2017 marks an exciting milestone for Fieldwork! We are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year with Soundwork - an exhibition of 6 new installations that incorporate sound. We hope you will journey out this season with friends and family to experience the diverse ways that artists think about, and use sound in their creative work at Fieldwork.

 

Soundwork: Opens Saturday, May 13. 2-5pm.

An afternoon of artists' talks, a tour, performances and workshops.

INSTALLATIONS BY:

Mixed Metaphors (Jesse Stewart & Matt Edwards)

Hilary Martin & Ranjit Bhatnagar

Annette Hegel & Deborah Margo

Matt Rogalsky & Laura Cameron

Doug Van Nort

Nicola Oddy

 

Schedule:

2pm - Opening remarks. Artist introductions

2:30 - Singwalk (with Diana Smith for Nicola Oddy)

3:00 - Listening workshop (with Doug Van Nort)

3:30 - Castorimba Performance (with Gayle Young, Reinhard Reitzenstein)

4:00 - Performance of Erratic Grass (with Mixed Metaphors - Jesse Stewart and Matt Edwards)

4:30 - refreshments/wrap up

 

Explore art in nature along our field and forest trails. Fieldwork is open to the public all year long, free of charge. This exhibiton as well as many ongoing installations from previous years are yours to discover.

 

More information about this year's installations will be posted on the website and on our social media channels in the coming weeks so please follow us and share our pages with your friends.  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

 

  

Fieldwork has been funded by the Ontario Arts Council since 2008.  We also rely on the generosity of our supporters. We appreciate donations of any size.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss donating.


 

ABOUT US:

Fieldwork  is open to the public daily, all year and free of charge.  Just park and walk.
Note: Please remember that it is a natural setting and there are bugs (including ticks).  Be sure to dress accordingly and cover up.
Directions to the project are
here.

Since its inception in 2008, Fieldwork has been run by a team of artists (The Collective) that volunteer their time and energy to make Fieldwork a vibrant and dynamic destination for the creation and experience of site-specific artwork in and around a field in eastern Ontario, close to the towns of Perth and Maberly.

Fieldwork hosts work by local, national and international artists at various stages of their careers and invites the public to visit and explore the artwork all year long. 

The Collective looks after the site, co-ordinates and promotes projects, shares administrative duties and makes joint curatorial decisions. From time to time the Collective members also create their own Fieldwork installations.

The Fieldwork Collective welcomes proposals from interested artists and circulates a public call for proposals annually in January.  Suggestions and proposals for events or workshops are also welcomed from the local community, schools and arts organizations that are interested in fostering connections, dialogue and creative action between people, art, and nature. Please contact us at fieldworkproject@gmail.com

More information on current and past installations can be found by scrolling down this page and/or by looking in the archives in the right hand menu.  Be sure to also check out additional photos of the installations - found in the galleries located in the right hand menu.

susie osler - Mar 28, 2017
Guerilla 5th Anniversary party invitation

fieldwork is being featured in Issue #21 of Ottawa arts and culture magazine, Guerilla!  Check out Guerilla's website in September to purchase a print edition  or to view the online version of the magazine.

Guerilla is also celebrating its 5th anniversary next Thursday (Sept. 3) at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Festivities include music, performance, screenings, exhibitions, a silent auction and lots of time to socialize with plenty of interesting folk!  it promises to be a fun evening and some of us from fieldwork are planning on being there.  (Note: Issue #21 will be available to those attending the event).  If you live in the Ottawa area please come out and support dynamic, local culture!

susie osler - Aug 28, 2009
media, summer, 2009
Eguchi Associates Landscape Archiects

 

Simple Constructions (4th Posting) Hares & Squares

 

The joy of creating a project that is a temporary installation reminds us of the beauty of a spring ephemeral and life itself. We apply our most intense focus, appreciation and passion to the artwork because we know its existence is limited.

 

The challenge for the project was to economically construct the artwork out of material that would withstand outdoor conditions for the duration of the 2009 summer season. Vandalism was not considered an issue and the artwork, if used as shooting targets, (while not encouraged), would be deemed to be an essential part of the evolving artwork.

 

We considered various materials such as EVA foam and also extruded polystyrene foam sandwiched between colourful, corrugated Coroplast sheets. There did not appear to be any easy way of mounting these materials in a simple and discreet way to withstand certain anticipated forces of nature.

 

In the end we settled on a more traditional palette of materials: 3/8 inch, exterior grade, good one side plywood, 2 by 3/4/6’s, screws, construction adhesive, metal T posts and paint.

 

The construction process started with hand drawn sketches developed further into cadd drawings of the final outlines of the shapes. The larger structural 2 by members were located as well.

The process was primitive. We projected the drawings with our laptop connected to a video projector and hand traced the outlines onto the sheets of plywood on our driveway. It was a truly memorable, moonlit evening.

