Launch Event: Walk followed by a reading and a discussion with Maggie Groat
Date and Time: Saturday, June 9th at 2pm
***Special Location Note: The event will begin at the northwest corner of E 31st Avenue and Prince Edward Street. There will be a walk of about an hour that ends at the Western Front with the reading and discussion.
STSTS is a site-specific public installation by Maggie Groat that was informed by a research residency in consultation and collaboration with local artists, archives, sites and communities. The project is informed by traditional and alternative research methodologies including conversations with people and plants, walks, tarot readings, and archival and reference materials. Groat works towards an associative consideration of the shifting histories and possible futures of the site of the Western Front, a building which rests upon the embankment of a now under grounded creek and the traditional unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh.
To launch Maggie Groat’s public installation STSTS on the façade of the Western Front, we will host an event that combines a walk, public reading, and discussion with the artist. Groat’s STSTS is a site-specific public project that works towards an associative consideration of the shifting histories and possible futures of the site of the Western Front. The launch will begin at the starting point of the now undergrounded creek that flows through this neighbourhood, and past the Western Front along Scotia Street, where it was once known as “Brewery Creek.” Groat will lead a walk along the creek’s path, ending at Western Front where she will read a few excerpts from her artist’s book the accompanies this project. Copies of the artist book will be available at the event.
Maggie Groat is an interdisciplinary artist who works in a variety of media including works on paper, sculpture, textiles, site-specific interventions and publications. Her current research surrounds site-responsiveness with regards to shifting territories, alternative and decolonial ways-of-being, methodologies of collage, and the transformation of salvaged materials into utilitarian objects for speculation, vision and action. Groat studied visual art and philosophy at York University before attending The University of Guelph, where she received an MFA degree in 2010. She has taught at the University of Guelph, the University of Toronto and at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she was the Audain Artist Scholar in Residence in 2014. In 2015 and 2018 she was longlisted for the Sobey Art Award. Recently, her work has been included in exhibitions at Mercer Union, YYZ Artists’s Outlet, Art Gallery of York University (Toronto), Western Front, SFU Audain Gallery (Vancouver) Rodman Hall Art Centre (St. Catharines) and Walter Philips Gallery (Banff).