DON’T BREATHE, DON’T DRINK
March 18 – April 16, 2016
dc3 Art Projects is proud to unveil Saskatoon-based artist Ruth Cuthand’s largest mixed-media installation to date. Housed in it’s own space built specifically for the exhibition, Don’t Breathe, Don’t Drink expands upon the glass-beaded pathogens of Cuthand’s earlier work to create an all-encompassing installation exploring contamination and community.
An artist of Plains Cree and Scottish ancestry, Cuthand’s practice explores the frictions between cultures, the failures of representation, and the political uses of anger. Cuthand’s beaded portraits of infectious agents significant to indigenous people, past and present, were featured in the survey show of contemporary Canadian art, Oh, Canada, at MASS MoCA in 2012, which subsequently travelled across Canada.
A precursory version of Don’t Breathe, Don’t Drink was shown at the Mann Art Gallery in Prince Albert, SK in 2015, and Cuthand’s solo exhibition and accompanying catalogue, Back Talk, toured across Eastern Canada including Plug In ICA (Winnipeg, MB), Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery (Halifax, NS), and Mendel Art Gallery (Saskatoon, SK), amongst others. In 2013, Cuthand was awarded the Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Award and in 2015 was named an Alumni of Influence by the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan.
Ruth Cuthand holds an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan, and currently lives and works in Saskatoon, SK.