Third Space Gallery presents two new exhibitions opening on August 15, 2008.
SKY VESSELS, by Jennifer Dorner is an exhibition of paintings wherein the artist builds an artificial sky panel by panel. The paintings include minuscule elements that highlight the bizarre attributes of leisure activities emblematic of Western culture. These detailed representations are combined with transport vehicles to act as a catalyst for disrupting the painting field. Dorner’s paintings are exceptionally presented at the third floor of the New Brunswick Museum, Market Square, until September 20, 2008.
In the fourth and final chapter of SHAPESHIFTERS, artist Stephan Schulz will install a series of traffic-activated drums on the side of an Uptown Saint John building. Pedestrians and automobiles passing by will trigger a rhythmic march based on their movements. Schulz will also present a performance and video where the artist literally “goes to work” by engaging in conversation with strangers. Drumline is installed at 78-82 King Street (former Tapps Building), and Equally distant from both sides can be seen in The Bargain! Shop’s King Street display window. Both installations continue until August 31, 2008.
The opening reception for both exhibitions will take place at the New Brunswick Museum at 6pm on August 15, 2008. Both artists will be present, and an introduction to the exhibits will be given by Peter Dykhuis, Director/Curator of the Dalhousie Art Gallery in Halifax.
Jennifer Dorner, originally from BC, received her BFA from the University of Ottawa, and MFA from the University of Western Ontario. Previously Director of eyelevel gallery in Halifax, NS, she is now based in Montreal, QC, pursuing her multi-disciplinary artistic career and as National Director of the Independent Media Arts Alliance. She has taught at the University of Western Ontario, Dundas Valley School of Art and has a strong passion for advocating for the arts with an emphasis on artist-run culture.
Originally from Berlin, Stephan Schulz received a Masters in Interaction Design from the UdK in Berlin (2004) and an MFA in Media Arts from NSCAD University in Halifax (2007). Schulz is a multi disciplinary artist who uses electronic media to intervene into public space by combining elements of performance, sculpture and social interaction. He makes use of micro-controllers, custom-made software and repurposed consumer devices. He currently lives in Montreal and works for Antimodular Research, a new media art production studio headed by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.
Third Space wises to acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of New Brunswick, and the Saint John Community Arts Program, as well as vital support from its local partners within the commmunity: the New Brunswick Museum, Historica Developments, the Telegraph Journal, Picaroons Traditional Ales, Punch Productions and The Bargain! Shop.