Barb Fyvie News The latest news from Barb Fyvie. en-us Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:44:03 CST Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:44:03 CST The Layer Between <div style="text-align: center;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/1111/BarbFyvie_LayerBetween2.jpg" width="396" height="164" alt="" align="left" /></a></div><div> <!--[if gte mso 10]> <![endif]--> <p>&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span>In August of 2015 I was very pleased to have had an opportunity to present my video installation "The Layer Between" as a part of the One White Wall Project at Elevation Gallery in Canmore. To view the video please <a href="" target="_blank" title="The Layer Between">click here</a>.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span>Below is the statement that accompanied the show:</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span>In this installation Fyvie offers a commentary on how media and technology impact the way we currently interface with our world. &#8232;A proclaimed lover of technology, Fyvie has worked in computer graphics, animation and e-learning over the past 20 years. She has also been living in Canmore since 2005, painting forests and exploring the outdoors. This work simulates the contrast between her two lives: one steeped in frenetic technological change, the other spent working in quiet contemplation. <br /> <br /></span><span> The forest images on the left side of the screen are paintings produced in acrylic and oil paint on canvas. They were created primarily from memory. On the right side of the screen is a cameraless animation. Inks, watercolours, markers and other media are painted directly onto clear 16mm film to make these moving paintings. The film is projected at &#8232;24 frames per second, so an&nbsp;</span><span>image must be drawn 24 times &#8232;to appear static on the screen for one second. Fyvie studied this animation technique under renowned animator Richard Reeves. All the components were compiled on a computer in Adobe After Effects. Importantly, all the components were &#8220;hand-crafted,&#8221; reflecting Fyvie&#8217;s belief that we create and manage all aspects &#8232;of our worlds.&nbsp; <br /> <br /></span><span> Our online world is a virtual playground, a place where at every moment we are probed to react and to make rapid-fire decisions about what we like, what we read, what we watch and what we share. The pace is exhilarating, but it doesn&#8217;t provide a lot of time to breathe or even think. However, at its best, it is a place where the beauty of humanity is shared; &#8232;a placed to be inspired; a place &#8232;to connect. <br /> <br /></span><span> Ironically, all this newfound connection with others may jeopardize our connection with ourselves, since time online takes away from time spent fully alone with our own thoughts.&nbsp; To be human is to innovate, and uninterrupted thought is what leads to new ideas. As we are all human innovators, we need to be discerning and choose to use only those technologies that best serve us. Conscious use of these tools will free up the creative energy and large spans of time we need to move towards the next masterpiece or the next &#8232;big idea. <br /></span></div><div><span> </span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span>In The Layer Between Fyvie reminds us that we are not only shaping technology, we are being shaped by technology. <br /> </span></div> &nbsp;</div> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 15:20:10 CDT Canmore Studio & Gallery Tour 2015 | Sept. 19-20 <div></div><div><strong><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/1111/Title_barSM.jpg" width="350" height="208" alt="" /></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>Saturday, Sept. 20 -&nbsp;</strong><strong>Sunday, Sept. 21:&nbsp;</strong><strong>10 am to 6 pm</strong></div><div></div><div><div>Join me next weekend for the Canmore Studio Gallery Tour. My studio partner Linda Cote and I will be inviting visitors into our studio to watch us work.&nbsp;In the studio you will have an opportunity to see "The Layer Between", my recent video installation project accompanied by the paintings and 16mm film animation I created to produce it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This studio and gallery tour is a great opportunity to peek inside professional artists&#8217; studios, meet artists and walk through galleries featuring a great variety of local art.&nbsp;The Tour showcases the talents of a wide variety of artists including those working in the areas of painting, blown glass, printmaking, photography, jewellery, stone carving, metal work and bronze sculpture. Artists will be on hand to share their process and talk about their inspiration.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>It is a Canmore-wide event with 9 studios and 8 galleries hosting a weekend of art featuring some of the town&#8217;s most celebrated artists. You can also take in the many public art pieces located throughout the town. This year I was awarded a public art commission but The Town of Canmore. One of my forest paintings will appear on two Fortis utility boxes in town. The locations have yet to be announced.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Drop by my studio at 336, 105 Bow Meadows Crescent and I will provide you with a brochure that includes a tour map. For more information visit &nbsp;<a href="" style="color: #7aaf00; font-weight: bold; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px;"></a>.