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Oxygen Art Centre Presents:

Virtual juried youth exhibition, If I Can’t Dance To It, It’s Not My Revolution featuring artwork, artist talks, and more by Josh Franklin, Meadow Kroeger, Spencer Legebokoff, Katherine Victoria MacKay, and Bethany Pardoe.

Selected by jurors Marilyn Lee and Ian Johnston, the group exhibition brings together talented young artists working in a variety of mediums—from virtual reality to painting to ceramics to mixed media. The virtual exhibition format has been developed as a response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, while also creating space to celebrate young artists and highlighting the need for cultural engagement during social distancing.

If I Can’t Dance To It, It’s Not My Revolution also includes new, commissioned literary works by emerging poets and authors, Nelson Aiken, Spencer Legebokoff, Suki Simington, and Hailey Viers.

Website made by Cristian Hernandez, co-founder (with Juli Majer) of DDOOGG, an alt-comics press whose publications emphasize experimentation and abstraction. Cristian will begin his MA in Science and Technology Studies at UBC this Fall.

The group exhibition’s title is in part derived from a similar phrase by feminist anarchist and writer, Emma Goldman (1869-1940), and further appropriated by Toronto-based band, DOOMSQUAD on their album, Let Yourself Be Seen (2019).

If I Can’t Dance To It, It’s Not My Revolution invokes the hope and horror of the contemporary moment. For significant social change to be effective it needs to engage the creative cortex, one that includes both the mind and the heart.

Acknowledgments:

Oxygen Art Centre is an artist-run centre located in Nelson, B.C.

Oxygen Art Centre acknowledges with gratitude that we are located on the unceded traditional territory of the sn̓ʕay̓ckstx, Sinixt Arrow Lakes, and the Yaqan Nukij Lower Kootenay Band peoples. We recognize the enduring presence of First Nations people on this land.

We are grateful for the financial support we receive from Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, BC Gaming, Province of BC, Government of Canada, Vancouver Foundation, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, Columbia Basin Trust, Osprey Community Foundation, Nelson Lions Club, and Nelson and District Credit Union.

We offer thanks to Elephant Mountain Literary Festival and other key partners including Hall Printing, Speedpro Signs, and Selkirk College for their support. We especially thank all of our volunteers, donors, and members.