In November 2014, Creative Saskatchewan ventured below the 49th parallel and brought a sampling of Saskatchewan creativity to Chicago and New York. In Chicago, an art exhibition, Wild Thing, was part of an international art fair. In New York, a trade mission included a pop-up art exhibition with a book publishing feature, and musical events.
In Chicago, Creative Saskatchewan participated in an art fair, Scultpure, Objects, Funtional Art & Design - SOFA. SOFA is an international art fair and has just completed its 21st year. The four day event provides the over 36,000 visitors the opportunity to see and experience exhibitions presented by over 70 galleries from 14 countries.
Wild Thing was curated by Saskatchewan artist Michael Hosaluk. The exhibition is a collection focused primarily on two and three dimensional pieces, and explores the variety of ways in which artists are impacted by and express their feelings of this province.
The theme for this exhibition conjures up different experiences for each artist and connects us all on many different levels. It is always interesting to find the parallels in thinking in small factions when an idea is presented. The dynamics of artists to create archetypally when focused on a theme or guiding notion connects us to have similar patterns in our work. ~ Michael Hosaluk, Curator
The exhibition then travelled to New York, and was arranged as a pop-up exhibition in the Lightbox Art Gallery.
In New York, the exhibition also included a special section focusing on Saskatchewan book publishers.
In New York, locals were treated to the talents of Saskatchewan bands.
The Dead South
and The Young Benjamins