July 2013

Frontenac News Covers Fieldwork 2013 Opening


Uta Riccius at FIELDWORK 2013 - photo by Julie Druker


We had a teriffic day in May with lots of visitors to the May 18 opening of FIELDWORK's new installations.  Pictured to the left is Uta Riccius in front of part of her installation "Subdivision"

Julie Druker from the Frontenac News came out and wrote a super article about the new installations on the site. 

Here is the link:  http://www.frontenacnews.ca/2013/13-21_may_30/fieldwork_13-21.html

(Photo credit Julie Druker)






Laura Hale


Laura Hale - Thoughts About 'Repose' - A Series of Three Pup Tents


I arrived at FIELDWORK not knowing exactly what I was going to create for my installation. I did know I wanted it to be a site-specific, ephemeral artwork that responded to the local landscape, that it would evolve back into the environment with time and that I would use objects directly from the FIELDWORK landscape. I also arrived with the idea to use the pup tent structure as a starting point but I did not know what materials I would find to use in the creation of my artwork. The site and landscape would inform the material content of my work.

I had one week to finish my piece so time was a factor. I spent the first day walking the entire FIELDWORK area to get a sense of the landscape and what grew there. I was looking for multiples, patterns, textures and materials that I could work with and manipulate and also items that interested and inspired me. I explored, took photos and gathered items. I spent my second day exploring the collected items, altering, testing and manipulating them to see how they would react once removed from their environment. What would they look like when dried and shriveled? How much time did I have to work with them before they shriveled up? Did I have to keep them wet to work with them? There was not a lot of time for research and development and not a lot of room for altering my plans once the commitment was made of the choice of materials.

The materials I ended up using in my three pup tents were:
#1. Willow and dead leaves (Beech, Oak and Maple)
#2. Horse tail and Maple keys
#3. Birch bark and Pine bows

The pup tent structures and assemblage of materials onto the structures was done inside the barn studio then the completed pieces were transported across the road to the FIELDWORK site. When I got them outside and on site the scale of the pieces totally changed.  Susie helped me on the placement of the three pieces and suggested different orientations and configurations. We tucked them in under a beautiful pine tree, which gave them a sense of belonging, purpose and scale.

It is also important to me that there is some sort of public interaction with my artwork. Repose invites interaction by its very shape, a tent. I hope the viewer will intuitively feel the impulse to enter the shelter; a classic structure and shape that evokes memories of childhood couch cushion forts and backyard overnight camping adventures. I am anticipating that people will spontaneously want to enter the pup tent and interact with it, bending down and entering it, crawling through or spending some time relaxing in it. The experience of the pieces is extremely different from the outside than from the inside. The viewer will recognize the natural materials used in the creation of each of the artworks as familiar, from the surrounding landscape, but experience these familiar materials and foliage in a new way by the manipulation of its form.

Land art is my preferred type of art to create. I love the exploration and discovery of landscape and the challenge of collaborating with the found materials to create a new form. I am also excited about witnessing and documenting the evolution and change of the materials in unexpected and uncontrollable ways and the idea that the work will return to the landscape that it came from. Thank you Susie Osler and FIELDWORK for this amazing place.

- Laura Hale


More of Laura's work can be found on her website

Uta Riccius - The Subdivision of FIELDWORK


Uta Riccius' installation Subdivision was created this spring with the help of students in the art program at CEGEP Heritage College in Gatineau.  It features several intriguing 'nests' made from extruded foam that are located in the trees close to the road.  Above are photos of her concept drawings and some of the finished pieces.  About her installation she writes:

I have created a subdivision, that transforms the fields and forests of FIELDWORK into a new potential development site. However, in this case the homes are temporary shelters for animal and insect species. Similar to what can be found on an actual subdivision site, I have provided different types of model homes for the critters to choose from: condo communities, cluster homes and row houses all of which are woven from extruded foam. I designed a map of the surrounding land, that is zoned into different areas, with fictitious streets and numbered property lots.

As humans, we dominate cities and, as we continue to sprawl outwards into the surrounding suburbs, less and less space for all other species remains available. Animals and insects are in constant competition with city dwellers trying to control and eradicate them. The natural migration patterns of species is not only affected by development, but also by climate change, as animals are having to adapt to the changing physical and environmental landscapes.

Many of my projects include some form of community involvement that encourages audience participation, thereby engaging the creative process, and  providing an opportunity to showcase the work within an exhibition context.

For this project, I invite you to complete the 'colonization' of subdivisions on the landscape by participating in the virtual subdivision of FIELDWORK by doing the following:

1.  Photograph one of the model home/nests of your choosing
2.  Select a lot number from the map of the FIELDWORK subdivision that corresponds to where you want to locate your model home
3.  Email me at oldbrookehomes@gmail.com with the desired site number in the subject line and the photograph included with a message
4.  Tell your friends about this opportunity and watch how the subdivision grows!

By clicking on the map icon in the bottom right hand corner of www.utariccius.com website a larger updated version of the Google earthmap of the subdivision will appear. Click on the flags located on the lots to see the photos sent by you- the participants!















This project  could not have been created without the help from the following students of the Visual Arts Program at CEGEP Heritage College in Quebec: Allison Beattie, Emanuelle Cotton-Dumouchel, Sarah Demers, Zoë Kirschner, Teia Lindfors, Samuel Gagnon, Jasmine Guest, Maxim Lamirande, Katie Léger, Gabriela Maguina, Curtis Marchand, Maia Moresoli, Simon Noël, Devin Adam Perry, Katrina Racicot, Juan Pablo Ramirez,Teferi Ramsay,Taylor Reid, Ana Melissa Sanchez Velis, Kimberly Saucier-Begin, Julianna Savard, Kayla Walcott and Jordan Wawatie. And thank you to the team who helped install the work on a cool June day a week before the opening: Samuel Gagnon, Jasmine Guest, Katie Léger, Teferi Ramsay and Ana Melissa Sanchez Velis.

Thank you to Steve too for the technical help.
Thank you toFIELDWORK for providing the trees and the exhibition space to showcase the work!

- Uta Riccius

FIELDWORK 2013 Exhibition Opening