A participatory art project about place + precipitation
Karen Abel is a Toronto artist and naturalist interested in contributing to a culture of ecology through research-intensive, season and time-based practices. Jessica Marion Barr is a Toronto artist and educator. Her interdisciplinary practice incorporates artmaking, research, and pedagogy, focusing on ecological elegies.
Referencing ephemeral wetland ecosystems formed by melting snow and rainwater in springtime, Vernal Pool is an immersive, elemental installation of snowmelt gathered by participants from across Canada and abroad as a form of extrinsic artistic practice about place and precipitation. Like a confluence of thawing tributaries meandering to common ground, snow samples referencing geographically and perceptively distinct chronicles of one winter condense and meditatively pause at a seasonal meeting place, forming a temporary body of water – a kind of anthropological precipitation map – in a gallery space.
On April 27, we invite visitors to take some snowmelt to water local gardens and greenspaces.
GROW OP will be on public display at the Gladstone April 24 – 27, 2014
Curated by Victoria Taylor, and featuring 26 new projects, Grow Op 2014 is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative landscape and urban design event, celebrating innovative ideas and conceptual responses to sustainable placemaking across a broad range of creative practices.
For press and media inquiries please contact the Gladstone Hotel’s Managing Director – Artistic Projects, Britt Welter-Nolan