Friday, May 15, 2015

Lauren Marsden: ECSTATIC TIME

Screening one night only
Friday 22 May, 2015, from 7 pm

Lauren Marsden, still from Against a Brick Wall, HD Video and animated GIF, 2015

During her time in Trinidad, Alice Yard’s current artist in residence Lauren Marsden has made a new series of media artworks called ECSTATIC TIME. Her project responds to a sense of place through the mediums of slow-motion videography and animated photography. Expanding on filmmaker Hollis Frampton’s notion of “ecstatic time,” her project presents a set of short, looping videos and animated GIFs that document a series of performative gestures in Port of Spain and the surrounding area. Performed by family members, friends, acquaintances, and local dancers, these brief gestures (some staged, some spontaneous) portray a sense of redundancy, futility, and slowness in a local cultural context. During interactions with the natural and built environments of Trinidad, her characters defy gravity, dive in and out, hide in plain sight, push forward, retreat ... (and repeat).

On Friday 22 May, Marsden will present ECSTATIC TIME at a one-night event at Alice Yard.

Artist talk: 7.00 pm
Screening: 8.30 pm
Reception to follow

All are invited.

About the artist:

Lauren Marsden, who has family roots in Trinidad, received a BFA in Visual Arts from the University of Victoria and an MFA in Social Practice from the California College of the Arts. She has recently exhibited her work at the Victoria Film Festival, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, LIVE International Performance Art Biennale in Vancouver, Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and Frutta Gallery in Rome, Italy. She is currently teaching at the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, and is the editor of Decoy Magazine, a Vancouver-based online platform for critical arts writing.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A conversation with Kellie Romany

Thursday 21 May, 2015, 7 pm

18, 32, 35; oil on board, 6"x6", 2014

Kellie Romany is an abstract, non-representational, figurative painter interested in bodily representation, materiality, and the history of the painting process. Born in Trinidad, she moved to the United States in the late 1990s. She received a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008. Romany has exhibited both in the US and internationally, including Stan McCollum Gallery in Atlanta, Sullivan Galleries in Chicago, Parade Ground Gallery in New York, Amel Bourouina Gallery in Berlin, Germany, and Minninger Gallery in Cologne, Germany.

On Thursday 21 May, at 7 pm, Romany will give a short informal slide presentation on her work at Alice Yard. After the presentation, Romany will engage in a discussion with her mother, Jasmine Loney. While Romany’s work has always dealt with familial narrative, she very rarely speaks to her family about her work. This performance will allow the audience to experience an intimate moment in which the artist exposes herself to the questions of her mother.

All are invited.