Joseph Tisiga’s first solo exhibition with Parisian Laundry presents a selection of paintings and watercolours. A series of paintings on un-stretched canvas portray characters from the iconic Archie comic books interacting with representational tropes of indigenous culture. Watercolours reference a Kaska folk legend that features a man-eating mythical beast, disguises and transformation, reinterpreted here in paved car lots, spray painted on brick walls, and in awkward displays of genitalia. Astroturf makes an appearance. Transmissions of proxy occur. And, the casualties of heuristics are revealed. In the works assembled for IBC: Dystopic Autonomy Joseph Tisiga continues to reflect on history, hybrid identities and an evolving personal mythology. His work combines imagery inspired by social and philosophical influences that have shaped his perspective. Ultimately, Tisiga’s work reflects a love of new approaches to storytelling; the more unconventional, the better.
Joseph Tisiga studied at Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design. He has had solo exhibitions at the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery (Kitchener, ON), Yukon Art Centre (Whitehorse, YT), Diaz Contemporary (Toronto, ON) and Arts Underground (Whitehorse, YT). Tisiga has also participated in several group exhibitions including INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE at The Winnipeg Art Gallery (Winnipeg, MB), Wood Land School: Kahatenhstánion tsi na’tetiatere ne Iotohrkó:wa tánon Iotohrha / Drawing Lines from January to December at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art (Montréal, QC), Oh, Canada at MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA, USA), An Evening Redness in the West at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, (Santa Fe, NM , USA), Larger Than Life at the Ottawa Art Gallery (Ottawa, ON ), The Painting Project: A Snapshot of Painting in Canada at UQAM Gallery (Montréal, QC) and Monster at the West Vancouver Museum (Vancouver, B.C .). Tisiga’s work can be found in institutional collections such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, the RBC Collection, as well as in numerous private collections. Tisiga was a finalist in the 2009 RBC Painting Competition and was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award in 2011. He was recently named a REVEAL Indigenous Art Award winner.
This exhibition has been organized in collaboration with Diaz Contemporary, Toronto.