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 work are held in dynamic balance.
Kent has been exhibited internationally at film and new media festivals, symposiums, juried screenings and exhibitions, as well as major solo gallery exhibitions and tours. He has received awards, grants, and artist residencies for his projects which include: The Ruth Shaw award - Artist residencies at the Gushul, Banff Centre, and the Wallace Stegner house - Grants from the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, BC Arts Council, Hawaii State Arts Foundation, and the SaskArts Board. Kent is currently working on video/sculpture projects that interconnect his lifelong passion for the prairies, the mountains, and the ocean to express how these environments shape his meaning, his poetic desires.
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 (film projection chamber) at a remote location that has yet to be 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.