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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

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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

“What does it mean to be a guest on traditional territory of Lekwungen people?”- asked by Tahltan curator Peter Morin

“What I want to know is when the Europeans came here is why didn’t they adopt our ways of living? Ways of living that have sustained our people for centuries.” -asked by Emilio Portal

Kwakwaka’wakw Elder Gerry Ambers lead a Circle Ceremony on June 9 at Open Space Artist Run Centre, inviting participants to meet and speak their personal stories and share perspectives on hosting and being a guest in Victoria BC in the present time. Every story we hear changes us. Cedar enclosure constructed by Emilio Portal.

“Listening is the stage of comprehension, of pay attention, which follows acknowledging sounds. If we know how, we can listen…hearing old stories in new ways and unsettling our familiar notions of first contact and all the history that follows.” John Sutton Lutz in Myth and Memory Stories of Indigenous-European Contact

Subsequent Circles in the fall of 2012

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Trimpin sound sculpture/kinetic art titled CanonX+4:33+100

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Reconfigured Pianos, Joy Stick, Graphic Score and Robotics

(ballbearings, internet router, rubber, felt, suction cups, files, electro magnets, o rings, springs, coils)

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sound = information

sound: waves, falls, spirals, bounces, travels, vibrates, touches, moves space

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sound is a physical, kinetic, visual experience

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Vic Sightings Victoria based skate photographers and videographers at the fifty fifty 2516 Douglas St. Victoria BC

Vic Sightings celebrates the local skate culture’s identity and displays the great work that people are making here. The project organizers are interested in showcasing Victoria and how street skating exploits the city landscape and re-shapes the architecture. The work of the artists in the exhibition will give face to the sites, skaters, equipment and techniques used to make their art.

Skateboarders flow through the streets, alleys, parking lots-finding spots-grinding rails, jumping stair sets, executing kickflips, hardflips and other forms of urban shreddery. It is a wood-wheels-turning-systems of movements mixed with a skater’s personal style. Technically, photographer and skater harmonize their skills to achieve the perfect trick/photo combo.

http://vicsightings.tumblr.com/

photographer jay zee http://www.flickr.com/photos/jayzemanek/

photographer matt macleod http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewmacleod/

photographer luke connor http://www.flickr.com/photos/60515360@N08/

Vic Sightings co-ordinated by Doug Jarvis and Brenda Petays

www.elyseportal.com

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.