Gods and Monsters and Cranes, oh my!

Hiya folks! It’s been quiet on the art front here these last few months, but not to worry, I’ve been brewing some art for you to consume! And now that it’s contract official, I have some updates to share!

Gods and Monsters
The Gods and Monsters group show curated by the Otherworldly Arts Collective of Minneapolis, MN has gotten so large that the show has become a juried affair. Great news for them! I’m also pleased to announce that I was invited to participate again this year! Similar to last year, I will be contributing a couple of smaller pieces to the show, which will be available for purchase. The show runs from October 5 to October 26, with opening night on October 5 from 4-10 pm.
The hosting venue is Artspace Jackson Flats, 901 18 1/2 Ave NE in Minneapolis, MN 55418. They are open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays. Should be a lovely spooky time!

1984 Cranes
I have a second exhibition for the 1984 Cranes project this fall, this time in Lethbridge, AB! The exhibition runs at Casa Gallery from Nov. 2 - Dec. 21, 2019. I’m pretty stoked to show it again — especially to the Lethbridge art community! The art opening will be on Nov. 2 in the evening, and I will be in attendance so check out the work if you can and come say hi!

Correlating to the show in the same week, I have been invited to give an artist talk at my alma mater, the University of Lethbridge! The Art NOW is a lecture series hosted by the University of Lethbridge that hosts artists, curators, art historians, writers, etc., to discuss contemporary art. The series was formative to me as a student (also a good nap space) and I’m totally floored to be invited to partake in the tradition from the stage.
My talk will be at noon on October 30, 2019.

Meanwhile, in Edmonton…
In my general research, I’m really getting into intersectional feminism, archival practices, and mythology, so those may make an appearance in developing projects. I’m also trying to learn a couple languages for fun (mostly French and German). I have a few collaborative projects in mind with some creative-minded friends that I will announce once I have time to move them forward! I’ve been working on some drawing projects involving found phrases and patterns, which can be found on my Instagram, @the_wordeater. Still really into existentialism and puns because le pain is delicious. Omnomnom.


2018: The year of the missing Olympics

Greetings! It’s been a long and busy year for me! I’m working full-time and pursuing a part-time online degree for a Master’s in Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. I’m in my second year now – should be done at the end of 2020. In the meantime, I’m doing my best to keep working on art!

The last time I wrote was last winter, when I had the honour of showcasing 1984 Cranes at Harcourt House. During the closing day, I hosted a paper crane workshop. It went well, and we had a great turn out! I’d love to host a similar workshop someday. I found I could only show 5 or so people at a time how to make cranes, but those people I helped went on to show others how to make the cranes! It made for a great sense of community in the workshop. People seemed really intrigued by the cranes and responded to different aspects of the show – often with their own stories of experiences with origami, cranes, and Japan. A lot of people wanted to see what 1,984 cranes would look like, which may be a future extension for the project, I haven’t decided. I think I’m all folded out for now, though. I might pick it up again in 2019 and just not hang the next 1,000.

After that massive project, I’ve been branching out by working on smaller projects and taking part in group shows. This summer I joined an art collective based in Minneapolis called A Conspiracy of Strange Girls. They’re all wacky and creepy and lovely folks and I highly recommend checking them out.
In October, I was able to take part in an annual exhibition in Minneapolis, The Otherworldly Arts Collective’s Gods and Monsters show. This was my first show in the US!
I also completed Inktober this year with a series of bottle/jar drawings inspired by prompts. Those are available for viewing on my Instagram page. In December I was invited to participate in Harcourt House’s annual fundraiser, Art-O-Rama. It was great schmoozing with fellow artists, and it was a real honour to see my work in the same room as local greats like Lyndal Osbourne, Allen Ball, and Sarah Norquay!

The other big news is that in August, I decided to change my name to Freyja. I am working on rebranding my website, social medias, and networks to reflect this change. Feel free to contact me if you’re curious to know more about this decision or process.

Aside from rebranding, I bet you’re wondering about other projects in the works! I have a screenprint project I’ve been meaning to make happen for a couple years now, and a picture book that is gradually getting closer to completion. I’m toying with ideas on how to make things that I can sell more easily, such as patches, pins, greeting cards, and postcards- stay tuned for a possible Etsy shop in the near future! I will also have a couple of exhibition announcements in 2019—stay tuned for those, too!

Thanks for checking in! All the best for 2019!

-Freyja Patton

Update on 1984 Cranes at Harcourt House

1984 Cranes is currently on display at Harcourt House until January 20, 2018! The opening had a decent turnout and went well, and the project seems to be well-received by viewers! Articles about the show are available in the December issue of BeatRoute and in the December 7 - December 14, 2017 issue of VueWeekly. Writer and editor Michelle Browne also published a fantastic essay about the project on her blog! I highly recommend reading it, as her input was instrumental in helping me develop the concepts of the project!

On January 20 at about 1 - 3 p.m. or so, I will be folding more cranes and teaching visitors how to fold their own cranes for a closing performance for the show. This is free to attend, so I hope to see you there!

