Josh Collins moved to Nova Scotia in 2003 for university and received his Bachelors of Environmental Design Studies in 2008 and Masters of Architecture in 2011 from Dalhousie University. Since graduating, Josh has pursued an integrated practice grounded broadly in design, construction/craft and education/facilitation. An installation artist, his projects have exhibited at Nocturne, Lumiere, Art in the Open, White Rabbit Open Air Artist Residency and Festival, and at the Lunenburg School of the Arts.
Andrew Maize is an interdisciplinary settler artist who currently lives in Oro-Medonte Ontario, the traditional territory of the Haudensaunee (Iroquois), Ojibway/ Chippewa and Anishnabek. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. As an arts educator and organizer, he is involved in collaborative projects such as White Rabbit Arts, the Circus of the Normal and the Lunenburg School of the Arts. Maize was short-listed in the RBC Painting Competition in 2015 and 2016.
The Form reflects and encapsulates the landscape, both natural and built. Where sky and ground meet at the edge of a great lake. Winter offers a particularly unique perspective on this movement. In the lull between our ambitions and desires, returned to the extents of our identities by the bite of winter wind.
Suspended between the trees, refracted light brings attention to the hues and fluctuations of the sky. Each moment different from the next. Passing through, our bodies serve as a timestamp for each encounter in the paths that we take and the traces of activity we leave upon the ground. The crunch of snow underfoot.
The Form, positioned over the top of a small knoll, interlaced between young saplings, the feeling of the work shifts upon approach from a wider context to the material. The idea of the hydrological cycle and recycled plastic bottles speaks to the aspirations of a 1970’s aesthetic grounded in space travel and resource ingenuity. It alludes to the process of evaporation, advection, condensation, perception and infiltration. Returning on the coldest days it speaks again to the pervasive preciousness of snow and how it bears witness to and holds crystalline our aspirations during the winter months.