April 7, 2020

( Plan B ) Field Trip with DaveandJenn

Working from home, schooling from home, cooking and eating at home, exercising at home, playing at home, if you’re not on the front lines seems like everything these days is from and at home! How about making art at home?

As you try to organize your days into sections of activities for yourself and your family (it’s hard  enough  at the best of times), TrépanierBaer highly recommends DaveandJenn’s cut paper puppets project offered through Contemporary Calgary’s FIELD TRIP: Art Across Canada—a national partnership delivering arts engagement with galleries and artists from coast to coast to coast.

DaveandJenn hold the spot for the first online presentation in the FIELD TRIP: Art Across Canada initiative. In this video, they will walk you through how to make your own hinged, paper puppet of a praying mantis, teaching you all the steps you need to know to make your own cut paper creations for animation, puppetry or layered collages, that can be used for plays, presentations and all sorts of theatrical activities.

This above initiative is part of Contemporary Calgary’s Art Where You Are program, devised by Director David Leinster, Curator Ryan Doherty, and the team at Contemporary. This collection of online initiatives endeavours to develop programming that is welcoming, inclusive, engaging and relevant through digital platforms.  Art Where You Are presents a series of programs through three channels: Extended Exhibitions & Public Programming, Collider: In-Residence Artist Residency, and FIELD TRIP: Art Across Canada.

DaveandJenn, also known as David John Foy and Jennifer Saleik, have been working together since 2004.Their varied practice weaves a long view of both human and natural histories together with the more closed off realms of private spectacles and inner landscapes. Experimenting with form and materials is an important aspect of their work, which includes painting, sculpture, installation, animation and digital video. DaveandJenn have been western semi-finalists for the RBC’s Canadian Painting Competition (2006 and 2009), awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Biennial Emerging Artist Award (2010), and long listed for the Sobey Art Award (2011). Their most recent solo exhibition is titled A Forest Song at the BMO Project Room, Toronto (2020).

To view the DaveandJenn video, please click here.

To learn more about the Art Where You Are program at Contemporary Calgary, please click here.

To view DaveandJenn’s work on line at TrépanierBaer, please click here.

We hope you have fun spending some quality time making cut paper creations at home with your family or on line with  your friends.