Artist Talk—Wanda Koop and Jolene Bailie—at the WAG

Have you ever wondered what makes an artist tick? What inspires them? How do they funnel all those creative ideas into the finished product? At 2pm on Sunday, November 7, you’ll have the chance to find out as visual artist Wanda Koop and choreographer Jolene Bailie discuss their recent collaboration at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Included with Gallery admission.

A highlight of the exhibition Wanda Koop…On the Edge of Experience is Hybrid Human, an installation that incorporate Koop’s paintings, video projections, and Bailie’s choreography. On Sunday afternoon the two artists will talk about working together, how each other’s practice has impacted the other. Both the exhibition and the performance explore the huge presence of technology in our lives, how the screen—computer, cell phone, television—impacts how we view the world. “Dancing…is a visual art, a translation of the body into visual form and display. Painting is…a lot like dance. It’s physical and often choreographic,” says Koop.

“The artistic process is fascinating,” says Art Educator Anna Wiebe, “so the opportunity to hear two of Winnipeg’s most prominent artists discuss not only their individual approaches but a collaboration of two very different art forms is not to be missed.”

Wanda Koop has been garnering critical acclaim since her work was included in a 1972 WAG exhibition. As well as being named a member of the Order of Canada, she has also received a Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and three honorary doctorates. An integral member of Winnipeg’s arts community, she founded Art City in 1998, a very successful storefront art centre that brings together contemporary visual artists and inner-city youth to explore the creative process.

Jolene Bailie, Artistic Director of Gearshifting Performance Works, has created and produced almost 300 dance works over the past decade. Her athletic, visceral, and emotionally resonating performances have been met with enthusiasm and critical acclaim across Canada and beyond. Her dynamic theatrical work brings a distinct perspective on current ideologies in mainstream society.





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