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Duane Linklater (Omaskêko Cree, b. 1976)

The place I seek to go

Date: 2014
Medium: Coyote fur, garment rack, hanger, flat-screen TV, Apple Mac mini, digital video, cables
Object Dimensions: 66 x 132 x 20 in. (167.64 x 335.28 x 50.8 cm)
Credit Line: Collection of Remai Modern, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Purchased with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Grants program, 2016
Photo Credit: Installation view from But the sun is up and you’re going?, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver, 2014. Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver. Photo: SITE Photography

Linklater’s use of pelts in sculptural works was inspired by visits to Fur Harvesters Auction in North Bay, Ontario, which is one of the last such auctions in North America and an international destination for trappers and commercial buyers. Although the furs circulate within this market context, the artist believes that they retain a residue of animal liveliness and spirit. Across the 2014 series of which this work is a part, Linklater’s poetic titles and juxtapositions suggest humanlike qualities and amplify a sense of kinship. Here, the artist pairs a lone coyote pelt with a video that depicts his hand moving through a series of positions he adopted during his youth to conceal a damaged finger.

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