</div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 10 Sep 2015 14:50:36 CDT Going old school with 16mm film <div>&nbsp;<img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/1111/film2.jpg" width="360" height="402" alt="" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;A few years ago I was struck by a lightening bolt...his name, Richard Reeves. Reeves is the Canadian master of cameraless animation. What is cameraless animation you ask? Just like it says, it is animation done without a camera or a computer for that matter. The imagery is drawn directly on the blank film. I have been playing around with this and have fallen in love with the outcome -- unexpected animated abstract paintings flickering on the wall to the very loud tick-tick-tick-tick of an old film projector.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>I have been fortunate in my career to have been able to work with all kinds of animation. Everything from hand drawn character animation to computer generated work for elearning and a few kinetic type pieces for ethics and compliance training.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>I am super excited to be embarking on a new project that combines cameraless animation with my forest paintings. I can't say too much about it now but will be sure to share it on my YouTube channel when it is complete.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>For now you can see my early explorations in a very rough video here: <a href="" target="_blank" title="StopMotion"></a>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>To see the beautiful work of Richard Reeves click here: <a href="" title="Flickrfilms" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><div>Stay tuned...&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sat, 28 Mar 2015 22:12:37 CDT Wilderness Therapy <div>People often ask me why I do the work that I do. When I came across this article by psychologist Steve Taylor the answer became clearer. Apparently while spending all the hours I do in the forest I am experiencing ecotherapy, or what I like to call wilderness therapy. Here in Canmore we are all addicts. I am lucky because I get to extend that blissful wilderness high back in my studio while I study and work from my photos and sketches.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img src="" width="360" height="497" alt="" /><br />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The forest is a special place. Breathing the crisp air and listening to the crunch of my footsteps through the fresh snow or fallen leaves grounds me to the earth. Without a doubt I have had what Taylor refers to as an &#8220;awakening experience&#8221;. He describes it here: &#8220;If I go walking in the countryside on my own (it doesn&#8217;t happen so often with other people) there usually comes a point when a feeling of well-being begins to well up inside me, and when the trees and the fields and the sky around me seem to be more alive and beautiful, and to be shining with a new radiance. The clouds above me seem to be moving with a dramatic beauty, and I have a sense that &#8216;all is well.&#8217;&#8221;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Many health care practitioners and researchers say that ecotherapy (also known as green therapy, nature therapy, and earth-centered therapy) has been proven to decrease stress, anxiety, depression and improve the overall health of people with mental illness.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Isn&#8217;t it nice when someone does a bit of research that leads you to a better sense of self awareness? This article really sums it up for me. I know that am at peace with myself and the world when I am walking through the wilderness. Of course I have even more peace if I am carrying my bear spray!&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>So when asked I can now say that my work is an extension of an &#8220;awakening experience&#8221; where I use paint and film and other media to share a bit of wilderness therapy with the world.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;"></span></p><div><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/1111/Barb_Fyvie_skiing.jpg" width="360" height="480" alt="" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Click here to read the full article by Steve Taylor. <a href="" target="_blank"></a> </span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p class="MsoNormal"><br /></p> Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:25:25 CST In Situ <p>Definition according to Wikipedia:&nbsp;<em style="color: #252525; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.3999996185303px; background-color: #ffffff;"><strong></strong></em><strong><em>In situ</em></strong>&nbsp; is a Latin phrase that translates literally to "on site" or "in position". It means "locally", "on site", "on the premises" or "in place" to describe an event where it takes place, and is used in many different contexts.<span style="color: #252525; font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22.3999996185303px; background-color: #ffffff;"></span><br /></p><div>In my case, it means seeing a piece installed "in situ" in a collector's home or workplace. It is a time of joy and one that fills me with a mix of emotions. It is the final stage in a long journey I have made from the initial inspiration that sparks the need to capture a moment in a sketch or on my camera, to the studio where the piece takes shape first as a sketch then built up in layers of paint, to sharing the final outcome on my web site. Handing the piece over to a collector is both an act of letting go and a celebration of sharing the work. It is the moment of acceptance that the journey is complete.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <p><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/1111/Sun_Worship_Insitu_Barb_Fyvie.jpg" width="432" height="654" alt="" /><br /></p><div>&nbsp;</div> <p>This piece, Sun Worship, was recently installed in a Canmore collector's home.&nbsp;</p><div>To see more of my work in situ&nbsp;<a href="">click here</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:00:55 CST