Participating Artists:

Laura Hale
Belinda Harrow
Eric Hill
Jeff Meldrum
Keith Moulding
Zoe Schneider
Janet Wang
Workparty

Pop Up Downtown is installing eight original art works into storefront windows throughout Regina’s downtown core, in the fall of 2016. The Regina Downtown Business Improvement District is thrilled to be partnering with the Creative City Centre, for this fourth edition of Pop Up Downtown. Selected artist projects will be installed the week of September 12th 2016 – and remain on display until the end of the year. The project is being overseen by RDBID artist in residence, Amber Phelps Bondaroff. Guided walking tour, project launch and reception will be taking place on Saturday September 17th

Pop Up Downtown creates a dynamic, walkable, cultural experience in downtown Regina. The project encourages entrepreneurship and public engagement through artistic intervention. The continuing success of this initiative builds and strengthens existing partnerships between artists and the business community of Regina’s downtown core. Pop Up Downtown aims to activate public space, enliven downtown and promote fine art in Saskatchewan. Pop Up Downtown works are included on a map and audio-based walking tour that will be available to the viewing audience throughout the duration of the installation.

The thematic focus of this year’s Pop Up Downtown is:
Walking – Bodies in Urban Space: The meditative and physiological impacts of the act of walking; the relationship between walking and thinking within an urban space; references to body within the language of architecture and the urban landscape; the subversive potential of bodies in public spaces; the social hierarchies of the urban landscape.

GUIDED WALKING TOURS:

All tours are free, all ages and accessible. Meet @ Salt Studio – #160 -2002 Victoria Ave (ground level of Avord tower next to Atlantis Coffee)

Project Launch Tour:
Sat. Sept. 17th – 7pm – 1.5hrs

Reception/After Party:

Sat. Sept. 17th – 9pm
Creative City Centre – 1843 Hamilton St.
(Free, all ages, non accessible.)

Half tours:
Thurs. Sept. 22nd – 12:15pm-0.5hrs
Fri. Sept. 23rd -12:15pm -0.5hrs

Culture Days/Art Walk  Full Tour:
Sat. Oct. 1st – 3pm – 1.5 hrs
Followed by a reception – 5pm @ Slate Gallery – 2078 Halifax St.

THE ART & ARTISTS

WORKPARTY

The Little People

(In Consultation with Colonialism No More and the Local Community)
Salt Studio – #160 – 2002 Victoria Ave.
Formed in Toronto in 2005, Workparty are a physically malleable, intellectually agile, naturally evolving collective of multi-disciplinary and multi-generational artists and designers. Members involved in this iteration of The Little People are: Mike Dudek,  Bartosz Gawdzik,  Marlo Hwang, Paul Kawai, Gwen MacGregor, Lewis Nicholson, Lena Rubisova and Emma Wright. Artists who have been included in other projects include Chris Braden, Bonnie Devine, John Dickson, Stephen Fisher, Ryan le Gassicke, Gordon Hicks, Brianna Lowe and Elliot Vredenburg.  

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In 2014, Parisian curator Ami Barak invited Workparty to create a work at city hall that related to the theme of Readymades for Toronto’s Nuit Blanche. Workparty took the opportunity to respond to and comment on the infamous behaviour of the mayor at the time. The idea for the resulting piece, ‘The Little People’, came from a bite-sized news item in The Guardian newspaper (UK, January 2012) about a ‘Kindertoy’ protest in Russia organized in defiance of a recent ban on human demonstrations. The ‘toys’ were also deemed to be in violation of the law and arrested. Workparty’s installation consisted of 50 running feet of densely packed brightly colored Kindertoys with subtle streams of evolutionary, political, ecological, tongue-in-cheek narratives. Signs saying ‘Not Good Enough’ offered a commentary on the power elites, on the Canadian political situation at the time, and on the destruction of the natural environment. For this Pop Up Downtown version Workparty worked, in part, in consultation with Colonization No More – Solidarity Camp Regina who are calling for action to help indigenous communities across the country who are suffering from the crises of colonization. An open call through social media has also provided an opportunity for other local groups and individuals to voice their concerns.
 

Keith Moulding

Dead Reckoning: A Photographic Survey of the Palliser Triangle

TD Bank  – 12th Ave & Hamilton St.

Keith Moulding is a Saskatchewan-based freelance photographer. He studied photography at Sheridan College where he graduated in 1974. Keith has taught as a sessional instructor in the school of Photojournalism at the University of Regina and has exhibited at the Dunlop Art Gallery. His clients have included Canadian Art, Saturday Night Magazine, Globe & Mail, Readers Digest, Canadian Living, Elm Street and Western Living Magazine. He is currently represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto.

