Behind the Scenes with Vines Artists

Puzzles of a Forest – Anna Kraulis, Charlotte Priest and Soyoung Park
Puzzles of a Forest explores the connection between the human body and an old growth forest. In July, the artists traveled to the beautiful, unprotected Walbran Valley/Kaxi:ks, traditional territory of the Nuu-cha-nulth peoples. Combining close-up photographs of the Walbran forest, a playful interactive puzzle and movement we invite you to explore photographs, the body and detail in Trout Lake park. Anna Kraulis and  Charlotte Priest both attended SFU’s Contemporary Dance program and share a love of hiking, small animals and big trees. They are excited to be collaborating with visual and performance artist Soyoung Park for this project.

Roots – Pierre Leichner

Roots have fascinated me since my childhood and are rich in metaphors. We all need roots. We have them within our body, with our family, community and spiritually with our planet and the cosmos. During my MFA I started to work plants using roots as the sculptural medium. My first project was the Root Laboratory and Dr Legumes, a plastic surgeon for vegetables whose daring surgeries can be seen on YouTube. The roots of the plants became the sculptural forms, the means of expression. Most of my work has been with wheat grass but in this show for the first time cypress trees roots are utilized. After growing 5 years in their molds I will be opening them to discover their forms at the Vines festival.

In this work nature imitates us at this time of great ecological concern.

Matthew Metz – Gas Trap

This piece explores our need to switch to electric cars. See articles below written by Matthew.

http://www.theolympian.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/article165542167.html

http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/California-should-phase-out-gas-powered-cars-11743326.php