Join us for a Live Performance and Multimedia art installation by the LA LA Art Collective (Tina Lam and Mark Andrews).
Tina and Mark have been Nonesuch Artists in Residence since late July 2022 and will be sharing their work with the public on 3 September, 2022 from 6 – 8pm in the Main & Station secondfloor Gallery at 168 Main St, Parrsboro (the old Post Office).
Reception: Saturday, 3 September, 2022 from 6-8 PM
Bang Goes the Cosmic Canoe! explores spiritual and mythic instances of celestial navigation in the Universe and the challenge to physical and philosophical Cosmology in grappling with what “happens” or what “is” as time is extrapolated backwards to zero. “Bang” refers to the Big Bang Theory, popularized in the Nobel Prize-winning work of Wilson and Penzias, and satirized in the long-running television sit-com, The Big Bang Theory.
Tina sediments the instance of the Cosmic Canoe in her sculptural work. The Canoe comes to Earth among two large multimedia works by Mark. He will read from his inaugural prose-poem one-act play, which is the title of the exhibition and performance. Listeners will be treated to a spiritual smorgasbord of “paddler god” scenes (stories) that begin with a poetic narration of the geological origins of the Minas Basin and the launching of “three old canoes” into the Fundy waters. Many of the scenes will be accompanied by human-audible sounds of the Universe and a selection of planets, moons and extraterrestrial objects. The sounds are courtesy of the European Space Agency and NASA. Tina will interpret Bang Goes the Cosmic Canoe! as a live performance.
Mark Andrews is an artist, scientist and writer who lives in Montreal. He creates large scale multi media works exclusively on paper. His works often concern the evanescence of voice, the transformation of Place and the mutability of identity. These subjects are resolved in transcultural Place-Naming stories, burial mounds, geoglyphs, mourning rituals, star maps, documentation of archaeological sites, skeletal remains of spirit creatures, and illustrations derived from origin stories.
Tina Lam is an artist-scientist-wanderer who creates sculptures, land-art interventions and multimedia installations. Growing up culturally uprooted, she has been pondering about what it means to exist, to belong, in a universe teaming with primordial, interconnected forces. Her work explores notions of transformation – both physical and metaphorical – and cosmology through the relationship between the human and the beyond-human; the melding of the personal with the scientific, the industrial with the natural, the mind with the body.
Black Dog & One-Eyed Press is excited to announce the release of the book 2020 An Anthology of Poetry with Drawings by Bill Liebeskind, compiled and edited by judith S. bauer.
2020 was a challenging year. It is now late 2021 and we are thinking about vaccine passports, anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers, booster shots, delta, gamma and so much else we had not imagined a year ago. This is not a book about that.
This is a book about 2020. It features over 250 drawings by New York artist Bill Liebeskind and includes over 100 poems from writers around the world.
The book is available for purchase through the publisher, at the Main & Station Nonesuch bookshop in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, and at the in person book launch and poetry reading on 20 November.
LISTEN TO SOME POETRY ABOUT OUR SHARED EXPERIENCE IN 2020.
MEET THE ARTIST BILL LIEBESKIND.
EVENT DATES & TIMES
*Saturday 20 November, 2pm IRL (in real life). Participating poets include Jules BB, Shelley Miller, erika white, Zev Bagel, harvey lev, Peggy Walt, Richard Dittami, et cetera
The book launch will be held at Main & Station Nonesuch, 168 Main Street in Parrsboro, NS. Email us to reserve your place [email protected]
All Covid restrictions and pandemic protocols will be followed. Please bring proof of vaccination.
AND ON ZOOM
*Friday 26 November at 9pm AST (1am UTC) Co-hosted by Philip Moscovitch, a writer and audio producer based in St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia. Participating poets will include: Mark Andrews, Chris Benjamin, M.J. Iuppa, Jan Jorgensen, Cynthia Lozier, Susan McMaster, Kevin Miller, Miriam Sagan, Albert Sinclair, Mark Blickley, and Laurinda Lind.
*Saturday 27 November at 5am AST (9am UTC)Co-hosted by Miriam Hechtman, an Australian writer, producer and poet based in Sydney. Participating poets will include: Ann Bar-Dov, Jules BB, Marilyn Lerch, harvey lev, Susan McMaster, Geordie Miller, Philip Moscovitch, and Albert Sinclair.
*Sunday 28 November at 3pm AST (7pm UTC)Co-hosted by Riley Huff, an award-winning queer freelance writer and journalist based in San Francisco. Participating poets will include: Mark Fleisher, Ellen Jaffe, Jan Jorgensen, John C. Mannone, Shelley Miller, Honey Novick, Claudia Coutu Radmore, and Loretta Diane Walker.
*Saturday 4 December at 10am AST (2pm UTC) Co-hosted by Jules BB, an American poet based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Participating poets will include: Zev Bagel, George Elliott Clarke, Ololade Akinlabi Ige, John Francis Istel, harvey lev, Marjorie Maddox, Chad Norman, Susan McMaster, Kevin Miller, and Peggy Walt.
