FACTORY MEDIA CENTRE
in association with
Workers Arts & Heritage Centre & CARFAC Ontario
INNOVATION MEDIA MASTERS GROUP OF 9: Part 8
Curated by Tyler Tekatch
Thursday, May 24 at 7 PM
Workers Arts & Heritage Centre
Jack Chambers’ path as an artist famously led him from his hometown of London, Ontario to
Picasso’s doorstep in southern France, training in surrealism in Madrid, and back to London where he developed his singular craft as a painter and filmmaker. One of Canada’s most celebrated painters, Chambers is also known for his contributions to film and artists rights. His epic film, “The Hart of London”, was called by legendary filmmaker Stan Brakhage, “one of the greatest films ever made.” “If I named the five greatest films,” he continued,“this has got be one of them.” Chambers fought on behalf of Canadian artists as a founding member of CARFAC.
Chris Lowry, Filmmaker
Chris Lowry M.Ed, has been active in Toronto and internationally as a social entrepreneur for over 20 years. He is an award-winning producer of TV documentary, drama, and animated films. Currently he is working as a consultant, producing documentaries and writing for a number of publications. He has won awards for his films and other work including a film portrait of the artist Jack Chambers and the AIDS education cartoon Karate Kids which was translated into 30 languages (Peter F. Drucker Award for Canadian Non-Profit Innovation). http://www.ecotone.ca/
Kristian Clarke, Executive Director, CARFAC Ontario
Kristian Clarke, Executive Director at CARFAC, is an Art History graduate with an additional Certificate in Cultural Management from Humber College and has worked at CARFAC Ontario for almost ten years. Kristian has particular interests in proposal development, dispute resolution and policy development at municipal, provincial and federal levels and sits on the Board for the Canadian Arts Resources Foundation of Ontario (CARFO) and the Advisory Committee for the Council of New Canadians for Arts and Culture (CNCAC) and FUSE Magazine. http://www.carfacontario.ca/
Chambers, Tracks and Gestures by Chris Lowry
Canada / 80 min. / 1982
Shot in Spain and Canada, this visually lyrical film provides a carefully constructed narrative of the artist's complex, inspired life. As a young art student, Chambers left the provincial town of London, Ontario in the early 1950's and went to Spain. He broke into Picasso's house to ask him for advice, and ended up enrolling at the Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid. When he returned to Canada he brought with him an artistic discipline as sharp as Spanish steel, a sophisticated Argentinean wife, and a new religion; Catholicism.
Hart of London by Jack Chambers
Canada / 79 min. / 1970
Composed largely of newsreels/photographs creating a back and forth pattern, between life and death, the film creates a “real” view of the world around, and gradually, as the real world comes in to focus, there develops an almost subliminal theme of the “Hart of London” - a deer which was trapped and killed in downtown London, Ontario in 1954. In the second part of the film, the images become symbolic of the pursuit and death of the deer. This theme is repeated again and again in the real images of everyday life.
Curated by Tyler Tekatch
Tyler Tekatch is an emerging Hamilton, Ontario based artist working in a range of mediums, from painting and collage to photography, film, video and installation. His practice seeks to incorporate his training in film and video with emerging digital technologies. He is increasingly interested in the ways that digital technologies are capable of allowing viewers to interact with images and how this can affect the viewer’s experience of an artwork.
Whether working with paint, photography or video, his work is consistently concerned with landscapes, with the religious imagination, and with the nature of dreams and perception. His thesis work at Ryerson and York University brought him close to the work of Michael Snow, Bruce Elder, Carl Brown, Stan Brakhage and especially Jack Chambers. His belief is that art is capable of transmitting the wonder, awe and violence of aesthetic perception, and that this exchange can only happen when one remains open to the secrets that artworks harbor. An artist can create works that have this energy only when they remain open to the perceptual force that objects, landscapes, dreams, animals and people exert on the senses.
His works have been screened across Canada and internationally in France, South Korea and England.