Art and Cold Cash - A Conversation: Imported Concepts of Art/Capitalism in the Canadian Arctic
I am proposing a partially "staged" conversation as an extension of the activities of the five-person artists' collective named Art and Cold Cash. Jack Butler, Sheila Butler and Patrick Mahon are Canadian artists who have lived and worked in the Canadian Arctic. Since 2004 this group has produced exhibitions and publications collaboratively with Inuit artist William Noah and video producer Ruby Arngna'naaq. These two members of the collective have lived through the change from barter economy to capitalism in Baker Lake, Nunavut, Canada. Art and Cold Cash seeks to discuss/explore contemporary Inuit art within a politics of interpretation in southern urban centres. It also acknowledges that in reference to nineteenth and twentieth century art history, art works as commodities occupy troubled ground everywhere in the Western world. In a recently published conversation, the five members of the collective entered into a conversation that reveals radically different views of monetary and artistic exchange. I propose to extend that conversation, including visual images, to include the participants at the Conference, to invite an exchange of views about Art and Cold Cash in contemporary practice beyond Canada.
Keywords: Visual Art, Globalization, Art and Capitalism
Prof. Sheila Butler
Professor Emerita, Dept. of Visual Arts, Art and Cold Cash Collective