Eastern Edge is excited to present a preview of our upcoming 2018 / 2019 Programming! All of this is made possible thanks to our generous core operating sponsors, including Canada Council for the Arts, ArtsNL, and The City of St. John’s.
Sarah Joy Stoker and Omar Badrin will be here at Eastern Edge Gallery from June 11th – 17th completing an artist residency. The week will be a research-based process of exploration and creation open to the public for ongoing viewing, culminating in a public viewing and performance on June 16th.
Saturday, June 16th at 5:00 pm
Eastern Edge Gallery
This performance/showing will be a live interpretation of the culmination of work done by Badrin and Stoker throughout the residence week. Animation through movement and spacial play by Stoker of the works and articles created by Badrin. Approx 30 – 40 mins in length.
St. John’s, NL born and based, Sarah Joy Stoker works in the realms of contemporary dance, interdisciplinary performance and installation. She keeps issues of ecology and humanity as the focus of her work, believing that art is an active force in life and should therefore be a vehicle for action in our communities. Since graduating from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 1996, she worked as an independent dance artist in Toronto and Montreal performing her own work and that of other choreographers and companies nationally and internationally. Returning to St. John’s, she worked tirelessly to generate increased opportunities for creation, exploration and experimentation within the dance and interdisciplinary communities. Sarah worked as coordination manager, board member and chair of Neighbourhood Dance Works and the Festival of New Dance between 2003 and 2010, has been on the board of Eastern Edge Gallery and The Association of Cultural Industries of NL. She continues to live and work in St. John’s creating her own work and collaborating with the local and national communities.
Omar Badrin is an interdisciplinary artist born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Badrin obtained his MFA at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (2015), where he was awarded a graduate medal for his work in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art Media and Design program. Since graduating, he has received project and travel grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. In 2017, Badrin received an Honorable Mention for the Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award from the Textile Museum of Canada.
SOFT PLAYERS: Kyle Alden Martens
Opening Recepion, Saturday, October 27th, 2018
Exhibition dates: October 27th – November 24th 2018
Working in media of video, performance, and sound and using materials of ceramics, neoprene, rope, and fabric – this collection of connected modular sculptures and pocketed uniforms consider digital and physical interactions, coupling and solitude, games, rules, and cruising. This work highlights a barrier between body and space and references a type of hyper digital connection that comes with a physical detachment in current society. These players are searching for interaction within a coded set of rules. There is a strong blur between what is innuendo and innocent, what is game and function. The players unexpectedly navigate personal relationships within a court intended for two. The smooth floating camera handling and crisp digital sounds combined with the grainy zoom ins toy with high and low digital technology, relationships, and hookups.
Kyle Alden Martens is a Halifax/Montreal based artist working in video, performance, installation, drawing, collage, and sculpture – often blending media to create multiple levels of visual and conceptual dialogue. His work employs themes of subtlety, duration, humour, anticipation, boredom, restriction, and repeated motion. There is often an undertone of queer aesthetics that is
present in the bulk of his practice.
Martens is an Arts Administrator and Installer who graduated from NSCAD University. He was an
artist-in-residence with the Khyber Centre for the Arts in 2015, where he exhibited his second solo show EQUIPMENT. He was recently apart of the Media Arts Scholarship Program with the Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax, sponsored to complete this new video work and installation titled SOFT PLAYERS. Currently he is living in Montreal with the support of Arts Nova Scotia Grants to Individuals, working on a new series of five three-piece outfits and five pairs of sandals made from wood, leather, and fabric. This collection of performative sculptures takes reference from acupressure footwear, form fit packaging, and Polly Pockets and deals with the theme of hidden, guarded, and showcased identity.
The Apologues I – X : Emily Jan
January 11th – February 15th, 2019
An apologue is a moral fable or allegory, particularly one that uses animals as its primary characters. The Apologues I – X are a series of ten life-sized sculptural works made of textiles, found objects, and secondhand silk flowers and greenery, which depict hybrid creatures assembled from Emily Jan’s experiences on a three-week residency in the Peruvian Amazon in 2015.
A kind of ecological antipode to the North, the Amazonian Rainforest represents for me the apogee of biodiversity and complexity. Whereas the web of life in the North is sparse but elegant, at Equatorial latitudes it is rhizomatic and impossibly tangled, an almost overwhelming cacophony of information for the natural historian and artist.
This bestiary of hybrid beings addresses both the ontological blur which exists between plant/animal/fungus and the temporal blur between living/dying/regenerating in such a dizzyingly complex place.The Apologues address that dissolution of boundaries between self and Other by reimagining individual species combining in hallucinatory and oneiric ways, as if they were the shifting thoughts of the rainforest itself.
EMILY JAN is a Montréal-based artist and writer. As a sculptor, she creates intricately crafted, hyper-realistic installations of found objects inhabited by flora and fauna that is hand-made out of wool, reed, cloth, silicone and resin. These environments, like enterable museum dioramas, mix elements of high culture with low culture, science with mythology, and history with current affairs. The creatures, wondrous and monstrous by turns, feel real but are entirely handmade. They are not taxidermy, but are emotionally believable to the point where they are often mistaken as such.
As a writer and illustrator, Jan creates artist’s books that amalgamate the lived research of a semi-nomadic lifeinto works that engage broader concepts such as the circularity of time, the richness of biological and cultural diversity, and the finitude of the planet. Her subject matter ranges in scale from the vast landscapes of the Alaska Range to the minute details of the museum specimen, and her book projects often run alongside her sculptural practice thematically.
In this age of mass extinctions and climate change, the importance of being able to envision places we maynever personally see, to hold space for them in our minds and in our hearts, is ever greater. To this end, the work both sculptural and literary ultimately seeks to transport some of that distant experience to the viewer – to stretch the boundaries of our collective imaginings in order to encompass the unseen, to learn to love the unknown as well as the familiar, and ultimately to strive to weave all these strands into a larger narrative about what it means to be a human living in a world roiling with turmoil and catastrophe but yet which is still mysterious and beautiful.