“Crow Gulch” by Marcus Gosse and Jordan Bennett Revealed to The Public

City of Corner Brook
MEDIA ADVISORY

Earlier today the City of Corner Brook unveiled “Crow Gulch”, a tribute to the community of Crow Gulch and its legacy within Corner Brook’s history. Commissioned by The City under the Downtown Urban Design Action Plan, this public display by artists Marcus Gosse and Jordan Bennett will serve as reminder of our past while also reaching for a brighter future.

Crow Gulch was first settled in the 1920s by a primarily Mi’kmaq/French population who lived along both sides of the railway track and worked as casual labourers at the pulp and paper mill and surrounding area. While those who lived there remember it as a close-knit and friendly community, they endured racism and discrimination. When the City of Corner Brook was formed, Crow Gulch was ignored when it came to water, sewer and electricity hook-ups, garbage pickup and fire prevention. In the late 1960’s approximately 45 families were pressured to relocate from Crow Gulch and their houses were demolished in the interest of urban reform. Until today, nothing has been installed in The City to recognize this chapter of our history though residents and visitors can still walk along trails in the area where the houses once stood.

The total cost of the project was $34,101.00 with contributions from The City, the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). Artists Marcus Gosse and Jordan Bennett worked with IOTA Studios for the management of this artwork.

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“It is important to celebrate and recognize the rich history of Crow Gulch. As a City, we are moving along the path of reconciliation with our Indigenous community. This is another important milestone. This commission is also a bold step toward enriching our public spaces with quality artwork. Public art such as this inspires conversation, fosters understanding within our community and makes our City more beautiful.” – Mayor Jim Parsons

“This mural stands near the site of where the community of Crow Gulch once stood, as an artistic expression of the spirit that lived and still thrives on this land, and recognition of the community that once stood here, a home to over 45 families. We would like to acknowledge all the artists, writers, residents, and storytellers who have and continue to tell the important stories and truth of this place. The mural is rooted in Mi’kmaq visual culture which can be found within both of our individual artistic practices. Pulling on ancestral art forms such as quillwork, basketry, petroglyphs and hieroglyphs our individual styles build upon one another to depict the rich and vibrant Mi’kmaq culture of Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland).” – Jordan Bennett and Marcus Gosse

MEDIA CONTACT:
Ryan Butt
Communications Officer
City of Corner Brook
Office: (709) 637-1662
Cell: (709) 632-8113
rbutt@cornerbrook.com

Anna Velasco
Publicist
Banana Public Relations & Event Management
anna@bananapr.com

BACKGROUNDER

Jordan Bennett‘s ongoing practice utilizes painting, sculpture, video, installation and sound to explore land, language, the act of visiting, familial histories and challenging colonial perceptions of indigenous histories, stereotypes and presence with a focus on exploring Mi’kmaq and Beothuk visual culture of Ktaqamkuk. In the past 10 years Jordan has participated in over 75 group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally. He has been the recipient of several awards and honours, a Hnatyshan Foundation REVEAL award, presented with the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Councils Artist of the Year and named as one of the artists in the 2014 Blouin ARTINFO’s Top 30 under 30 in Canada. Most notably he has been long listed for the 2015 and 2016 Sobey Art Award, was shortlisted for the 2018 Awards and was a long list winner in 2020. The artist is a 2019 recipient of the Van Houtte Masters’ Fund Program, is partnered with IOTA Studio Gallery, and working on several projects with various artistic collaborations, including a public art commission for the Zatzman Sportsplex in Dartmouth, NS, and installing his grand work “Tepkik” at the National Art Gallery of Canada for the 2019-2020 exhibition “Àbadakone”, and winning the Lieutenant General NS Masterworks Award in 2020. Jordan is a principle designer in the new build for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, And is based in Terence Bay, Nova Scotia.

Marcus Gosse (ᒪᕒᐠᑲᐢ ᐧᑲᐢ) is a Newfoundland Mi’kmaq Artist, and a member of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band in Newfoundland. Marcus’ grandmother, Alice Maude Gosse (maiden name-Benoit), is a Mi’kmaq Elder, who was born and raised in Red Brook, NL (Welbooktoojech) located on the Port-Au-Port Peninsula. In 2005, Marcus was given his native name Papamikapow, which means “Traveler” (He who travels, not only physically, but, spiritually) from an Ojibway-Cree Elder from Sandy Lake First Nation, Ontario. Marcus incorporates the ancient Mi’kmaq Star, Mi’kmaq Petroglyphs, Hieroglyphs, and various double curve designs into the landscapes of his paintings. Since 2014, The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in Newfoundland has acquired three paintings titled, “Vision From A Sweat Lodge”, “Mi’kmaq Caribou(Qalipu) Soup”, “Shining Bright”(Brook Trout), and “Revival” (“Minua’latl”) which displays a Cultural Renaissance(rebirth) in Mi’kma’ki(Mi’kmaq Territory) through Mi’kmaq patterns and the eight point star. In 2017, Marcus was invited to participate, and exhibit 12 art pieces, in the Canada 150 Art Show at the Macaya Gallery in Miami, Florida. Marcus has participated in several art shows in Atlantic Canada, and his pieces have been sold to art collectors around the world.