Current Project: Isolated Gestures - Landing Sites
Based in Canada, Kent Tate creates artworks that navigate various separate, yet coexisting worlds. Kent has been exhibited internationally at film and new media festivals, symposiums, juried screenings/exhibitions, and solo gallery installations. He has received grants, awards and residencies for his projects from the Banff Centre, the Wallace Stegner house, the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, BC Arts Council, Hawaii State Arts Foundation, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board. He is currently working on a number of new movies while preparing material for prints, and video - sculptural installations. Beginning in 2014, Kim Houghtaling, Director/Curator of the AGSC will be touring his Exhibition “Movies for a Pulsing Earth." This video-sculptural installation is scheduled to tour 2014 through 2016. Kent’s movie “SIGHTINGS” (2013) is an official selection at the Chicago Underground Film Festival with a screening in April. His movie “The Sun comes out at night” (2014) has been selected to screen in Santa Fe, New Mexico this June as part of the Currents New Media Festival.
There are places that we seek, and there are places that find us. One can never know for sure which comes first; the seeking or the finding. Often the unexpected moment occurs, the unforeseen discoveries. The meaning of which is informed by how one perceives that moment.
Single view movies shown: Truck on a house - Car drifting on a flooded plain - Signs flying over a lake - A super storm engulfs a building - Ghost train - Lightening strikes a plywood structure - Rail yard secured by a fire fighter - Electrical discharge in central city - Outskirts of prairie dog town. The full versions of these movies range from 2 min. to 5 min. in length and will be shown with audio on separate HDTV panels when exhibited. Filmed entirely in southern Saskatchewan, Canada.
Isolated Gestures: Video, Kent Tate, 12 min. 11 sec. (excerpts) 2014
Single view movies shown: Calming is the lack of clutter - Seeking light suspended - Transmissions on a thin line - Thirst - Super Cell - Hunger - Vessel in rapture - Hiding in plain view - Invisible tension. The full versions of these movies range from 5 min. to 20 min. in length and while be shown on separate HDTV panels in silence when exhibited. Filmed entirely in southwest Saskatchewan, Canada.
"The very scale, the hugeness of simple forms, emphasizes stability. It is not hills and mountains which should call eternal. Nature abhors an elevation as much as it abhors a vacuum; a hill is no sooner elevated than the forces of erosion begin tearing it down. These prairies are quiescent, close to static; looked at for any length of time, they begin to impose their awful perfection on the observer’s mind. Eternity is a peneplain.” – Wallace Stegner, Wolf Willow
“I am concerned with the act of seeing. That is the point from where I start, so everything I do originates from there. Seeing can be expressed through the literal, or the metaphorical, shaping relationships within a confluence of the personal, the political, and the poetic." Kent Tate