Here is Margi’s third essay concerning the future Wild Tapestry:Weaving Wildlife Survival.
As I got rather wordy last week I will not comment and let you read Margi and add more work for the show. Week three is almost over but I have been busy finishing … apologies for lateness !!
There are few relationships so closely bonded as that of human and Rangifer tarandus—caribou or reindeer. These magnificent species are native to arctic, subarctic, tundra, boreal, and mountainous regions of northern Europe, Siberia, and North America.
As summer approaches, many caribou herds of North America head north in one of the world’s great large-animal migrations. They may travel six hundred miles, or more, along ancient annual routes to a journeys end of summer feeding on the abundant tundra. When the first snow falls each year, they turn south again and complete their migration to spend the winter in more sheltered climes.
Cloistered in our cities and towns we are disconnected from the venerable bond that remains tangible and real for communities across the northern reaches of the world. Massive herds of these gentle animals have provided food, shelter, transport and a harbinger of seasonal change for generations of Saami, Nenets, Khants, Evenks, Yukaghirs, Chukchi, and Koryaks in Eurasia, First Nations of Canada, and Kalaallit of Greenland.
These peoples have followed, observed and hunted the caribou and reindeer for millennia. Caribou and reindeer are the source of inspiration, hope and belief for many still. And, in the past two or three generations they have witnessed massive changes as caribou and reindeer territories fragment and shrink in the face of industrial human growth.
The modern world has ignored the wealth of knowledge that local peoples hold about caribou, reindeer and thousands of other species across the world. It is time for their ancient, wise stories to be core to the wild tapestry of future decisions.
Let me introduce Dr. Margi Prideaux who has been working in the field of wildlife conservation and governance law for many years. An independent academic, negotiator and writer, she is a experienced advocate for the protection of wildlife. Margi is my niece with whom I recently reconnected online whereby I began reading about her work. I have been deeply impressed with Margi’s academic depth driven by genuine passion for wildlife survival while understanding the harsh realities of international politics.
“BIRD SONG AFTER THE STORM: Giving Power to Communities to Speak for Wildlife in International Environmental Governance” is but one example of Margi’s writing articulating her vision. Here is her website where you may learn more and see for yourself.
Margi asked me to do a book cover for an upcoming book “Wild Tapestry: Weaving Wildlife Survival” about the same time I was invited to prepare an art exhibit at the David Kaye Gallery for May 2017. It seemed to me that “Wild Tapestry” held lots of potential for me as a visual artist. Margi happily surprised agreed to my suggestion of using her ideas to drive imagery for an art exhibit. It has been an exciting and challenging few months developing this new work.
Since 2007 Robert Game has been developing series paintings that reflect his concern for and draw our attention to the intersection of our natural and constructed worlds. Drawing on experiences from his travels throughout rural and urban Ontario, Game uses a range of symbols to convey the precarious balance between ecology and culture. In the paintings “forests,” “rock walls” and “land” serve as counterpoints to “architectural elements” and “planning devices.”
Most recently, two new series of paintings have emerged: eco platform, a raised level surface to view the base and structure and eco analytic, the branch of logic dealing with analysis. Selected works from the new series make up eco balance. The exhibition runs from March 4 – 29.
Robert Game holds a BFA from the University of Alberta. He has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1975. Robert’s work can be found in many public and corporate collections.
RECEPTION: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 2 – 4 pm. The artist will be present. We hope you’ll join us.
157 First Ave.E, North Bay, ON P1B 1J7 T 705 476 1534
ROBERT GAME: VISUAL ARTIST AND FINE ART PRINTMAKER
I have watched Robert’s journey as a visual artist for nearly forty years. He continues to inspire me such that I truly enjoy sharing my thoughts about his work.
Robert is an image maker by his own definition. He develops his ideas in the medium he feels will best suit his purpose. His website http://www.robertgame.ca is a detailed record of his varied body of work going back to the 1970’s. As he says there he has always been interested geometric forms and visual symbols that suggest what might be.
His deep blues, use of perspective lines, landscape and abstract symbols have evolved over time but most recently he has been focused on the collision one might say of the natural world and manmade structures and spaces. His concern for the planet and problems of climate change is very obvious in these paintings. He sees a hope perhaps that nature will have the upper hand finally to succeed in ways we can not ever imagine.
Robert begins every day by drawing quietly with a cup of coffee. This habit allows him to cogitate before he gets on with daily tasks. I have always respected his serious regard for the creative process.
I hope that you who read this may come and see his paintings yourselves but in lieu of that here is a selection of them: