God Love brigus II
The second iteration of God Love Brigus opened last week at Calgary's Alberta Printmakers. Terry and I had great time, especially getting to know Carrie Phillips Kieser the Executive Director of the printshop. This time I took a more bookish approach, incorporating swaths of book-cloth on a table jam-packed with objects, ceramics, drawings and text.
Tracy Wormsbecker also wrote a thoughtful essay that illuminates some of the narratives: http://media.wix.com/ugd/76a681_bb0c4629248e463bacffd42185472eab.pdf.
Jenn Law and I have have been working on an epic project for the past 5 years—a 300-page survey of contemporary printmaking in Canada called Printopolis. The book launches on Friday November 25th at Open Studio in Toronto at 6:30pm; drop by for a peek and if your feeling flush, pick up a copy! Here's a blog post about the book:
Follow the bones
This summer Terry and I are working on a feature-length documentary called Follow the Bones. The story unravels the mystery of a 73 million year old bone bed — a place where hundred of dinosaurs died en masse. Tucked into a cliff that overlooks Pipestone Creek in Northern Alberta, the story follows the bones through the hands of amateurs, archivists, palaeontologists, curators and exhibit designers. The bones, lost in the archives for close to a decade and then painstakingly pieced together, tell us what it takes to build a world-class museum in a town of 1,300 people. The film (part graphic novel, part creative non-fiction and part documentary) includes a cast of characters that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Follow the Bones is set to debut December 2016.
winter 2016 February 27 – March 20, 2016
Contre Vents et Marées AT LOOP ART GALLERY
This exhibition takes cues from Sir Francis Beaufort, the inventor of the Beaufort wind scale. Invented primarily for the Royal Navy in 1807, the 13-point scale remains a standard for estimating the force of winds through visual observations recorded at sea and on land. The exhibition’s title Contre Vents et Marées is a meteorological idiom; its English translation against winds and tides is understood in French as the ability to continue despite obstacles. Constructed as a series of floating platforms, the exhibition combines print, ceramics, sculpture and meteorological instruments that tell us how the winds are blowing.
god love brigus at LOOP ART GALLERY
I am showing at Loop Gallery in Toronto from October 10th to November 1st. with Jenn Law. We are having a Q & A with refreshments on Sunday November 1st. Drop by and say hi! Here's the burb: Last summer, Tara Cooper participated in a residency at Landfall Trust in Brigus, Newfoundland. During a 3-week stay, she researched the history of the area and took note of the weather. She watched an iceberg slowly dissolve in the bay, learned about Captain Bob Bartlett, who was an arctic explorer that once brought a polar bear home to Brigus and met Ray, the caretaker of Landfall, who told stories about his grandfather – a whaler that lost his life in an explosion at sea. Made in collaboration with Terry O’Neill, “God Love Brigus” (a comment overheard by the town’s librarian) compiles these experiences into a floating raft that mixes sculpture, print, photography and text.
ARPRIM ART GALLERY
We wrapped up the show at Arprim in Montreal and had a delightful time rediscovering the city. What a wonderful place. Special thanks to gallerists Emmanuelle Choquette and Marie-Pier Bocquet! Here's a review of the show: http://www.dariobivonablog.com/#!avoir-la-tete-dans-les-nuages/cix7
ARPRIM ART GALLERY
Terry and I are busy in the studio working on Based on a True Story Part II – our upcoming show at Arprim Gallery in Montreal. We're incorporating pieces from our residency last fall at Anderson Ranch and sewing new banners with french idioms related to weather. Here are a few work-in-progress shots.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Terry and I are attending a 10-week residency at the wonderful Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Colorado. We are working on a storm-chasing kit with woodcuts and handmade weathervanes. So far there's lots of surprises... unexpected weather and wildlife. Our 10 day list of experiences includes a hail storm, snow, 80 degree temperatures, a blanket of fog, lots of cumulus clouds, a coyote on the golf course and bloody bear prints... plus Chi Chu the dog (he mostly hangs out in ceramics).
We are building a series of small-scale weather vanes. Here are the cardboard maquettes... next steps, plasma cutter, CNC router, welding and ceramics.
"Table Collages" from our Studio at Anderson Ranch. I also participated in an interesting questionnaire on the Ranch's blog – http://www.andersonranch.org/anderson-ranch-general/