 

In contrast to the complex technologies that we live with every day, we seem to find that basic craft-making using simple tools and common materials connects our inside world to the outside world in a very direct and calming manner.

 

After screwing over twelve hundred, 1 ¼ inch, zinc plated, # 8 wood screws, the original 15 sheets of 4 by 8 plywood took form.

 

Neighbourhood wonder evolved into smiles and neighbourly delight!!!!


bREAL - Aug 18, 2009


INSPIRATIONS (THIRD POSTING) Hares and Squares
 
 
Inspirations are derived from many sources. I am reminded of a few. We live and work in Toronto, a large city, and the site located in a rural environment provided inspiration due to its stark contrast to the sites we generally work with.
 
We often stop when there is a dead earthling on the highway, pushing it off to the side into the soft landscape where it can decompose and return to the earth with dignity.
 
The hare was one such being, a European Hare, a naturalized alien but not considered invasive.
 
The ubiquitous orange daylily that at one time dominated our own garden has also naturalized well, but is it invasive? We see the same daylily along many country roads including Old Brooke Road, its colour the inspiration for the painting of the artwork.
 
 
An old spring toy sits in our back garden. Is it a rabbit or a hare? No longer useable due to new safety standards, it was salvaged. Seen through the colours of the bonfires we often have, the simple toy suggested a direction for the artwork.
 
The leaves in the valley cut square, was an earlier exploration and intervention.
 
What engages our attention the most? Square shapes that mimic signage boards but are not signs, or oversized hare cutouts that jump out as we drive by? Both remind us of the relationships, the joy and the delightful surprises that are part of the landscape and part of who we are?

bREAL - Aug 4, 2009

 
With Gratitude (hares & squares-Second Posting)
 
Over the next few weeks we will post some additional photos of the installed work as well as concept development/ construction images.
 
But first it is important to say thanks. Thanks to the fieldwork collective for inviting us to participate in its very interesting project and to the members of the collective for assisting with our installation. A special thanks to Susie Osler for her guidance, her unwavering confidence in us and for her extensive assistance over several months. Thanks to Ye for his critical input with design and construction. Thanks to Tom for his engineering/ construction advice and to Ken for his construction, delivery and installation assistance. Thanks to John for his installation help and for bringing much needed humour and joy to that part of the process. Thanks to Jahra and Marlise for their help and growing understanding.
 
Many friends and family members offered advice along the way and we appreciated every comment.
 
We have deep feelings of gratitude knowing that it is a privilege to undertake creative works and to experience the wonderful relationships that develop during and after their creation. We hope that our project brings, joy, wonder, delight, or at least a smile, to all who view hares & squares in the virtual domain, but hopefully many will experience the work in the field. Through experience with the project, we hope that we all might develop a stronger engagement with the field, with landscape, with nature, with each other and ultimately with our individual self.
 
Barbara and Real Eguchi

bREAL - Jul 20, 2009


The Concept (hares & squares-First Posting)

Since this is our first blog posting, here is a project description.

The project takes its form in two-dimensional, oversized lawn ornaments. The lawn shadow is a form of ‘folk art’ and is generally painted black. hares & squares imitates this common folk art in form but creates contrast through the use of bright colours. It encourages us to be more attentive to the local landscape.
 

Biologically diverse landscapes that provide habitat for native plant and animal species are critical to our sustainable future. hares & squares reminds us of the alien elements introduced by human beings that may negatively affect the bio-diversity of the landscape.
 
The Jackrabbit or European Hare, Lepus europaeus, is non-native to the countryside of Southern Ontario. It is believed that Jackrabbits are descendents of captive hares imported from Germany that became feral in the early 20th century when they escaped from a farm near Cambridge, Ontario.
 
The squares, icons of urbanism, are unnaturally placed in this rural setting and mimic signage boards that interrupt our view of the picturesque countryside. In this instance, the squares appear to be tumbling and off balance, dancing in harmony and in counterpoint with the hares.
 
hares & squares is positioned at the edge of the field and intersects with the road. The road and the field are engaged by, and form part of the artwork, and in so doing, we are reminded that the road, field and indeed, most of us, are in essence foreign. Where we enjoy refuge, we must guide our actions with appreciation, humility and respect. The road provides access yet forms a boundary. How do we recognize when we have traveled too far beyond our boundaries, especially the limits of our place in nature?
 
hares & squares asks us to continually explore and consider how human intervention impacts ecological health and ultimately our own well-being.

 

bREAL - Jul 20, 2009
Eguchi's fieldwork Installation 'Hares & Squares'
Eguchi's fieldwork Installation 'Hares & Squares'

Real and Barbara Eguchi installed their work Hares & Squares in the field last Saturday (July 11) despite inclement weather and wow are they ever eye-popping!

susie osler - Jul 14, 2009