Wanda Koop...On the Edge of Experience
KOOP - a film by Katherine Knight
Saturday, April 23, 2011 from 7pm to 9pm
Screening 7pm • Q & A with Katherine Knight and Wanda Koop 8-8:30pm • Reception 8:30-9pm
$10.00 • available at the door
Director: Katherine Knight • Producers: David Craig, Katherine Knight and Site Media Inc. • Distributor: Site Media Inc. • Colour, 47 minutes, English, 2011
Named by Time Magazine as one of Canada’s best artists, painter Wanda Koop makes us question how and what we see. She shows us what we missed the first time around, and what remains hidden. A 25-year career retrospective opened at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in September 2010 and has since made its way to the National Gallery of Canada. 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.
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.