ART AND COMMUNITIES: RE-IMAGINING POSSIBLE FUTURES
Eleanor Bond will speak about art and exhibitions that address and enable social change, the potential of cultural spaces within a community, and the artist’s role in urban renewal and the changing perception of a city.
Eleanor Bond is an artist known for her large-scale painted images of urban, architectonic and post-industrial spaces. In early series of her works, Bond used speculative fiction to present contemporary anxieties of economic and social transition through projections of the future. The painting Converting the Powell River Mill to a Recreation and Retirement Centre (1985), was her first image based on an actual site. In1995, she was invited to research and produce work on the city of Rotterdam, with subsequent projects in Salzburg, Windsor/Detroit, Vancouver and other cities. Her work, considered both utopic and dystopic, has been presented in group exhibitions such as Better Worlds, Future Cities, Brave New Worlds and the international project Shrinking Cities which opened in Berlin, 2005.
Bond first exhibited internationally in the 1987 Sao Paulo Biennale. She has since participated in numerous international biennials with solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sao Paulo, Witte de With centre for contemporary art in Rotterdam, the Clocktower in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, amongst others.
A long-time member and supporter of the Winnipeg artist-developed institutions PlugIn ICA and MAWA, she now divides her time between Winnipeg and Montreal, where she is Associate Professor (Painting and Drawing) at Concordia University.
Public artist Talk, Powell River, BC: Friday, January 24@ 7pm at the PR Music Academy, by donation
Eleanor Bond Painting Workshop, Powell River, BC: January25/26 10-3 at the PR Music Academy, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration