This has been a fabulously busy time of year for art shows as I have participated in three in the last month. One that comes to a close tonight is Field Guide to Travelling Bridges that consists of a collaborative process piece at the Fort Gallery.
The central theme of Field Guide to Travelling Bridges is the person as traveller mapping out an illustrative tale of imagined worlds. Our graduating art class as well as faculty and various alumni were invited to draw on the walls of the Fort Gallery. Together we brainstormed an artist statement with the goal creating a show that provided a visual guide through which collaboration and connection could take place.
After our class created the initial drawings in the gallery including a large vine-like structure, abstracted landscapes, bridges, gargoyles, passport stamps, and figures, we opened the space to the public to also draw on the walls and respond to the marks of others while also bringing their own stories. We were drawn to the imagery of bridges because they serve as symbols of travel and a linking of places and journeys. Fellow artist Natasha De Vries found a wonderful quote from the book, “Journey Through the Power of the Rainbow: Quotations from a Life Made out of Poetry” by Aberjhani that says:
“A bridge of silver wings stretches from the dead ashes of an unforgiving nightmare to the jewelled vision of a life started anew.”
Through this show we were inspired by the renewing potential of journey and the coming together of people from all sorts of different pathways. While we are sad to see the show come to a close, we are grateful to all who participated in the collaboration and helped us to create a space in which pathways exist between imagined worlds, fantastical stories, and us the travellers.
For more information about the Fort Gallery visit: www.fortgallery.ca