A Saskatoon artist is using stoneware monuments to recreate lost objects — or at least her vision of them.
The Imagined Objects exhibit at the Art Gallery of Regina features sculptures and drawings by Saskatchewan artists Jessica Morgun and Tamara Rusnak.
Morgun’s stoneware monuments are created from her vision of a lost item participants described to her. She interviewed local community members in February about lost items, asking people to describe the objects while focusing on non-visual senses.
“I had them remember it just in terms of how it felt in their hands, what it smelt like, even what it tasted like, kind of like a material memory of the object,” Morgun told CBC Radio’s Saskatchewan Weekend.
“From that description, I created these stoneware pieces that try to represent what they described to me and become kind of the object’s second life,” she said.
She even asked participants to imagine putting the object, or part of it, in their mouth.
“One person described how the longer it stayed in her mouth, the more it started to disintegrate and kind of fall apart,” she said.
“I thought that was really interesting and evocative, so thinking about something that was kind of frail and porous that could possibly start crumbling when it encounters moisture.”
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Morgun said there are also text panels on the wall of the exhibit with one or two sentences explaining the description she was given, then people at the exhibit can try to find which sculpture the text panel is explaining.
“They get to kind of play the guessing game and use their imaginations as well,” she said.
Morgun also gets to play a guessing game of sorts, as she doesn’t know what many of the lost objects actually are.
“I like not knowing because it keeps the mystery around those objects and it makes them a little bit more special or sacred,” she said.
However, Morgun said some participants preferred to tell her what the object was as a way of saying goodbye to it.
She said on one occasion the sculpture she created was very different from the object that was being described, while another time she had a pretty good idea of what was being described but didn’t want to make an exact replica.
“I try to kind of remove myself from a guess when I’m making the object because, of course, the point is not to make a copy of the object. It’s to kind of get the feeling of the object,” she said.
‘Poignant and absurd’
The Art Gallery of Regina described Morgun’s stoneware monuments to lost belongings as “poignant and absurd” in a news release about the exhibit.
“I think those are great adjectives,” she said.
“Some interesting things happen with the challenge of translating these lost things into stoneware.… Some of these objects are malleable, they’re soft, or they have fur, or they have qualities that are really difficult to translate into clay.”
Morgun said for one sculpture she tried to create a soft and pliable texture that had tiny tendril using what’s called an extruder, which essentially makes long strings similar to spaghetti noodles.
“What it ended up looking like was just a bunch of ramen noodles,” she said with a laugh.
When the exhibit ends, Morgun said she’s going to return the sculptures to participants as a way to help replace the missing item or give it a second life.
“Even though some of the objects are silly, some of the lost things look kind of humorous, it is about loss and it is about grieving,” she said, noting that participants often described objects that represented an important time or relationship in their life.
“I feel like people found it a valuable grieving experience, a way to say goodbye to the object, but also look forward to a new life for that thing — or at least the memory of that thing — and kind of reflect on the human relationships and connections that that object really represents.”
Imagined Objects runs from Aug. 6 to Sept. 26 at the Art Gallery of Regina.
New App Aims to Promote Province's Thriving Art Community – VOCM
A new app aims to get people outside and appreciating art in public places all over the province.
The Explore Art NL app leads users to more than 100 existing works of art in communities from St. John’s to Makkovik, inviting people to spend more time in those locations, while possibly meeting others with mutual appreciation.
The works thus far include everything from sculptures to memorials and murals, but anyone can upload their own creations to the growing list.
Business and Arts NL executive director Amy Henderson says they modelled their app on a smaller version in Manitoba.
She says they were inspired by the app used by the Winnipeg Arts Council, but needed to expand it on a larger scale for the entire province.
Vanessa Iddon came up with the design for their so-called ‘Art Car’, a Genesis GV80 which will be touring the region to promote the new app.
The overall initiative is also supported by the federal government, City of St. John’s and Tract Consulting.
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The 2021 Sunshine Coast Art Crawl, from Oct. 20 to 24, will feature more venues, more artists, and fewer pandemic-related changes than were in place in 2020, unless new health orders are issued before then by the provincial government.
“Because there are so many individual venues, there’s no way we can do any kind of [COVID-related] recommendations overall, other than that the venues follow the provincial guidelines,” Coast Cultural Alliance (CCA) board member and spokesperson Linda Williams told Coast Reporter.
