Here we go Art in the Open!

It’s late and I’m getting a bit cavalier with the x-acto knife, but things are fairly prepped for Ears Pricked, Eyes Peeled at Art in the Open tomorrow.

Spent a productive day making masks, finding uniforms, dip-dying egg carton garlands and hanging them on the clothesline. Once I saw them all in a line I realized that yes, I’d probably made enough.

And in hanging them to dry, I discovered the easiest method of hanging was right in front of me: clothespins!

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Later on I worked out lighting with a team of Patricks. Pat Brunet and Patrick Callbeck and I jerry-rigged spotlight with a clamp light and foil, just like sketchy-biz lo-tech lighting professionals.

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Tomorrow we set up on the plaza at noon! And then it all begins at 4pm!

 

The Crow Parade

Crow Parade 2011

A public procession and performance for Art in the OpenAugust 2011.
Created during a week-long studio residency in collaboration with Jamie Shannon & Harmony Wagner, the Crow Parade encouraged humans to transform themselves into crows by donning feathery costumes and black beaked masks, and fly through the streets of Charlottetown in a marvelously macabre procession, culminating at the Victoria Park battery. Over the course of the week, Jamie, Harmony and I created large-scale puppets and costumes, and led public costume making workshops. We then led the parade of “crows” through the city, cawing and cackling all the way.

The Crow Parade has since become an annual event at Art in the Open that gathers hundreds (hundreds!) of costumed crow people to parade through the streets of Charlottetown.

Interactive, creative, & those bloody crows
“The bloody crows were everywhere. Sinister, glorious and cawing awfully, they emerged from the belly of the Confederation Centre of the Arts to provoke and preen for the people of Charlottetown. Some had splendid beaks; others trundled over sidewalks on large, rubbery toes. They threaded through the crowd on Richmond Street, owned the boardwalk towards Government House, and perched triumphantly atop the battery at Victoria Park. The crows’ performance surfaced our city’s conflicted relationship with the dark, scavenging, raucous birds, just as the Art in the Open extravaganza surfaced the dynamic, multi-disciplinary artistic and creative force at work in Charlottetown’s capital.”

-Henk van Leeuwen, The BUZZ, October 2011

The Island Fringe Festival


The Island Fringe Festival
, PEI’s first official Fringe, is a site-specific festival dedicated to showcasing alternative & independent performance by local, national, & international artists in unconventional venues in Charlottetown. The festival was founded by Sarah Segal-Lazar and I in 2012. The Island Fringe Festival takes place every summer in mid-August. For more info: www.islandfringe.com

Photos below from the 2012, 2013, 2014 Island Fringe Festivals. Photography by Michael Wasnidge and Andy Reddin.

One Great Thing
“How strange is it to sit just outside the floodlights in the dark, watching theatre in Kings Square? Strange enough that a passing minivan veers into the other lane on Weymouth, turns the wrong way down Kent. Instead of gawking, they should have stopped. They could have let the tricks of night and shadow run riot. They could have sat, entranced, as young Fringe Festival actors created a story with nothing more than a flashlight. They could have wandered home, feeling—for a moment—as if a big hand had scooped them up and taken them far away.”

– Ann Thurlow, The BUZZ, October 2012

The Fort

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The Fort was an installation for Peake Street Studios’ group exhibition Collaborations at The Guild in Charlottetown, PEI, June 2012.

Created in collaboration with Jeff McGuigan, with assistance from Patrick Callbeck, Alexis Bulman, and Jack Young.