Venue:  Plate Glass Gallery / Niagara Artists Centre
Time: Ongoing (Throughout April)
CategoryMedia, Film + Visual Art
City of OriginSt. Catharines
PriceFree

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An installation made of recycled mediums and organic matter in response to the current state of Planet Earth.

ABOUT:

An installation made of recycled mediums and organic matter in response to the current state of Planet Earth. Emma’s installation works are the explorations of methods that can be used within sustainable art making intended to push the boundaries of what can be done with “things” considered omitted, extending the life and use of human inventions with creative interventions that invite all energies to connect.

ARTISTS:

Emma Lee Fleury is a multidisciplinary artist and musician from the Niagara Region. The concepts of her work revolve around perceptions of the earth, the sun, black holes – and beyond – the energies rendering us grounded, the environment, time in presence and in memory passing through in reactory waves of love, sound and recycled mixed-mediums. Her bands are Niagara’s Moonfox and GTA Collective Fat Moth.

Venue:  TBA
Time: Saturday 2pm-11pm; Sunday 12pm-3:30pm
Category:  Media, Film + Visual Art
City of Origin:  Buffalo
Price:  Pay What You Can or Festival Pass
Website: http://flatsitter.com

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A post-apocalyptic virtual reality love song told after, during, and before the end of the world.

ABOUT:

In the Soil Arts Festival welcomes back Kyle Marler of Buffalo based digital media & performance collective, Flatsitter. Last year he brought us Lily Dale in his virtual reality Dream Wanderer Bus. This year he brings us a brand new virtual reality experience, Morning Dew, featuring music from Shawn Elliott Lewis and Brianna Battista.

Flatsitter is a nomadic virtual reality collective and has presented VR works in 50+ cities across North America.

“Unsettling” — The Financial Times

ARTISTS:

Kyle Marler (Virtual Reality)
Shawn Elliott Lewis (Music for VR)
Brianna Battista (Music for VR)

WARNINGS:

Intense

Venue: Niagara Artists Centre
Time: Opening Reception Friday 27 April at 8PM
Category:  Media, Film + Visual Art
City of OriginToronto, ON
PriceFree

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Melt: a new series of paintings by Kurt Swinghammer

ABOUT:

It was close to 100 years ago that Group Of Seven founder Lawren Harris painted highly stylized depictions of snow capped Rocky Mountains and Artic ice flows. As a young art enthusiast, Kurt Swinghammer absorbed this work via reproductions hung in his public school. In his teens, Swinghammer was soaking up library books on the modernist colour field work of Group of Eleven’s Jack Bush along with the British Op Art movement’s Bridget Riley. These three streams of influence come together in Swinghammer’s new series of acrylic paintings called “Melt.”

Each canvas shows a graphically designed iceberg floating in an infinite body of water. Hundreds of carefully mixed shards of colour achieves a strong sense of depth and has become a signature technique for Swinghammer. The Melt series continues his interest in exploring a traditional Canadian subject matter in a contemporary manner.

Complimenting the exhibit is a screening of Swinghammer’s Turpentine reWIND. These animated videos accompany instrumental remixes of five tracks from his song cycle homage to Tom Thomson, Turpentine Wind from 2010. The animations slowly explore a series of paintings that are based on the digital WAV files of the vocal recordings from the album. Swinghammer painted on 8”x10” birch panels, the format used by Thomson in the field. WAV files can look strikingly similar to shorelines reflected in a still lake, one of the common themes of Thomson’s landscapes. The music was written, arranged and performed by Kurt with contributions from a number of prominent Toronto musicians and production by multiple Juno Award winning producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda.

Venue:  Festival Hub Stage
Time: Friday 6pm
Category:  Music
City of Origin: St. Catharines, ON
Price:  FREE

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Come one and all! Join us as we kick off the 10th annual In the Soil Arts Festival together ON James Street at our Festival Hub.

ABOUT:

In the Soil Arts Festival Hub will open at 5pm. Remarks at 6pm. Launch will feature special guests for our 10 year anniversary celebration.

VenueThe Yurt – In Partnership with FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Time: Friday 8:30pm; Saturday 8pm
CategoryMusic , Media, Film + Visual Art
City of OriginHalifax
Price$10 or Festival Pass

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A twinkling, intimate candlelight performance of songs from queer east-coast artist Stewart Legere.

ABOUT:

Stewart Legere is a writer, musician and actor from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He makes theatre performances (mostly) with The Accidental Mechanics Group and Zuppa Theatre Co. His show Let’s Not Beat Each Other To Death (created in collaboration with the National Arts Centre) has been presented at Stages (Halifax), OUTstages (Victoria), SummerWorks (Toronto), PuSh (Vancouver), FTA (Montreal), IMPACT (Kitchener), and will be traveling to the UK in May 2018. He is a vocalist with orchestral pop outfit The Heavy Blinkers, and in 2017 released his debut solo album, Quiet The Station. An avid and passionate collaborator, his work is fascinated with sexuality, vulnerability, intimacy, the destruction of persona, and the celebration of performance. He is currently an artist-in-residence at The Theatre Centre in Toronto.

“Tenderness like Iron & Wine, Poetry like Sufjan, Longing like Rufus, Sad like Amelia [Curran], Bright like Jenn [Grant].” – Daniel MacIvor (playwright)

“Quiet The Station’ is a magnificently haunting folk-pop fusion. Legere’s sound rivals that of genre elites Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver while maintaining his identity and originality.” – The East Mag

“Legere is one of Canada’s most distinctively original and inspired performers.” – Thom Fitzgerald (filmmaker)

ARTISTS:

Stewart Legere – songs/performance/video
James MacLean – video

WARNINGS:

Mature Language

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Venue:  Corner of St. Paul and Bond Streets
Time: Ongoing (Throughout April)
CategoryMedia, Film + Visual Art
City of OriginSt. Catharines
PriceFree
Websitewww.amberleeart.com

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A video performance of the Artist spurting milk from her mouth, acting as a fountain.

