I was at the CNE, (the Canadian National Exhibition) yesterday. I've been on the CNE grounds before, when I did the One of a Kind Shows, but I've never been there for The Ex. I thought it was great. Full of what I expected and some unexpected surprises. I don't know if you could get around to everything in one day. Well, maybe you could, but I like to linger so I didn't see some things and then there were scheduling conflicts, so I didn't see others. But what I saw I liked. Here's an extensive photo essay of what I saw. I could do 5 big posts on this but will try to condense it to one.
I'll break it into 5 images per topic.
My tape sculpture companions were very patient on the drive to Ottawa. I arrived around noon the day of the show. As usual, the weather was great until I hit the Ottawa Valley. All of a sudden the sky was dark and filled with clouds. The wind picked up. The temperature dropped.
The sky gave us one severe downpour, with a few more raindrops here and there throughout the night. We all remembered how terrible it was last year with the unrelenting rain. Thankfully, every time it just went away.
I carried all my tape-people-parts to the river's edge and had help from volunteers and friends to get my piece situated in the water. Thank you everyone.
Here is one half of my installation called Fool for Love. A mermaid entices a mere mortal man to come get her.
mermaidapprox 6' , packing tape, bike reflector, LED light2011
man approx 4' , packing tape, duct tape, bike reflector, LED light2011
Most visitors viewed the installation from this vantage point, though there was another view where you could see their interaction from the side, and their beating hearts.
It's tough to get the real feel for this piece so I experimented with some video footage. I think it helps you get the feeling of the day and the setting. Just click play below