POD ARTIST RESIDENCIES YEAR II
In the spirit of reconnection, instead of guest residencies with artists from out of town,
The James Black Gallery hosts seven Pod Residencies featuring local artists for 2021/2022 with funding thanks to the City of Vancouver. We now have received funding to do a second set for 2022/2023. Call for submissions open September 2022.
May 2022 was the last of our seven pod residencies developed in reaction to the pandemic. Originally conceptualized by previous studiomate Anna Trowbridge, the intent was around reconnection and creation exploration. We were able to put these on partially with support from the City of Vancouver. The first was new mother Deepali Raiththa and her unborn child in the eighth term of her pregnancy, giving birth to this series. We saw art husbands and art wives form through this residency. The location itself inspire and influence Darius Kian and Nat Robinson in their collaboration. Hold Your Breath by Monika Krupicka and Sara Pimentel started the process of exploring the emotional complexity of weather's influence on our lives and bringing it into the gallery. Giving us a natural flow for the last residency by Julia, Phoebe, and Katrina, taking influence from the greenspace around the JBG. Discussing the potential for death and decay, alongside its resurgence and regenerative abilities. Both a fitting end to the residency, but birth of new relationships to come.
Julia Wong, Phoebe Bei, & Katrina Vera Wong
Katrina Vera Wong employs her Frankenflora (hybrid flowers made from dried plants) to explore the botanical underside and the experience of moribundity.
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Phoebe Bei is interested in the potency of imprints, fossilized spaces and voids found in organic and inorganic infrastructures. Through experimentation and study of materials such as clay to salvaged cedar, Bei utilizes their properties to explore how they can embody these infrastructures as vessels and places for coping, fracture, and mobility. https://phoebehuang.cargo.site/
Julia Wong is interested in fountains as monuments of grandeur in traditional garden settings. She will explore her ability to create fountain-like assemblages using an assortment of found cultural floatsam and handmade ceramics.
Mimesis / Petrified / Undergrowth
Inspired by the James Black Gallery’s green spaces, where the cycle of life and death is entangled with the processes of decay and regrowth. Artists Katrina Vera Wong, Phoebe Bei, and Julia Wong draw upon their cultural identities and relationships to the natural world to create sculptures, assemblages, and interventions that invite the public to consider their relationship to the natural world and limited green spaces in the city.