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Dead Reckoning is the process of estimating one’s current position based upon a previously determined position. The driest part of the Canadian prairies is often referred to as the Palliser Triangle. This area is named for a nineteenth century explorer who first described a roughly triangular area which he felt was poorly suited for farming. Palliser described this triangular area as desert or semi-desert, which could never be expected to become occupied by settlers. The survey took place between 1857 and 1860. The area is north of the American border, bound on the east by Cartwright, Manitoba, Lloydminister, Saskatchewan to the north, and by Calgary and Cardston, Alberta to the west. Obviously Palliser’s recommendations went unheeded. “The photos selected for this Pop Up Downtown installation were taken in downtown Regina between 1985-1987.”

Laura Hale

Place Shapes

Rouge Nightclub – 2415 11th Ave.

Laura Hale is a visual artist based in Saskatoon. She studied at the University of Regina, and Emily Carr University in Vancouver. Her art practice includes site-specific installation, ephemeral land art, and community-engaged projects. Hale defines herself as a placed-based artist, exploring and responding to location and what is found there in terms of materials, history, and potential collaborators. She works with an eclectic range of materials to create new objects and experiences that animate and respond to location, increase awareness of our surroundings and challenge the way we see familiar objects or places.

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Place Shapes is about urban growth, urban boundaries, neighbourhoods, community and walkable cities. Place Shapes is
a scale representation of Regina’s current downtown neighborhood boundary in relation to the proposed growth plan boundary for the new area of Regina called ‘City Centre.’ The piece is made of two-colour neon tubing fabricated by Saskatoon neon craftsperson Chris Messett. Place Shapes can, at first glance, be seen as an abstract artwork, an outline of two shapes utilizing form and colour. Not until further investigation may the viewer realize it is a relational comparison of two actual areas of Regina.

“Regina is currently in the process of a community growth plan to manage the projected population increase of the city. Over the past 25 years Regina has grown by 30,000 people and over the next 25 years the city is projecting an increased growth of 100,000 people. The forecast is for the population of the City of Regina to grow to 300,000 by the year 2035. Part of this growth plan includes the current Regina Downtown area. ‘City Centre’ is an identified new area of Regina that includes the current Regina Downtown along with surrounding neighbourhoods, and is planned to include 10,000 new residents through intensification (defined as development, redevelopment, infill and expansion or conversion of existing buildings). My intent with this piece is to encourage dialogue and interest in urban boundaries and growth plans, both in general and specifically to the city of Regina.”

Eric Hill

Downtown Go

Sask. Energy Building – 1777 Victoria Ave. 

Eric Hill received a BFA from the Media Production Program at the University of Regina in 2008. Since then he has made his own short films and explored various other forms of media – music, sound art, installation, and videogame art. Eric works with anything he can get his hands on and is often found helping others with their own work by filling in wherever is needed. He uses these diverse skills to adapt his own concepts to fit what new technology or process he happens to be working with. His lifelong interest in video games has made the jump to making them an especially exciting one. Eric’s knowledge base of video, music, and installation art has taken his ideas for these video games into new areas, away from the typical couch and TV set-up.

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“I have always enjoyed creating an experience for an audience that allows them to participate. Previously this has resulted in giving audiences specific instructions for creating sounds for live film screenings. Recently I realized that I could give an audience something to do by using videogame software to create an experience far more unique. This has resulted in games designed for various art events including a friend’s birthday party. Going forward I will be creating more site-specific games that allow the audience to be as much a part of the work as my input.”

“This work is a re-creation of my navigation through downtown Regina in videogame form. The locations represented in this game may look familiar to many. Each ‘level’ or scene is representative of navigation routes anyone can take to get to work, home or elsewhere. Although there are many ways to get to a destination there are often minor obstacles in the way such as potholes, sidewalk construction or empty parking lots. Using videogame and motion-tracking software I have created likenesses of these features. This speaks to the theme of Pop Up Downtown, Walking: Bodies in Urban Space, by drawing the attention of the audience to the environment around them through gamifying the spaces they see on a day-to-day basis.”

Janet Wang

Soft Spectacle

Salon Snax –  1861 Scarth St.
Janet Wang is a visual artist working within a traditional painting practice, integrated with sculptural installation and digital media. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia and her Masters of Studio Practice from the University of Leeds in England. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, and the UK. She has been awarded residencies from the Arts Council of England, ArtStarts, the Burnaby Arts Council, and received the Visual Arts Development Award by the Vancouver Foundation. She is currently an instructor at the Art Institute of Vancouver.

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“We travel away from the familiar in order to discover our true selves.  We take a walk to clear our heads.  We move through the city to engage with society and to participate in its spectacle. This reflexive relationship between self and city are found in the reflective surface of windows, the looming physical envelopes of buildings, the push/pull of arterial streets, as well as our idealism and the framing contrast of the ‘natural’ spaces beyond.

“My work explores the construction of identity through the appropriation and disruption of social patterns and familiar gestures. I borrow heavily from the canons and traditions of history, both the artistic and the quotidian, in order to use the familiar as a meeting point with the viewer.

