It's Little Wonder

It's Little Wonder

Marcel Drama is as famous for his sparse root beer-soaked drawings of macabre scenes as he is for low fi videos populated by ketchup bloodied victims of unconvincing murderous bears. His low-fi sparse aesthetic and fanciful narrative especially held an appeal to artists emerging in the mid-2000s. This era of folky, homespun work, could be attributed to a moment where the widely available digital tools had been exploited to their practical end and streaming or social media had yet to appear. Dzama's work showed a DIY spirit and accessible technique that when paired with his (seemingly) sudden international success offered a compelling invitation to shake off convention and work more freely, quickly, and abundantly. many artists working in Saskatoon, and cohorts arriving from Winnipeg, the west coast and art schools in Alberta, seemed to have caught this wave and found homes in the local artist run centres, Tees and Persse building studios and the Royal Red Gallery. Many artists in this show have gone on to acclaim and obscurity, but perhaps this group of works can serve as a snapshot of Saskatoon in the mid 00's

Exhibition runs From November 2021 to February 2022

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