LOOKING/WATCHING/SEEING

This Summer 2017, Dunlop Art Gallery is pleased to collaborate with RDBID to present Pop Up Downtown: Looking/Watching/Seeing. A vibrant contributor to the cultural life of downtown Regina, Dunlop Art Gallery’s mandate is to support the presentation of contemporary art in friendly and accessible ways. Dunlop Art Gallery is interested in positioning visual art in our community, particularly where people are gathered. Working with RDBID to present the artworks you will see downtown this summer is an exciting partnership and a natural fit.

Pop Up Downtown brings new works of contemporary art and new audiences for art together. The artists selected for this year’s edition of Pop Up Downtown are at various stages of their careers and have tackled this year’s theme, Looking/Watching/Seeing, from various angles. Whether you live in Regina or are just visiting, Pop Up Downtown provides an excellent peek into the kinds of artwork being made today, particularly showcasing artists who live within our community.

Through this initiative, Dunlop Art Gallery and RDBID provide a platform for artists to experiment with new ideas in novel ways. We also hope that by supporting artists in their creation of these projects and facilitating their presentation, we are helping viewers learn how to be open to multiple perspectives, and to see and think about the world in new ways.

Jennifer Matotek

Director/Curator, Dunlop Art Gallery

 

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THE ART & ARTISTS

KARLIE KING

Looking Back

Rouge Nightclub, 2415 11th Avenue

Karlie King is the co-owner and operator of FLUX art studio in Mervin, Sask. Her work has been featured in exhibitions in Newfoundland, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Fine Art from the University of

Regina and was a doctoral candidate in the Folklore Department of Memorial University where she earned her Master of Arts in Religious Studies.

Looking/Watching/Seeing: 

King’s installation is a series of mirrors with image transfers of historical people who would have lived in what we know today as downtown Regina. These individuals include the First Nations people of Treaty Four Territory and European homesteaders who King researched for this project. As people pass the mirrors they not only look at people from the past—people who are foundational to the existence of Downtown—they also see themselves reflected in the mirrors.

“The mirrors literally question how seeing the inhabitants of the past, at the same time as seeing ourselves in the present, affects how we think, feel, move and carry ourselves through the world.” —Karlie King

GERDA OSTENECK

Quilt & Cascade Book

FCC Tower/Agriculture Place, 1800 Hamilton Street

Gerda Osteneck is a visual artist based in Regina.  Her work has been in exhibitions in Saskatchewan and British Columbia. She has curated exhibitions and taught workshops for the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre. She has also provided workshops at Regina Public Library through the Dunlop Art Gallery and provides private art instruction.

Looking/Watching/Seeing: 

Osteneck’s process involves exploring her surroundings with her camera, and looking out for stray fibre, text, and plant matter to use in her handmade papers. She also watches for clues about others who have been on the paths she collects materials from. She is interested in observing public reactions to her collection process.

For Looking/Watching/Seeing, Osteneck employs local plants and found items from the Regina downtown area.

“The two pieces allow the viewer a chance to explore an array of texture, text, and colour derived partially from found materials. The folded papers lend a feeling of movement and discovery to the installation.”—Gerda Osteneck

 

BRENDAN SCHICK

Watchers At The Gate

Hill Centre Tower I, 1874 Scarth Street

Brendan Schick is a visual artist living in Regina. He received a BFA in Visual Arts with Great Distinction as a Drawing Major from the University of Regina in 2013.

Looking/Watching/Seeing: 

Schick has adapted ideas from writer Gail Godwin’s essay, Watcher at the Gates, to address Pop Up Downtown’s 2017 theme of Looking/Watching/Seeing. The real and illusory aspects of the self, embodied in the empty hoodie, are the watchers who scrutinize, criticize and modify one’s behavior. The inner critical voice, and the sense that we are being watched and evaluated constantly, is conveyed through the world of advertising, social media, architecture and city planning.

