spring

A Fleet of Boats

fieldwork - joan scaglione - land art

The boats of Ribs of Sky are about journeys. When I made them in Saskatchewan I was thinking about many kinds of journeys. I saw in my mind’s eye ancient fleets of boats piloted by a highly experienced navigator computing the wind, waves, and sky in her mind as she searched the vast distances for new land. I saw my boats moving through imaginative space navigating metaphors of the psyche. I felt inspired by the French voyageurs traversing waterways across Canada to Saskatchewan. To connect with that history more tangibly, I invited forty-five members of the community to portage my 18 boats from the lake behind the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina into its docking area on a minus thirty day.  There they would acclimatize to the gallery space. In the gallery several boats were hung from the twenty-foot ceiling flying in one direction, while the remaining fleet moved across the gallery floor in another. This hand-made fleet travelled from Saskatchewan to Kingston finding its way onto the fields of Maberly at the fieldwork site in September 2012.

In the late summer, fall, winter, and early spring, the boats sprawled across the earth.  Each vessel was altered by the changing seasonal conditions. The boats became ledges for the praying mantis chrysalis in the warm weather. Wind patterns of snow waves rippled away from each vessel in the winter months. Screws popped, slats pulled away, but they held together. Reciprocally, the land was marked and transformed by the fleets’ presence. The land recorded the weight and discoloration of the boat impressions on the earth. Those who viewed them recorded in memory this fleet moving across the field.
The journey of the boats came to a material conclusion at fieldwork this May. Initially fashioned from steamed cedar in my yard back in Saskatchewan, the sixteen remaining dried and mottled frames were dismantled on a glorious Ontario day. My friend wielded his saw that sliced each boat into several parts. But when he sliced the largest boat up the middle, two friends and I witnessed a profound moment of mystery in seeing the boat’s ribs being torn open, gaping, like a wound. It has been a journey of beginnings and endings. The vessels have revealed different metaphors for different people.

- Joan Scaglione

Fencebuilding Workshop with Scott Dobson at Fieldwork. May 2012

fieldwork, scott dobson, sheep fence, workshop

At the beginning of May (2012) fieldwork  organized and hosted a workshop with local fencebuilder Scott Dobson.  Scott, a master in heritage fence-building (as well as creative rail sculptures) has been building gorgeous fences across Ontario for years.  He gave us a good day's worth of guidance while we built the sheep fence that now surrounds the parking area at fieldwork.  The day began with a talk from Eugene Fytch (pictured below) who has been studying the history of  Lanark county fences for many decades (and also has several books on the subject). It was a great day and what an addition to the site!  Many thanks to all the (18) participants - young and old - who came to help out and learn some solid fencing techniques.

Your comfort is our concern....Fieldwork has an OUTHOUSE!

fieldwork, outhouse building, spring 2012
fieldwork, outhouse, spring 2012
fieldwork, outhouse, spring 2012

Mr. Golden Shoes, carpenter Cam Gray, spent many an hour this spring building this lovely outhouse which I encourage you to witness when you visit fieldwork!  He was joined by Heidi Earnshaw, skilled and talented woman that she is who generously offered her assistance to the project.  Thanks to you both for your contributions to making our site more welcoming and comfortable for our visitors!

Fabulous Spring Workparty - Lean-to shelter in the works!

fieldwork, workparty, shed
fieldwork, workparty, shed building
fieldwork, work bee, shelter building, spring 2012

We've been busy this spring working on our entrance/welcome area at fieldwork. In May we had a workshop to create the beautiful fence that surrounds the parking area, then got the Collective, family and friends together to build a shelter made out of local cedar logs (from Peter Sargeant).  Thanks especially to Cam Gray (boss man), Glen Gray (moral support?), and Heidi Earnshaw for their skilled labour and patience!  It's GREAT to have a sheltered place now for people to relax and congregate when they visit.  No doubt we'll be using it at openings now.

WOW Removal at Fieldwork

A time-lapse video of WOW removal from the Fieldwork site. Please excuse the slow start, the somewhat blurry focus (not recommended to watch in HD), the bug on the lens, the low quality video and the abrupt ending (we were not aware that the batteries were low on the camera, and it went into power save). But its a decent How-To of taking down your giant W. O. W. made of tarp and stuffed with hay that has been installed in a field all winter, should you ever come across this situation. Many thanks to everyone who works with Fieldwork and the take-down day: Susie, Richard, Chris, Erin, Jason, Chris, Cam, and Barb!!!

Inside Out Installation

Fieldwork,Bakerygroup,Marcin Padlewski, Anissa Szeto, Art, Architecture
Fieldwork,Bakerygroup,Marcin Padlewski, Anissa Szeto, Art, Architecture
Fieldwork,Bakerygroup,Marcin Padlewski, Anissa Szeto, Art, Architecture
Fieldwork,Bakerygroup,Marcin Padlewski, Anissa Szeto, Art, Architecture
Fieldwork,Bakerygroup,Marcin Padlewski, Anissa Szeto, Art, Architecture
Fieldwork,Bakerygroup,Marcin Padlewski, Anissa Szeto, Art, Architecture
Fieldwork,Bakerygroup,Marcin Padlewski, Anissa Szeto, Art, Architecture
Fieldwork,Bakerygroup,Marcin Padlewski, Anissa Szeto, Art, Architecture
Fieldwork,Bakerygroup,Marcin Padlewski, Anissa Szeto, Art, Architecture
Fieldwork,Bakerygroup,Marcin Padlewski, Anissa Szeto, Art, Architecture
Fieldwork,Bakerygroup,Marcin Padlewski, Anissa Szeto, Art, Architecture
Fieldwork,Bakerygroup,Marcin Padlewski, Anissa Szeto, Art, Architecture

Bringing Inside Out with some illusions

Fieldwork,Bakerygroup,Marcin Padlewski, Anissa Szeto, Art, Architecture

Having recently worked on several large organic sculptures, we decided to revisit our roots in Architecture.  We chose to use a standard construction method as a tool to question circumstances surrounding perception so that hopefully visitors may experience land art through a twist in perspective. 

As always, we are advocates of physical making. Inside Out began as table top models and sketches long before the drawings were produced on the computer for the final construction.  Inside Out was materialized at our studio in Lanark Highlands.  It was then transported in six pieces via a 4X8 trailer to the Fieldwork site.  We had beautiful weather on the installation day.  Under the bright blue sky, the installation was a breeze with the help of our dear friend, Roy.   

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