The Legendary Collection Polaroid 18. 8. 2012 The Finnish Museum of Photography, Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland

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A “To Polaroid with Love” exhibition includes all forms of polaroid process and materials

(Photographers include Mary Ellen Mark, Jan Hnizdo, Nelli Palomäki) The Legendary Collection Polaroid 18. 8. 2012 The Finnish Museum of Photography, Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland

the polaroid in Finland

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Helsinki is design capital for 2012, exhibitions in the Cable Factory & Design Museum

synthetic materials that mimic nature and sauna stones/benches, dentist chair, tractor, robot forklift and recycled wood chairs – all Finnish designers

Human beings are physical objects.

The human body occupies and animates space.

What do you do with your body everyday?

Eat. Move stuff around. Drink. Work. Function. Fail. Desire. Walk. Sleep.

Logue is inclined to examine what we do with and how our bodies motivate us.

She performs voluntary physical tasks using her body as device and subject. She records her body’s motions and momentum on video and replays the actions in the public gallery space. The work is physically sculptural, visual and aural and viscerally atmospheric, dreamy and oral. Logue’s gestures, throwing, eating, hefting, caressing resonate in scale with the screens. Logue’s videos are a self-portrait and also “our” personal experienced ecstasy, pain, shame and lust; in Logue’s video mirror you see yourself, your self-consciousness self looking at yourself.

The gestures, habits, everything the body needs, the accidents, the eventualities of age, gendered subjectivities, and the inclination to live– caught in struggle Logue says “between comfort and trauma”.

Hobbs Obliques, 2012 [8 mins] Single channel video projection and laminate flooring (photo by Deirdre Logue) “Taking place at 3841 Hobbs Street in Victoria, BC, this work investigates duality, geometry and domestication. Hobbs Obliques is an immersive and mildly disorienting work, experienced from the perspective of the camera as it is pulled, at ankle level, on a three-legged dolly through the artist’s almost empty and mostly unfamiliar new home. As the camera collides with the domestic, the performercelebrates the unpredictable.” -Deirdre Logue

Velvet Crease, 2012 [2 mins. 23 sec.] Deirdre Logue Three channel video (photo by Garth Rankin). The Velvet Crease takes place over three large screens representing the Id, Ego and Superego. Each channel is spinning a revision of Freuds’ psychic apparatus by placing, front and centre, not the artist’s genital anxieties and castrated woes but rather a refractive and empowered disco portrait of her mastery.”-Deirdre Logue

Dual Lunch, 2012 [11 mins. 44 sec.] Deirdre Logue Two channel video (photo by Garth Rankin). “The eating of the same meal is seen from 2 different yet relative camera perspectives. Like watching a grasshopper at the grass blade, each image is a distinct reflection on the labour of existence and the monotony of survival.”-Deirdre Logue

Opening: Friday, July 13, 7 p.m. Exhibition: July 13 to August 4, 2012 Open Space Artist Run Centre

June 26 Emilio Portal Islands: an installation to honor the spirit of Lekwungen

Aboriginal people have occupied this Territory (aka Victoria) for over 400 years. The Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations people are a part of the Coast Salish ethnic group; their ancestors lived in large cedar houses, in extended family groups that were self-governing. All household groups claimed specific living areas and areas where they could hunt, fish, and collect plants. They occupied the area from Albert Head to Cordova Bay to the San Juan Islands. The language spoken was a dialect known as Lekwungen.[i]

While Islands recognizes the past and the “might have been”, Islands also brings attention to the now and how things might be; with Islands Portal asks us to re-understand relationships between native and stranger, myth, history, knowledge and ceremony. The title, Islands literally refers to an isolate land yet discloses the isolate mind. Silence. Separate.

What if first contact were happening now? Between you and I?

What does it takes to direct thought from what it silently thinks and sound out new thought?

A cedar box which contained a cedar box which contained a cedar box which contained an infinite number of cedar boxes nested inside which contain all the sounds of the universe [ii]

“Cedar spirit is a greater being than I” –Emilio Portal

208 cedar studs 2x4x8 stacked flat racked restacked, Drumming & Percussion

“Hyeshqe!”


[i] Cheryl Bryce and Brenda Sam, “Lekwungen People: The Traditional Territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt People” [pamphlet], 1997

[ii] Robert Bringhurst and Bill Reid, “Raven Steals the Light”, Douglas and McIntrye, 1996 (I remixed this to read sound instead of light)

June 21, 2012 film screening and conversation

3 filmmakers + 3 bodies + 3 performers = identities on both sides of the camera

Deirdre Logue, Lysanne Thibodeau, Farheen Haq

For all 3 the self and the camera are the opening images in a dialogue that is still developing. Each filmmaker has her own physical and material viewpoint, ritual and performance: it is fabric for Farheen Haq, memory for Lysanne Thibodeau and repetition for Deirdre Logue. Each direct “the gaze” revealing attitudes and images of the body and perform “projections of anxieties” showing resistance and ambiguities of the body. Haq films herself wrapped in fabric and water suggesting purification and initiation of the body. Thibodeau films are documents of her experiences laden with hopes for what might have been and fears for the present moment. Logue crams her films with the tension of discomforts and humiliations inside and outside of the body. They work not with autobiography or narrative but with the self as subject, as self-interest, producing self-made films that work within a self-representational discourse.

still from Patch by Deidre Logue (photo credit Deidre Logue)

 

 

The camera is a glass box a mirror an apparatus in severance to the gesture and gesticulation of the body.

Deirdre Logue

Lysanne Thibodeau

Farheen Haq

Urbeing – in dialogue with landscape, Elyse Portal

Portal’s art practice reflects upon relationship and connection to the land, her process is both physical and spiritual.

Portal harvested cattails from Rithet’s Bog and clay from Mt. Douglas; she wove cattails into mats and liquefied clay for slurry drawings.

Portal recognizes knowledge -information, wisdom and spiritual and social development -springs from a connection/conversation with the land. In a group meditative sitting Portal asked viewers to consider their relationship to the land; she emphasized listening to the sky, air, rain, pavement, buildings, shores and ocean together with people. Portal’s perspective honors Indigenous traditions and ways of being, one that is grounded in practices that allow people to be self-sufficient by sustaining the environments that feed and nurture them.

(photo taken after the meditative sitting)

Xchanges Gallery June 23 2012