Watchers at the Gates refers to an essay by Gail Godwin that discusses the challenge one faces when trying to clearly articulate an idea through writing. Godwin encountered the term in Sigmund Freud’s book, Interpretation of Dreams, which includes a statement by Friedrich Schiller about our inner critics. These critics dissect and censor our expressive voice, often to the point of creative paralysis. Schiller encouraged ignoring the watchers at first, allowing ideas to spill out ‘pell-mell,’ and then inviting them back in to organize and perfect what has already been let through.” — Brendan Schick

JERA MACPHERSON

Soft Tribute

1835 Scarth Street (previous Uforia/Muse exterior window space)

Jera MacPherson is a visual artist and writer based in Regina. She holds a BFA in Art History and Studio Arts from Concordia University.

Looking/Watching/Seeing: 

For MacPherson, it is difficult to consider the nature of being an observer in an urban environment, and processing visual media, without thinking of John Berger’s work. Berger’s research was based on the premise that the way we see things is affected by our knowledge and beliefs.

MacPherson’s work involves two quotes from John Berger’s Ways of Seeing printed on large pillows.

“Berger’s critical appraisal of the ways in which our cultural understandings shape the ways in which we approach visual culture became a trademark of contemporary art history. I respect him as an author, because he is delightfully anti-capitalist and at times, discerningly feminist.”—Jera MacPherson

GERRI ANN SIWEK

Ideal/Real Nature

Carlson Wagonlit Travel, 1858 Scarth Street

Gerri Ann Siwek is a mixed media artist based in Regina. She studied art the Ontario College of Art and Design, Art Students League of New York and the University of Regina. Her works have exhibited nationally and are included in private and public collections.

Looking/Watching/Seeing: 

In her art making, Siwek observes, collects and records what is both visible and invisible. By combining these two opposing views of nature, Siwek hopes to engage viewer’s curiosity and inspire a sense of wonder.

IDEAL/REAL Nature presents two divergent interpretations of Nature. IDEAL Nature imitates or presents Nature in a perfected or idyllic form, enhancing its beauty and symmetry. REAL Nature, in its found form, is often unsettling, unappealing, and at times disturbing. REAL Nature will include natural objects found outside, contained in a box.”— Gerri Ann Siwek

MEGAN MORMAN

Here & There

TD Bank, 1904 Hamilton Street (on 12th Avenue)

Megan Morman’s visual work has been shown in solo exhibitions and festivals across Canada, including at the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Artspace, and Galerie Sans Nom. Morman has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan (2003), and an M.F.A. from the University of Lethbridge (2016).  She currently works at the University of Lethbridge as a sessional instructor in the Department of Art and as Coordinator of the Penny Gallery.

Looking/Watching/Seeing: 

Here & There is a lenticular digital print that morphs between the words ‘here’ and ‘there’ as viewers move in space. Here & There’s physically and temporally unstable images offer subjective vision, and make apparent the physical act of perception. Here & There asks audiences to envision new possibilities for looking at the world.

“Viewers, when looking at lenticular light boxes hung in my studio, run all over the place. They get close, then far away; they run back and forth and duck down below the pieces to see how the view changes. Not only do the flickering lenticular images themselves move, but they prompt the viewer to move as well. Their grainy images, even when fully resolved, hold the promise of transforming into something else with the slightest movement.”—Megan Morman

FAITH B. LOGAN

From Plain Sight

Sask. Energy Building – 1777 Victoria Ave.

Faith B. Logan is a visual artist based in Regina. She received a BFA with Distinction in Drawing from the University of Regina in 2010. Her artwork has been shown in Regina and Vancouver. Her artwork has also been featured in poetry books by Murray A. Logan and Courtney Bates.

Looking/Watching/Seeing: 

In the natural world, whether one can be seen or watched is a matter of life or death. Predators are often the ones watching, keeping their eyes open for their next meal, while their prey must look out for threats. Beneath the ocean waves this arms race has lead to many nearly undetectable methods of camouflage, both among hunters and the hunted. Logan invites viewers to look for camouflaged elements in a layered paper environment.

“Much of my work explores the mystery and anxiety that the ocean inspires. Depicting the ocean’s depths is a way for me to immerse myself in feelings of fear and fascination with its unknowable abyss. In understanding this small portion of the wide, wild ocean, I transform a small portion of my fear into respect and wonder.” — Faith B. Logan