Montreal artists Vida Simon and Jack Stanley will be in the Comox Valley for most of March as artists-in-residence at the Comox Valley Art Gallery.  They will be creating a site responsive installation and endurance performance entitled Carried Away, which will open to the public on March 10 and run until April 13.

From the very beginning of their 23-year long collaborative practise the artists have been interested in the relationship between art and everyday life.  At the centre of their work is an experimental approach to the sustained making of drawings and responsive writing, and the challenge of “following one’s line without distraction or self- censorship,” says Jack Stanley. The collaborative duo’s process makes use of intuition, improvisation and interruption, as they develop their endurance performance work that results in drawings and texts in public places. Simon says of her work “For me drawing is the most direct, fluid form to express my interests in visual storytelling, materiality, and gesture. I approach drawing as an embodied language, a process of excavation, a way of wandering and wondering.” On Friday March 10, at 7 p.m. the community can see Simon and Stanley perform a collaborative  “live drawing” at the opening celebration of their exhibition of Carried Away.  The artists will continue expanding upon their work through daily performances at the gallery during regular hours, until March 25.  Viewers are invited to respond to the project through words and images, in journals provided at the gallery.

Source Material: Unfolding is a concurrent assemblage of images and sculptural objects by visual arts students and alumni from NIC/ECUAD and the University of Victoria, featured in CVAG’s Community Space. A community Make Art Project is embedded in the show, providing opportunity for drawing and writing in response to the work on display.

On March 14, at noon, the artists will give a talk about their work in the Stan Hagan Theatre at North Island College.

In the spirit of east coast gatherings, the gallery will host Kitchen Party, on March 23, at 6 p.m.  Angela Somerset, curator for the Comox Valley Art Gallery, describes the event as one that encourages connection between diverse communities: “This community potluck and art gathering is open to the general public. It is intended to provide a relaxed atmosphere in the newly created Project Room Studio at the gallery, in which people can gather to share ideas, their favourite dishes and to learn more about the creative research being explored by the current artists-in-residence. There will also be an opportunity to meet and learn about the interdisciplinary work of internationally known artist Rita Mckeough, the upcoming 2017 summer artist-in-residence. There will be a guest appearance by the local band Birch.”

CVAG is open Tuesday to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the run of Carried Away. Admission to the gallery events is by donation. For more information call the gallery at 250-338-6211 or for details about CVAG exhibitions and events visit comoxvalleyartgallery.com