2017 marks an exciting milestone for Fieldwork! We are celebrating our 10th anniversary this year with Soundwork - an exhibition of 6 new installations that incorporate sound. We hope you will journey out this season with friends and family to experience the diverse ways that artists think about, and use sound in their creative work at Fieldwork.

 

Soundwork: Opens Saturday, May 13. 2-5pm.

An afternoon of artists' talks, a tour, performances and workshops.

INSTALLATIONS BY:

Mixed Metaphors (Jesse Stewart & Matt Edwards)

Hilary Martin & Ranjit Bhatnagar

Annette Hegel & Deborah Margo

Matt Rogalsky & Laura Cameron

Doug Van Nort

Nicola Oddy

 

Schedule:

2pm - Opening remarks. Artist introductions

2:30 - Singwalk (with Diana Smith for Nicola Oddy)

3:00 - Listening workshop (with Doug Van Nort)

3:30 - Castorimba Performance (with Gayle Young, Reinhard Reitzenstein)

4:00 - Performance of Erratic Grass (with Mixed Metaphors - Jesse Stewart and Matt Edwards)

4:30 - refreshments/wrap up

 

Explore art in nature along our field and forest trails. Fieldwork is open to the public all year long, free of charge. This exhibiton as well as many ongoing installations from previous years are yours to discover.

 

More information about this year's installations will be posted on the website and on our social media channels in the coming weeks so please follow us and share our pages with your friends.  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

 

  

Fieldwork has been funded by the Ontario Arts Council since 2008.  We also rely on the generosity of our supporters. We appreciate donations of any size.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss donating.


 

ABOUT US:

Fieldwork  is open to the public daily, all year and free of charge.  Just park and walk.
Note: Please remember that it is a natural setting and there are bugs (including ticks).  Be sure to dress accordingly and cover up.
Directions to the project are
here.

Since its inception in 2008, Fieldwork has been run by a team of artists (The Collective) that volunteer their time and energy to make Fieldwork a vibrant and dynamic destination for the creation and experience of site-specific artwork in and around a field in eastern Ontario, close to the towns of Perth and Maberly.

Fieldwork hosts work by local, national and international artists at various stages of their careers and invites the public to visit and explore the artwork all year long. 

The Collective looks after the site, co-ordinates and promotes projects, shares administrative duties and makes joint curatorial decisions. From time to time the Collective members also create their own Fieldwork installations.

The Fieldwork Collective welcomes proposals from interested artists and circulates a public call for proposals annually in January.  Suggestions and proposals for events or workshops are also welcomed from the local community, schools and arts organizations that are interested in fostering connections, dialogue and creative action between people, art, and nature. Please contact us at fieldworkproject@gmail.com

More information on current and past installations can be found by scrolling down this page and/or by looking in the archives in the right hand menu.  Be sure to also check out additional photos of the installations - found in the galleries located in the right hand menu.

susie osler - Mar 28, 2017

When I visited fieldwork in spring 2010, I fell in love with it and the idea it represents. fieldwork shows us that you can find art unexpectedly in unusual places. The element of surprise at this location gives artwork a completely different context than when one finds it in a gallery space. 
In thinking about my work for fieldwork I imagined the quiet, mysterious, pine forest as a perfect background for my work. I decided that my work should address two simple things: mending and grafting trees.For me sculpture is a process of thinking and ideas which first evolve on paper and later in form.  After a year of thinking, drawing and knitting, the work for this location was ready to install. The artificial knitted branches will be up for half of the year; silent witnesses of season changes. During most of this time, the branches will stand out awkwardly from the trees, looking like tree prosthesis or grafted branches.  They will show visitors the way out, the way in, or give them the freedom to be lost in the absolute silence of a pine forest.

bozica radjenovic - Nov 15, 2012
fieldwork, stefan thompson, creature trail, wool

Early Morning:  This picture (above) was taken the morning before i put on the finishing touches.  Its definitely deer like, but also kind of looks part dinosaur.