1984 Cranes at Harcourt House

From December 7, 2017 - January 20, 2018, my exhibition 1984 Cranes will be open to the public at Harcourt House, Edmonton, Alberta. The opening reception will be December 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm.
This project is an installation of 984 cranes made from the book 1984 by George Orwell. The project is about fragility and inevitable failure, and uses the Japanese tradition of senbazuru (folding 1,000 paper cranes within a year) to discuss these themes. The project also compares and contrasts Orwell's 1984 with the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Elenor Coerr to face and discuss the possibility of failure. 

The write-up about the exhibition is available on Harcourt House's website here.

Bonnie Patton, 1984 Cranes Study No. 1, 2017

Upcoming Workshop: Typewriter Workshop at Harcourt House

EDIT: Workshop was rescheduled for January 2018!

Sometime in June 2017, (date TBA) I will be hosting a Typewriter Workshop at Harcourt House in Edmonton, Alberta! 

At the Typewriter Workshop, 5 typewriters (both electric and manual) and various paper will be available for you to use! Come type that poem or song lyric that's been burning in your brain, make a collage and type to add some words, or just settle in to listen to that click clack noise!

Upcoming exhibition: 1984 Cranes at Harcourt House

Mark yer calendars! December 7, 2017 will be the opening reception for my show in the Front Room at Harcourt House in Edmonton, Alberta. 1984 Cranes is an exhibition of 984 paper cranes folded from the book 1984 by George Orwell. It discusses the themes of fragility, inevitable failure, and compare/contrasts the stories of Winston (1984) and Sadako (Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes).

Semantic Satiation at CASA in Lethbridge

This winter, my show Semantic Satiation was shown in CASA's Passage Gallery in Lethbridge, Alberta. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to showcase my more repetitive pieces. It was well received, and was even mentioned in Canadian Art magazine's Must-Sees This Week section! 

Special thank you to director Darcy Logan for the exhibition opportunity!

RedBubble Shop is live!

I have a few designs available in my RedBubble shop! If you like my work and you want to wear it/ stick it on yer stuff/ sleep with it/ write on it/ etc., this will be the place for you!

If you are interested in purchasing original art or a print from me, please contact me and we will work something out!

Check out the new swag here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/bpwordeater

Marks of Meaning at Gallery at Milner

Marks of Meaning: Visual Poetry was on display at Gallery at Milner, at the Stanley Milner Library in Edmonton, Alberta. It ran for the month of April 2016. The show is a series of 24 x 36 black and white posters featuring visual poetry. The show was accompanied by Crystal Driedger's Quiet Moments, which was a series of drawings and high-relief woodcarvings/paintings.

This was my first show in Edmonton proper, and it was up during Edmonton's Poetry Week! Couldn't have asked for better timing!

Typewriter Tales at Lethbridge Public Library

From January to June, 2016, I had the opportunity to showcase a series of typewriter based works at the gallery space in Lethbridge Public Library, called Typewriter Tales: and other stories. At the same time, friend and fellow artist Len Komanac showcased a series of works based on keyboards called Type-0. Thanks to curator Shanell Papp for this opportunity!

Marks of Meaning at Spruce Grove Art Gallery

**EDITS - updated links to article and website!

My first solo show is on right now at Spruce Grove Art Gallery in Spruce Grove, Alberta! It runs from August 12 - September 6, 2014. I'm displaying a series of 24 x 36 digitally created "visual poems". The opening was yesterday and I got to talk to a few people about my work, including the Stony Plain Reporter! The article about my show is available to read here.

I also had the opportunity to talk to Sarah Hoyle of CKUA radio about the show! The radio interview airs in CKUA's ArtBeat online at www.ckua.com Sunday, August 17 (today) at 12 - 1 pm, and again on Wednesday, August 20 at 6 - 7 pm. It is available to listen on CKUA's website here ("Artist Questions Use of Words").

Marks of Meaning postcards 2014

Metaspect/Ordinary Walls at VASA, St. Albert

Metaspect/Ordinary Walls is on display at the Visual Arts Studio Association of St. Albert in St. Albert, AB from June 5 - 27, 2014. 

Lorna Kemp's bright bold encaustic paintings are paired with my black and white word art in VASA, which is a cool building with a bunch of other artist studios and a central gallery where the show is displayed. All the art!

Article on the VASA website here.

Article in the St. Albert Gazette about the show here.

2014 Shows

June 5- 27 2014 - Bonnie Patton / Lorna Kemp - "Metaspect/Ordinary Walls" at VASA (Visual Arts Studio Association) in St. Albert, Alberta 

August 12 - September 6, 2014 - Bonnie Patton - "Marks of Meaning: Visual Poetry" at the Spruce Grove Art Gallery in Spruce Grove, Alberta

Promo Poster

I made a poster to show off my art things with. I will plan on actually printing and distributing them on poster places downtown Edmonton. Feel free to print one for yourself and tell yer friends! 

Share with all yer friends!

Share with all yer friends!

Writings On The Wall

Currently my fellow artist, Bekk Wells, and I are showing our text work at the beautiful new Potemkin Gallery in Lethbridge, AB. The exhibition is up until June 8, 2013, so go check it out if you can!

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