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Land Art Hudson 2017 an artistic response to an act of nature


PHOTO COURTESY DANIEL GAUTIER

Anything left behind by the spring flood could become part of an art installation in the up-coming Hudson Land Art event. Curator of the event, Daniel Gautier (above) has been collecting.

Thematically, Hudson’s outdoor 2017 Land Art event captures the unprecedented flooding that occurred in the area this spring, according to curator Daniel Gautier. The participating artists have been given the task of creating an outdoor work of art from natural objects and materials left behind by the receding floodwater.

“It’s an homage to the flood,” Gautier told Your Local Journal.

This year’s artists are Kent Thomson, Monica Brinkman, a duo team of Nancy Farnum and Roxanne Woods, concluding with Daniel Gautier. The work begins Friday, July 14 simultaneously in four locations around the central core of Hudson.

Selkirk Park

Thomson, a Hudson resident, will be working in Selkirk Park at the corner of Main Road and Selkirk Street. Thomson, a critically acclaimed artist, is well known for his primarily stylized landscape and abstract paintings. His life as an artist began at age seven when his talent became apparent with still life drawings he created for a Scout art badge. By the time he was 12, he discovered his love of painting.

Saint-Jean Park

Monica Brinkman, a contemporary mosaic artist from Vaudreuil-Dorion, has use of the park located at the corner of Saint-Jean and Cameron Streets. One of her most recent works is ‘The Tractor.’ Brinkman collaborated in 2016 with artist Tina Struthers in creating the tractor decorated with tiny mosaics crafted by 500 participants over a two-week period. Titled ‘Travaillons Ensemble’ Project 2016, the tractor/mosaic is currently installed at the corner of Paul-Gérin Lajoie Street and Saint-Charles Boulevard in Vaudreuil-Dorion.

Main Road and Cameron Street

The artistic team of Nancy Jane Farnum and Roxane Woods will be utilizing the open space facing the end of Cameron beside Hudson’s 2 Barn Owls Gallery. Farnum has 20 years of experience in the design and paint finish world and is currently focusing on creating cement bowls, papier-maché twig sculptures, and ‘brancheliers.’ Her work is available at the 2 Barn Owls Gallery.

Outside Hudson Town Hall

Artist, painter, engraver, and curator, Daniel Gautier will be using the exterior setting of the town hall for his Land Art sculpture. “It’s going to be a six-foot sculpture of a person seated on a bench,” said Gautier adding that additional elements of his work would include a canoe and beaver. This is not his first contribution to this event. In 2015, Gautier created a sculpture from found objects in Jack Layton Park that resembled a giant feather. Gautier saw that sculpture as deeply symbolic of its connections to First Nations people and their culture.

Invitation

All the sites of the Land Art event are within walking distance of each other giving visitors an opportunity to experience many of Hudson’s downtown attractions. Although the public is encouraged to watch the various works in progress, everyone is invited to attend the Land Art 2017 vernissage Sunday, July 16 from noon to 2 p.m. in each of the locations.

Land-art or earth art is an art form and movement that began in the 1960s primarily in North America. The landscape is the medium of which the artwork is comprised and the art form becomes part of its natural surroundings. As the movement developed, respect for the environment and the ecological aspects of an installation also grew.

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