CHON Interview with Shane Wilson about Sculpture Unveilings



LINK: Listen to this CHON FM Radio interview on YouTube

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Peter Novak, CHON FM Host - Canadian Roots
It's exactly sixteen minutes before one o'clock on Canadian Roots, from CHON FM.

This evening in Whitehorse, at the Yukon Arts Centre, there will be an unveiling of some new works of sculpture. Joining me now is the artist, Shane Wilson.
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'Gaia, 2009' Unveiled in Haines Junction

LINK: Watch Shane's Artist Talk about Gaia

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Mike Crawshay, Haines Junction Art Acquisition Committee
I don't know if everybody is here but we are six people: Julie Bauer, Patti Moore, Bridget Gatsby, Wolf Reidl, Eric Stinson and myself. It's one of the most fun committees I've ever been on because we just get to pic what we like. It really is fun. Lots of committees are all sorts of hard work but we give all the hard work to Darlene Sillery - she does all that stuff for us, and we basically get to pic what we like and we hope you like it too.

Say when! (Unveiling ... Applause)


Mike Crawshay and Wolf Riedl unveil 'Gaia', Nov 21, 2009
Mike Crawshay and Wolf Riedl unveil 'Gaia' (photo by Steve Osborne)

Come on out Shane. On behalf of the Art Acquisition Committee and the Community of Haines Junction, thank you! (Applause)

Would you like to say something about the work?


Moment of 'Gaia' Unveiling, Haines Junction, Nov 21, 2009
'Gaia' receives a warm welcome upon its unveiling in Haines Junction (photo by Steve Osborne)

Shane Wilson, Sculptor
It's an abstract piece, as you can see, with carved moose antlers and the skull is made out of bronze and the base is bronze as well. The antlers just attach onto the skull.

Before I go any further, though, I just want to thank the Art Acquisition Committee and Council for having the foresight to support the Arts.

Sculptor Shane Wilson explains 'Gaia' during artist's talk, Nov 21, 2009
Shane Wilson, Sculptor, explains some of the meaning of 'Gaia' during his artist's talk (photo by Steve Osborne)

It says so much about the community and it says so much about the community to the world, as well, that people here think art is important. I think that will bode well for the future of your community. People will want to be part of this community because of its interest in art and culture. Read More...

'Self Portrait, 2009' and 'Candle Ice, 1999' Unveiled at Yukon Arts Centre

LINK: Watch Shane's Artist Talk at the Yukon Arts Centre

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Mary Bradshaw, Director, Yukon Arts Centre Gallery
Beside me here is Shane Wilson, as many of you know. He is a long-time Yukoner, although he has defected to Vancouver Island, B.C., although he still definitely has a strong connection here and we are really excited to have his pieces of art in our collection to share with you and Yukoners.


Shane Wilson, Sculptor, introduced by Mary Bradshaw, YAC Gallery Director (photo by Kathy Bowers)

Shane is a master carver in antler, bone, horn, mammoth tusk, stone and now bronze. This is actually my first time seeing his bronze work, so it's quite exciting.

Shane has donated "Candle Ice", which is just around the corner. This piece has been in our collection since December, 2008. We just quietly put it out there and so now is our official, "Look, here it is!" A brand new piece that's just, literally, finished this year, "Self Portrait", is on the plinth. That's musk ox horn, bronze and jade. Shane's going to talk about each of the pieces individually after I'm done here.

This piece here, with the moose antlers, is going to Haines Junction and we are just getting a sneak peak. It's official unveiling is Saturday in Haines Junction.

So, let me hand it over to Shane and just say, more than anything, maybe we can give him a really big hand of applause, it's just a really big thank you! Shane is tremendously kind, he's humble, and super talented and we're really excited to be working with him.


Piers McDonald and Shane Wilson, Sculptor, at YAC Gallery unveiling (photo by Jack Bowers)

Shane Wilson, Sculptor
Art, at least art as I know it, comes out of the right brain, so it's not language based. There are concepts and ideas that percolate in our right brains that come out as images, that come out as flashes of inspiration, that come out as all kinds of different things.

And my art, at least the art you are seeing here tonight, is primarily that, it's right brainish kind of stuff. And then what happens is that as you create it, sometimes you don't really know why, but as you go along your left brain figures out what you're doing and provides a narrative.
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Two Yukon Sculpture Unveilings

I'd like to share two Yukon unveilings to which you are invited:


In Whitehorse, November 18 at 7:00PM at the Yukon Arts Centre Gallery, 'Self Portrait' by Shane Wilson will be unveiled. Two years in the making, 'Self Portrait' is a sculpture created from carved musk ox horns, a carved bronze wolf skull, resting on a jade base. 'Self Portrait' will be donated jointly by Earl Bennett and Shane Wilson, in full, to the Yukon Arts Centre Permanent Art Collection.



