Meeting the Ground opens at CVAG Jan. 22. “In the midst of meeting the ground I am experiencing a quiet revolution” writes Renée Poisson about her exhibition Meeting the Ground. It opens Jan. 22, with an artist talk at 6pm, followed by a performance and reception starting at 7 pm.
The multi-faceted exhibition, which will run until the closing event on March 5, consists of sculptural elements, printed material, video projection and collaboration performances. Poisson, a Comox Valley resident who has been practicing art for five decades, is conducting a performance residency prior the opening as she prepares and installs the exhibition.Poisson’s work is immersive, with an emphasis on dissolving identity through her ongoing experience of walking towards death as an ordinary aging person. She uses the repeated practice of deliberate uncontrolled falling and video documentation to examine the movement.
Her performance, We Rise We Fall is collaboratively constructed with Susan Cook, Ann Marie Lisch, Nicole Crouch, Trudy Beaton and Holly Bright.
In conjunction with Meeting the Ground there will be a community exhibition entitled Falling. It will include the work of local school groups and ongoing participatory art-making in response to Poisson’s exhibition.
There will also be workshops and all-ages Make Art Saturdays in conjunction with the exhibition. The workshops, led by storyteller and teacher Margo McLoughlin, will include sessions up to an hour long for children and youth, and longer sessions for adults. The children and youth workshops are booked through school programs. The adult workshops cost $25, and advance registration is preferred. The Make Art Saturdays are drop-ins for all ages. Admission is by donation.