June 14, 2013
by Canadian Architect
aka artistrun centre presents Street Meet: Saskatoon’s 1st Annual Street, Public and Graffiti Art Festival, a threeday summer festival celebrating new, contemporary public art.
We’ve all driven, cycled or walked past Saskatoon’s wide array of public art, and it may have shaped our ideas of what “public art” means. Many of us expect it to be permanent, durable, heavy, big and sculptural. But are there other possibilities? Between July 57 2013, through a series of artworks, workshops and discussions, Street Meet will explore new and exciting ways to make and appreciate public art. Feature artists include Shelley Miller (Montreal) who makes temporary murals from icing, Robyn Love (Corner Brook, Newfoundland) who works as a prolific “yarn bomber,” David LaRiviere (Saskatoon) who subverts public signage to artistic ends, and Corey Bulpitt, a Haida graffiti artist currently featured in the nationally touring Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture.
A yarn bombing workshop will be led by Regina’s Jen Keturakis, and Saskatoon’s Ink Slab Printmakers will conduct a hand printed “public multiples” workshop. To bring all these diverse strands of public art together, Dr. Anna Waclawek, art historian at Concordia University, will present a keynote lecture and lead a roundtable on public art in its sanctioned and unsanctioned forms.
Join in the festivities, the conversation and the art! For a complete schedule of Street Meet events and more information on the individual artists, please visit http://akagallery.org/portfolio-item/street-meat-saskatoons-1st-annual-street-public-graffiti-art-festival/.