Lightbox Studio - Public Decompression: The Peel Project

December 9, 2015 - February 29, 2016
Lightbox Studio - Public Decompression: The Peel Project
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Show Dates December 9, 2015 - February 29, 2016

Presenter Arts Commons Arts Commons Presents

Venue Lightbox Studio in Arts Commons (Beside Martha Cohen Theatre)

Arts Commons Presents
Lightbox Studio: Katie Green and Daniel J Kirk
The Peel Project: A Public Decompression

Lightbox Studio (Beside the Martha Cohen Theatre)
Dates: December 9, 2015 to February 29, 2016
Artist Reception: Happenings #3 in Upper Centre Court at Arts Commons on Monday, February 29 from 6-9pm

The Peel is a multi-layered project bringing together film, art, and science as a means of telling a unique story of adventure and Canadian identity. The Peel highlights the landscape, culture and wildlife of the Peel River Watershed (PRW) in Yukon/Northwest territories. This watershed is one of the last undeveloped watersheds left in Canada, spanning nearly 68,000km2 of intact arctic wilderness.

Green and kirk were 2 of 6 nationally selected Canadian artists that travelled to the Peel River Watershed region to explore, observe and help creatively fuel a conversation surrounding their experiences. The Lightbox Studio will be home to their first collaborative work, stemming from the Peel Project. A public decompression is an artistic process of distilling and generating ideas from raw experience, sketches, photos, artifacts and memory. "We intend on engaging Calgarians in our Peel Watershed experience through conversation, performance and the creation of new work". 

The showcase will culminate in the North American premiere The Peel, a free Art!Flicks documentary directed by Calder Cheverie and Anthony Wallace, and an artists’ panel discussion.

Artist Biographies:

Daniel J. Kirk is a visual artist from Calgary, Alberta. He is the director/founder of BlankPage Studio, a local creative hub, designed to encourage and engage dialogue and active participation in the development of Calgary’s cultural sphere. Daniel has been a practicing artist after graduating from the University of Calgary’s BFA program in 2007. Evidence of kirk’s public commissions and private work can now be found throughout Canada and the United States as well as Central America and Turkey.

Katie Green is graduating with a BFA with Distinction from University of Calgary.  She is a visual artist whose practice aims to draw relationships between concepts of growth, death, adaptation, cooperation, and our physical and emotional connection to nature. With the fearlessness of imagination and the curiosity of heart, Katie hopes her work can be a catalyst towards building a stronger connection with our rootedness in nature, and in turn, our sense of self. Katie’s work has been exhibited in public galleries such as Contemporary Calgary (formerly Museum of Contemporary Art) and the Nickle Galleries. Her work can also be seen internationally in Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka where she worked on numerous mural projects, both independently and in collaboration with artist collectives and non-profit organizations.