Rob Friday: Food and Medicine


First Nations artist, Rob Friday presents “Food and Medicine” at Blink Gallery August 4th to 7th, 2016.

Reception: Thursday, August 4th, 7:30 to 10:00 pm.

Poetry Reading Sunday, August 7th, 4:00 pm

While primarily a painter, in this exhibition Friday will also explore the intricacy of paper ‘quilling’ to re-imagine the Sacred Plants of his ancestors. Friday will depict plants and crops integral to the traditions and beliefs of the Ojibway people. The mixed media show will inform viewers of the many uses of these plants in traditional ceremonies (cedar, sage, tobacco and sweetgrass) and community gatherings (sisters soup consisting of corn, beans and squash). A refreshing drink of traditional cedar (iced) tea will be served.

Rob Friday is a self­taught multi­disciplinary First Nations artist. Raised in Temagami, educated in Toronto and now residing in Ottawa, his artwork melds the delicate forms of nature with the austere shapes and patterns of urban life. Details of plants, animals and other nature forms make up his conceptual images that blend the elements of 60’s psychodelia and folk art. His works are simplistic interpretations of the unity between humankind and nature, urban and rural life. Rob is also the 2008 recipient of the John Newlove Award for poetry for his poem ‘Manatee.’

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