Ephemeral Home (The Last Post)

This is a partial video of the work we showed for the Open House in Blairmore, and at the Blueprint Gallery in Lethbridge.  It is a house we constructed out of scrap lumber, covered with white cotton, and projected images onto.  Latifa made the sound component, which emanates out from inside of the house.

Ephemeral Home documents our collaborative experience as artists-in-residence at the Gushul Studio, in the Crowsnest Pass, in September of 2011.  It has been our home away from home, both increasingly familiar and surreal.  As a collaborative experience living in close proximity with someone who was not so long ago a stranger, this installation documents our shared feelings and experiences as we relate to each other, and our new environment.

Thank you, Trap/Door, for the amazing opportunity!

Thank you especially to Mike, for orchestrating it all, and letting us stay at your house.

Also, thanks to Blueprint Gallery for hosting our show in Lethbridge!

A special thank you to Krisztina, Kristin, and everyone else we met in Blairmore!

And last, I’d like to say thank you to Latifa, for being so open and sharing, smart and entertaining, and a pleasure to be around.  I think I’ve made a good friend.

Arts Days in Lethbridge

Latifa installing the sound component

We showed our house at Blueprint Records as part of Lethbridge’s Art Days.  Here is Latifa installing the sound component of the work.

It was great to see all that was going on in the community for the Art’s Days weekend.  I particularly enjoyed our visit to the Southern Alberta Art Gallery.

Latifa’s Last Post

Well, I’m back at home. What an experience the Gushul has been. I am so thankful to TrapDoor for this wonderful opportunity. Thank you Mike as well for everything you’ve done. I feel a lot more confident about myself both as an artist and as a person. I have met a great friend (Jen). I have learned so much.
In Lethbridge I really enjoyed the SAAG (Southern Alberta Art Gallery). I would recommend looking at the video work of Amie Siegel. I really feel she is dealing with relevant contemporary issues.
At the moment many new opportunities are opening up for me as I enter the work force and concentrate on different aspects of my life.
On the art end, I am starting a new project using interviews I have collected and will continue to collect. I have a number of ideas for exciting new projects (top secret for the moment).

To conclude the blog on my end, I will let the following videos and photos speak for me :

My sister and I on top of the Livingston Range.

Detail 2

Jen when climbing Wedge Mountain

Me on the TOP!

THANKS SO MUCH FOR READING EVERYONE!

I LOVE YOU ALL!!!
XXXXXX

Finally Home!

So we’re home now.  Alberta Arts Days in Lethbridge was fun!  Mike was great for letting us stay with him for the night.

I will post more when I can find my camera in all the chaos of coming home.

Wedge Mountain

Crowsnest Mountain…. not the mountain we climbed.

Today, we climbed a mountain.  A volcano, actually.  It was humungous, and slippery, slippery, slippery!  We survived and didn’t get eaten by bears.

We were looking for geodes, because the hiker’s guide said they can be found there.  We didn’t find any, though.

View

View

A bit of a cooler day today, but I liked it, climbing a mountain and all.  My calves are going to hurt tomorrow.

Speaking of tomorrow, tomorrow’s our final open house, our Unveiling, 7:30-10!  If you’re in the neighbourhood, we’d love to see you!  (Then it’s off to Lethbridge!)

White House. Er, I mean….

So I think we’ve decided on “Ephemeral Home” as our title. Latifa says, “It’s our ephemeral home, but it’s our ephemeral home. It speaks literally and figuratively.”
We used a title generator to get things rolling, as we we feeling a little stuck. Latifa came up with our title, and then the title generator did! Or maybe she’s pulling my leg and the generator came up with it first.

Anyway. Tonight we took some video, and I’ll be making a DVD within the next couple of days for Alberta Arts Days: one for the Crowsnest Pass Public Art Gallery, and one for Trap/Door in Lethbridge. We will also be posting it here after the Open House.

So I’m working on that. Not laughing waaayyy too much with Latifa, over silly, silly things. Yes, yes I am.

Title Time

So I guess I was one of the people who hated the Tree of Life. I really didn’t like that movie.
But we had pie in pincher creek.

Now we are trying to think of title. I have randomly generated this titles via a title generator mad lib style. Jen thinks we should have vote.
What would you vote for?

Title One: mesmerizing Sounds In white rocks
Title Two: The white image
Title Three: The light In mesmerizing Sounds
Title Four: mesmerizing image
Title Five: The rotating light
Title Six: changing rocks
Title Seven: rotating Sounds
Title Eight: white changing
Title Nine: changing for rocks
Title Ten: rotating and changing

Open House Clarification

It has come to our attention that there’s a bit of confusion about the date of our evening Open House…. the correct time and date is Thursday the 29th, of September, 7:30 t0 10PM, at the Gushul Studio in Blairmore.

At this Open House, we will be showing our final, completed work in the way it is intended to be seen.

We hope to see you there!

A few days left….

Our Open House yesterday went really well.  We didn’t have a humungous turn out, but we didn’t expect one.  We had a good visit with Mike, Riise, and Arianna from Lethbridge, and met a few of the locals here in Blairmore.  It is a little too bad, however, that there was no workable way to show the “house” properly (in the dark) and have the Lethbridge contingent be able to come.

After the Open House, Latifa and I just hung out.  We talked a lot, and played some video games, and generally did nothing serious.  It felt to me like we’ve been so concerned about getting this thing ready that now that the Open House was done, I felt free to do whatever I wanted.  It was nice.

Latifa says doing nothing last night motivated her to work today.  She’s been working on finishing her drawing.  I’ve been working on applications, and writing letters.  We are going to go see Tree of Life in Pincher Creek tonight.

We have a few things left on our list to do before we go to Lethbridge this weekend to show our residency work for Alberta Arts Days.  Stay tuned for details on that.

Any suggestions on things we should absolutely make sure we do while we’re here?

A few days left….

Our Open House yesterday went really well.  We didn’t have a humungous turn out, but we didn’t expect one.  We had a good visit with Mike, Riise, and Arianna from Lethbridge, and met a few of the locals here in Blairmore.  It is a little too bad, however, that there was no workable way to show the “house” properly (in the dark) and have the Lethbridge contingent be able to come.

After the Open House, Latifa and I just hung out.  We talked a lot, and played some video games, and generally did nothing serious.  It felt to me like we’ve been so concerned about getting this thing ready that now that the Open House was done, I felt free to do whatever I wanted.  It was nice.

Latifa says doing nothing last night motivated her to work today.  She’s been working on finishing her drawing.  I’ve been working on applications, and writing letters.  We are going to go see Tree of Life in Pincher Creek tonight.

We have a few things left on our list to do before we go to Lethbridge this weekend to show our residency work for Alberta Arts Days.  Stay tuned for details on that.

Any suggestions on things we should absolutely make sure we do while we’re here?