TBT: Truth in Repetition

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Chris Reid, Oozing Ground (detail), 2013, chalk pastel on Stonehenge paper, 39.5” x 50”

It’s #ThrowbackThrusday so we found an image from one of our past exhibitions curtesy of @cooperlynn. This image was one of Chris Reid’s many ink drawings. To see more of her work visit her blog here.

Chris Reid, Truth in Repetition #cbu #chrisreid #truthinrepetition

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Chris Reid’s Playlist


Every month we have Art Waves on Cape Breton University’s Caper Radio. This radio show aims connect you with the staff here at the CBUAG as well as the artists featured in the gallery through the connection between music and art.

We also want to get to know our student artists as well, which is why we also have our Student Playlists. Using our newly made YouTube channel, we will be able to bring you more playlists with a wider selections of songs to choose from! This music is specifically chosen by the week’s featured student and says something about how they work both outside and in the visual arts.

Last week we heard Peter Dykhuis’s playlist “Darkness to Light”. This week we are featuring a playlist curated by a Manatoban celebrity. Chris Reid is the artist of one of our past exhibitions Truth in Repetition. She was also the feature in our first Your Life in 8 Pics column back in September. I interviewed Chris on our radio show Art Waves back in September as well and we spoke about her art, life, and career in the art world. For a full biography of Chris or to see some of his artwork, click here.

The following list is not in any particular order and I could try to be more specific. If you want longevity — which I’ve listened to for a long time and who I never get tired of…. It would have to be Screamin J. Hawkins.

I need to have something in the background that puts me in the right mood… I will never play Frank Sinatra in the studio, it just puts me in the wrong state of mind.

                                    Chris Reid

(2014)

Click below to listen.

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To submit your own playlist, email your name, the link to your playlist and a short description of its significance to cbuag_collections@hotmail.com.

Chris Reid’s Life

your life in 8 pics banner_edited-1YOUR LIFE IN 8 PICTURES is a bi-monthly roundup showcasing local creatives.  This is a place for people to share their story and work, in a unique way. They provide us with 8 pictures that sum up their life now as well as answer a few rarely asked questions for a less than standard bio. This months artist is Chris Reid.

Chris Reid is a Manitoba artist who lives in the downtown core of Brandon, Manitoba. She works full time for the regional health authority as the housing resource worker at 7th St. Health Access Centre. “It is about 6 blocks from my house. I also teach community classes at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. It is about 5 blocks from my house so I pass it on my way to work.”Other than art making, at work, Chris is trying to get a cold weather shelter going again this year. If you are looking for Chris’ work, you can find it on line at www.chrisreidart.wordpress.com, in Brandon at her husband, Tony Reid’s store – The R-Studio and by asking at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba.

Chris currently has “different role models for different aspects of life – so there are a lot.  Artistically I like people who have been satisfied with making work and who do not seeming to need much outside affirmation or who work on the fringes. Employment wise I have had some co-workers that I think are pretty wonderful.”What really keeps her going in this career is the necessity of it. If she had to do it all over again though, she would have got a certificate in a trade or something that would bring in a stable income before devoting herself to the arts.

The one piece of advice that Chris Reid wishes someone would have told her growing up is to “Work at making things happen. Don’t be afraid to take chances.”

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1. Milo in my studio. He is an old cat so he is easily manipulated for photographs.

2. Me in my studio.  The walls are blue because we haven’t painted them since we moved in.

3. My office at 7th St. Health Access Centre. I share this space with a quilt maker so I can only do so much to personalize it. Most of the stuff is mine simply because I am there more.

4. Jennifer Woodbury, Director; Natalia Lebedinskaia, Curator; and Kevin Conlin, Facility Manager at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba – They have been very supportive of my work and their work keeps visual arts alive in Brandon.

5. My husband, Tony, in  his store, the R-Studio. Mid-century teak, records and other funky stuff.

6. The abandoned gas station across the street from the R-Studio. The gas pump in the centre  of the image had the only really street art in Brandon pasted to it – one of those posters with the Andre the Giant image. Unfortunately its getting really faded.

7. The living room as seen from my studio. Sometimes Tony plays records in the living room while I work in the studio.

8. The back yard. I don’t know what to say about other than its nice when there aren’t too many mosquitoes.

Pysanky Workshop

Screen Shot 2014-09-10 at 2.37.28 PM copy This weeks Bonus DIY was a Pysanky Workshop. Workshop participants used their own designs to decorate eggs using traditional Ukrainian techniques with a contemporary twist. Chris Reid’s Pysanky Eggs (pictured above) are also featured in “Truth in Repetition”.

We had an absolutely amazing turn out this past Wednesday at our workshop! So many people came out to learn how to make these Pysanky. So many beautiful eggs came out of this.

Here are just a few images from the event:

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DIY Pysanky (workshop)


Every Saturday we feature a new and exciting DIY project that you can do at home, with things you probably already have, to make your house a little more efficient and a little more creative. This week, however, is slightly different. This Wednesday you are invited to come out of your house and do this DIY with others here in the CBU Art Gallery! CBUAG Workshops are free, hands-on events that connect our audience to the current exhibition through a range of exciting activities.

This weeks Bonus DIY is a Pysanky Workshop. Workshop participants will use their own designs to decorate eggs using traditional Ukrainian techniques with a contemporary twist.speaks of how, sometimes, the truth is different from the facts. This Workshop is related to the current exhibition. Chris Reid’s Pysanky Eggs are also featured in “Truth in Repetition”.

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DIY Drawing & Storytelling

Every Saturday we feature a new and exciting DIY project that you can do at home, with things you probably already have, to make your house a little more efficient and a little more creative. This week, however, is slightly different. This Saturday you are invited to come out of your house and do this DIY with others here in the CBU Art Gallery! CBUAG Saturdays are free, hands-on events that connect our audience to the current exhibition through a range of exciting activities.
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Chris Reid: Truth in Repetition Opening

Chris Reid, Oozing Ground, 2013, chalk pastel on Stonehenge paper, 39.5” x 50”

Chris Reid: Truth in repetition September 5 – October 31, 2014

There was a great turn outlast night at the opening reception last night for the Chris Reid: Truth in Repetition exhibition.

Brandon, Manitoba artist Chris Reid conjures a world of bleak, distorted landscapes populated by a cast of recurring characters. Despite their bright colours and cartoonish style Reid’s works evoke the nightmarish qualities of unsettling ambiguity and pervasive anxiety. Works in chalk pastel, pen & ink, soft sculpture and pysanky (Ukrainian decorated eggs) are informed by Reid’s personal and professional experiences: her small, interracial family, observations of the changing dynamics in her rural but increasingly culturally diverse community, and her role working with extremely marginalized individuals. Continue reading