In 2020, the Art Crawl dropped to 97 venues, down by nearly half from the record high of 186 locations in those heady pre-COVID days of October 2019.
This year, the number of venues has jumped back up, to 164, with more than 250 artists participating.
The 2020 version also tried to accommodate health concerns by offering vendors some options, as on online-only venue, or taking in visitors only by appointment. Those choices aren’t on the table for 2021, but the overarching guideline is still safety-first.
“We are following all the health regulations, period,” Williams said.
At press time, the only restriction on indoor events where participants are not seated is that masks be worn at all times by those over the age of 12. Requiring proof of vaccination is optional for venues where the number of visitors is kept under 50. Some smaller Art Crawl venues might ask for vaccination cards, but for now that’s at their discretion.
“We were just going to have to take responsibility as individuals, as artists and as visitors,” said Williams.
Sign-in sheets will be required for all venues, not for pandemic contact purposes, but in order that the CCA can collect a few statistics.
Art crawlers can also answer a quick online survey to be eligible for prizes of a two-night stay at Painted Boat Resort Spa & Marina, or ferry travel vouchers. Winners will be named in a draw to be held on Oct. 31.
Williams noted there are 46 new venues this year. Also, there are more in the Pender Harbour area than ever – 15. And for some reason, there’s been a blossoming of new Art Crawl locations at the west end of Beach Avenue in Roberts Creek.
“There are eight of them that are on Beach Avenue close to Henderson (Road) this year,” she said. “And I think seven of them are new.”
The Art Crawl is also welcoming a new major sponsor this year, Longman Developments.
“They’ve come in because their core values are similar to ours, in community-building,” said Williams. Sunshine Coast Credit Union is also back as a major sponsor, Williams noted, as it has been since 2010.
Art Crawl does receive modest grant support from local governments but is not eligible for provincial or federal funding, so is otherwise dependent on local business sponsorships and $135 venue fees to make the event possible.
The Art Crawl generated close to $600,000 in sales and commissions in 2019.
Art Beat: Coast artist heads to show in New York City – Coast Reporter
Roberts Creek artist Kandice Keith is on the U.S. East Coast this week to show her nature-inspired paintings at the Affordable Art Fair in New York City, Thursday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, Sept. 26. “It’s a really amazing opportunity,” Keith said in an interview. “I’m very fortunate.” Keith was set to go to the twice-yearly fair in March 2020, but the outbreak of COVID-19 put an end to that plan. “This is a make-up for that show,” Keith said. She’s also slated to return to the NYC fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion next March. You can see some of Keith’s vivid and luminous work currently on display at the Gumboot Café.
Anna Lumiere, Grant Olsen, and Coast String Fiddlers are among the performers featured at Oktoberfest, which has been on all week in downtown Sechelt until Friday, Sept. 24. A full rundown of acts and events can be found at secheltdowntown.com. Celebrations move to Rockwood Lodge on from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, where more live music is planned. Prizes for best lederhosen and beer stein.
FibreWorks Studio & Gallery in Madeira Park had planned an opening reception last Saturday for its new, juried exhibition, A Beautiful Mess: the joyful & random discovery of the artistic process. The reception has been rescheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Scent and Soul
You can meet Rohanna Goodwin Smith, author of Scent and Soul: The Extraordinary Power of the Sense of Smell, at One Flower One Leaf Gallery on Marine Drive in Gibsons, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and 26, from 1 to 3 p.m.
Peter Van plays a solo show on piano at the Clubhouse Restaurant in Pender Harbour on Friday Sept. 24, from 5 to 8 p.m. Then, for a $5 cover on Sunday, Sept. 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. you can hear the Steve Hinton Band.
The Howesounders host a Friday night jam session at Roberts Creek Legion on Sept. 24, starting at 7 p.m. Sign up at the door to book some solo- or group stage-time. On Saturday, Sept. 25, there’s a Jeevious/Jaggs Jambouree, where members of the Jeevious family and a few players from Vancouver’s Staggers and Jaggs will shake things up for a few hours, starting at 7 p.m. Jim Foster is at the Backeddy Resort and Marina in Egmont, weather permitting, on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Banditry Cider on Pratt Road in Gibsons is staging its first Apple Festival on Sunday Sept. 26, with a lot of family-friendly frivolity starting at 11 a.m. The band The Burying Ground plays from 4 to 6 p.m.
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