Artist Talk - November 12th, 2015 @7pm
Temporary Exhibition – November 8th to November 14th, 2015
As part of the celebrations for the 2015 Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala, an evening presentation and one-week exhibition of the works of Hannah Levin McGrath and Annie Onyi Cheung will be featured.
About her performance installation located behind the Halifax Central Library staircase titled Adjusting (2015) McGrath says "Noticing the moments when you know there is something happening. There is some sort of beauty. And then it falls apart, or becomes something else. Moments which have the potential to tell you something if you listen to them. If you listen. Especially in the moving. By arranging and re-arranging the material I have accumulated, I hope to find assemblages where there is communication between the materials and the surrounding environment. Moments of harmony before the inevitable chaos shifts them. It is in both the assembly and the disassembly where play happens, and there is possibility for meaning."
In Show your work (2015) by Annie Onyi Cheung, a multi-channel video installation will be seen at night through the second floor window and into the library’s editing suite. The installation is an opportunity to show Cheung’s work as the artist, literally, in a way that binds the actual art-making labour with the final installed work. The labour that takes place throughout this particular kind of art-making process often involves lengthy e-mails, meetings, discussions, site-visits, negotiations, correspondence from a distance, and input from many newly acquainted players.
Hannah Levin McGrath works largely through improvisation. She has recently found her way into performance art, an avenue where she is able to synthesize her interests and find new means to communicate. Through improvisational performance, she responds to her immediate environment, fluctuating between arranging/rearranging objects, writing/talking/making sounds, and intuitive dancing. Adjusting is the third installment of a performance installation of the same title. Recently graduated with an Interdisciplinary Fine Arts degree from NSCAD University, Hannah Levin McGrath will continue thinking
Annie Onyi Cheung is a performance and video artist who makes time-based site-specific installations, as well as discrete art objects meant for tactile engagement. From Toronto, she moved to Halifax and recently completed her MFA at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2014. She has participated in projects that have shown most recently at Transfer (NY), Maritime Museum of British Columbia (BC), Library Gallery (MB), Guildwood Park (ON), Anna Leonowens Gallery (NS), and Cambridge Galleries (ON).