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Need a new daydream?Artist StatementJordan Schwab & Karla Griffin
Need a new daydream? is a collaborative video work created by husband and wife artists Jordan Schwab and Karla Griffin. When approached by the Two Rivers Gallery in Prince George, BC to create a piece of work in response to, or influenced by, their experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic, Schwab and Griffin dealt with isolation by turning inwards – choosing to work with their own archive of collected images and videos of places they’ve been, and places they wished they could visit again based on their feelings of being stuck or trapped by the realities and limitations of the pandemic.
Using the physical distancing requirement of six feet and a dead-end road long abandoned by the city of Quesnel (an image representing ruined plans, much like the current pandemic situation), the artists appear floating in space (exactly six feet apart) blankly staring into the distance beyond the viewers’ gaze. Between them videos and images of water from numerous locations throughout North America appear. Water as a theme was chosen to convey the physical and emotional sense of floating that the artists felt the pandemic situation had created. Moving through the newly created routines of their daily lives, yet unable to do so much, felt like floating through life – trapped in a liminal space – frozen yet moving.
Although the images of water vary from roaring rivers to still lakes, the constant element is the sound of a lightly flowing stream. Water – representing the fluidity and continuity of time – continues. Our world, although feeling like a daydream, or perhaps a nightmare in this current situation, continues bubbling on without us whether we like it or not.
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 Corey Hardeman, artist statement displayed in Corey Hardeman’s Wandering the Edge of the World exhibition, Two Rivers Gallery, Prince George BC. 2020.
Corey Hardeman holds a BSc in biology and is trained in both architectural drafting and classical drawing. Consequently, her art combines elements of traditional illustration and technical drawing, with a love of tonal painting and an eye for tension and movement. Her work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions across Canada; in 2013, she was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Prince George Arts Council’s Artist in Residence. She was the Art Battle live painting provincial champion in 2013 and went on to the national finals in Toronto that year. She paints full time and has presented talks and workshops in Vancouver, Burnaby, Prince George, Vernon and Edmonton on subjects ranging from the technical to the philosophical. In spoken and enacted teaching, she illustrates depth, emotion, climate grief and the role of an artist in the Anthropocene. She lives and paints in Prince George, British Columbia.
All of my painting is undertaken as an examination of my place among living things, and of the changes I have witnessed to the life systems around me. My observations lend context to my inquiry into my relationship with home and habitat, with my own species and with the planet. Together, my paintings comprise a documentary view of home, of a planet undergoing rapid change, of the changes I have witnessed in my own time and place. I try to make paintings that are evocative, rooted in place and acute detail but also abstractly beautiful. My academic background in life sciences and, later, architectural drafting, lends structure to my work. I work in oil paint, and natural light is an integral element of my work. I take photographs and make cryptic sketches outdoors in most weather, and work from memory, dreams, and reference materials to develop my paintings in studio.
I am interested specifically in documenting the changes that mark the edges of things, changes of light, and changes in terrain. These paintings are intended to convey a sense of the fragility of time and the distorting lens of memory. Water and undergrowth lend themselves especially well to exploring abstract forms as they occur in the natural world, and my landscapes consider these forms in the context of memory, longing, and belonging, surprise and delight, loss and absence.
– Corey Hardeman
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Play with colour mixing, experiment with lines and texture, and then create your own vibrant work of art on canvas.
Robot models, spaceships, skyscrapers or marble runs! Let your imagination run wild, and create a model of your invention.
Use oil pastels and paint pens to create colourful drawings on paper.
Explore the world of printmaking by creating your own unique prints using a variety of techniques.
Party goers will use Crayola Model Magic, along with found objects to create their own whimsical sculptures.
Let our staff choose the activities for you and be surprised by what you create!