This collaborative installation between Terrance Houle and Wendy Redstar speaks to the shift of the traditional ways of the First Nations Plains people from Buffalo grounds to oil fields, and from war pony to the parading of jalopy “Rez Cars” at world renown powwows. This compromise between the old and new rings true in the materials of Motor Oil Buffalo Dress and War Pony! War Pony! which will also include Blackfoot/Crow translations.
Terrance Houle, born in Calgary, Alberta in 1975 is a registered member of the Blood Tribe. Involved with Aboriginal communities all his life, he has traveled to reservations throughout Canada and the United States to participating in Powwow dancing and other native ceremonies.
Terrance began his art career at the Alberta College of Art & Design in 1995. After a 2-year hiatus, he returned to his studies in 2000. In 2003 he graduated with a BFA in Fibre. He has developed an extensive portfolio that ranges from painting and drawing to video/film, mixed media, performance and installation. His works have been shown in Calgary, Vancouver also Toronto and internationally in Brisbane, Australia and Warwickshire, England.
Terrance has also had numerous screenings of his short video and film works in particular at Toronto’s 2004 Imagin- eNATIVE Film Festival winner of Best Experimental Film and 2004 ImagiNation Film Festival in Vancouver (2nd Prize Redwire Magazine Showcase), including the Calgary International Film Festival 2004. Terrance\'s work has been discussed in Alberta Views, New Tribe, Aboriginal Times and Artlink in Australia.
In the fall 2003 Terrance participated a Thematic Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. The Residency focused on 34 indigenous people working on issues of colonization and communion. Artist came from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Wendy Red Star was born in Billings, Montana just outside of the Crow Indian reservation where she was raised. She grew up in a multi-cultural family. Her mother is of Irish decent, her father a full blood Crow Indian and her older sister is Korean. Wendy left the Crow Indian reservation when she was eighteen to attend Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana where she studied sculpture. She then went on to earning her MFA in sculpture at UCLA. Wendy currently lives in Portland, Oregon where she is an adjunct professor of art at Portland State University.
Wendy Red Star’s work explores the intersection between life on the Crow Indian reservation and the world outside of that environment. She thinks of herself as a Crow Indian cultural archivist speaking sincerely about the experience of being a Crow Indian in contemporary society.
Her work has been shown at Helen E. Copeland gallery, Bozeman, MT, The Fondation Cartier L’Art Contemporain, Paris, France, The CSULB gallery, Long Beach, CA, Research & Development, Chicago, IL, The Museum Tower at MOCA, Los Angeles, CA, And/Or gallery, Dallas, TX, The UCLA New Wight gallery, Los Angeles, CA, The L.A. Munici- pal Art gallery, Los Angeles, CA, The Domaine De Kerguehennc, Brittany, France, The Hudson D. Walker gallery, Provincetown, MA, The Plush Gallery, Dallas TX, The Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, England, The Luckman gallery, Los Angeles, CA, and The Volitant gallery, Austin, Texas.