Couzyn van Heuvelen: Casting Hooks


XIT-RM Project Space


Opening Reception: Thursday, February 22, 6 - 9 PM

Exhibition on view: FEBRUARY 22 - APRIL 15, 2018



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Remarks and installation viewing, 5 – 7 pm at Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion Campus. Exhibition opening reception from 6 – 9 pm at the Art Gallery of Mississauga with remarks at 7 PM.

Casting Hooks showcases the work and creative process of Inuk sculptor Couzyn van Heuvelen in collaboration with Sheridan College. Van Heuvelen was chosen to create Sheridan’s Temporary Contemporary installation for the 2017-18 academic year, and his project Nitsiit is on view in the Creativity Commons of Sheridan’s Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga from January 22 to April 27, 2018. Nitsiit, an installation of large-scale fishing lure sculptures that reference traditional and historical Inuit production were created in Sheridan’s studios using a variety of fabrication processes. Casting Hooks presents a behind the scenes look at the months-long development and collaborative process of this monumental installation.

The AGM is pleased to collaborate with Sheridan College for the presentation of this exhibition. Launched in 2012, the Temporary Contemporary program is an annual installation of a new artwork on one of Sheridan’s campuses. It provides creators with the opportunity to incubate and implement new ideas through exchange with Sheridan’s vibrant interdisciplinary community.

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The Art Gallery of Mississauga gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Hazel McCallion Fund at the Community Foundation of Mississauga.





Curator’s Tour and Couzyn van Heuvelen Artist Talk | Saturday, March 10, 1 PM

See our exhibitions and enjoy a special double-bill art event on Saturday, March 10! Rhéanne Chartrand, guest-curator of niigaanikwewag, will give an exhibition tour beginning at 1 PM. Following the tour, artist Couzyn van Heuvelen will discuss his studio process as featured in Casting Hooks.






Couzyn van Heuvelen is a Canadian Inuk sculptor. Born in Iqaluit, Nunavut, but living in Southern Ontario for most of his life, his work explores Inuit culture and identity, new and old technologies, and personal narratives. While rooted in the history and traditions of Inuit art, the work strays from established Inuit art making methods and explores a range of fabrication processes. Couzyn holds a BFA from York University and an MFA from NSCAD University.



Image above: Couzyn van Heuvelen, Nitsiit (in progress work for Temporary Contemporary at Sheridan College studio) Fall 2017. Courtesy of the artist.