From as far back as I can remember I’ve been acutely aware of the atmosphere of the built and natural environment. It is the perception of these qualities that form the underpinnings to my work as a designer and filmmaker. I am driven by the intimate relationship to memories of place, emotional connection to environments and the desire to be a producer as much as a consumer of place. Such creativity requires a close attention to subtleties of the everyday experience, to details of the ordinary and spectacular. My design and art practices and my work as a documentary filmmaker explore these types of understanding. My work turns on the ability to pause, to recollect and to attempt to understand the meaning of a space. The entirety of my work exists as an act of creation through observation, an observation that in its act of being, is itself, a creation.
About the video: Collecting Tasker is the story of a remarkable man. An individual who has dedicated the past seventy years of his life to collecting a varied body of objects ranging from orchids and butterflies to cultural artifacts and artworks. A renowned neurosurgeon, world traveler and recipient of The Order of Canada, Dr. Tasker’s life is without a doubt a fascinating tale made more remarkable by is his dogged pursuit of knowledge. At 85 year of age he continues to work on his collections, identifying butterflies and readying the various collections for dissemination to national museums and galleries. Inside his rambling old home we discover the intimate nature of collections and an incredible individual who’s dedication to knowledge and philanthropy continues to drive a life long passion.
Gladstone Grow Op: Exploring landscape and place, is a four-day event that celebrates innovative ideas and conceptual responses to landscape and place across a broad range of creative practices. Grow Op will explore new territories and uncover new ways of expression and meaning through projects that represent a wide range of approaches from the prosaic to the poetic, the elemental to the ephemeral.
April 25 – 28, 2013