Left: Sea to Sky: A Ballistic Missile Defense System, installation at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design Concourse gallery. Photo by Travis Bothner. 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.
Opening reception with artist-led exhibition walk-through: December 12, 2019, 7 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.