GAUGE. 2013 - 2015

Photo courtesy of Erik Boomer


GAUGE. Film Loop. 2013 - 2015.     

Created on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, Gauge employs and investigates the natural forces of time, extreme temperatures and the ever-moving environment to dictate the process of painting on a grand scale.

Monumental ice walls appear to emerge out of the frozen ocean, due to the rise and fall of the tide beneath the ice which moves upwards of ten metres on a twelve-hour cycle. Three artists use natural food colouring and burnt cow bone for black, to mark the temporary ice walls. Using fire extinguishers and paint sprayers, the artists must work parallel to the tide, as the frozen floor on which they stand collapses and shifts.

The short-lived works are subject to friction, ocean and temperature, which quickly erase the paintings, washing the images from memory, back into the Arctic Ocean.


A collaboration by:

Sarah McNair-Landry - Iqaluit, Canada, Danny Osborne - Iqaluit, Canada, Raven Chacon - Albuquerque, USA, Erik Boomer - Iqaluit, Canada, Eric McNair-Landry - Yellowknife, Canada, PASystem - Toronto, Canada


Exhibitions :

- Nuit Blanche Toronto 2015, TIFF Bell LightBox

- Lightening Speak: Solo and Collaborative Works of Raven Chacon, University of New Mexico Art Gallery, January 29 – May 14, 2016

- Flow Edge: New art and collaborations from the north, AXENE07, Gatineau, PQ, January 26 - March 5, 2016


- Flow Edge: New art and collaborations from the north, Canada House, London, UK, September 29, 2016


Photo by Justin Wonnacot. Gauge installed at AXENE07, Gatineau, QC, as part of Flow Edge.


Photo courtesy of Erik Boomer