On January 13, I'll be hosting a Typewriter Workshop at Harcourt House, from 12 pm to 5 pm. Price is $40 for members and $50 for non-members. I recommend signing up sooner rather than later if you're interested, as these workshops can get cancelled if registration is low!
1984 Cranes is currently on display at Harcourt House until January 20, 2018! The opening had a decent turnout and went well, and the project seems to be well-received by viewers! Articles about the show are available in the December issue of BeatRoute and in the December 7 - December 14, 2017 issue of VueWeekly. Writer and editor Michelle Browne also published a fantastic essay about the project on her blog! I highly recommend reading it, as her input was instrumental in helping me develop the concepts of the project!
On January 20 at about 1 - 3 p.m. or so, I will be folding more cranes and teaching visitors how to fold their own cranes for a closing performance for the show. This is free to attend, so I hope to see you there!
From December 7, 2017 - January 20, 2018, my exhibition 1984 Cranes will be open to the public at Harcourt House, Edmonton, Alberta. The opening reception will be December 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm.
This project is an installation of 984 cranes made from the book 1984 by George Orwell. The project is about fragility and inevitable failure, and uses the Japanese tradition of senbazuru (folding 1,000 paper cranes within a year) to discuss these themes. The project also compares and contrasts Orwell's 1984 with the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Elenor Coerr to face and discuss the possibility of failure.
The write-up about the exhibition is available on Harcourt House's website here.
EDIT: Workshop was rescheduled for January 2018!
Sometime in June 2017, (date TBA) I will be hosting a Typewriter Workshop at Harcourt House in Edmonton, Alberta!
At the Typewriter Workshop, 5 typewriters (both electric and manual) and various paper will be available for you to use! Come type that poem or song lyric that's been burning in your brain, make a collage and type to add some words, or just settle in to listen to that click clack noise!
Mark yer calendars! December 7, 2017 will be the opening reception for my show in the Front Room at Harcourt House in Edmonton, Alberta. 1984 Cranes is an exhibition of 984 paper cranes folded from the book 1984 by George Orwell. It discusses the themes of fragility, inevitable failure, and compare/contrasts the stories of Winston (1984) and Sadako (Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes).
This winter, my show Semantic Satiation was shown in CASA's Passage Gallery in Lethbridge, Alberta. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to showcase my more repetitive pieces. It was well received, and was even mentioned in Canadian Art magazine's Must-Sees This Week section!
Special thank you to director Darcy Logan for the exhibition opportunity!
I have a few designs available in my RedBubble shop! If you like my work and you want to wear it/ stick it on yer stuff/ sleep with it/ write on it/ etc., this will be the place for you!
If you are interested in purchasing original art or a print from me, please contact me and we will work something out!
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Marks of Meaning: Visual Poetry was on display at Gallery at Milner, at the Stanley Milner Library in Edmonton, Alberta. It ran for the month of April 2016. The show is a series of 24 x 36 black and white posters featuring visual poetry. The show was accompanied by Crystal Driedger's Quiet Moments, which was a series of drawings and high-relief woodcarvings/paintings.
This was my first show in Edmonton proper, and it was up during Edmonton's Poetry Week! Couldn't have asked for better timing!
From January to June, 2016, I had the opportunity to showcase a series of typewriter based works at the gallery space in Lethbridge Public Library, called Typewriter Tales: and other stories. At the same time, friend and fellow artist Len Komanac showcased a series of works based on keyboards called Type-0. Thanks to curator Shanell Papp for this opportunity!
**EDITS - updated links to article and website!
My first solo show is on right now at Spruce Grove Art Gallery in Spruce Grove, Alberta! It runs from August 12 - September 6, 2014. I'm displaying a series of 24 x 36 digitally created "visual poems". The opening was yesterday and I got to talk to a few people about my work, including the Stony Plain Reporter! The article about my show is available to read here.
I also had the opportunity to talk to Sarah Hoyle of CKUA radio about the show! The radio interview airs in CKUA's ArtBeat online at www.ckua.com Sunday, August 17 (today) at 12 - 1 pm, and again on Wednesday, August 20 at 6 - 7 pm. It is available to listen on CKUA's website here ("Artist Questions Use of Words").
Metaspect/Ordinary Walls is on display at the Visual Arts Studio Association of St. Albert in St. Albert, AB from June 5 - 27, 2014.
Lorna Kemp's bright bold encaustic paintings are paired with my black and white word art in VASA, which is a cool building with a bunch of other artist studios and a central gallery where the show is displayed. All the art!
Article on the VASA website here.
Article in the St. Albert Gazette about the show here.
June 5- 27 2014 - Bonnie Patton / Lorna Kemp - "Metaspect/Ordinary Walls" at VASA (Visual Arts Studio Association) in St. Albert, Alberta
August 12 - September 6, 2014 - Bonnie Patton - "Marks of Meaning: Visual Poetry" at the Spruce Grove Art Gallery in Spruce Grove, Alberta
I made a poster to show off my art things with. I will plan on actually printing and distributing them on poster places downtown Edmonton. Feel free to print one for yourself and tell yer friends!
Currently my fellow artist, Bekk Wells, and I are showing our text work at the beautiful new Potemkin Gallery in Lethbridge, AB. The exhibition is up until June 8, 2013, so go check it out if you can!