The Fogo Island Gallery presents a solo exhibition of the work of Canadian artist Marlene Creates. To the Blast Hole Pond River brings together a selection of photography and video that draw inspiration from the river that flows through Creates’s property, a six-
International Archives 1st half of 2017
Marlene Creates, To the Blast Hole Pond River
Fogo Island Arts,Terre-
What began as a project to document a small waterfall in the river’s course became a conversation between the artist and the landscape over multiple seasons. By placing her camera underwater, using the reflected light of the night sky, or relying on motion-
Creates’s video works underscore the connection between language and landscape. Changes in the river after a major storm or over the course of a winter are mapped through observation, memory, and a rich vocabulary of terms for snow and ice. The artist compiled over 80 such terms specific to Newfoundland that derive from 17th century English brought by settlers or relate to occupations like fishing. The videos demonstrate that we are entangled with the landscape, deriving meaning and a sense of identity from our environment.
The works in To the Blast Hole Pond River convey a sustained artistic engagement with place, questioning how we are bound to and shaped by our surroundings. Creates overlays her own experience and memory in interpreting the river and forest while also leaving space for the landscape to exert its own influence. Withdrawing her agency as a photographer, and with it, our tendency to impose a singular vision on the environment, Creates shows a receptivity to her surroundings that acknowledges nature and culture as an inextricable whole. This perspective is mirrored in the objectives of Fogo Island Arts and the Shorefast Foundation, making this exhibition a natural fit.
Curated by Alexandra McIntosh (Director of Programs and Exhibitions, FIA) and Nicolaus Schafhausen (Director, Kunsthalle Wien and Strategic Director, FIA).
Exhibition 18 May -
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Marlene Creates, Spring 2003, excerpt from Water Flowing to the Sea Captured at the Speed of Light, Blast Hole Pond River, Newfoundland 2002–2003. Pair of chromogenic photographic prints, each 40 x 60 inches.