ABOUT:

Amber Lee Williams is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in St. Catharines. Her work explores themes of identity, family relationships, birth, death, and chance. She searches for meaningful ways that different materials can work together in order to create work that is personal and relevant.

Currently she is engaged in an exploration of physical and emotional identities of motherhood, Hidden Mother Photographs, relationships within the family, etc. and this piece for In The Soil 2018 is an extension of a larger body of work. Last year, she created a photograph of herself that was inspired by Bruce Nauman’s 1967 conceptual piece; ‘Self-portrait as a Fountain’. In Nauman’s photograph he is spurting water from his mouth. Both Amber’s photograph and video performance are titled ‘Self-portrait as a Female Fountain”, and she uses milk instead of water.

Amber is currently in her 4th year of an undergraduate degree in Visual Arts at Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. Past performances include ‘The Cloak of Cosmoss’, a large cloak made of moss and beeswax that she wore at ITS 2017, and the ‘Blind Contour Interactive Exhibit’ which was a part of RHIZOMES for ITS 2016. Amber’s other areas of art include analog, digital, and experimental photography, blind contour drawings, sculpture, assemblage, painting, and more.

MORE LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/Amber-Lee-Williams-173802196016766/

VenueRise Above
Time: Ongoing (Throughout April)
CategoryMedia, Film + Visual Art
City of OriginSt. Catharines
PriceFree

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Blue mixed media paintings that explore how life endures social and organic deterioration under capitalism.

ABOUT:

“Planned Obsolescence” is the closing feature of a four-month long, rotational exhibition at Rise Above, featuring paintings from the artists’ series “Blue Compositions”. Planned Obsolescence includes additional drawings and sculptural installations completed by the artist in the winter of 2018. Taylor has been working with painting and drawing mediums for several years and her work has been previously shown at local independent venues that foster the local art and music scene in downtown St. Catharines. The Exhibition is set to close at the end of the festival and all works are available for purchase on site.

ARTISTS:

Taylor Telford is an emerging artist from the Niagara region, a first year visual art student, and graduate of Sociology at Brock University. Taylor is a local activist, presently working for the full protection of Thundering Waters Forest–484 acres of ecosystem rich with endangered species and Provincially Significant Wetlands here in Niagara.

Emma Fleury -Assistant
Rose McCormick – Assistant

 

VenueMahtay Café
Time: Ongoing (Throughout April)
CategoryMedia, Film + Visual Art
City of OriginSt. Catharines
PriceFree
Websitewww.sheldonrooney.com

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Love for the region’s music scene and album cover art merges in these fake record tributes.

ABOUT:

Sheldon Rooney is a St. Catharines based visual artist. Working in the medium of hand crippling, sight destroying ink and pastel illustration alongside the carcinogen producing, carpel tunnel getting medium of woodburning. He has survived these fields through 15 years of solo and group shows. If his 2017 show Nuts II:A New Bag at the Niagara Artists Centre couldn’t kill him nothing will. His latest arthritic dance with the devil will be part of yes! The 2018 In the Soil festival! At Mahtay Cafe! His cramped claw of a right hand has pumped out 12 local favorite band dedications in fake album cover form!

This show saved my life!” -Steve Z, 2007
“Workin’ harder than the backbeat in Black Oak!” -Steve R, 2009
“Absolute masterpieces!” -Loralie B, 2010
“Boom!” -Natasha P, 2011
“Wham!” -Annie W, 2011
“Amazing!” -Marinko, 2017

 

Venue:  The Festival Hub
Time: Ongoing
Category:  Streetscape + Installations, Film + Video + Visual Arts
City of Origin:  Buffalo, NY
Price:  PWYC or Festival Pass
Websitehttp://lilydale.flatsitter.com

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A virtual reality exploration of spiritualism and the afterlife featuring a custom-drawn tarot deck and 20 different VR vignettes for multiple viewings.

ABOUT:

Lily Dale was founded in 1879 as a camp and meeting place for Spiritualists and Freethinkers.

Residents of this small town in Western New York claim to communicate with the dead.

The ‘Guidelines for Spiritualism’ are posted on the wall of the Assembly Hall in downtown Lily Dale. Guideline #4 reads: “We Never Die”

The virtual reality experience incorporates interviews with Lily Dale resident mediums, motion capture from movement artist Ginger Wagg, and a deck of hand-drawn tarot cards by artist Bobby Griffiths.

WARNINGS:

For ages 10+

Venue:  Oddfellows Temple
Time: Saturday 11-5pm; Sunday 11-5pm
Category:  Film + Video + Visual Arts
City of Origin:  St. Catharines, ON
Price:  Free

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A working studio open house with paintings, drawings, encaustics and pastels.

ARTISTS:

Jim Maunder has been an exhibiting artist since 1988 and is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art (OCADU). He has shown across Canada, in the USA, and Japan. Primarily a sculptor, this is an opportunity to show some of his flat work.

Mori McCrae is a poet and visual artist. It is difficult to say which takes precedence, for her work gravitates to the borderland between them. She graduated from the Ontario College of Art in Toronto in 1984. Shelf Life, her first collection of poetry, will be launched in the spring of 2017, published by Grey Borders. She is a founding member of the Jordan Art Gallery, which showcases Fine Art and Craft from Niagara, where she lives.