COMMUNITY-ENGAGED PROJECTS

Messages from the Rocks - Stories of the Invisible

May 23 - July 31, 2022

opening reception: Friday, June 3 7-9 PM

Linda Duvall and Jillian McDonald

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Photo credit: Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Regina Urban Wildlife Project

Artists Linda Duvall (Saskatoon) and Jillian McDonald (Brooklyn, New York) will spend three weeks co-creating their exhibition Messages from the Rocks - Stories of the Invisible at the Art Gallery of Regina with the public, beginning on May 23. 

 

Funded by a grant from Sk-arts Artists In Communities program, Messages from the Rocks - Stories of the Invisible is both a community-engaged project and a creation residency. Duvall and McDonald's activities include events, artworks in the public realm and transforming the art gallery into a laboratory for participatory art-making. Their expansive project includes:

  • An exhibition co-created with gallery visitors;

  • Posters and flags;

  • Nature walks;

  • An electronics workshop;

  • A field guide co-authored with school children, senior citizens and other members of the public.

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Duvall and McDonald's collaborative 2-channel video in which the two artists dug holes together on their respective properties in Saskatchewan and New York serves as the starting point of this residency and expanded artwork called The Dig

Duvall and McDonald spent two years connecting with the Land and the people of Regina. Travel restrictions meant that in June 2021, the artists met with vertebrate biologists, provincial building project managers, archeologists, Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and geologists over online video conferences, followed by a one-week residency at the Art Gallery of Regina in August 2021. A key concept for their project emerged from the artists' visit to Regina: listening to the Land and the forces that animate it.

Messages from the Rocks - Stories of the Invisible extends beyond the gallery and expands notions of what Art is. The artists propose Art as a transformative research model that values participation, creation, experience, and the unexplained.

 

Duvall and McDonald will turn the Art Gallery of Regina into a laboratory for experimentation and co-creation of the exhibition with the public from June 2 to July 31. Pictures, stories, and artifacts contributed by community members all form part of the completed exhibition alongside artworks, such as a two-channel video of the artists' connection across distances through the shared act of digging in their rural (Duvall) and urban (McDonald) backyards and delicately foreboding drawings of holes.

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Linda Duvall and Jillian McDonald invite you to share your stories of encounters with unseen forces at Art Gallery of Regina. DROP IN on the artists during the following dates and times:  

  • Tuesday, May 24 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

  • Friday, May 27 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM

  • Saturday, May 28 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM

  • Tuesday, May 31 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM 

  • Friday, June 3 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM

  • Saturday, June 4 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM

  • Tuesday, June 7 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

  • Friday, June 10 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM

REGISTER for participatory experiences unfolding over three weeks, the artists invite Regina residents to join them for free "nature walks" led by scientists, Knowledge Keepers, and audio artists. The walks are opportunities to discover what we may typically fail to notice: animals in the urban landscape, spirits that live on the Land, and sounds of animals and electronics beyond human hearing.

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Linda Duvall, Jillian McDonald and the Art Gallery of Regina are participating in the Cathedral Village Arts Festival events,. We invite you to experience the invisible forces that animate the land around us through public activities supporting a community-engaged art project Messages from the Rocks - Stories of the Invisible by Linda Duvall and Jillian McDonald:

  • May 23 from 11:15 AM - 4:00 PM ..... Participatory performance of "rock sonata" with New Dance Horizons in the Cathedral Village Arts Festival Parade (leaving from Holy Rosary Church) and flag-raising ceremony at the Family Picnic in Les Sherman Park

  • May 28 from 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM ..... Share your encounters with the unseen and unexplained at Cathedral Village Arts Festival Street Festival on 13th Avenue (booth #928)

THANK YOU

The Art Gallery of Regina is grateful to Sk Arts for funding this community-engaged artist residency project.
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