social art

Zoë Kreye Heart-Host Artist in Residence Camosun College Fall 2012

Kreye’s artist in residence research and methodology began with investigating physical locations in the body in which to host people and hold relations with and continued by finding corresponding locations in the land to host bodies. Her exhibition at Open Space included a series of drawings of body and earth cavities, a body of earth and circle ceremony for hosts and guests to share ideas around relations.

notesCircle Ceremony Nov 10 Open Space Artist Run Centre

Zoë Kreye project blog

Sitting with Species at Risk

Elyse Portal’s project brings attention to local Vancouver Island plant species in risk of extinction. Portal builds an altar for species-at-risk out of the gallery’s neighbourhood found and trash objects. She invites the public to build clay bowls for each near extinction northwest coast plant, candles are lit in each bowl and added to the  altar. At the close of the project the bowls are fitted with at-risk plant seeds and left outdoors with a chance to propagate.

“Art is a verb”, Zoe Kreye.

The artists involved were questioning what art is and does.

The groups relied on their engagements with everyday life on campus, the experiences that connect them with each other, with the art institution and the public spaces on campus. Each of the groups chose a physical space on campus to plant text messages: encouraging bookmarks in random books in the library, a “Hey Man” greeting at the entrance to the college, a red dot exposing a mistake, friendly words at the bus stop, support for the maligned smokers, a chalk circle game promoting diversity, super-sized post-it notes lamenting lost love and a sweet statement in a secret hideaway. Projects created with guest artist Zoe Kreye.

The projects explored art as social space, as interactions and as relationships. Art historian Miwon Kwon agrees that such work “no longer seeks to be a noun/object but a verb/process.” [i]

[i] Kwon, Miwon. One Place After Another: Site Specific Art and Locational Identity. (Cambridge and London: The MIT Press, Paperback edition 2004), p. 24