Ecologies of Landscape curated by Mark Cheetham is the first exhibition at Barbara Edwards Contemporary‘s new project space at 315 King Street, Toronto. The exhibition features work by Tacita Dean, Bennie Devine, Olafur Eliasson, Isabelle Hayeur, Shelly Niro, James Nizam, Reinhard Reitzenstein, Simon Starling, and Paul Walde. Walde will be presenting a new video work derived from the forthcoming video installation Tom Thomson Centennial Swim. The exhibition opens November 10th from 6 to 9pm and will continue until January 26th, 2019.
On September 14th Paul Walde is debuting a new performative work entitled Of Weather (for Geoff Hendricks). The work was commissioned by the University of Toronto’s Blackwood Gallery as part of the large scale outdoor exhibition Work of WIND AIR LAND SEA curated by the Blackwood’s Director/ Curator Christine Shaw and presented in the Southdown Industrial area in Mississauga Ontario. The exhibition runs from September 14th until the 23rd with the opening from 6pm until 9pm of the 14th.
Of Weather is the first of a proposed series of performances called Moving Image Works in which large scale stretched photographic prints (in this case of clouds), are animated by teams of handlers. The performers in Of Weather moved thorugh the Southdown Industrial Area over the course of exhibition coming together a prescribed intervals to performa a choreography of image movements. This ballet of images is build upon standard filmaking camera movements and editing techniques including pans, zooms, tilts, wipes, and cuts. When not roaming the exhibition area, the images form a photographic installation in a radio transmission field.
On June 25th Paul Walde was awarded the Kenny Doren Award from Ed Video. “This year’s recipient’s commitment to education, ecology, and his innovative approach to audio art was very much in line with Kenny’s practice, and Ed Video is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2018 Kenny Doren Award is Paul Walde. Kenny Doren was a Canadian multi-media artist and composer whose practice employed musical interventions and political discourse utilizing video and performance. His art installations, videos, and digital operas have been presented in Canada, China, Finland, France, and the U.S.A. To honour Kenny’s spirit we have established this award to be presented to an extraordinary community individual who has demonstrated a strong artistic practice in or contribution to media art with an emphasis in audio.”
On May 24th Paul Walde was awarded the Univeristy of Victoria REACH Award for Creativity and Artistic Expression. The Award recognizes a significant project or body of work that furthers knowledge or awareness of the human condition. The award citation included following: “While the history of Canadian art has been built on our relationship with landscape and the environment, Paul Walde has fused that artistic legacy with decidedly 21st-century concerns and practices by exploring unexpected interconnections between landscape, identity and technology. Since joining UVic in 2012, he’s enhanced the student experience with these skills while expanding his reputation as one of Canada’s leading extended media artists.”
Requiem for a Glacier is featured in renown Canadian art historian Mark Cheetham’s new publication Landscape into Eco Art: Articulations of Nature Since the ’60s. The book published by Penn State University Press and is described by the publisher as: ” Dedicated to an articulation of the earth from broadly ecological perspectives, eco art is a vibrant subset of contemporary art that addresses the widespread public concern with rapid climate change and related environmental issues. In Landscape into Eco Art, Mark Cheetham systematically examines connections and divergences between contemporary eco art, land art of the 1960s and 1970s, and the historical genre of landscape painting.” The book features the works of many artists including international artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Nancy Holt, Mark Dion, Tacita Dean and Robert Smithson, as well as Canadians Andrew Wright, Jeff Wall, Arthur Renwick, and Isabelle Hayeur.