Moving Images & Music: Kent Tate
Based in Canada, Kent Tate creates artworks that navigate various separate, yet coexisting worlds. Inspired primarily by the vast landscapes of western North America he expresses his deep concern of our alienation from nature, while affirming our place within its magical embrace. Kent has been exhibited internationally at film and new media festivals, symposiums, juried screenings/exhibitions, as well as major solo gallery exhibitions/tours. He has received awards, grants, and artist residencies for his projects which include: The Gushul, The Banff Centre, the Wallace Stegner house, the Canada Council, BC Arts Council, Hawaii State Arts Foundation, and the SaskArts Board. He is currently working on new movies while preparing material for future video - sculptural installations.
In 2015 Kent Tate had an Artist residency at the Gushel in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta to begin the first stage to create a video/sculptural project that interconnects his lifelong fascination with the prairies, the mountains, and the ocean.
The next stage took place on the east coast of Vancouver Island near Nanaimo where he filmed certain bays and inlets. He then filmed in the Cypress hills region of Saskatchewan prior to filming in the Interior Plateau of British Columbia. The final stage of the project is to build a large outdoor sculpture (film projection chamber) at a remote location that has yet to determined.
Artist Statement: My role as an artist is to infuse beauty as an act of defiance. To challenge and satiate perception with a passionate purposeful gaze.
Source scenes filmed on location by Kent Tate: Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan - Crowsnest Mountain, Alberta - Departure Bay, British Columbia.