VANCOUVER, BC – The Public Art Program is premiering two new works in the week of August 8, running through September 11. The Coastal City series began on May and includes 15 new art commissions appearing monthly through October 2016.
ARTIST: Curtis Grahauer, Vancouver, British Columbia
ARTWORK TITLE: Tidal Pool
PLATFORM: Downtown Video Screens. Thanks to our screening partners: CoreVision (Granville and Robson Screen), CBC, Telus Gardens, Terry Fox Plaza, VanCity Theatre and Pacific Cinematheque.
PROJECT SYNOPSIS: The film Tidal Pool by Curtis Grahauer represents New Brighton Park in Vancouver as a point of articulation between global industry and natural adaptation. The former salt marsh next to the Ironworker’s Memorial Bridge had a swimming pool in its earlier days that was filled by the tide. When the waters became polluted by industry, a new pool was built. Waterfowl adapted and settled in the pool through the winter months. Now there is an initiative to turn the edge back into a salt marsh.
The film contemplates the site as a pivotal place of contestation between the natural and industrial forces of the coastal city.
BIO: Curtis Grahauer holds a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from Simon Fraser University. His practice is based in film, photography, and installation, and his work has been recently included in The Lind Prize exhibition at Dynamo Arts Association and a solo exhibition at the Arts Council of New Westminster.
Past collaborative work has included karaoke videos and a public access television program. He has exhibited and screened his work in Canada and USA, and has participated in residencies at KIAC (Dawson City, CA), SIM (Reykjavik, IS), and the Sointula Art Shed (CA). http://www.curtisgrahauer.com/
ARTWORK TITLE: Untitled (3 images)
PLATFORM: Transit Shelters around the city
PROJECT SYNOPSIS: Seattle-based artists Krista Schoening and Coley Mixan collaborated to create transit shelter posters that are based on hand-drawn wave patterns, transformed digitally. The wave patterns reference the sea and the dynamism of the port city as a cosmopolitan destination for people and ideas. In addition to salt water waves lapping their shores, port cities are often the first places to receive waves of immigrants, new thoughts, and new technologies.
BIO: Krista Schoening is a painter, draftsman, and printmaker. She recently earned her MFA in painting and drawing at the University of Washington, and is now pursuing an MA in art history at the same institution. She received her BA from the University of Notre Dame in anthropology and Spanish. http://www.kristaschoening.com/
Works by Amanda Arcuri & Elisa Yon and Deanne Achong are continuing on view at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza and the Canada Line City Centre station, respectively. Thanks to our partners Vancouver Civic Theatres and InTransit BC.
ABOUT THE SERIES
The fifteen new works that have been commissioned for the Coastal City series, are an opportunity for artists to explore the border between land and sea, the designation of boundaries and life in a region near the shore, the changing land and ocean-scape, the influx of people and goods, the unique ecosystems, challenges and opportunities – the circumstances that make coastal cities such as Vancouver unique.
These public projects are opportunities for residents and visitors to discover unique images and perspectives on urban life from members of Vancouver’s vibrant creative community. The Coastal City artworks were proposed by artists in response to an open call.
The City’s Public Art Program is marking its 25th anniversary in 2016. The Public Art Program has facilitated over a hundred projects in twenty-five years, spanning large-scale permanent installations, design-team collaborations and artist-initiated artworks. For more information visit: vancouver.ca/publicart.
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