by Neil Carleton
As reported in The Millstone News last fall, at https://millstonenews.com/2012/11/watch-for-local-sculptor-dale-dunning-in-machines-project-video-at-2013-ottawa-chinatown-remixed.html, Dale Dunning’s Lost & Foundry sculpture studio, at 209 Old Union Hall Road in Mississippi Mills, was selected for a special video shoot on November 9. This was part of the Machine project by Ottawa artist Christine Mockett, who chose ‘occupying a space’ as her theme. With gaps, barriers, danger, and protection as the elements for her exhibition, she was creating a video component that would feature people working in industrial and studio settings.
Look for the Machine project video this month on Saturday, May 18, from 1:30 – 5:00 p.m as part of Ottawa’s Chinatown Remixed. It’s a month long celebration of art on Somerset Street West that includes street festivities and artist vernissages. Christine’s exhibition will be on display at Tang Coin Laundry, 609 Somerset Street West, in Ottawa. Although the Chinatown Remixed Festival runs from May 18 to June 18, her work is limited to an opening day showing as a result of its large size.
The video will be projected through a lace structure that contains words from an Occupational Health and Safety Plan. The harsh colouring and rough contemporary structure of the lace will enable viewers to reflect on some of the challenging work environments that were recorded, and the role of fibre as a medium between danger and safety.