DRONE, SMOKE, Subnivean Snuff

December 5, 2016 - February 27, 2017
DRONE, SMOKE, Subnivean Snuff
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Show Dates December 5, 2016 - February 27, 2017

Presenter Arts Commons Arts Commons

Venue Arts Commons Video Monitors

Arts Commons Presents
Gallery of Alberta Media Art (GAMA)

DRONE, SMOKE, and Subnivean Snuff
Three Albertan artists approach truth and animation in three wildly different ways

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

Dates: December 5, 2016 to February 28, 2017
Artist Reception: Happenings #7 in the theme of Tactile Intrigue on the Mezzanine Level of Arts Commons on February 27, 2017 from 6-9pm

Arts Commons Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA) is proud to showcase three short films that experiment with cameraless filmmaking, digital superimposition, and visual music, showing different ways that a narrative can be abstracted to tell a deeper meaning. The films run continuously day-and-night on three public video monitors throughout the centre and are available to everyone entering Arts Commons, for free.

Greg Marshall’s DRONE collects archival news stories on lethal military drone strikes and converts, codes, and translates the footage into colour grids and assembled into 3D forms. The confusion in this data disconnect speaks to our voyeuristic distance from technology, and also functions as a memorial.

Jean-René Leblanc and Andy Dinh’s SMOKE is a playful silent stop-motion animated film playing with post-its. Engaging with cultural issues, critical theory, and digital media, the two artists use the common stationary as an interface for a dialogue on identity, space, and relationships.

Rachel Evan’s Subnivean Snuff takes a 1958 nature documentary on lemmings and permanently alterers the source material by painting and animating on top of the film stock. The result is a historical environment crime story, exploring human desires to manipulate ecosystems and their inhabitants.

Artist Biographies

Greg Marshall
is interdisciplinary media artist working in documentary, animation, art video, installation, object and image making. His freelance commercial work in animation, visual effects, 3d visualization, motion graphics and graphic design is a resource to his artistic practice. He is also working to complete by the end 2016 a partly-animated documentary that deals with personal accounts from participants from the Second World War. He lives and works in Calgary with his wife and three young children.

Jean-René Leblanc is an Associate professor of digital arts at the University of Calgary in Canada. He was born in Montréal in 1967, and attended Concordia University, which he left in 1993 with a Bachelor in Studio Arts. In 1996, he graduated from the University of Windsor, Ontario, with a Masters of Fine Art in Multimedia and Photography and in 2006, completed a PhD in study and practice of art from the Université du Québec à Montréal. His artworks have been presented in exhibitions in Canada, the United States of America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Rachel Evans was born in Red Deer Alberta. She completed her visual art degree in 2007 at the University of Victoria, majoring in sculpture and drawing. She has spent much of her life working with animals. This work has greatly influenced her art practice. She currently lives in Calgary with a small dog and two zebra finches and builds sets and props for a living.

The Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA) remains the only permanent exhibition space for short films, animation, and video created by Alberta media artists. Arts Commons is proud to partner with the Alberta Media Arts Alliance Society. These films are also screening in Casa Gallery (Lethbridge) and the Alberta Legislature Building (Edmonton).




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