Liz Solo & Jesse Walker / Sandee Moore

Jun. 25 – Jul. 30, 2011

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LIZ SOLO & JESSE WALKER – PHYTOPHILOUS INITIATIVE
SANDEE MOORE – IMAGINARY GIFT
JUN. 25 – JUL. 30

Does your begonia love you? Can your cactus transmit messages into your dreams? Newfoundland artists Liz Solo and Jesse H. Walker investigate these and many other questions with the Phytophilous Initiative, a gallery exhibit featuring interactive laboratory experiments, installations, screenings and scheduled performances around the City.

The Phytophilous Initiative is an inter-disciplinary art project by Jesse Walker and Liz Solo that explores methods for communicating with plants.

Read the exhibition essay by Peter Duchemin.

Phytophilous  Performances:

Sat July 9, 8pm Special Presentation

Sat July 16, 9pm “Night Gardening” Multi-Media Performance

Sat July 23, 3pm Reading To Trees

Inspired by her own unwillingness to take off her backpack to find money to give to homeless people, Sandee Moore’s Imaginary Gift began when she started anonymously dispensing gifts, both useful (coffee) and wonderful (bubbles), to people on the street below her fourth floor studio window in a gesture of non-capitalist public exchange. Through her participatory works Moore seeks to create opportunities for audiences to engage in new and pleasurable relationships, redefining the parameters and permissions for social interaction.

Imaginary Gift is a public, interactive piece that will appear outside Johnny Ruth at 166 Water St. Ring the little green man’s bell for your gift!

Read the exhibition essay by J.J. Kegan McFadden.

Opening reception and Artist talks: June 25th, 3-5pm

About the artists:

Liz Solo is a theatre artist, musician, filmmaker and uber-nerd who also works with New Media and synthetic environments, merging online virtual spaces with the live performance space. Liz has a studio in St. John’s and tours regularly with her performance work and with her band, The Black Bags. Jesse Walker is the son of artists Peter Walker and Peggy Hogan, and was born in 1980 in St. John’s, where he currently works. Jesse has played in heavy metal bands in St John’s and Halifax, and attended NSCADU 2005-2009.

Liz and Jesse would like to thank Mike Kean, Rhonda Pelley, Wallace Hammond, Craig Squires, Justin Hall, Brian Jank, Catherine Street, Ian Nightengale, Rick Tizzard, Anne Pickard, Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, Black Bag Media Collective, ikipr, Gateacre Ltd, and Peter Duchemin.

Sandee Moore animates social relationships through interactive performance, video, and installation. Since graduating from the MFA program at the University of Regina in 2003, Moore has screened and exhibited across Canada. Her practice took her to Japan in 2004 as the Mukojima/Rice artist-in-residence, and in 2006 she was commissioned to create a video for The Winnipeg Art Gallery, with stills of this work published in Border Crossings magazine. Her work has been exhibited at The Gendai Gallery (Toronto), PLATFORM Centre for Photographic and Digital Art (Winnipeg), The 2010 Cultural Olympiad (Vancouver) and presented by Artsouterrain for Montreal’s Nuit Blanche. She is currently a sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba.

Sandee would like to thank the Manitoba Arts Council.

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Posted June 25, 2011