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BUSTER SIMPSON AT EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY VISUAL ART FORUMS
February 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Buster Simpson’s conceptual and process-based art practice has been focused on urban environmentalism for more than four decades. From his home base in Seattle, he has travelled extensively, working collaboratively across disciplines, social spheres, and generations to create an extensive body of work that inspires individuals and communities to be responsible environmental stewards. Known for artworks of varied duration and scale, from poetic, performative gestures to permanent, large-scale public art projects, Simpson’s talk will focus on his recent investigations into rising sea levels in Gubbio Italy, Captiva Florida and Puget Sound, and his proposals for artworks that address one of the most pressing global issues of our time.
The ECU Visual Art Forums are presented by the Audain Faculty of Visual Art + Material Practice. This event is co-presented with the City of Vancouver Public Art Program and produced in partnership with Access Gallery and Other Sights.
ABOUT THE FORESHORE
The Foreshore is a collaborative pursuit and shared space between Access Gallery and Other Sights. The Foreshore is inspired by the deep influence of the waterways on our cities and societies on the West Coast. As a place of unclear jurisdiction, and thus of contestation, friction, and constant movement, those who dwell in this zone must continually adapt to a changing environment. As a site it conjures histories specific to this region: narratives of trade and exchange, habitation and nourishment, resistance and violent erasure. Considering the potential of this zone as both concept and site, the project asks the following: How do we generate conditions of emergence? How can we take up space differently? How do we support unruly practices and futures?
Over the last 3 months, the storefront adjacent to Access’ gallery space at 222 East Georgia has hosted bi-weekly open discussion sessions informed by invited artists, writers, curators, and activists. Adding to this exciting program, we have launched an artist-in-residence series to provide space and time to artists interested in addressing questions of the foreshore.
If you would like to receive email invites to The Foreshore events, please sign up on the dedicated project website: theforeshore.org
Image: Buster Simpson. “Seeking Grounding”, Gulf of Mexico off Captiva Island.