Dawson City is a thriving creative community. Writers, artists and performers abound here so it makes sense this hardy and eccentric community is equal to the task in creating a mid-winter contemporary art festival. (s)hiver is now in it’s second year and addresses the long dark of winter nights here through outdoor installations and various performances and exhibitions throughout the city. It’s already garnered international attention.
I’ll be participating with three distinct projects: a 2d work installed out in the middle of the frozen Yukon River, a roving performance and projection (wearable technology) throughout Dawson and a permanent series of text-based augmented reality installations.
If you happen to be in Canada’s far north-west that night, stop by and say hi. (I know that sounds ridiculous)
*update: I’ve added a stand-alone montage version of the work. The instructions below are for viewing each slide individually.
1) Click on the first (top left) thumbnail below to enter fullscreen slideshow mode
2) Scroll (to the right) through the slideshow until you reach the end of the path. Get comfortable: there are 170 slides, including the entry and the eventual destination.
3) You can of course jump in and out anywhere along the path you choose, at any time, but then you might miss the journey inside the experience.
It is important to note that this work is entirely captured, rendered and output through a mobile device and on location during one session.
For me, there are several classical and contemporary themes in the work, such as: the supernatural; a formal approach to landscape; a questioning of political / social issues involving digital topographical mapping; a spiritual journey reflecting on death. There are many other contemplations that are evoked for me when I engage the work, and hopefully there will be for the viewer as well.
I enjoy the compositions of the shadows and the rocks, as well as the idea of a digital shadow cast on real objects through a challenging process of documentation for both the tools and the artist. The stresses of this effort on the image and the human traces archived in the process are a very important part of the production philosophy for me. I welcome comments and questions in the discussion field below where this conversation can continue.
Why exhibit online?
This series works well online I think through the intimacy of scrolling through the series of horizontal based documentation. I enjoy the ideas of creating a work while mobile and exhibiting almost immediately after production, without interference or influence – qualities in art which are actually rare to achieve and I believe warrants further practice.
Though much worthwhile art only works online, this particular show would translate well to a physical exhibition environment and I hope to mount multiple instances of Mountain Path around the world. Please contact me if you are interested in a hosting an edition/ installation of this work.
Had the pleasure of visiting my new found neighbours, Glenna Jones and Robert Carley, during Robert’s home-based exhibition this weekend.
I should mention their home is structurally ideal for fine arts exhibits and studio work – it used to be a woodworker’s home and business when they purchased it about 9 years ago. There is a glass atrium joining a large workspace and the early 1900’s house and Robert’s production and caliber are up to the task of making the most out of the space.
They are in a very real sense living the Barton Village dream for artists like myself who have move here attracted to Hamilton neighbourhoods with the more affordable houses. They are involved with the community, they want to help raise the quality of living here and they have space to work. I am very glad to discover they live a few houses down from my place, and add yet another layer of awesomeness to the kind of terrific neighbours we have on all sides so far. Robert and Glenna are also, like me, aware with the effects of perception on this neighbourhood, and see the potential that awaits along Barton Street (hence my tongue-in-cheek title of this post).
Below are some pics of the space and Robert and his work. He’s also a poet and this is evident throughout his work, as well as a kind of crisp, musical rhythm in his abstract paintings.
(Bob wanted me to mention he welcomes public visits to his studio, but you need to call ahead. You can find more info here on his latest exhibit invite.
Casey and I are back in the galleries and video reviewing art shows. I realize many of the videos are in the proximity of where I live, so we have decided to visit every gallery in greater Toronto and do a review and all within this year.
We developed ALP with the idea in mind that anyone anywhere could submit a video review of an art exhibit or event. Anyone can post a video to ArtListPro at http://artlistpro.tumblr.com/submit and so I was doing some to get the ball rolling. One hundred and fifty video reviews later, I am actually starting to enjoy it and very excited by the possibility of getting to know the scene more intimately.
We also want to make sure we stick with the approach to videos that we enjoy the most – conversations and banter in the gallery space, with a feel of being with friends at a gallery and having some fun.
And we want more interviews with gallery directors, coordinators and arts professionals to talk about the industry of arts and culture.
Finally, part of this Pledge for me is to communicate more successfully that Art Listings Professional is a free broadcast and promotion tool for professional contemporary artists and galleries. It should be a place to browse for the latest interesting exhibits and articles and on every PR list to post announcements and press releases on.
With Casey working on our new Toronto art map, we mulled many approaches on how to define “every gallery in Toronto” – the answer was to list every gallery that has made an effort to be found. Thus, we are looking in the listings of NOW, Eye Weekly, MAG, Slate as well as Akimbo and will always add those who post to our site, of course.
Very exciting! See you out there – if you want to contact us (and to invite us to something!) please email us at email@example.com. We are always looking for more video review contributors.
Public Realm @ Propeller
guest curator … Christopher Hume
The exhibit looks at the demarcation lines between public and private space. Until Jan 31, 2010.