Arts Commons presents:
Gallery of Alberta Media Art (GAMA)
Arts Commons video monitors
December 1, 2015- February 29, 2016
Artist Reception: Monday, February 29, 6:00-9:00pm
Three new short films and experimental media come to the Arts Commons Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA), each showing snapshots of life and art from the three filmmakers’ unique perspectives: JP Marchant’s Visions of an Imperfect Mind, Kyle Whitehead’s Interstices II, and Austin Taylor’s 35.7.
This unique ‘microcinema’ initiative provides free, surprising work from Alberta artists to everyone entering the Arts Commons space. The shorts run continuously on the three public video monitors throughout the centre.
Title: Visions of an Imperfect Mind, Interstices II, and 35.7
Location: On the Arts Commons three video monitors:
- +15 pedway; second level of Jack Singer Concert Hall west end
- West end of Jack Singer Concert Hall main floor foyer
- Near Ca’Puccini Café and the stained glass window
Date: December 1 – February 29, 2015
Reception: Artist reception at Happenings #3 in Upper Centre Court at Arts Commons on Monday, February 29 from 6-9pm
Visions of an Imperfect Mind is an atmospheric, black-and-white meditation on JP Marchant’s own struggle to keep alive his dreams of creating film against the forces of an office job and daily life, inspired by the works of Guy Maddin, Bela Tarr, and David Lynch.
Interstices II is part of Kyle Whitehead’s ongoing series of collaborative, in-camera, double-exposure Super 8 films, taking two discrete perspectives and melding them together in unpredictable and ever-changing ways. An experiment in how the physical medium shapes the projected message.
35.7 is Austin Taylor’s restless, digitized drama, incorporating deliberately crude 3D rendering software, pop culture celebrity cutouts, and subconscious meandering. This three-minute looping exercise reveals an unravelling landscape of imaginary chaos and political anxiety.
JP Marchant is a filmmaker based in Lethbridge, Alberta. A lifelong fan of film noir, experimental shorts and German expressionism, he made his first short as a student at the Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA) in the summer of 2013. Since then he has worked on nearly a dozen independent film sets, and is currently in post-production on The Hitch-Hiker, a psychological period thriller. This is his first post-student production. Though he works in the oil & gas industry, JP’s free time is spent talking about, watching, and producing movies.
Kyle Whitehead is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily with small-format cinema, experimental sound and electronics. He prefers a careful and considered approach to image making; which should not be confused with best practices, as his work is more about embracing the potential of an indeterminate process. Kyle received his BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design and currently resides in Calgary where he spends most of his time in the dark.
Austin Taylor is an artist and curator living in Calgary Alberta. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2012. His painting practice focuses on basic geometries of optical gesture and the collapse of time and space. This practice is extended through research, experimentation and production of traditional film and digital video. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Montreal QC, Toronto ON, Vancouver BC and Portland OR. He is currently director of Secret Eight Project Space.