Marlene Creates | To the Blast Hole Pond River

May 18 to October 22, 2017

Exhibition Opening
Thursday, May 18, 6:00-8:00PM


The Fogo Island Gallery presents a solo exhibition of the work of senior Canadian artist Marlene Creates. To the Blast Hole Pond River brings together a selection of photography and video that draw inspiration from the river that flows through Creates’ property, a six-acre patch of boreal forest in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland, where she has lived since 2002. As the title suggests, the exhibition is both tribute and journey, a meditation on the specificities of place that considers our connection to the natural world as a form of reciprocal engagement.

To the Blast Hole Pond River is curated by Alexandra McIntosh (Director of Programs and Exhibitions, Fogo Island Arts) and Nicolaus Schafhausen (Director, Kunsthalle Wien and Strategic Advisor, Fogo Island Arts).

Marlene Creates is an environmental artist and poet who lives and works in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador. Underlying all her work, spanning almost four decades, is an interest in place—not as a geographical location but as a process that involves memory, multiple narratives, ecology, language, and both scientific and vernacular knowledge. Since 2002 her principal artistic venture has been to closely observe and work with one particular place—the six acres of boreal forest where she lives. Creates’s work has been presented in over 350 solo and group exhibitions and screenings across Canada and internationally. Exhibitions in 2017 include What Came to Light at Blast Hole Pond River, Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto; Photography in Canada: 1960-2000, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Belonging to a Place: An Exhibition by Fogo Island Arts, Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto; and the retrospective Marlene Creates: Places, Paths, and Pauses at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the CARFAC National Visual Arts Advocate Award (2009); the BMW Exhibition Prize at the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto (2013); and the Grand Jury Award at the Yosemite International Film Festival (2014). Born in Montreal, Creates has lived in Newfoundland since 1985—the home of her maternal ancestors, who were from Lewisporte and Fogo Island.

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Image credit:
Marlene Creates, Spring 2003, excerpt from Water Flowing to the Sea Captured at the Speed of Light, Blast Hole Pond River, Newfoundland 2002-2003. Pair of chromogenic photographic prints, each 40 x 60 inches.