Ramble in the Bramble (September 6-27, 2013), a transitory public art project sponsored by the Edmonton Arts Council in Whitemud Park, showcases the work of 10 young artists practising in Alberta: Leslie Sharpe, Rachelle Bowen and Mackenzy Albright, Sherri Chaba, Alma Visscher, Amy Malbeuf, Jes McCoy and Tiffany Shaw-Collinge. An electronic soundscape was created by Nulle Part: Jason Troock and Ben Good. Ramble in the Bramble used natural and recycled materials for a playful exploration of texture, shape and colour in a natural setting. Their work shares some of the same values and modes of presentation we have seen in Amy Malbeuf’s work and that of munson et al.
Whitemud Park, a nature preserve in the middle of Edmonton, is bordered by a freeway and established residential neighbourhoods. Eight visual and two sound artists created a kilometer-long walking tour in the urban forest that attempts to “respond to rather than impose on” the natural environment. The website, Ramble in the Bramble, profiles the artists and documents each artist’s contribution. Visit this amazingly detailed site for a virtual experience of this many-faceted installation. We give you a brief introduction to each artist and encourage you to explore their work further, both at Ramble in the Bramble and at the artist’s own website.
Born: Calgary, raised in Edmonton
2004 Fine Art Diploma, MacEwan University
2006 BFA, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax
2012 Master Architecture, Southern California institute of Architecture
Fox Farms Headquarters
The multi-level, podium-like structure invites viewers to observe the ravine and the Fox Farm in the full 360 degree range. Individuals want to climb to the top; collectively they sit in groups around the base.
BFA University of Alberta
MFA University of California at San Diego
Currently Chair of Fine Art, MacEwan University, Edmonton
Redpath/Lookout meanders down a side path in the woods, creating human and natural interactions along the path. The project encourages viewers to record their experience with made and found objects. Follow this project on Twitter!
2011 BFA University of Alberta
McCoy was born and raised in southern Alberta. She feels art allows her to explore global concerns and the human condition: "I want my work to have a human presence, and feel natural, earthly and made by a human hand with purposeful intention."
These rustic structures both invite and repel the viewer, representing a variety of dualities between man and nature.
Alma Louise Visscher
2011 MFA in Drawing and Intermedia, University of Alberta
Through the Forest for the Trees
From the artist's proposal: "Constructed out of an industrial canvas tarp and with its forms inspired by Gothic architectural elements Through the Forest for the Trees examines the area where linear time and constructed space collide. To this end it engages with the sense of sight and how we look, the limits of perception, and our attempt to reflect an architectural element that itself aimed to reflect nature."
2012 Native Cultural Arts Instructor Certificate, Lac La Biche, Alberta
2010 BFA, Alberta College of Art and Design. Calgary, Aberta
Amy malbeuf is a multidisciplinary visual and performance artist from Rich Lake, Alberta.
Upholstered Cultural Facets of a Pêhonân (Waiting Place)
From Amy’s statement of purpose: "This installation utilizes animal pelts, safety vests, and irony. Not only is the work indicative of construction and development that has negative impacts on the earth’s ecosystems, it is a critique of our societal structure as a whole, which values and implements this destruction."
Rachelle Bowen and Mackenzy Albright
2012 BFA University of Alberta
2013 MFA Drawing and intermedia, University of Alberta
2010 MA Printmaking, Minnesota State University
2008 BFA Painting, Minnesota State University
Don’t Look Now
Don’t Look Now is a succession of cartoon-like, constructed fallen trees of varying length made from reused shipping pallets interspersed with real fallen logs and decaying trees. The installation replicates and mocks the actual forest.
Bowen and Albright talk about their collaborative work at vimeo.com/36885870, as they prepare for a parka party on the roof of Latitude 53 gallery in Edmonton.
2007 MFA Drawing and Intermedia, University of Alberta
2003 BFA University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
2001 Fine Art Diploma, MacEwan Centre for the Arts, Edmonton
Chaba’s work speaks to how industry threatens the sustainability of the parkland environment. Her installation is extremely beautiful and appears quite fragile, but it survived the three week exhibition.
Nulle Part (aka Jason Troock and Ben Good)
Nulle Part created the 27.5 minute soundscape Sketches to complement the Ramble in the Bramble experience. Sketches was created and recorded in the Alfred H. Savage Centre in the three months leading up to the exhibit. Nulle Part sought to create music not typically associated with parks, nature and wildlife but that would remind future listeners of the space between Whitemud Park and the city that surrounds it. To listen to Sketches, go to the homepage Ramble in the Bramble and download it.