Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Drove up to Saskatoon, took at look at the work at the Craft Council, connected with Mike, and went to Macbeth (covid style with each of the five actors playing socially distanced and multiple rolls) in the re-built amphitheater that the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan group have now built. Stayed at the Jame's Hotel for the first time. Was friendly and nice.
Monday, July 26, 2021
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Painted today. Also took film from Jacqui's camera to Don't Photo to be sent to Film Rescue. While at Don's, I looked at a "Polaroid Electric" which I've not painted before. I could buy it for about 50 but rent it for 20. Don't actually want to own it, but the rental price is 40 percent of cost so I'm not sure. I guess I'll think about it and decide when I have less cameras on hand.
Friday, July 23, 2021
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Life after symposium, and a day with no guests coming over, felt a bit more normal. Did some painting. Watched some tv. Ian Campbell lent me a box of 11 cameras and I'd like to return them in a reasonable amount of time, so I'm going after them almost every day.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
One of the (many) highlights of the symposium which concluded today was some sample workshop components from Katherine Ricketts. She has a large collection of objects to trigger thoughts and stories. She showed one of these polaroid one step cameras (above) but in her image, the button was green. Wow, that sent me to the moon.
Monday, July 19, 2021
(With permission) I was able to borrow a tiny Lumiere ELJY camera from the estate of Jacqui Shumiatcher. It ends up having a roll of film inside (black and white on rolls that needed to be custom made for this camera type). I'm going to be sending it to Film Rescue with hopes that they find something cool on it for us.
Sunday, July 18, 2021
Saturday, July 17, 2021
The Art Gallery of Regina was in need of some volunteers to watch the space on the Saturday afternoon so Willian and I kicked around there for the day. Not many visitors unfortunately. The weather looked like a storm but just stayed muggy so I don't think people were out gallery hopping.
Friday, July 16, 2021
It wasn't big, but it was probably big enough to be called a party. We have a gathering of eleven in our back yard in the 30+ heat of the Friday night. Lots of connections between people that I'd not known about, so overall I think it went well.
Thursday, July 15, 2021
William and I attended the summer group show at Slate Gallery. They still asked that everyone wear masks (rules lifted earlier this week). Usually this is a huge opening with wall to wall people. This year was pleasant but only 15-20 people there when we go there near the start of the event.
William was fascinated by figures in the windows of the David Thauberger paintings such as this on of the Courthouse.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Monday, July 12, 2021
I had my first proper face to face meeting with Narges in over a year and we spoke at length about her animation project. Felt good to break out of the zoom barriers.
The Filmpool hosted its own face to face in person screening this evening with a selection of hand processed and (mostly) plant based processing or manipulation with the Harbour Collective Experimental Film Lab who are doing some workshops here this week. I have to admit disappointment that all the films were digitally projected, which felt contrary to this approach.
Saturday, July 10, 2021
Brett brought over this old video camera that has government salvage stickers on it. His son Ben found it for him at a garage sale somewhere. It's an AVC-3400 that would need to feed into a portapack to record video. I bet we used something like this to shoot sports in high school.
Friday, July 9, 2021
When i borrowed this camera from Steve Wolfson a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that there was still film inside so, while in Steve's backyard, we shot the remainder of the roll. The film was old and a bit foggy, but Steve got some images off it (below).
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
William and I got our super-8 film rolls to create our new One Take projects. Library is handling them again this year. Popped into new Dunlop show while we were there. The huge Daphne Boyer photos which use seeds to simulate beads are intense optical spectacles. (William with "Hemoglobin" in photo above).
Monday, July 5, 2021
Sunday, July 4, 2021
Saturday, July 3, 2021
Friday, July 2, 2021
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Finally had the pleasure of having Philippe and Angeline over for an evening last night. I'd wanted to invite them last summer but a number of family health events in August curbed our socializing even more than covid so I lost those opportunities.
Allan stayed later and we threaded up "Svengali" on the 16mm projector and watched it on the deck as well. William says that I described it inaccurately over the years, it being one of my favorite films, but I don't recall having said very many things other than about the eye-lights and the hypnosis mantra "You will see nothing, hear nothing, but Svengali.... Svengali".