Bang Goes the Cosmic Canoe! 

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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.

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Artist in residence: Andrew Godsalve

Andrew Godsalve is an artist and wildlife technician based in Hinton, Alberta. Hinton is a small town in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, along the Athabasca River. There Andrew was raised in a family studying wildlife biology. His mother Beth MacCallum runs Bighorn Wildlife Technologies, a small private consulting company that works primarily with the coal mining industry in the Hinton area. They do wildlife surveys on and around open-pit coal mines, making recommendations for how the industry can mitigate their impacts on the wildlife. As a Wildlife Technician, Andrew has learned to read the landscape as to observe the animals and how they inhabit it. This upbringing has had a profound effect on his artistic interests.

Andrew graduated with a BFA from the University of Victoria where he developed a practice of photomontage based on geologic forms and processes. He then took his “geo-photomontage” practice to residencies in Banff, Iceland and the Bay of Fundy, developing projects specific to the particular geologic histories of these regions.

A recent graduate of the MFA program at NSCAD University, Andrew is pleased to be back in Nova Scotia for back-to-back residencies along the Bay of Fundy.

He has just completed his arts residency through the Joggins Fossil Institute’s ArtScape Artist-in-Residence program where he has been working on “Camera Sigillaria”, a project tracing the geo-histories of Cumberland County and now from 1-14 November he will continue the work in Parrsboro through the Main & Station Nonesuch residency program. During this time Andrew will also teach an Artistic Geo-photography Workshop, lead a Geo-montage Walking Tour, and have an exhibition of his photographs. See below for details.