Since my initial post on art in vending machines, I’ve been looking into how the phenomena manifests itself in Canada. While there seems to be no overarching or nationally cohesive counterpart to the Art-O-Mat I encountered in Las Vegas, there are a myriad of interesting projects abound. Today, I’m going to share some of them with you (aren’t you lucky!).
After some of our special projects last year, like In/stall/ed, we’re planning to continue our collaborations in the Boyle-McCauley neighborhood. Here’s our latest call for our next project with McCauley Revitalization:
Latitude 53 creates sites for the intersection of contemporary art and ideas in Alberta.
We are seeking contemporary artists living in the Boyle Street – McCauley area for future projects.
Help us get to know you better by sending us up to five images of your art (digital images, jpegs at least 300 dpi), an artist statement, and some information about you—this could include an artistic resume or biography. Latitude 53 is interested in ethnocultural artists that reflect the diversity of our nation as well.
Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to: Latitude 53, 10248 – 106 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 1H7
Sound interesting? Get in touch.
Our friends at Edmonton Arts Council are also taking submissions for two public art projects in east downtown with an eye to emerging artists. Take a look.
My time as Writer-in-Residence is just over half way through, and I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. I began this residency about a week after having given the oral defense of my master’s thesis, and only a couple of days after formally submitting the written component to the University. What drew me to the project initially was how I could potentially write about whatever interested me; how it enabled me to keep writing about visual arts and culture but with a different voice; and the opportunity to write about and engage with accessible community based arts initiatives.
One of the biggest challenges I’ve encountered is the writing. Not the actual putting words to paper, but choosing what to write about and then making decisions about how to write. After spending the past 10+ years writing academic papers where the topic is usually dictated by the course, the transition to writing about whatever I’d like is not so easy. I can write seventy-five words, five hundred words, a thousand words on just about any given topic, but the freedom of choice is something with which I find myself struggling. In addition, figuring out who I’m writing for is just as difficult. Of course I’m not writing for an academic audience, but I suspect most people who visit blogs via artist-run centres (and the like) know their way around the content of my posts.
Yet as per the position, I have the freedom to write about anything I want, in the style and length of my choosing. I can write brief, topical entries, or a through examination of something theoretical. I can use colloquialisms. No one from Latitude has ever asked me to write about a particular topic, or about an exhibition in one of their galleries, or to promote the programming they offer. Even this post, which extols the virtues of Latitude’s Writer-in-Residence program, was something that I chose and wrote without needing to consult anyone about. Though unfamiliar to me, I am learning to embrace this freedom. My own experiences, as well as those shared with me by others, speak to this uncommon feature of paid work and the unlikelihood of it happening again soon.
The recognition that this is my halfway point has me evaluating what I had set out to accomplish, what I have done, and what I would still like to do in my remaining residency. This process has led to some revelations, both expected and unexpected. I have some projects and collaborations in store for the near future, which will be revealed as they come to fruition. What I can say with certainty is that I’m grateful for the opportunities afforded to me by Latitude 53 and Todd Janes (the executive director), which couldn’t of have been better timed. The openness with which my ideas have been welcomed and encouraged is exciting.
Most importantly, the reading, reflecting and writing that I have been doing as part of this residency have led me to contemplate more broadly about what my next steps will be, both as a writer and beyond. I’m definitely in the period of reflection and transition that accompanies post graduate work. While I’m not looking for a destination, so far this residency has afforded me the luxury of time and play, which have helped me to discover more about what I want in life. And for that, I am sincere when I say Thank You, Todd Janes.
Our friends over at Edmonton Arts Council’s public art office are looking for some last-minute help:
We are in a last minute bind for one of our public art projects! An artist has designed a pattern to be painted on the interior acoustic panels for the newly renovated Hardisty Pool (opening late February/March), and we need the help of a craftsman to do a bit of work for us. Someone with basic production skills and an eye for detail.
Part A will be one full day of work transcribing stencils from a digital file to paper, here at the EAC offices.
Part B will be the assistance in applying/marking/taping the stencils. Part B will take approximately 3 hours / day, same start time during the day each day, for approx. 8 days (or roughly the last two weeks of January). This operation will take place in a industrial facility near the mill creek area, steel toed boots are required. Other safety gear will be provided (as well as all materials, tools,etc).
This work will be paid with a flat daily rate. If you’re interested or know anyone who may be, please contact me as soon as possible.
Public Art Program Officer
edmonton arts council
email@example.com p: 780.424.2787 ext.236