*Saturday 11 December at 10pm AST (2am UTC)Co-hosted by Jan Jorgensen, founder and co-host of a monthly literary series, the Lawn Chair Soirée and editor of sitting duck press. Participating poets will include: Chris Benjamin, Riley Huff, Marilyn Lerch, Cynthia Lozier, Michele Mekel, Geordie Miller, Anita S. Pulier, Mahta Riazi, Miriam Sagan, Peggy Walt, Czandra, and Mark Blickley.
Bill Liebeskind has been making art for four decades. Part of NYC’s Lower East Side art scene in the early 80s, he was later represented by Gallery Ewa in Provincetown, Massachusetts and exhibited at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis, Massachusetts. Liebeskind’s work explores pathos and resilience in the human condition through painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and collage. A voracious reader of literature and news, Liebeskind often references newspaper imagery in his work. He teaches art at The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a public high school for the arts.
When the pandemic broke and the world went into lockdown, Liebeskind began making a drawing of a masked person every day. Those drawings and the shared experience of the Covid-19 pandemic were the inspiration for this book.
The contributing poets are Robert Paul Allen, Mark Andrews, Janette Ayachi, Zev Bagel, Ann Bar-Dov, Marilyn Baszczynski, Jules BB, Chris Benjamin, bill bissett, Mark Blickley, Ronnie Brown, Heidi Church, George Elliott Clarke, Bill Cushing, Czandra, Steve Denehan, Richard Dittami, Millicent Eidson, Joseph A. Farina, Robert Findysz, Mark Fleisher, Jon Frankel, Cathy Fynn, Suzanne Gauthier, Norbert Góra, Miriam Hechtman, Jade Hinder, Robert Hogg, Riley Huff, Ololade Akinlabi Ige, John Francis Istel, M.J. Iuppa, Ellen Jaffe, Jan Jorgensen, Ravitte Kentwortz, Maureen Korp, Marilyn Lerch, harvey lev, Bill Liebeskind, Leo Liebeskind, Laurinda Lind, Karina S. Linetsky, DB Link, Cynthia Lozier, Marjorie Maddox, John C. Mannone, Susan McMaster, Michele Mekel, Geordie Miller, Kevin Miller, Shelley Miller, Mike Montreuil, Phil Moscovitch, Kurt Newton, Frank Niccoletti, Chad Norman, Honey Novick, Drew Pisarra, Trent Pomeroy, Anita S. Pulier, Claudia Coutu Radmore, Paul Redfern, P.J. Reed, Shelly Reed Thieman, Mahta Riazi, Lois Roma-Deeley, Daniel Rowe, Miriam Sagan, Albert Sinclair, Alan Spinney, P.C. Vandall, Peggy Verzett, Loretta Diane Walker, Peggy Walt, Laura Grace Weldon, erika white, Lynn White, Allison Whittenberg, and Margaret Witzsche.
This outdoor walking workshop is about the joy of photographing rocks, sand, fossils and other geological formations, led by an artist interested in the science of geology.
While walking the beach at East Bay, participants will engage with earthen textures and histories through the artistic use of the lens. We will learn about shooting landscapes and small pebbles, and we will create photo- abstractions that blur the boundaries between things large and tiny.
I am an artist captivated with the idea of geodiversity – the idea that our geologic earth is a collage of difference. Each land is unique, an ever-changing and non-repeatable fabric of different minerals, animals, plants and theories. I work with the understanding that there is no such thing as a timeless landscape – rather each landscape is time-rich: if fossils can be seen as photographs, then broader terrains can be read as photo albums, whose contents are being continually revised. Every land is a shifting multitude, rife with slices of different pasts, present-times and potential futures embedded within it.
Photo credit: Alicial Hunt
Through my work I seek to ask: What happens when we make landscape photography play by geology’s rules? How do our ideas about space, time and environment change when this question is posed? The past times of Earth are unpredictable, and much can be learned by listening to its layered stories.
WHEN: SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 7 & 8 November 2020 from 10 am – Noon
WHERE: the beach at East Bay; participants will meet at the Partridge Island Beach parking lot adjacent to Ottawa House shortly before 10am.
COST: $25 / person. No charge for children under 12 who are accompanied by an adult.
The four main objectives of this workshop are as follows. First, to show how geological photography can be a fascinating journey between shooting landscapes, abstractions and very small things. Second, to encourage participants to approach geological science through an artistic lens, showing how an aesthetic interest can foster a curiosity about the earth processes that brought these features into being. Third, to allow participants to grow their confidence in using a camera in an inclusive environment of mutual learning. Fourth, to show participants an enjoyable and rewarding way of engaging with the natural world, embracing the slowness of geological creation.
The workshop is open to all skill levels of photography, and all levels of familiarity with geological concepts. Learning will happen on a basis of mutual respect and inclusiveness as we share our different techniques, theories and ideas.
Participants will be expected to bring their own cameras to use during the workshop. There are no requirements as to the type of camera to be used, so long as the participant is excited about taking photographs with it. Participants should be prepared to move slowly along a rocky beach for 2 hours. It is advised that participants wear weather-appropriate clothing as well as sturdy footwear appropriate for navigating uneven terrain.
Participants will meet at the Partridge Island Beach Parking lot adjacent to Ottawa House shortly before 10am.