Late Autumn Day

fieldwork, Queen's University workshop, 2012
fieldwork, joan scaglione 2012
stefan thompson, creature trail, fieldwork, 2012
fieldwork 2012, chris grosset, blind
fieldwork, susie osler, part lot 18 concession 6, autumn 2012

End of November wander around the field.  All is peaceful and still under a brilliant clear sky.  Dusting of snow in places. Winter is coming and the installations look settled in...

Blind Hunting and Gathering

fieldwork, chris grosset, blind, autumn 2012


It’s been a busy time for sport hunt enthusiasts in this part of eastern Ontario.  I saw many satisfied hunters rushing around this past weekend. The first two week period of deer hunting season in the wildlife management unit where the fieldwork site is located closed yesterday.  The next hunting period for this year runs from December 3rdto 9th.  Meanwhile, retailers in Ontario are gearing up to take advantage of bargain hunters on Black Friday, November 23rd, an American shopping traditional that coincides with the celebration of Thanksgiving south of the border.  Our Canadian retailers don’t want to Canadian shoppers to miss their chance to bag a few good deals so the marketing is in full swing.

All of this activity made me reflect on blind, my recent installation at fieldwork.  The forces of politics and economics have transformed many things in our lives, including our connection to the land, and the resources that are provided by the land.  I think we're being put in a position of defending our food choices and where our food comes from.  It seems to me that our attitudes towards hunting and shopping are greatly influenced by where we come from, whether rural or urban, and these attitudes can also define our connectio to the land itself.

blind invites visitors to the field to take some time for quiet contemplation, inside a hunting blind structure, to think about where their food comes from, and whether we are hunters, gatherers, or somewhere in between. Ask yourself this question, “where does my food come from?”, and then maybe think a little about why that matters.

Fieldwork Opening and Hootenanny a Big Hoot!

fieldwork, opening
fieldwork, barnparty
fieldwork barnparty, good right arm stringband

In September 2012 we celebrated the opening of the new Autumn installations at fieldwork  and our 5th anniversary with a fun, well-attended opening followed by a Hootenanny/barnparty fundraiser across the road in Susie's barn.  The fruits of our labours (artists, collective, and friends and supporters) were much, much appreciated - the shelter was up, the outhouse operational, the sheep fence around the parking area beautiful and functional, the installations all wonderful, and the bands were totally FUN!  The kids kicked off the dancing and we all joined the galavanting until the wee hours.  Thanks to everyone who volunteered, to everyone who came out, and to the bands The Good Right Arm Stringband and The King of the Swingers that made it such a fun night.  We hope to do host another fun event in September 2013.

Scenes from the September 11 workshop with CNCAC (Coalition for New Canadians in Arts and Culture)

We had a great day way back in September with a gang of folks from Ottawa - CNCAC members - and some arts enthusiasts and artists from Kingston, and the fieldwork  neighbourhood.  Three groups were formed and spent several hours creating installations in the woods behind the main field at fieldwork.  The theme for the sculptures was 'Rooting Through Creation', and all material was found on-site.

A Day In The Field


Photo: Julie Druker.  Article from The Frontenac News
We had a terriffic day at fieldwork Sunday, September 11 celebrating the opening of Karina Bergman's new installation "OOH, AH, WOW!", and creating art in the forest behind the field with members of the Coalition for New Canadians in Arts and Culture (CNCAC), and several local and Kingston-area artists.  It was a fabulous day.  Julie Druker, reporter for The Frontenac News spent the day with us too.  Here is her account of the day.  THANKS Julie for the great article!

OOH AH WOW Installed at Fieldwork

word art, text, tarp, land art, fieldwork, Karina Bergmans

OOH, AH, WOW is installed at Fieldwork and opened on September 11, 2011.  It has been a challenging opportunity to create outdoor words for a field exhibition in terms in materials and scale.  In the coming months, I will add a few blog posts to this page with images of the process of creating the work, installing the work, repairing the work (after a incident with a 10 yr old ATV enthusiast) and the ensuing hay mite bites from the hay stuffing days. As the season changes from beautiful warm September  to the decent into winter, I will post the changes in the word works as may slump and alter as they are affected by the elements. It will be interesting to see what is left come springtime...I want to thank the Fieldwork Collective for their support with this project and a special thank you to the installation team: Jason, Jenny, Susie and Cam.  It would not have been possible to bring this work to life without you. If you are travelling down Hwy 7 in the next 6 months, turn onto Old Brooke Road for a look-see at the field.

Time Lapse video of Karina Bergmans making a giant 'W' for her fieldwork installation

Have a look at Karina Bergmans making the first 'W' for 'WOW' - part of 'Ooh, Ah, Wow!' now installed at fieldwork! (video created by K. Bergmans)


Ooh, Ah, Wow! gets installed in the field

fieldwork-ooh ah wow-karina bergmans
fieldwork-ooh ah wow-karina bergmans
fieldwork-ooh ah wow-karina bergmans

Yesterday, Karina Bergmans and friends, Jenny McMaster and Jason Derikozis, came out to install the latest work in the field.  Karina has spent many weeks sewing some pretty fabulous, and certainly arresting, words and letters that we spent the better part of the day (Sunday of Labour Day weekend) stuffing with hay and anchoring in the field.  These objects are curious hybrids - referencing various and seemingly unrelated things all at once - language, grafitti, pillows, mattress, snowmobile suits, goalie pads, and scarecrows.  Much fun!

Come out and join us next Sunday, September 11 for the opening of 'Ooh, Ah, Wow!'.  Karina will be on-site to field any questions you may have.  More info about the opening and the workshop with CNCAC

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