Ancient Follicle Seeks Green Wish

Puddle Popper (Sarah Davidson, Juli Majer, Sonja Ratkay and Melanie Thibodeau)

The New Gallery, Calgary

November 10—December 23, 2017

Opening reception is November 10 at 8PM. Admission is free and open to the public.

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For this most recent collaborative effort, Puddle Popper has discussed wisdoms of bodies, and physical and narrative fragments. Ancient Follicle Seeks Green Wish is based on the model of past projects, where they collectively drew and printed artist books as a way of planning out sculpture-based exhibitions.

“Fantasists are childish, childlike. They play games. They dance on the burning ground. […] Even when they are making entire universes, they are only playing.”

(Ursula K. Le Guin, ‘Do it Yourself Cosmology’)

Through merging of forms, Puddle Popper creates a set-like world featuring invented beings, humanoids, tentacles and unreadable text. Puddle Popper moves towards our desires, moving between description, invention and idealization to wiggle around truths. Flowers can hurt us. Appendages transform. Colour is revised. Portals open up, we put our limbs part way through, and then all the way through. New bodies are observed and created. Slipping through realities, Ancient Follicle Seeks Green Wish is an exploration and re-imagination of being(s) in different worlds.

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Ancient Follicle Seeks Green Wish

“Fantasists are childish, childlike. They play games. They dance on the burning ground. […] Even when they are making entire universes, they are only playing”
(Ursula K. Le Guin, ‘Do It Yourself Cosmology’)

Through a series of aesthetic exercises, Puddle Popper moves towards desires, between description, invention and idealization, wiggling around truths. Flowers can hurt us. Appendages transform. Color is revised. New bodies are observed and created. Slipping through realities, an exploration and re-imagination of being(s) in different worlds.

Published to coincide with the Plintor Drax Lounge at VABF 2017, and Ancient Follicle Seeks Green Wish at the New Gallery, DDOOGG presents a 4-zine package, one by each of the following artists comprising the Vancouver collaborative project Puddle Popper:

Sonja Ratkay
Mel Thibodeau
Juli Majer
Sarah Davidson

80pp
Saddle-Stitch
Multi-Colored Staples
7″x5.5″
$20

Plintor Drax Lounge

750 Hornby Street,
Vancouver Art Gallery Hornby Street entrance
Saturday October 14th, 12pm – 6pm
& Sunday October 15th, 12pm – 6pm
Co-presented by the Vancouver Art Book Fair

As part of this year’s Vancouver Art Book Fair, SiteFactory has invited artist collective Puddle Popper (Sonja Ratkay, Melanie Thibodeau, Juli Majer and Sarah Davidson) to create a science fiction inspired reading room to launch the collective’s newest publication. The public will be able to interact with drawings, printed matter, and soft sculpture produced by the collective as part of their exploration of alternative world-building.

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available now online

for the trees is a collaborative risograph book experiment based on a series of drawings by Sarah Davidson. The publication was developed with Erica Wilk, who uses her Risograph publishing studio Moniker Press as a platform for artistic collaboration. The book also includes a text by Brynn McNab, written in response to the art.

Using only four risograph colours and coloured paper, for the trees utilizes colour layering techniques to create continuity with the original work and essay throughout the book.

for the trees
Drawings—Sarah Davidson
Book Design—Erica Wilk

you can’t see the forest
Essay—Brynn McNab

Risograph printed & published by Moniker Press
Perfect bound with fabric book tape binding.
52 pages—Edition of 150
Vancouver, BC—2017

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a dark day for planet earth, ink, watercolour, flashe, pencil crayon, oil pastel, chalk and graphite on paper, 43 x 54 in, 2017.

for the trees
book launch and exhibition
drawings by Sarah Davidson
publication by Erica Wilk / Moniker Press
with writing by Brynn McNab

opening: April 13, 7-10
reading at 8
copies of ‘for the trees’ for purchase
gallery hours: April 14 & 15, 12-5

Dynamo Arts Association
30 east 6th avenue unit 103
Vancouver, BC
dynamoarts.ca

contact: davidsonsar@gmail.com

Preservation is a word oft associated with environmental activism. However, its implementation is a distinctly “cultural” phenomenon, not a natural one. Namely, it is one of human beings, and their technologies. Preservation brings along with it a whole host of other activities. The verb implies an external process to occur in order to accomplish its goal. You have pickling, salting, fermenting, cataloguing, copying, categorizing, languaging, embalming. In reality, ruin itself is a much needed process in the activity of sustainment of diverse life. The transfer of heat from one system (biological, ecological, and, I would argue, visual, and ontological) is integral and the multiplicities of systems allows for a birth of organization in the transfer of this heat. Origin of Species by Darwin, and Kelvin’s laws of thermodynamics were published in the same decade. They both came on the tail end of the industrial revolution. Both theories were argued as paradoxical, and heretical, by the church. Both conceptually resist the possibility of a creative or intelligent design in the world. However, once you consider the closed system of thermodynamics as being one which encompasses you, the earth, the universe, this transfer of heat and its loss in the process – the movement of such energy – can still create a beautiful and complex diversity of ruin.

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for the trees is a collaborative book experiment based on a series of drawings by Sarah Davidson. The publication was developed through conversation with Erica Wilk, who uses her publishing studio Moniker Press as a platform for artistic collaboration. The book includes a text written by Brynn McNab in response to the art. Copies of for the trees will be available for purchase, and the original works will be on display.

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SARAH DAVIDSON’s practice investigates the appeal of the weak, delicate, and otherwise diminutive, by placing it in playful parallel to other ostensibly unrelated ideas. An ongoing interest in the fragment as symbol reflects an interest in medium as gendered and maps as they exist in lived time. Past fragmentary explorations have aligned historical craft—particularly the stitching of quilts—with depictions of landscape as background. sarahdavidson.ca

MONIKER PRESS is a risograph publishing studio located in Vancouver, BC. Owner and operator, Erica Wilk, works collaboratively with artists and writers to produce small editions of books, zines and print ephemera. monikerpress.ca

BRYNN MCNAB is a writer, facilitator, and curator who specializes in event-based and social practices, publishing, and co-authorship. Her most recent projects include Co-Writing Criticism (Vancouver, Montreal and Paris), a co-authorship workshop, and An Exact Vertigo (Vancouver), an iterative contemporary dance series. She managed Unit/Pitt Projects (Vancouver) from 2013-2015, and revived and became editor-in-chief of ISSUE Magazine (Vancouver) during that time. Her poetry, essays, and short stories have been published across Canada and internationally. She attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design for filmmaking and photography, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University in Critical and Cultural Practices. Brynn McNab currently sits as Secretary of the Or Gallery (Vancouver) Board of Directors. brynncatherinemcnab.com