How to drown a fish – new work by Travis Shilling
through 26 March 2011
The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON
Open 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily on 3rd and 4th floors
Travis Shilling is a paint chronicler. He captures the hidden in the visible – after-effects and fall-outs from events real and imagined. Travis’ series, How to drown a fish, marks out territories of disaster and survival. Asking how one drowns a fish is asking the impossible because human and animal alike adapt to inner and outer hardship. Still, people try to drown a fish every day, through damaging the environment or self-destruction. Travis’ work reflects a rich imagination and exceptional skill. These paintings juxtapose civilization and the animal world in a narrative dreamscape.
Travis was born in Rama, Ontario. He is the second of two artist sons of acclaimed Aboriginal artist Arthur Shilling. Travis has exhibited in Canada, Europe and the U.S. He travels between studios in Rama and Toronto.
Also a filmmaker and playwright, Travis’ short film, Bear Tung, featuring Gary Farmer, is a selection in the Alaska Native Heritage Center Indigenous World Film Festival and the 2011 National Museum of American Indian Film and Video Festival. Bear Tung was shown at both the New York Film Festival and the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival in 2010. www.travisshilling.com
How to drown a fish is presented by the Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts (ANDPVA), Canada’s oldest Indigenous arts service organization promoting, supporting, and presenting Indigenous arts. www.andpva.com .