The Bird is the Word

The Bird is the Word
derek beaulieu • Gregory Betts • bill bissett • Judith Copithorne • kevin mcpherson eckhoff • Marinko Jareb • Travis Kirton • Kelly Mark • Steve McCaffery • a.rawlings • Laurel Woodcock • Hallie Siegel & Matthew Donovan

On display from 9 March – 4 June 2011


Opening Reception Friday 11 March 7pm
Readings beginning at 8pm by
derek beaulieu, bill bissett & Honey Novick,
a.rawlings, and Steve McCaffery with Jeremy Lessard

Musical Performance by Gary Barwin

This exhibit explores the territory where language and visual art intersect through the work of writers and artists. This common (play)ground has been covered by Concrete Poets, Cubists, Dadaists, Futurists, and Surrealists among others. Expanding semantic expression beyond the conventional structures of language includes the exploration of typography as imagery and engages philosophy, semiotics, and political and social commentary. The Bird is the Word will feature poets and visual artists from across Canada delving into the conceptual, spatial, and material presence of the written word. It showcases a multiplicity of media and disciplines including video projection, onsite installation, collage, sculpture, and micrography.

This project is supported by the Grey Borders Reading Series
Laurel Woodcock gratefully acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council

Takin’ it to the Curb

Installation by Clinton Michael Lown
On display from 3 March – 9 June 2012
Preview: Saturday 3 March at 3pm
Opening Reception and Artist Talk to take place in April

On display in conjunction with Four From Six: Four Artists From Six Nations

I bought a VHS player at a garage sale for 5 dollars.  It worked for a good six months and then I took it to the curb.  My first beta was used and cost me 400 dollars which is the equivalent of 10 000 dollars in today’s dishwashing economy of St Catharines.  I used to work at a video store, gone; a factory, gone; and a full service gas station, gone. I could afford a made of steel, made in Japan Beta Max.  My first machine wasn’t even H Fi and cost me over 500 dollars.  You couldn’t buy a machine back then unless you went to a video store to buy one.  There was no Best Buy next to Future Shop next to Walmart and Zeller’s didn’t have them.  You can own it on Blue Ray and you can spend over 100 dollars a month on internet and cable even though the movies are still the same.  Oh they might look better, but they’re still the same.  I was given a DVD player; I didn’t have to buy one and I’ve already thrown two away.  Now if someone breaks into a house all they can steal has already been taken to the curb and anything made of steel has long been rusted away.  The crows stay high in the trees and wait patiently for me to be taken to the curb and when they do they will fly down and peck out my eyes and take me to a place that’s special.  A place where size matters most, the size of your Beta movie collection.

lol

kelly mark + thierry delva

sat 17 july – sat 18 september
reception friday 17 september @ 7pm

St. Catharines-on-the-Parking-Lot – Sometimes staying cool is a frame of mind. The Niagara Artists Centre may not be equipped with the luxury of conditioned air but the current exhibit in the Show Room Gallery helps the mind stay off the heat by featuring no fewer than four kitchen fridges.

This fact is just one of the reasons that lOl is the cool show of 2010. NAC has assembled a collection of work by nationally acclaimed artists Thierry Delva (an instructor at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) and Kelly Mark (originally from Welland) that highlights their unusual combining of the conceptual and the comedic.

lOl shows these artists ongoing use of humour and satire as way to explore ideas. Full up with fridges, hallmarks of the exhibit are The Kiss by Delva, that positions two fridges running hot and cold against one another and a white kitchen fridge that Mark has covered with a seemingly unending handwritten list of things “I really should…” [do].

“I have always had an intense preoccupation with the differing shades of pathos and humour found in the repetitive mundane tasks, routines and rituals of everyday life,” says Mark.

“It’s a homecoming for Kelly” says Stephen Remus, Minister of Energy, Minds and Resources. “And we’ve brought the two artists together for the way their work responds to each other as well how well it fits with NAC’s own forty year history of witty and satirical art projects and exhibits.”

Delva and Mark will be on hand for an artist talk and a closing night reception on Friday 17 September at 7pm.

drip

drip
Jon Shaw
On display from 9 Aug –  8 Nov 2011
Reception Sat 10 Sept at 8pm

Jon Shaw’s animation documents a keen interest in technical and critical experimentation. His work combines a variety of media through self-taught animation techniques. As a traditionally trained painter, drawer and sculptor, Jon does not classify himself as an animator or filmmaker in the conventional sense. He views his animated work as an extension of other branches of artistic production, preferring to categorize them as “animated drawings” rather than “films” or “videos”.

Jon’s animations often focus around the theme of technology and its role in a contemporary world. Drip, alternatively, is a more concise experiment. Containing neither a beginning nor an end, the work focuses on the interaction of different drawing styles. The work’s essence is contained within the reciprocal nature of the moment – it invites the viewer to stop, look, relax and enjoy the serene simplicity.

Rough Count

Rough Count 
by Deirdre Logue
March – June 2011

During the simple act of counting a bag of confetti – piece by piece – memory thresholds are found and failures amass. The performer begins each count where she left off last. Like pixilation, each individual dot is required to complete the picture. Each tiny piece must be located first in the hand, then between fingers, accounted for and then placed. But with memory maxing out, she is distracted, often fumbles, then forgets. She is disappointed in herself, becomes impatient, and anticipates the impending interruption, knowing that each inevitable failing will stop the clock. At Rough Count’s conceptual centre is anticipation and the accumulation of anxiety that results. In this emotional pile up, time spent is grieved with each lost number and the counting becomes a sight for the analysis of self-doubt where even before the point of completion, one starts to question the purpose of ones action.