“To create this installation, I ‘visited’ Regina with virtual walking tours through Google Maps, begetting a fractured and unreliable concept of the urban space. The city has been mapped in repetition and reconstructed in this installation to mimic decor motifs and the structures of domestic space. As an outsider/tourist, I have worked with preconceived notions and digitally mined data to create a pattern based on my own sense of the downtown’s enclosures and expanses. I conflated my identity and identifications on to this ersatz construction, and shape my self-portraits as a flâneur, a ‘stroller’ and observer of city life.”

Belinda Harrow

Future Nostalgic: The Rabbits

NWL – 1853 Hamilton St.

Belinda Harrow was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, and moved to Saskatchewan with her family at the age of three. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, and a Master of Fine Arts from Canterbury University i, New Zealand. Harrow works in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing. She has received numerous awards and grants and in 2000 represented Canada as the Royal Overseas Travel Scholarship recipient in London. 

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Harrow has completed artist residencies in Scotland and acrossCanada. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, China, and Thailand. Belinda lives and works in Regina and is represented by Slate Gallery.

For Pop Up Downtown Harrow looks specifically at the jackrabbits that live in downtown Regina. These rabbits live in the periphery of our spaces, in our architectural gaps, moving about at dusk and dawn to avoid attention. We occasionally glimpse movement or a track left in the snow but for the most part their presence goes without notice. We navigate our lives within the city, moving about to self-imposed codes of conduct within socially defined parameters while animals conform and adjust around us, maintaining an uneasy harmony. This herd of plaster rabbits is gathered together frozen in time, on display for us to appreciate and admire at our own convenience. “Over the last ten years animals have had a strong presence in my artistic practice. I am particularly interested in that precarious area where human and animal habits/habitats overlap. As our human populations grow and spread animals adapt and change. Migratory patterns, feeding habits and even mating behaviours are disrupted. It is my hope that through the art I create, the viewer may see the animal as a subject whose study might reveal something of the human condition.”

Zoë Schneider

Mound

Sask. Energy Building – 1777 Victoria Ave.
Zoë Schneider is a visual artist based in Saskatoon. Schneider’s practice utilizes themes such as the paranormal to examine how societal paradigms affect collective mythologies; how we play with our limits of discomfort in the creatures we invent; and how we construct tangible objects as odes to the ephemeral. Working predominantly in sculpture, Schneider’s work is informed by imagery found in roadside tourist traps, 60’s sci-fi pulp, and the deistic outsider art created in extraterrestrial spiritualism. Using materials found in hardware and craft stores, Schneider mimics hobby-shop aesthetics and endeavors to forge a familiar response in the viewer. The use of reflective material- often mirror – has emerged as a consistent component.

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“Applying the theme of Walking: Bodies in Urban Space to downtown Regina – specifically Regina in the winter – I was reminded of the mini-mountains of snow that are created when snowplows clear walking and driving paths. These plowed, snow mounds are often spotted along road meridians, in the corner of parking lots and, specific to downtown Regina; along the pedestrian walkway on Scarth street. Plowed snow mountains can grow to over ten feet tall, depending on the snowfall of any given season. Often featuring deep crevices where a person has tried to climb the mountain and accumulated dirt and debris, these mountains continue to take up space in their long, slow melt.

“Playing off of these objects I have built a plowed snow mound within the storefront space. The surface of Mound features a highly reflective treatment that serves as a mirror stratagem; placing the viewer into the object and reflecting the space in which the object resides, thereby drawing parallels between the transience of the pedestrian and the plowed snow mound. Additionally, the act of moving the snow mound from the street to the storefront carries an implication of worth or value; the ‘gilding’ of Mound speaks to this act, from ephemeral detritus to chromatic monument.”

 

Jeff Meldrum

Wunderkammer

Carlson Wagonlit – 1858 Scarth St.
Jeff Meldrum is a wearer of many shoes. He is visual artist, avid outdoors person and proud yet hesitant Saskatchewan patriot. He has paddled almost every inch of the North and South Saskatchewan Rivers and come every Canada Day he can be heard singing from one of their sandbars. He is heavily involved in the Regina music scene where he hosts a show on CJTR – Regina Community Radio, and can be found playing in local bands Failed States and Snake River

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Wunderkammer is a microcosm for Saskatchewan, it’s wonders and it’s potential for adventure. It is through adventure that I have come to intimately explore my home province of Saskatchewan. It is also where I have made my most profound human connections. Over the past 10 years I have collected objects that remind me of these significant moments. At my home they sit on a shelf, a sort of shrine dedicated to what I would rather be doing. In Wunderkammer these objects take on a new life and are used to inspire others to seek adventure and all that it offers. By inviting the public to help fill Wunderkammer, I am hoping that others will take time to explore this province and find out what may be waiting for them.”

If you would like to contribute an object to Wunderkammer, please E-mail: meldrumjeff@hotmail.com. At the end of the installation all objects will be returned along with a high-resolution photograph of the completed cabinet.

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