How the Sky Carries the Sun

January 13 - March 13, 2022

Katherine Boyer

opening reception: Thursday, January 13, 7-9 pm

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Images: (LEFT or TOP in mobile view) Digital image courtesy of the artist. (RIGHT or BOTTOM in mobile view) Katherine Boyer, The Vest [detail], fir 2x4 boards, seed beads on smoked hide, 2021. Photograph courtesy of the artist.

How the Sky Carries the Sun is a universe that extends beyond the artist's complex and seemingly dichotomous identity (Métis and white Settler). This exhibition explores Boyer's internalized dualities, expressed as the relationship between the sun and the sky. Boyer uses the exhibition title as an invisible through-line for structural support to explore the edges of a Queer, Métis phenomenology. Phenomenology helps the artist ask, "Am I the sky or am I the sun?" an important question about disorganized experiences and self-consciousness.


Featuring entirely new work, How the Sky Carries the Sun places hard and soft components in complementary and mutually supportive relationships that lay the ground for this internal yet critical dialogue. Further, How the Sky Carries the Sun is the axis that allows Boyer to rotate between process and materials: cyanotypes depicting garden plants, lightboxes that use quilting but act as trusses, and knots that close obsessive cycles of labour. Working in this way moves closer toward an erasure of the dichotomous experience.

The artist acknowledges the support of the University of Manitoba's School of Art and the Terry G. Falconer Emerging Researcher Award.

*In this context, a helpful description of phenomenology comes from author Sara Ahmed: "Phenomenology can offer a resource for queer studies insofar as it emphasizes the importance of lived experience, the intentionality of consciousness, the significance of nearness or what is ready-to-hand, and the role of repeated and habitual actions in shaping bodies and worlds." Ahmed, Sara. Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others. Duke University Press, Durham and London, 2006. Page 2.

Due to COVID-19 disruptions, the Art Gallery of Regina rescheduled Katherine Boyer's solo exhibition, Where the Sky Carries the Sun. During our gallery closure, the Art Gallery of Regina, in partnership with AKA Artist-Run (Saskatoon), offered intimate glimpses into Boyer's online sketchbook. 

For more information about Boyer's project, Where the Sky Carries The Sun, that launched on www.tofeelclose.com on October 27, 2020, visit our online exhibitions tab.


Katherine Boyer, Where the Sky Carries the Sun, 2020.


Elevate & Holon

March 18 - May 1, 2022

Nikki Middlemiss & Peter Tucker

Nikki Middlemiss uses drawing to investigate the world, the unseen and the fortuitous magic of material experimentation. The artist creates a delicate dialogue with place, materials and marks, tracing a personal and sensitive record of time through line and evidence of deterioration.


Sculptor Peter Tucker shapes wood with reverence and empathy for the bodies of trees. Though not figurative, his gently curving sculptures that enfold viewers within their finely sculpted bulk are self-portraits. Each hand-smoothed surface, ingenious join and rippled wood grain tells of his experiences as a biracial adoptee. The spiraling structure of Holon, comprised of dozens of oblongs of different varieties of wood, optimistically imagines a diverse group moving as one.

Abstraction is often perceived as encoded with the worst elements of toxic masculinity emerging in the mid-twentieth century: disconnected, unfeeling, chilly intellectualism. Middlemiss and Tucker give form to the deeply felt and inexpressible in the spare essentials of abstraction: line, mass, and material.

TOP: Nikki Middlemiss, Elevate,  2019. (photo courtesy the artist and Guy L'Heureux); BOTTOM: Peter Tucker, Holon, 2020. (photo courtesy of Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery)