NEIL CAMPBELL / LUKE PARNELL￼
November 21st, 2020 - January 20th, 2021
Neon Reconciliation Explosion is a collaborative installation work. It was started in 2018 as a participatory work where Parnell designed a wooden panel shaped like the front of a house and drew on it a butterfly design. This piece is made of 44 different panels that were shared amongst 55 community members. This participatory artwork asked for volunteers to reflect on their personal understanding of reconciliation and paint the panel. The bottom centre panel was created by Parnell and reflects his own disappointment with calls for reconciliation and the stories of Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine. A circle in Parnell’s panel is left hollow, revealing the material underneath the surface of the work, marked by carvings of the initials CB and TF in memory of Boushie and Fontaine. This work demands a critical engagement with ideas of reconciliation, asking for us to look beyond the surface and into the lived realities of Indigenous people in this place we now call Canada.
LUKE PARNELL, NEON RECONCILIATION EXPLOSION, 2020, 7 X 12’, COLLABORATIVE INSTALLATION, ACRYLIC ON BIRCH PLYWOOD, PINE, PRESSWOOD
NEIL CAMPBELL, UNTITLED, 2020, 105 X 96", ACRYLIC ON PANEL