatchewan Maritime Museum, has been incredible. Check out these interviews and articles:
CBC's As It Happens (aired December 16, 2019): https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-2-as-it-happens/clip/15751846-the-exception-that-proves-the-misrule
CBC Regina's The Morning Edition (live on-air December 12, 2019): https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-66-the-morning-edition-sask
Ashley Martin of the Regina Leader-Post wrote an extensive and informative article about Gronsdahl's The Saskatchewan Maritime Museum, published in the December 19, 2019 edition and available to read online here: https://leaderpost.com/entertainment/local-arts/todd-gronsdahl-invents-whimsical-artistic-sask-maritime-museum
Opening reception with artist-led exhibition walk-through: December 12, 2019, 7 PM
Guided by an exploration of the unexpected and a commitment to collaboration, FadaDance Troupe perform a new 20-minute work entitled Wide Berth developed in response to Todd Gronsdahl's exhibition The Saskatchewan Maritime Museum at the Art Gallery of Regina. FREE. February 8, 2020 7:30 PM
Todd Gronsdahl's project was supported in part by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. The Saskatchewan Maritime Museum was previously exhibited at the Kenderdine Art Gallery (curator Leah Taylor) following a one-month residency during which Gronsdahl developed this body of work.