From ground breaking visual art to award winning writers not writing, Words in Edgewise 37 packs a midsummer blockbuster punch:
Newfoundland in Venice Terra Nova Art Foundation
The Terra Nova Art Foundation has a mandate to showcase the artwork of Newfoundland artists on the world stage. Their first project endeavored to mount an exhibition of the work of Newfoundland artists Peter Wilkins and Will Gill at the most celebrated international art exhibition in the world: The Venice Biennale. They were overjoyed to receive word in late February that their application to exhibit work was successful. Since then, there has been fundraising and a myriad of logistical details to tackle which culminated in opening of the exhibition “About Turn: Newfoundland in Venice” on the Grand Canal, May 29th 2013. It has been a wild five months. We will tell you all about it. Speakers: Artists Peter Wilkins, Will Gill and Curator Mireille Eagan
Lunacy, Fantasy, Freedom: A Resurrection by Iain McCurdy
“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.” – Steven Winterburn
In a land before time, one man chose to do the impossible. After ten years (wait, wasn’t it a land before time?) of arduous back-breaking thinking, from sitting with one fist under his chin, to sitting with the other fist under his chin, to many ceilings stared at, and innumerable beard-strokes later, the holy grail of unknowns on the horizon, this man stared madness dead in the eye, and then abandoned it to go do a creative writing M.A. But in a one time only extra-special extravaganza, Iain McCurdy will talk about some of the lunacy he uncovered while writing his Humanities Journal, some the unforgettable truths and things that can’t be unseen about the state of mental health care that he had buried safely in the deep recesses of his warped mind. From the definition of mental disorders, to the asylum, to the influence of pharmaceutical companies, to the legal implications of diagnosis, and ultimately about what it means to be free, Iain will attempt, in this daredevil stunt, to blow his own mind. Be careful you don’t agree with him on anything, they’ll call you crazy and lock you up for that.
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Bring to Light by April White
April White is going to tell you about her art. This is a prequel to her upcoming exhibition at St. Michael’s Printshop, which opens on August 23rd, 7pm. She’ll fill you in on the rich history of the past however many years leading to the discovery that she likes to burn white circular lights out of dark rectangles with nitric acid and gum arabic solutions on lithographic limestone. April White holds a BFA, majoring in Visual Arts from Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. White is primarily a printmaker, but also ventures into photography, sculpture, watercolour, film, performance, and installation. She enjoys researching and learning about memory, melancholy, mementos, cabinets of curiosities, democratic printmaking, minimalism, and feminism.
Music by Chad Pelley
Chad Pelley’s novels and short stories have been recognized by 10 awards. His debut novel was a Coles bestseller, and is being adapted for film. But he’d rather write songs than stories. He’s been writing songs since he was a kid, and his mother had to sign permission slips so he could play in bars underage. He has written more than 500 songs, but takes his fiction more seriously than the music, on account of his self-described not-sensational singing voice, and aversion to the touring life.
Hosted by Morgan Murray Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 8 PM, Eastern Edge Gallery, 72 Harbour Drive Admission by pay-what-you-can donation Drinks and snacks provided by Fixed Coffee & Baking