Gail Tremblay
Reframing images, Conceptualizing Indigenous Art
April 30 - June 1, 2013

Gail Tremblay
In Reframing Images, Conceptualizing Indigenous Art, Gail Tremblay, a member of the Onondaga and Micmac Nations, continues her use of nontraditional materials - 16 and 35mm film stock and colorful film leader - to weave baskets in traditional forms. Delicately interlaced and stitched with metallic thread, they are fragile and attractive objects that bristle with bright loops and intriguing glimpses of cinematic images. The content of the film used is chosen with intent and is integral to the work. Many of these pieces use film from a short documentary called Play and Cultural Continuity, Part VI: Montana Indian Children. Contrary to the film's thesis, Tremblay argues that the “play” described is not a collection of games and distractions but the serious work of preserving tradition. By reclaiming and repurposing a medium that has historically reinforced stereotypes of American Indians, Tremblay engages in a multifaceted dialogue in the confluence of Indigenous and mainstream culture.