Met up with Chris Bentzen from the Hot Art Wet City gallery in Vancouver for a chat about my artwork in my studio. Super nice guy who is doing his part in trying to keep the art scene alive in Vancouver with his gallery. Not an easy feat in this high real-estate town!
I am a founding member of The Art Is Land Network, a Vancouver based group of artists who work within the environmental art genre. The common thread for these 9 artists is their engagement with landscape. From September 8 to the 18th 2011, we will be hosting our first exhibition, art (IS)LAND on Granville Island with 11 outdoor installations. Under the theme: the island as microcosm of the world, the artists will employ natural and repurposed materials to engage the public in the various aspects of this popular urban site, such as history, industry, boating and local flora. The projects will be accessible as a self-guided walking tour and also as guided tours. please visit the website for more information and a map of the site.
My installation Stream, will consist of a river of fish made from leaves hanging from the trees in Railspur Alley Park, echoing the origins of False Creek as a rich fish habitat once shared by local First Nations. The fish shapes will be made from leaves, such as Magnolia, Laurel and others for fins and details. I will be leading 3 free public workshops at the False Creek Community center to make the leaf fish. See times and dates here. I will also be hosting a Eco-Salon talk through the Community Arts Council on August 24th. Click here for more details.
The AILN project is in conjunction with the Vancouver Fringe Festival– look for a full page map and details in their program guide. We are also collaborating with the Second Nature Lab at Emily Carr University where i will be teaching my environmental installation Class on September 10, 17, 24. Register here. Visit us on Facebook