1 Feb - 31 Mar 2018
Helen Reed & Hannah Jickling will use their time and ZK/U to further research our ongoing public art project Big Rock Candy Mountain. Big Rock Candy Mountain is a flavor incubator and taste-making think-tank between the artists and the students, teachers and support staff at Queen Alexandra Elementary School in East Vancouver, British Columbia. This work will include visual production of image and video files, as well as research towards the production of a large-scale edition of chewing gum designed with Grade 6/7 students.
Helen Reed & Hannah Jickling have been collaborating since 2007. Their projects take shape as public installations, social situations and events that circulate as photographs, videos, printed matter, and artists’ multiples. They are currently fascinated with the “contact high” intrinsic to collaborative work, especially in their recent projects with children. Giant vegetable growers, orienteers and therian teens also feature in their work. Since 2015, they have been co-developing Big Rock Candy Mountain with the students, teachers and administrators at Queen Alexandra Elementary School in East Vancouver. Supported by Other Sights for Artists’ Projects & the City of Vancouver, Big Rock Candy Mountain privileges a wide range of productive capacities and processes that expand traditional notions of public art. Reed & Jickling currently teach at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, located within the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tseil-Watuth and Squamish First Nations. They were recipients of the Ian Wallace Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016 and the Mayor’s Art Award for Public Art in 2017.