In Haines Junction, November 21, starting at 5:00PM, 'Gaia: A Moose Skullpture' by Shane Wilson will be unveiled. 'Gaia' is a large bronze and antler sculpture created for the Haines Junction Permanent Art Collection and will be donated in full by the artist. The unveiling is part of a larger community celebration.

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CBC Whitehorse, Noon Show: Artist Reunited and Skullpture Donation




(moose antler skull carving, moose antler skull sculpture)
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Cheryl Kawaja, Host, CBC Whitehorse Noon Show
Well Shane Wilson is unveiling a new work of art and hoping to put an old one back together.

The former Yukoner is now based in British Columbia. He's back in the Territory to unveil a series of sculptures in Haines Junction.

He's also hoping to take a look at a carving that was damaged in a recent theft. "Yukon Seasons" is an elaborately carved moose head, lifted from the Canada Games Centre last year. After being on the wanted list for several months it was finally returned but the thieves had damaged the piece.

Shane Wilson obviously has a lot on his plate but he's taken some time out to chat with me here this afternoon.
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'Skullpture Series', 2007 by Shane Wilson - Preliminary Unveiling

In 2007, the Haines Junction Permanent Art Collection acquired the 'Skullpture Series' (as a donation in full by the artist), and will mount the series permanently in the beautiful St. Elias Convention Centre, which overlooks the majestic Auriol Range of the St. Elias Mountains within Kluane National Park, Haines Junction, Yukon.

A preliminary unveiling took place on Canada Day, July 1, 2008. Shane flew to the Yukon for the occasion, courtesy of the Municipality of Haines Junction. The Westmark Whitehorse provided accommodation while he was in Whitehorse.

Skullpture Series Preliminary Unveiling, St Elias Convention Centre, Haines Junction, Yukon (carved bronze skulls)
Claire Cherepak takes a closer look at 'Human 2', carved bronze by Shane Wilson

Skullpture Series Preliminary Unveiling, St Elias Convention Centre, Haines Junction, Yukon (carved bronze skulls)
Shane Wilson speaking about his recently created 'Skullpture Series', donated in full to the Municipality of Haines Junction to be displayed at the St. Elias Convention Centre, unveiled on Canada Day, 2008

Skullpture Series Preliminary Unveiling, St Elias Convention Centre, Haines Junction, Yukon (carved bronze skulls)
Residents of Haines Junction take a look at 'Skullpture Series', on display at the St. Elias Convention Centre, July 1, 2008
(bronze carving, carved bronze sculpture)

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'Skullpture Series' - Unveiling in Permanent Home

Darlene Sillery, Acting CAO of the Municipality of Haines Junction, sends the following pics and commentary from the unveiling of the carved bronze Skullpture Series:

"The unveiling of the carved bronze Skullpture Series in Haines Junction, took place during a concert by Fred Eaglesmith at intermission.  The concert had 106 people in attendance, some of whom were present for the unveiling of the carved bronze sculpture and almost all dropped by during the intermission and following the concert to look at the sculpture.

Skullpture Series Unveiling in Display Cases, St Elias Convention Centre, Haines Junction, Yukon (carved bronze skulls)
The chair of the Art Acquisition Selection Committee, Councillor Mike Crawshay, spoke prior to unveiling the carved bronze sculpture. He explained the role of the Committee and talked about the four art acquisitions to date and the donation of the bronze Skullpture Series to the Village of Haines Junction.  He also explained the process that resulted in the bronze Skullpture Series display cabinets being built.


Skullpture Series Unveiling in Display Cases, St Elias Convention Centre, Haines Junction, Yukon (carved bronze skulls)
The bronze sculpture was covered with tablecloths draped from the stair railings. When these were lifted following Mike's talk, there were collective oohs and aahs all around!

Skullpture Series Unveiling in Display Cases, St Elias Convention Centre, Haines Junction, Yukon (carved bronze skulls)
The carved bronze Skullpture Series was very well received. The sculptures look stunning in their new cabinets!"

Skullpture Series Unveiling in Display Cases, St Elias Convention Centre, Haines Junction, Yukon (carved bronze skulls)
(bronze skullpture carving, bronze skull sculpture)

LINKS - Skullpture Series Information Sheets on Display:
SkullptureSeries2007
SkullptureSeries-WIP
SkullptureSeries-Bio

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