I arrived at fieldwork about 9 days before the opening.  I wanted to create a trail through the woods on which viewers could find hidden creatures.  So i named the installation creature path. I made markers to help visitors find their way to each of the creatures.  It was a great challenge and I learned a lot.  Around the third day I remember walking barefoot to the swamp to collect willow branches in the middle of an amazing torrential downpour.  You know, the kind of storms that just soak you and the rain moves around in waves.  When you were a kid you probably ran outside in your underwear in these.  It was September, but still fairly warm out.  

The sculptures and drawings of the creature path were made on site but I did prepare some of my materials in advance.  This is a picture of the wool i used, drying between trees at my studio in Rupert QC. Theres a lake there so i brought the wool out to a raft in the canoe.  It was surprising to see how easily the oils washed out of the fiber with a little soap and lake water.  I tried felting the wool after arriving at fieldwork but I wasn't really prepared or experienced with the procedure.  I ended up wrapping it around the wood frame of my 'deer like' sculpture. You can also see rawhide and buckskin, some of the material i used to tie the wool in place around the underlying frame.  The coloring is made from charcoal mixed with beeswax.  Its all natural so it can decay on sight when its ready.  I expect a lot of birds in the area will be lining their nests with wool this spring.  And someone will likely get a meal from it at some point.

Hiders: The First things I made when I came to fieldwork where some drawings on birch trees (using a homemade crayon).  I ended up working on a fair number of creatures by the time I finished.  Some obvious, others  harder to find.  Here is an example of one that I think could easily go unnoticed by viewers.

Many thanks to the fieldwork team for having me and especially Susie for helping me through the process and generously housing me at her farm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

stefan thompson - Nov 1, 2012

fieldwork is delighted to be one of the stops on the Perth Autumn Studio Tour.  Maps and information for the tour can be found herefieldwork is located across the road from Studio 2 (Susie Osler's ceramics studio).  The tour is one of the most highly regarded in the region, and is a wonderful way to spend a day of your Thanksgiving weekend - meandering through the gorgeous countryside stopping at studios, seeing great art and craft work, investigating the many installations at fieldwork, and lunching on the best home cooked food at the Brooke Valley School.  There's much wonder and beauty to experience so come on out!

susie osler - Oct 2, 2012
fieldwork, opening
fieldwork, barnparty
fieldwork barnparty, good right arm stringband

In September 2012 we celebrated the opening of the new Autumn installations at fieldwork  and our 5th anniversary with a fun, well-attended opening followed by a Hootenanny/barnparty fundraiser across the road in Susie's barn.  The fruits of our labours (artists, collective, and friends and supporters) were much, much appreciated - the shelter was up, the outhouse operational, the sheep fence around the parking area beautiful and functional, the installations all wonderful, and the bands were totally FUN!  The kids kicked off the dancing and we all joined the galavanting until the wee hours.  Thanks to everyone who volunteered, to everyone who came out, and to the bands The Good Right Arm Stringband and The King of the Swingers that made it such a fun night.  We hope to do host another fun event in September 2013.

susie osler - Oct 1, 2012
fieldwork, alicia marvan, 2012
fieldwork, alicia marvan, 2012
fieldwork, alicia marvan, 2012
fieldwork, alicia marvan, 2012

Alicia Marvan (Mexico) worked at fieldwork this July (2012) as a visiting artist.  Much of the preparation for her work involved investigating the site and the area around the site to find inspiration and to familiarlize herself with available materials.  She ended up working with mixed materials including branches, fabric, metal, and clay.  The photos above show some of her creative process.

susie osler - Sep 10, 2012

A great day was documented by neighbour, friend, and videographer Steev Morgan back in May. 

Sound was created by my friend Benjamin Hesse who lives in Boulder, CO.  We started at about 10 am and finished by about 2:30 thanks to the enthusiastic support of many friends who came out to help raise the frame.  See the link in the right menu for Part Lot 18, Concession 6 for more information about this installation.

susie osler - Sep 8, 2012