SNAP has done a fantastic job of keeping everyone safe for the last several months, and the Members’ Show & Sale will be no exception. For folks who prefer to limit their exposure outside their bubbles/cohort, you can shop the entire show online too.
I feel extremely grateful to be part of this community, and even more so that I will have work in this exhibition along side so many talented SNAP artists.
Check it out online or in person – it’s going to be lovely!
Grateful for a couple of quiet days, so that I could get to the documentation, and actually DO this!
So – here you are – a short video walk-through of Macromareal!
A note in the sound you will hear: the first is an excerpt of “Fogbreath,” created by Scott Smallwood from field recordings in and around Parrsboro NS, where we held residencies to create this work in 2016 and 2017. This sound work was presented in the first gallery, as shown in the video.
The second is an excerpt of a recording of “Wave Passage Effects,” which Scott created in MAX, and which was presented in real time in the second gallery, with a video projection of the software used to sonny environmental data in real time in the gallery. This was an opportunity to ‘see sound’ and ‘hear environmental data’ from the magnificent Bay of Fundy.
The third excerpt is from the recording of the (very first!) 2017 performance of “Macromareal Prelude: in fog and storm and sunshine” composed by Scott as part of this project. We presented this work at the beginning of the exhibition at SNAP Gallery as well, but with a group of wonderful brass musicians.
Hope you enjoy this – and if you have questions. please feel free to shoot me a note from my contact page.
SATURDAY October 10, 2020 – 1pm – 2pm MST SNAP will be presenting our artist talk, online.
Macromareal approaches the tidal range in the Bay of Fundy, its documentation, and related environmental data through a series of interrelated works that explore the cyclic and durational aspect of natural processes, and the relationship between those processes, human activities, and conceptions of time and memory. The artists will discuss the trajectory of the Macromareal project, their collaboration, and the resulting concoction of work in the exhibition.
This lecture is free, online, and open to the public.
It’s a VERY odd time to be presenting work to the public – but I am so happy with all the precautions SNAP has in place, and so very happy to sew showing work in their BRAND NEW home!
There’s several things going on for this iteration of MACROMAREAL. Both Scott and I have re-worked existing elements of the project, and I have been busy since the last time this work was shown making a bunch of new prints! So, brand new work for us in a new space – how lucky can you get??
The exhibition will be opening on the evening of September 11, from 7 – 9 pm. This will be a hybrid event: SNAP is pre-booking (free) tickets to see the show in person, and limiting the number of people in the gallery at one time, so that everyone can stay safe AND see the art in person. We will also be online – Scott & I are attending the Opening virtually, so more people can see the work in person if they want to – and anyone else who wants to attend virtually is welcome to do so as well!
There will also be a socially-distanced LIVE performance of Scott Smallwood’s score “Macromareal Prelude: in Fog and Storm and Sunshine” on Saturday September 12, at 1:00 pm local time, in the immediate neighbourhood of SNAP, outsdoors. We are both extremely happy to be able to work with some excellent local Edmonton musicians for this event, and to be able to present this work live in a safe way. This is a ‘roving’ performance work; the musicians will be moving in the neighbourhood as they play, and will be distanced; we ask that anyone attending keep 2metres or more from any musician(s) they encounter, and PLEASE wear a MASK!
Scott and I will also be presenting an artists’ talk about the genesis and evolution of the project on Saturday, October 10th, again at 1pm local time. This talk will be presented online.
Spent a lovely Saturday afternoon on the Art Bus Tour! It was great to see such a range of work in one afternoon – print media at SNAP, the Member’s Show and “Naked” Show (figurative works) at Harcourt House, then down the highway to Sherwood Park, and finally back to SNAP for some festivities …
The exhibition at Sherwood Park’s Gallery @ 501 was terrific … I attended the opening on Friday, but found myself eager to spend more time with the exhibition. My congrats to Sean Caulfield and Royden Mills for a beautiful, thought-provoking body of work. Well worth the trip!
The tour ended up at SNAP, and their Block Out Fundraiser … which is where the road repair equipment and printmaking come in!
The ingenious April Dean, Executive Director of SNAP, managed to secure a permit to block off a bit of Jasper Avenue so that some large-scale prints – 4′ x 8′ – could be inked and printed with an asphalt roller!
It was actually quite exciting to see this whole process from start to finish … there were some moments where I think most of us were holding our breath, hoping that nothing happened to the plates under all that weight. And of course, it’s always exciting to see a print being pulled – it’s the ‘great reveal’ that comes at the end of all the time and effort spent creating the plate -but it was especially so with such large work!
There was also great music, food, and drink at the event, and a sale and silent auction of some beautiful (and cheeky) print works … including “art critic panties” (which I hope I won)!
All in all, a great art-filled day!
I’m looking forward to all the other art events this summer, including the next tour, coming up in July! I don’t think there will be steam rollers involved (m)any of those, but who knows … might run into some road construction, which won’t be nearly as fun.
One of the many things I like about the creative community in Edmonton is that when people see a need for something, they make it happen.
This event is a perfect example of that ‘make it happen’ attitude: an Art Bus Tour!
Harcourt House is coordinating the booking of seats for this event, and as you can see from the poster above, the tour will take participants to the exhibitions at Harcourt House, SNAP, and Gallery@ 501 in Sherwood Park.
Harcourt House will have its annual Member’s Show up, in celebration of the Centre’s 25th year of operations:
I think this is a great idea – we’ve got some great exhibition spaces in the Edmonton Region, but it’s tough for people to get to all the galleries without a car (insert my plug for an extensive regional train or light rail transit system here!!).
SO … come get on the ART BUS! Hope to see you there!
There’s some great fun coming up this weekend in Edmonton … several of the non-profit arts organizations in the city are teaming up for a day and an evening of art-and-community-making.
Saturday, July 21
Workshops & Drop-Ins: 12:00 – 5:00pm at Harcourt House, SNAP, FAVA, and the Nina Haggerty Centre
After Party: 6:00 – 10:00pm at Harcourt House
Illuminate offers lots of opportunities to participate in a range of FREE art-making events. Everyone is encouraged to come and explore their own creativity and help to foster and nurture the local arts community.
Harcourt House will be offering life drawing sessions, paper bag lantern workshops and the opportunity to add to a collaborative wall mural within the gallery space. 3rd Floor, 10215 112 Street, www.harcourthouse.ab.ca
FAVA (the Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta) will be hosting a scratch animation workshop. Paint, draw and scratch on film with your own two hands, and be surprised and delighted when you run your film through a projector. Harcourt House Annex Building, 10211- 112 Street. www.fava.ca
At SNAP’s printshop, you can learn how to create your own candle lanterns with custom-made silkscreen images. Learn the ins and outs of the screen-printing process and become acquainted with the beauty of printmaking. 12056 – Jasper Ave. www.snapartists.com
The Nina Haggerty Centre will be creating collaborative lanterns using stencils and other various drawing techniques. Learn new drawing techniques and realize them within illuminating lantern format! 9225 – 118 Ave. www.ninahaggertyart.ca
From each location, you’ll receive a ticket stub to be submitted into a draw. Prizes will be based off of how many events you attended so swing by all the centers and make some illuminating art!
AFTER-PARTYat Harcourt House from 6pm – 10pm where there will ample amounts of food, drink, live music from Philip Daniel, Jordan Blackburn, and Susan Winters, the prize draw, and (of course) lights!
It looks like it’s going to be a really fun time – looking forward to it!