Tuesday July 28, 12pm – 5pm
Wednesday July 29, 12pm – 5pm
Thursday July 30, 12pm – 5pm
Marsh across from 7 Lorne Street
The project is comprised of an eclectic material-based installation and durational performance. Just beyond the edge of public space, upon a windswept marsh- from a temporary site-specific public monument/station/platform (constructed from reclaimed materials), a series of actions, sounds, and images, will be ‘transmitted’ to the greater public. The project will utilize processes and materials of sound, performance, storytelling, and drawing. Partakers are obliged to view the work from a distance, and through additional means (i.e. observational listening devices, binoculars, etc.), further provoking ideas of public engagement.
Framing the overall project, a series flag-like forms, will function as both image and object. Minimal in appearance, monochromatic; employing only black pigments, they are embodied with iconography and symbolic reference. A succession of these emblematic “flags” will be raised unceremoniously atop a simply constructed site-specific wooden pole. Particular objects/flags are intended to hang “dead at the top of their pole…” while others might wave celebratorily in the wind, adding to the aural capacity of the work. Collectively these will act as beacons, and at the same time stand-in as testimonials for a preoccupation with congregational sites and the politics of cultural-drift. Works are constructed from an individual perspective with the aim for common function and understanding.
Starting out from Pollards Point, a small community in rural Newfoundland, Ropson has focused a practice around material-based installation, and performative storytelling. He uses drawing and narrative to construct and document an attachment to all things commonplace. Currently residing in Sackville, NB, he teaches in the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, F♯ A♯ ∞, The Dead Flag Blues, 1997