Based in Canada, Kent Tate is an award winning artist/filmmaker whose works explores the dichotomy between tranquility and activity in our natural and manufactured worlds. Time, motion and stillness are intertwined through Kent’s work and acts like a fulcrum upon which the environmental, social and philosophical aspects of his concerns are held in dynamic balance. His movies and art projects have been exhibited internationally at film/new media festivals, symposiums, and in group/solo exhibitions/tours.
Tate has received awards, artist residencies, and grants for his art projects which include: The Ruth Shaw Award - the Gushul, Banff Centre, the Wallace Stegner house - Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, BC Arts Council, SaskArts Board and the Hawaii State Arts Foundation. Kent is currently working on a video/sculpture project in the Interior Plateau of British Columbia where he is focusing on areas that reveal the many layers of time. Places where he imagines worlds that have passed, worlds that are present, and worlds that are yet to be.
In 2015 Kent Tate began a video/sculptural project in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta. After filming in the Canadian Rockies he archived certain bays and inlets north of Nanaimo on the east coast of Vancouver Island. He then proceeded to document the Cypress Hills region of Saskatchewan. Currently he is surveying the Interior Plateau in British Columbia. Once filming is finished his objective is to build a large outdoor sculpture at a remote location that has yet to be determined.
“Nautilus” is part of a series of movies that can be viewed as individual scenes in a multiple channel installation, or as cinematic sequences in a single channel movie. These movies can be shown with sound, or in silence, continuously looped, or in a single view.
For Tate, these works are part refuge, part laboratory; places where he can explore time and space while providing a certain emotional gratifications as well as his personal roadmap for navigating various separate yet coexisting worlds.
Source scenes filmed on location by Kent Tate: Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan - Crowsnest Mountain, Alberta - Departure Bay, British Columbia