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Sitelines: A collection of essays, poems and case studies on itinerant art

19 Sep – 31 Dec 2019

Eyelevel Artist Run Centre & Bookstore is thrilled to announce the release of Sitelines, a self-published collection of texts, poems and visual works that reflects on the nature of itinerant art practices from both the perspective of practicing artists and through the lens of Artist Run Centres. Sitelines takes the form of a collection of booklets, postcards, and posters; bound together to reflect Eyelevel’s own decentralized programming model. 

This unique piece of printed matter features case studies written by Eyelevel’s staff alongside commissioned contributions by local artists Ursula Handleigh, Angela Henderson, Francesca Ekwuyasi, Julie Hollenbach, Andrew Patterson, and Grace Stratton. Sitelines will be available starting September 19th. Pick up your copy at Eyelevel at 5663 Cornwallis St, online at eri8.art, or by visiting Eyelevel at the Halifax INK booth at the New York and Vancouver Art Book Fairs! 

Eyelevel will be hosting a Launch Party in Halifax at Art Bar + Projects on October 3rd from 7PM to 10PM. The evening will include copies for sale, readings by the Sitelines contributors and overflowing gratitude.  

About Sitelines:

Since 2013, Eyelevel Gallery has existed as an itinerant gallery—eschewing the traditional model in favour of more experimental forms of visual art presentation. Responding to success in offsite projects, Eyelevel has taken ownership of its reputation as a wandering body, energetically pursuing the model’s potential for artistic facilitation. Sitelines responds to this tradition—and investigates the projects undertaken in these first years as a “spaceless” gallery. Featuring contributions by Ursula Handleigh, Angela Henderson, Francesca Ekwuyasi, Julie Hollenbach, Andrew Patterson, and Grace Stratton, Sitelines exists as both a catalogue of a program, and an artistic document in and of itself. This is a shift away from speculative exhibition catalogues, traditionally published alongside of an exhibition. Sitelines is published by Eyelevel, and is designed by Jayme Spinks.

Eyelevel thanks all participating artists and contributors for your patience, energy, and ideas. We gratefully acknowledge the work of the Artistic Directors who shepherded this project through their time at Eyelevel: Katie Belcher, Julia McMillan and Sally Wolchyn-Raab with a particular thank you to Katie for her vision, direction, and editing. 

A heartfelt thank you to Program Assistants Manet Dykes, Grace Stratton, Ryan Josey and Sophia Dime, and designer Jayme Spinks in bringing this publication to print. Thanks also to the Eyelevel Board of Directors, the Programming Committee, and to those who generously volunteered their time on the Sitelines working committee—Maeghan Banks, Sean Farmer, Matthew McLellan, and Jack Wong. 

This project was supported by a project grant from Arts Nova Scotia and received employment support from Canadian Heritage through Young Canada Works Building Careers in Heritage. Lastly, we gratefully acknowledge financial contributions from The Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia, and the City of Halifax, whose ongoing funding makes our programming possible.

Sitelines is available for distribution, if you would like to carry copies for sale, please contact Sally Wolchyn-Raab at director@eyelevel.art


Contributor Bios:

Ursula Handleigh is a cameraless photographer working with alternative processes of image-making, installation, and writing. Handleigh’s practice explores questions of identity, loss, memory, and kinship. Using experiential photography and the personal archive as a foundation for exploration, her work addresses the ways in which we create personal histories while challenging traditional methods of documentation. Handleigh holds a Masters of Fine Arts from NSCAD University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Angela Henderson is a visual artist and educator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Situated within the built environment, her practice explores fallow spaces, working with absence as a generative condition. Henderson's interdisciplinary practice encompasses computational processes and handcraft, using sculpture, drawing, and installation to develop a poetics of memory in spatial practice.

Julie Hollenbach is an artist, writer, curator, and educator. She holds a Ph.D. from Queen’s University in Art History for her research on craft as a social practice. Julie is a queer, white woman of German ancestry who lives and works in K’jipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia).

Andrew Patterson is a writer/reader/listener based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A poet interested in phenomenological approaches to language, his practice explores gesture, listening, shared experience, the cultural location of play and foundational expressivity. Andrew's work, which spans printed matter, mixed-media installation, audio and performance, seeks a balance between the sensual and semiotic experiences of language. By locating the poetic gesture in unlikely forms and cultural spaces, communication becomes less a function of transmission and more a sharing that becomes subject. All with intention to reward and encourage curiosity.

Grace Stratton is an electronics technician, writer, and musician located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She thinks about accessibility & responsibility in the realm of art and technology and likes all music that’s doomy and gloomy.

Francesca Ekwuyasi is a writer, artist, and filmmaker from Lagos, Nigeria. Her work explores themes of faith, family, queerness, consumption, loneliness, and belonging. You may find her writing in Winter Tangerine Review, Brittle Paper, Transition Magazine, The Malahat Review, Visual Arts News, and GUTS Magazine. She is the creator of 'Black + Belonging', a short doc exploring how black artists craft belonging in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is currently at work on a film project which navigates the intersections of queerness and faith.

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