The Living is Easy May 6, 2019 - October 4, 2019
A series of projects by Struts & Faucet Members:
A series of projects by Struts & Faucet Members:
Lou Sheppard is a Canadian artist working in interdisciplinary audio, performance and installation based practice. Of Irish, English and Scottish settler ancestry, Sheppard was raised on unceded Mi’Kmaq territory, and is based in K’jiputuk/Halifax. Sheppard graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2006 and then studied English and Education at Mount Saint Vincent University. In their recent practice Sheppard uses processes of translation and metaphor to interrogate structures of power in data and language. Their work is evidenced through installation, performance and score and often leads them to collaborate with other artists, including musicians, visual artists and performing artists. Sheppard has exhibited work both in Canada and internationally, and was included in the first Antarctic Biennale and the Antarctic Pavilion in Venice. In 2017 Sheppard received the Emerging Atlantic Artist Award and in 2018 they were an international residency recipient of the Sobey Art Award for an upcoming residency at ISCP in Brooklyn. Sheppard has been an artist in residence at the Khyber Centre for the Arts, The Doris McCarthy Artist in Residence Program, Banff Centre for the Arts, Cite des Arts in Paris, in the Faculty of Education at McGill University, and currently at Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre in Siknikt, Mi’kmaqi/Sackville, New Brunswick.
Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre is pleased to announce the 20th Annual Super 8 Hotel Film Festival: An opportunity for you to shoot your very own short film and present it on the big screen.
John Murchie’s work, No Place, No Space Not Taken is part of The Living is Easy: a series of projects by Struts & Faucet members.
On display June 3 – June 14, 2019
Reception Friday, June 7, 2019
5:00 – 7:00 PM
7 Lorne st. Sackville
Summer is here!
Join us for a BBQ every Friday at noon, rain or shine. Enjoy a grass-fed local beef burger or veggie dog in support of your local artist-run centre. All are welcome. See you out there!
Screening on June 18, 2019
Thunder & Lightning Ltd, 23 Bridge Street
This event is free
Taking inspiration from Afro-futurism, Indigenous futurism, speculative fiction and non-fiction, The Next 150: Documentary Futurism is a programme of 15 groundbreaking short films from diverse artists and communities across what is now called Canada. The projects — which were selected by an esteemed jury comprised of speculative fiction author Nalo Hopkinson, groundbreaking media artist Skawennati, and innovative curator/filmmaker Danis Goulet — inaugurate a new genre that blends documentary cinema with the speculative arts.
The Documentary Futurism programme offers a wide range of formal approaches and topics, from mesmerizing site-specific performances to imaginative aesthetic interfaces, from queer sexuality to decolonization. Forward-looking and deeply political, each film brings an innovative and distinctive approach to documenting that which has yet to occur.
Anna Hawkins is an artist based in Montreal, Canada. She works primarily with video and is concerned with the ways that images, gestures and information are transmitted, transformed and experienced online. Group exhibitions and screenings include the UCLA New Wight Biennial (Los Angeles, USA), the WRO Media Art Biennale (Wrocław, PL), and The Laocoön Dilemma at Galerie Sturm (Nürnberg, DE). She has exhibited a solo projects at Artspace (Peterborough, CA, 2015), Centre Clark (Montreal, CA, 2016) Eastern Edge Gallery (St. John’s, NL, 2016), and Untitled Art Society (Calgary, CA, 2018).
Gesig Isaac and Jamie Ross propose an interdisciplinary social practice and time-based project grounded in the art of healing. Reacting to a political climate in which our survival as queer people, witches and contemporary artists is consistently rendered precarious, the concept of magical self-defence drives this work.
His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Ottawa Art Gallery, (Ottawa, ON); the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, (Lethbridge, AB); the Art Gallery of Ontario, as well as a 2015 performance project at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Sasaki has participated in recent group exhibitions at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, (Seoul, South Korea,) Prince Takamado Gallery, Canadian Embassy in Japan, (Tokyo); Nihonbashi Institute of Contemporary Art, (Tokyo, Japan); and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto, ON). He has completed recent public art commissions for Sheridan College, (Oakville, ON) and the City of Barrie Ontario, and along with collaborator Jennifer Davis was the recipient of a 2017 Concepts award from the Ontario Association of Architects. His video work has screened at the MCA (Sydney, Australia); Brick + Mortar Film Festival, (Greenfield, MA) and the Images Festival (Toronto, ON). He was the recipient of the 2015 Canadian Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Prize (Dufftown, Scotland.) Sasaki holds a BFA from Mount Allison University (Sackville, NB) and is represented by Clint Roenisch Gallery in Toronto.
Cynthia Naggar refines herself in digital art. Always pushing boundaries of her art, she innovates into public interactivity using video, sound and biofeedback. She has this desire to make visible the invisible in us. A minimalist work that illustrates a very primitive relationship between man and machine, but that somewhat questions the public about their presence in space and in the time that they occupy.
combines and confounds notions of activism, art production and audience experience.
Benjamin Evans is an artist and writer currently based in the French Alps. He has zero formal training in data visualization, computer programming, MATLab, signal processing or sleep science in general. Originally from the Canadian province of Newfoundland, he has also spent seven years living in New York City where he directed the non-profit gallery NURTUREart and was active in the Brooklyn arts scene. He has exhibited previous bodies of work professionally in both Canadian and New York venues. While living in Paris, Evans opened the itinerant gallery project Projective City, which exhibited the work of emerging artists in Paris, New York and virtual spaces in between. He holds five degrees, including a PhD in philosophy and an MFA in mixed media, and has taught at several institutions, including the Alberta College of the Arts, The Parsons School of Design in New York and Parsons Paris. Having completed his PhD, he has recently returned to making art full time.
I’m an interdisciplinary artist whose work seems to keep coming back to complicated relationships with communication, often exploring the absurdities and anxieties that surround our attempts to connect. The way language interferes with and frames our ability to know ourselves and one another is endlessly strange to me. And heartbreaking. And funny.
I am an interdisciplinary artist. My practice fluctuates between where I am and the trajectory from where I have come, continually hauling and sorting through the baggage as I go. Video, mending, installation and small iterations of performance have been used to observe the folly or fallacy of everyday living. I attempt to make work in a place that either exacerbates a task, proclaims to solve problems with miniature sized solutions or stimulates the obvious with volume.
– Thea Jones