"The Evening News"
Jim Logan, "The Evening News," 2001, acrylic on masonite, 18" x 24".
By Jennifer MacLeod
Jim Logan now lives in Ottawa following several years in Nova Scotia, but his show this spring at Bearclaw Gallery marks a return to his Yukon community paintings, says gallery owner Jackie Bugera. "We haven't seen these scenes for a few years," she says, but they are the same type of scenes that Logan started with based on his experiences as a lay minister on a northern Native reserve. The artist uses a bright and colourful naive style to portray life on the reserve, including its unhappy social problems - what he calls the "quiet condition."
"I portray both sadness and happiness," explains Logan. "It is not my goal to show only one side of life but to show how much we are alike and how much we differ." In recent years Logan has experimented with collage and computer art, and has explored comparisons between European and Aboriginal art history. Logan's show, entitled Twenty-Four Songs, runs April 26 to May 8, 2003, at Bearclaw Gallery in Edmonton.