Glenn Gear

Glenn Gear is an artist from Newfoundland now based in Montreal, QC. He is an animator, filmmaker and visual artist. Gear finds inspiration by exploring his identity as an urban Inuk with ancestral ties to Nunatsiavut [1]. He frequently creates animated short films related to these explorations. His current work centres on individual and collective history, exchange between Indigenous and settler populations, folklore, gender and archival material [2].

Gear has worked in animation, video, drawing, collage and installation, often employing experimental techniques in both digital and analog forms, which he utilizes to create a dream-like quality in his shorts [3]. Gear’s 2016 animated short Kablunat: Legend of the White People (2016) has screened around the country and received critical acclaim and draws from a Nunatsiavut legend recorded by a Moravian Missionary. Gear makes use of archival photographs collected over nine years to reinterpret a legend for a contemporary Inuit audience while framing the story as a reclamation from colonial retellings [4]. His animations have also been featured in the documentary The Fifth Region (2018). At Gear’s 2016 residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, AB, Gear expanded his practice to include installations. He created a piece comprised of two opposing murals, representing the city and wilderness, that met on a third wall where his own footage from Nunatsiavut was projected [5]. Gear is also a graphic designer and has been a key collaborator and artistic lead in production of educational videos, web design, video games and graphic user interfaces [6].

Gear’s films have screened across Canada and throughout the world. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Memorial University and a Master of Fine Art in Sculpture and Installation from Concordia University.

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Accomplishments

2016: Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.



Citations/Footnotes

  1. IAQ, “Circumpolar Cinema: 10 Filmmakers to Watch,” Inuit Art Quarterly Vol. 32, no. 2 (2019).
  2. No author, “About,” accessed March 19, 2019 from https://vimeo.com/glenngear/about
  3. Ibid.
  4. IAQ, “Circumpolar Cinema: 10 Filmmakers to Watch,” Inuit Art Quarterly Vol. 32, no. 2 (2019).
  5. Ibid.
  6. McGill University, “Glenn Gear,” accessed March 19, 2019 from https://mcgill.ca/definetheline/glenn-gear