Film on Artist Wanda Koop Screening at the WAG

Time magazine hailed her as one of Canada’s best artists. A 25-year career retrospective which opened at the Winnipeg Art Gallery last fall is now attracting crowds at the National Gallery of Canada. And now Winnipeg painter Wanda Koop is the subject of a film, KOOP, which will screen in the WAG’s Muriel Richardson Auditorium on Saturday, April 23. The 7pm screening will be followed by a question and answer session with Koop and Katherine Knight, the film’s director, and a reception. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

KOOP was a solid hit when it premiered at the Reel Artists Film Festival in Toronto earlier this year,” says WAG Director Stephen Borys, “and we are very pleased to be showing it here in Wanda’s home town. Portions of it were filmed here at the WAG, as well as in her studio, so we have a personal interest in it.”

This visionary Canadian artist is preparing massive new works depicting archetypal cities and familiar yet disquieting landscapes. Breaking from the demands of her studio, she embarks on a journey by freighter along the Saint Lawrence. Sketches, photographs, and moments of observation soon lead to a new group of astonishing paintings and insight into the creative process. In Katherine Knight’s brilliant new film, we enter Koop’s world, and are compelled to relate her strange yet familiar images—in which the real and the abstract coexist—to our own frames of reference. This experience-based film explores the Artist’s Studio as a factory of the imagination. A sketching trip by ship, colour and vision experiments, and an evocative music score follow the creative process from the real to the imagined.

Katherine Knight is a filmmaker, artist and professor of visual art at York University. In 2006, Knight and David Craig founded Site Media Inc., a Toronto film company that produces documentary films about creative individuals in extraordinary places. Knight is the producer of Annie Pootogook and Kinngait: Riding Light Into the World. Her 2009 film about Canadian performance artist Colette Urban, Pretend Not to See Me, received Special Mention at the Ecofilm Festival in Rhodos, Greece.

Evening generously sponsored by the Janzen Family.
 

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