Mid-Life Crisis // Hyperbolic ARC

http://youtu.be/q0q043rFJL4 La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario’s FAAS4 was a great experience this year. White Water Gallery programmed Fynn Leitch and her latest work, “Mid-Life Crisis//Hyperbolic ARC”. The Rainbow Centre Mall in Sudbury was alive with activity!

40 years after its founding, 10 years after a major flood, 2 years after PAARC’s Institutions by Artists, and 1 year after MANO/RAMO’s Evolve or Perish, ARTSPACE, like many artist-run centres across the country, is in a state of intense self-reflection; a mid-life crisis of sorts. We are taking time to reevaluate what we are and what we do. We question our relevance; we argue for our relevance; we reposition our relevance. We pose these questions on our own and with our peers. We are smart people. We think about these things a lot. Our answers are complicated, peppered with optimism and pessimism. To our funders, we exude confidence, providing clear and concise answers. We want to survive, and we should. Canvas toteThe climate in which we exist is much different than the one in which we were founded. Funding constraints are a constant and growing concern. The provincial and federal agencies have implemented a decrease policy while an increase policy is, as yet, undrafted and shifted the language of “engagement” and “profile” to “market access”. But, in much the same way that survivors of the great depression learned how to manage money, we know how to strive under lean conditions. We are resourceful. We are frugal. We are hopeful. black toteMost of all, we are in this together … For this iteration, a text has been reworked and printed on limited edition tote bags. It was first exhibited in three parts at three locations: the WKP Kennedy Gallery, Ice Follies 2014, and ARTSPACE. Responding to the infrastructures of consumerism, (the shopping mall, the shopping cart, the tote bag, the internet), that compose its site, this project places the conversation alongside the myth of consumerism as it relates to identity, trend, and economy. Participating ARCs of FAAS4 are invited to rifle through the piles of stuff that tends to accumulate in our spaces, and gather a tote bag sized contribution of materials. The audience will be invited to search through the contents of the bags, share knowing glances and raised eyebrows, debate, hug, strategize, engage in nostalgia, and take a souvenir. Fynn Leitch has an MA in Visual Culture from Queen’s University (2006) where her work focused at the intersection of craft and protest. Since 2011 she has led the direction of ARTSPACE, including the development of an onsite Media Lab, and has renewed the centre’s commitment to critical writing and publishing. Curator, writer, and artist, her work has appeared in catalogues, magazines, and galleries across the country. She also works as an advocate for the arts regionally and provincially.

Coming to White Water Gallery in 2015 (Robyn Moody Preview)

Robyn Moody’s exhibition BUTTERFLIES: SPECIES AT RISK AT THE EDGE OF REASON is on view at Hamilton Artists Inc. from April 10- May 16, 2014 and currently scheduled to come to the White Water Gallery in January of 2015. We felt that a preview of the exhibition and the new catalogue jointly published by WWG and HAI would get everyone excited!

BUTTERFLIES: SPECIES AT RISK AT THE EDGE OF REASON

Utilizing mechanized books that mimic the exact motion of butterflies at rest, Robyn Moody’s new media exhibition questions recent growing opposition and debate directed towards empirical thought and reason that has the ability to put potentially revolutionary ideas at risk. The animated books contain what Moody calls, “beautiful and threatened ideas,” using texts that have been sources of religious, political or social contention from both past and present. As the installations delicately flutter within the space, light dances off their pages, illuminating the gallery space to varying degrees. Go to their website and read more…

Dr. Henry Adam Svec of music from LIVINGSTON’s Artficially Intelligent Folk Songs of Canada, Vol. 1

White Water Gallery got a little bit folky on Friday, March 7th at 7:30 pm with a live performance/demonstration by Dr. Henry Adam Svec of music from LIVINGSTON’s Artficially Intelligent Folk Songs of Canada, Vol. 1 . This is album, the first composed by LIVINGSTON, “an artificially intelligent, digital organism capable of accessing the totality of the history of Canadian folk music (among other corpuses) and generating new yet hyper-authentic Canadian folk objects via her/his algorithmic agents and compression formats”,  will be officiallyreleased at the event. Check out LIVINGSTON’s website to preview the album: www.folksingularity.com.

Dr. Henry Adam Svec, Photo courtesy of www.music.cbc.ca

Svec also participated in a panel discussion, “For Folk’s Sake: The Art and Politics of Region in Canada”, with Dr. Erin Morton at Nipissing University. This presentation was conducted in partnership with Dr. Susan Cahill who helped with coordinating the whole things and brought these talented people to our community.