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Off-site projects

Out of Site
Samantha Mogelonsky, Talie Shalmon, Lisa Visser
March 25 - April 17, 2006

Sites

Out of Site is an off-site series of temporary art projects presented in out of the way, overlooked and/or transitory spaces around Queen’s University campus starting March 25th through April 17th, 2006. Three artists from the Fine Art program at Queen’s will install temporary artworks which animate and respond to the sites. The project room will operate as a hub where documentation and other ephemera connected to the projects will be displayed. Click here to see the documentation in the project room.

Projects and Mentors

Projects


Lisa Visser Site
Lisa Visser, Untitled or Confessions of a 22-year-old female on a concrete wall

Project site for Lisa Visser : Located under the passageway between Mackintosh-Corry Hall and Dunning Hall on campus at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

Visser is soon to graduate from her fourth year of the Fine Arts program at Queen’s University, at which time she will continue to question her role in the world. Visser’s artistic practice focuses on the relationship between the sacred and the profane, finding patterns and pathways between these relationships and making gestures that intend to invite the viewer to participate.

Lisa Site
Lisa Visser, Untitled or Confessions of a 22-year-old female on a concrete wall

This project proposes to create and remove barriers, invite the audience to exchange personalized details of their lives, and to enact ritual. The site-specificity utilizes the function of the space while employing the use of discrete note-worthy actions that will create an alternate space.

The work will include a blog, a 12 hour performance meant to cleanse the terrain and prepare it for the installation and finally the installation which will include a confession box.

Sam Mogelonsky
Samantha Mogelonsky, In Formation

Project site for Samantha Mogelonsky: Located in the Medical Quadrangle on campus at Queen's University, Kingston Ontario.

Mogelonsky is in her fourth year of the Fine Arts program at Queen’s University, with a concentration in sculpture. She is interested in exploring the relationship between the body and society, through the materiality of objects and forms. Her recent work also addresses the physicality of language and the written word.

Mogelonsky's on site project
Samantha Mogelonsky, In Formation

This project will be an attempt to actively engage this somewhat empty and neglected space. On a formal level, the presentation of this proposed installation will seek to balance the physical space by echoing the triangular patterning of the concrete blocks and adding a directional viewing element from the benches.

From a conceptual standpoint, this project intends to reclaim this de-historicized space by using the metaphorical elements of the bird and birdcage. Just as a transitional space is prone to change in purpose and a migratory population of people, the bird through its physical presence can be seen as a representative of both territoriality and change. The birdcage can be viewed as a structural home, nest and enclosure for information.

The final installation will work with the existing structure of the Queen’s Archive as a site for the flow of information and record of history by using the birdcage as a figurative representation of “the archive”. The presence of cast birds will symbolize a recovery of the space for that purpose, while at the same time, creating a dynamic and interesting installation that will question the function of the Medical Quadrangle from a structural and historical perspective.

Talie Shalmon installation
Talie Shalmon, Pigeon Alley

Project Site for Talie Shalmon: Pigeon Alley in the enclosed outdoor space inside the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC) on campus at Queen's University, Kingston Ontario.

Shalmon is in her third year of the Fine Arts program at Queens's University and is interested in working with installation, sculpture and video as a means of communicating ideas. Talie aims to incorporate meaning, contemplation and humor in her art, to make it engaging and hopefully fun.

Install View Shalmon
Talie Shalmon, Pigeon Alley

Shalmon plans to activate the courtyard that runs between the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC) to the Physical Education Centre (PEC) in order to draw attention to this neglected space and its reputation as a home to pigeons by means of a participatory artwork. For an hour or two each day, she will invite passersby to join her in her activity of making paper pigeons and listening to pigeon stories.

Mentors

Julie Fiala is an artist who divides her time between Leeds, UK, and Ontario, Canada. Her interdisciplinary approach to artmaking combines elements of sculpture, performance art and artist publications. Fiala completed a BFA at Queen’s University and worked as the Program Director of Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre in Kingston before completing a MA in Fine Art at the Univerisity of Leeds in 2005. Over the last five years, her work as an artist-organiser has included a number of self-initiated and self-directed projects in which she worked with a wide-range of groups and individuals, including emerging and established artists, academics, cultural theorists, public washroom workers, religious women, feminist practitioners, pedestrians and, most recently, older people and safety professionals in Leeds. Entitled Architecture for Strangers, her next collaborative project with artists Bryan Davies and Laura Quarmby (a.k.a. Artist House) is a public art commission that will transform a temporary structure into a site for community animation within a deprived area of Leeds. For more about her recent projects see www.meetingpointleeds.com and www.loungingonredcouches.com

Craig Leonard is interested in bibliographies, indices, lists, footnotes, marginalia, subplots, and networks. His most recent project was a first-hand investigation of the Independent Library Movement in Cuba. In 2006, he will be involved in a collaborative research project with the Maritime History Archive in St. John's, Newfoundland.