The CAG was delighted to welcome back New York-based artist Marie Lorenz to the Burrard Marina Field House as artist-in-residence during May-June 2014.
For this residency, Lorenz is fabricating a new vessel – a handmade boat – from driftwood found along the coastline of the lower mainland and the City of Vancouver. Lorenz first visited Vancouver in December 2013 to begin research for the residency and she has returned again this month to construct and launch of her exciting site-specific project Driftboat.
Lorenz’ artistic practice explores the intertidal zone of cities. She envisions a harbour as a giant centrifuge, spinning things in the tide and redistributing them around its shore. By building and launching a driftwood boat Lorenz is gathering, recording and collaborating with the natural ebb and flow of the environment. Floating out into False Creek and English Bay in the ‘driftboat’ begins a new kind of dialogue, working to reveal the tidal harbour of Vancouver.
As part of her residency, and in participation with the Vancouver Maritime Museum, on Thursday, May 29, Lorenz will be in conversation with Vancouver artists Rebecca Bayer and Josh Hite talking about beachcombing, along with local sailor and writer, R. Bruce Macdonald and treasure hunter, Phil Macska. The following Sunday, June 1, Lorenz, Bayer and Hite will complement their talk by hosting two beachcombing workshops with R. Bruce Macdonald and Phil Macska. Join an afternoon of knot tying and hunting for flotsam and jetsam treasures in the Kits beach area. Both events are free and open to all.
Driftboat is being constructed then launched in early June with participatory special events, finally travelling down the west coast, to San Francisco to be presented in the exhibition Off Shore at Southern Exposure later this summer.
Marie Lorenz was born in Twentynine Palms, California. She now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York where she is also an Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Art. In 2008 she was awarded the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize for the American Academy in Rome and her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, California, to MoMA PS1, in New York City. She has completed solo projects at Jack Hanley Gallery, New York City; Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK and Artpace in San Antonio, Texas. Her ongoing 10 year project The Tide and Current Taxi (www.tideandcurrenttaxi.org) is an exploration of the coastline in New York City and will be presented as a special project during Frieze Art Fair (www.friezenewyork.com) in early May.
Further details about this project can be found on our website www.contemporaryartgallery.ca and the artist’s project blog www.tideandcurrenttaxi.org.
For this residency we gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the BC Creative Communities Award and the generosity of many private and individual donations.
Marie Lorenz – 2013 visit and upcoming 2014 project
In December 2013, Marie Lorenz visited Vancouver to begin research for a project to be completed in May 2014 at the Burrard Marina Field House.
Marie Lorenz’s work combines psycho-geographic exploration with highly crafted, material forms. In her ongoing project The Tide and Current Taxi, (http://www.tideandcurrenttaxi.org/) Lorenz ferries people on the East and Hudson Rivers surrounding New York City in a boat she has specially made. Lorenz studies tidal charts of the New York Harbor and uses river currents to direct and drift the boat throughout the waterways of the City. The act of floating adds a specific presence to one’s own observation: the viewer maintains an awareness of their own balance and form as they absorb the details in their surroundings. This kind of observation creates something new out of something familiar. For Vancouver Lorenz will begin to develop ideas and discussion toward constructing a new vessel and mapping local waterways in which the community will play an important role as participants. For more information on artist Marie Lorenz go to www.marielorenz.com.
The Field House Studio Residency Program is generously supported by the Vancouver Park Board and the City of Vancouver. The inaugural residency with Raymond Boisjoly was supported by the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology.
Beachcombers in Conversation
Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue
Thursday, May 29, 6pm
Join us for a conversation with Burrard Marina Field House Studio artist-in-residence Marie Lorenz, artists Rebecca Bayer and Josh Hite plus invited locals who will discuss their relationship to beachcombing.MORE
Saturday, December 7, 2pm
The Field House Studio at Burrard Marina
1655 Whyte Avenue
Lorenz will present an introduction to her practice outlining the ideas, themes and methodologies which will provide the basis for her project to be developed in Vancouver.MORE
Brooklyn based artist and Burrard Marina Field House Studio artist-in-residence, Marie Lorenz has arrived back in Vancouver and has got to work right away on building her handmade driftwood boat.
Check out the images above of her progress so far.
The first image is the first step in the process, it is of the frame that the boat will be built on and is a marker or guide for the whole shape of the boat. Lorenz pre-made this frame and shipped it from New York in order to assemble it here. This is the same boat frame that was used to build the boat she rowed at the Frieze Art Fair in NYC in early May (see pictures here and above). The piece of driftwood, that is seen in the photos on top of the frame, will become the bow of the boat – this is first piece of the actual boat – she will be using found driftwood from beaches in the lower mainland to make the rest, stay tuned for more updates on the building process and launch.MORE
We are pleased to welcome back Brooklyn based artist Marie Lorenz at the Burrard Marina Field House Studio for a residency and project titled ‘Driftboat’. Marie will be here until early June building a new vessel as part of her ongoing project www.tideandcurrenttaxi.org. Look for updates on this blog of Marie at the Field House Studio, getting to work building her boat from driftwood sourced from the lower mainland. Read more about her residency and the Burrard Marina Field House here.MORE
Marie Lorenz arrived in Vancouver on December 4th 2013 and stayed for a week. It was only her second trip to Vancouver in her life. On Wednesday December 5th 2013, Marie, Shaun and I jumped in the CAG van and went scouting around town for places where old, discarded materials—both natural and man-made—tend to accumulate. Why?
Marie will be moving into the CAG’s Burrard Marina Field House in May 2014, after the Winter semester as an artist in residence at the Marina Field House. She’s been an associate professor at Yale University for the past four years in the Painting and Drawing Department, but the project she’ll bring to life with us here in Spring 2014 is more sculptural in nature. For her ongoing project Tide and Current Taxi Marie Lorenz builds boats, by hand, in different cities and takes people for rides, one or two at a time. This is the first time she’ll be using found materials to construct a watercraft.
The British artist Mike Nelson who recently exhibited here leaked to us a couple prime spots to find odds and ends. But the hunt has hardly begun! When she returns in May 2014, there will be lots more exploration to report. Stay tuned.
To learn more about this project and more of Marie’s work, visit her site Tide and Current Taxi.
Marie Lorenz will become part of the artist-in-residence program at the CAG Field House at Burrard Marina. The Field House Studio Residency Program is generously supported by the Vancouver Park Board and the City of Vancouver.MORE