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Transit Pass
September 14 - 29, 2012

Heather Smith
Neven Lochhead
Phoebe Cohoe

Transit systems and transportation are an integral part of our daily lives and an important aspect of public life in the city. We use them to move through our city, to transport ourselves and goods and we construct our environments to accommodate this. The exhibition Transit Pass uses transit in Kingston as site and context for public art projects. For this project, three artists reflect on transit used in Kingston, how it effects our experience of the city, and new ways to shape this experience.

Project co-ordination and curation were carried out by Christine Dewancker Special Projects Assistant, and Jocelyn Purdie, Gallery Director. The gallery thanks artist mentor Julie Fiala who worked with the artists on the development and realization of their projects. Fiala is a French-Canadian artist and researcher interested in performance art, forms of cultural activism and community arts.

The gallery also greatly appreciates support in making this project happen from the following: the City of Kingston and Kingston Transit, Varsity Properties, The Ministry of Transportation, Coach Canada, KIMCO, the Wolfe Island Business and Tourism Association and the Island Grill Restaurant on Wolfe Island.


Heather Smith, from Kingston Tour Series, drawing installation, 2012

Heather Smith
Kingston Tour Series
Kingston Transit buses and Coach Canada Terminal

Heather Smith’s project Kingston Tour Series takes place on the Kingston Transit buses and takes viewers on an alternative tour of Kingston, showcasing uncelebrated landmarks of the city. These drawings take the form of tourist postcards and advertising. Heather uses the transit system of the bus to direct audiences to these Kingston landmarks; transforming here the city buses into small tour buses for local travelers.

Heather Smith is an emerging artist originally from rural Nova Scotia. She recently completed her BFAH at Queen’s University and she works primarily in printmaking.


Phoebe Cohoe, Fabrication, mixed media installation, 2012

Phoebe Cohoe
601 Princess Street

Phoebe Cohoe’s sculptural installation, Fabrication raises questions about our car culture in Kingston. Located at 601 Princess St. in a section of Kingston that has contributed to Kingston’s automotive industry for many years, Cohoe uses this site as context to both idolize the symbol of the car while commenting on our need to consider industrial shortcomings.

Phoebe Cohoe lives in Kingston where she recently received her BFA from Queen’s University. She generally works in printmaking and drawing, but maintains sculptural interests.

Neven Lochhead
Proximity Wash (Channel Wave)
Wolfe Island Ferry

Neven Lochhead’s installation, Proximity Wash is located on a unique transportation vehicle in Kingston- the Wolfe Island Ferry. This installation aims to highlight the process of waiting in transit as an essential step before for the eventual travel. Through audio and performance, it will explore the experience of proximity through sound.

Neven Lochhead is a Queen’s University Film and English student. Neven has a deep interest in sound exploration, and produces experimental works in and around the community, online and at local venues.