Contact: Michele McKenzie
Art & Music Librarian
Berkeley Public Library
Erika Gagnon’s Digital Spirits at Berkeley Public Library
Berkeley, October 15—In conjunction with Native American Heritage Month in November, Canadian photographer and multimedia artist Erika Gagnon presents her exhibition Digital Spirits at the Central Library from September 29 – December 7, 2014. Her work is in the Catalog Lobby on the first floor of the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge Street. She will give an Artist Talk on Sunday, November 9 at 2 pm in the third floor Community Meeting Room.
The digital collage series, Shadow Catcher Revisited, is the central focus of the show. Gagnon blends historical Native American portraits by turn of the century U.S. photographer Edward S. Curtis, along with her own photographs, scanned objects and other imagery. She brings these ancient spirits into the present day, creating a powerful visual, emotional and political commentary on the state of our Indigenous peoples over the course of the last century. Also on exhibit is the digital collage series, The Americas, an exploration into the Indigenous traditions and medicines of North, South and Central America, as well as other photo composite works. For more about this program call 510-981-6241 or visit the library’s website: www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org
Erika Gagnon is a Canadian Multi-Media artist of mixed blood heritage, which includes French Canadian, Japanese and Native American ancestry. Gagnon holds a BFA degree, honors in Graphic Design from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She recently moved to the San Francisco Bay area to further her education and creative interests, which include her newfound exploration into the digital arts and especially photo composite work. In the last two years, her work has been selected for over 30 National and International juried group exhibitions in the United States. For more information visit www.erikagagnon.com, or contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library (www.berkeleylibraryfriends.org).
The Central Library is located at 2090 Kittredge Street and is open Monday, noon - 8 pm, Tuesday, 10 am - 8 pm, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm, and Sunday from 1 pm - 5 pm.
Wheelchair accessible. For questions, to request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations for this event, please call (510) 981-6195 (voice) or (510) 548-1240 (TTY); at least five working days will help ensure availability. Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs. Visit the library’s website: www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.
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