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PRESS RELEASE: HOLD FAST 2016 Artist Line up release!

Eastern Edge Gallery
72 Harbour Dr.
St. John's, NL A1C 1B1

709-739-1882
gallery@easternedge.ca
easternedge.ca

 

HOLD FAST is a four-day celebration of contemporary art practice held in August in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Now going into its 17th year, HOLD FAST is the province’s only festival dedicated to contemporary art.  HOLD FAST regular events are free and open to all.


Previously known as the Art Marathon Festival, HOLD FAST delivers accessible, meaningful and critically-relevant contemporary art programming across an array of media including: installation, performance, screenings, artist talks, music, dance, community events and artist-led workshops for people of all ages.

 

WE ARE THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE THIS YEAR'S ARTIST LINE UP

FEATURING
FESTIVAL LAUNCH AT QUIDI VIDI BREWERY
FAMILY SIGNAL FLAG WORKSHOP w/ PARKS CANADA
ARTIST-LED WORKSHOPS
FANCY ARTISTS TALKS
ART CRAWL
AFTER PARTY AT THE SHIP
POP-UPS
MERCH
+ MORE

#HOLDFASTFESTIVAL #HOLDFAST2016
#IWILLSTAYCLOSETOYOU

Bugs (film stills), 2015

LIFE OF A CRAPHEAD (TORONTO, ON)

Life of a Craphead is the collaboration of Amy Lam and Jon McCurley since 2006. Their work spans performance art, film, and curation. They are Chinese and Vietnamese and live and work in Toronto, Canada.

Life of a Craphead will present special “Bugs Store,” based on their first feature-length film Bugs. The store, staffed by bugs, will feature branded merchandise and one-of-a-kind items from the Bug world.


Bugs, the first feature-length film by Life of a Craphead, is a satire about a bug society and its most powerful family. Following the Bug Prime Minister and his nieces, Bugs presents the struggles of two sisters within a patriarchal society obsessed with success. Produced on a shoestring with a large cast and crew of artists and comedians over the last 5 years, the film satirizes contemporary pop culture and politics in a wholly inventive way.

Foxtrot Oscar One, 2016

JONATHAN GREEN (EDMONTON, AB/ CARBONEAR, NL)

Born in Labrador City, Jonathan Green comes from Aboriginal, British, and Scottish heritage. He recently obtained an MFA from the University of Alberta. He gets homesick on foggy days.

Foxtrot Oscar One is a new Eastern Edge exterior wall mural using the International Maritime Code of Signals. It is a combination of nautical signal flags that communicates a message: "I will keep close to you during the night."  Foxtrot Oscar One speaks poetically through the language of signal flags to EE's long-running location next to the ships in the harbour, our city’s nautical heritage, and our province’s current economic challenges. Painted by local artist Liam Penney.

Marbled monograph prints, Promo, 2016

VERSA (TORONTO, ON)

Versa is a performance collective led by process-based artist Monika Hauck and musician Alex Ricci. Versa combines loop-based instrumental music with cymatic video projections and live printmaking.


Versa will present a set of psychedelic bass guitar compositions performed by a full band. These are paired with cymatic video projections created live by animating low frequency sound using liquid.

Eat Your Heart Out (performance stills), 2016

KAILEY BRYAN & PEPA CHAN (ST. JOHN'S, NL)

Kailey Bryan & Pepa Chan’s video and performance work employs surrealism and absurdism, drawing on a dark and dreamlike quality to investigate interpersonal relationships, anxiety, fear, and desire.


Eat Your Heart Out: A clatter of china, fork against teeth. Two blindfolded people in an alley feed each other a seven course meal, at once attentive and malicious. A quiet, highly emotional performance.

Reflecting On Track No.30 (Misty), 2015  © Christian Bujold

NADÈGE GREBMEIER FORGET (MONTREAL, QC)

Actively engaged in Montreal’s visual and live art community as an interdisciplinary artist, project coordinator and curator, Nadège Grebmeier Forget is the daughter of a runner-up 1950’s California Beauty Queen.

REFLECTING ON TRACK NO.9 (INTERLUDE): There is a room in which the wind gets caught in the white curtains of your nostalgia and my dreams. There is a window through which you spy on nothing/me.

The Sun Set Sideways (video still), 2016

WALTER SCOTT (TORONTO, ON)
Walter Scott is an interdisciplinary artist working across writing, video, performance and sculpture. He is the creator of the comic series Wendy, and has presented in places such as Montreal, Los Angeles, Yokohama, and Warsaw.
 

The Sun Sets Sideways is a new performance piece. Spike is a television writer living in the town of Sideways, who is visited by two songwriters who represent the psychological implications of the land and the sea.

SATELLITE PROJECTS + POP UPS
FULL SCHEDULE
COMING SOON
All media inquiries please contact:

April White
Festival Manager
HOLD FAST Contemporary Arts Festival
709-739-1882
eegholdfast@gmail.com

Penelope Smart, Director
Eastern Edge Gallery
709-739-1882
gallery@easternedge.ca
easternedge.ca
HOLD FAST 2016 MERCH
UNISEX TANKS $20 /// UNISEX BRIEFS $10
ENAMEL PINS $10
AVAILABLE AT EASTERN EDGE
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