With Knock on Woods, Rotterdam-based artist Yvette Poorter takes a nomadic version of her previous residency projects This Neck of the Woods (2005-2007) and A Week in the Woods (2001-2003) on the road throughout Canada, with this scheduled lay-over at the Helen Pitt Gallery. Poorter will also be presenting this project at Open Space (Victoria), Mercer Union (Toronto), Modern Fuel (Kingston) and Quartier Ephemère (Montreal).
Knock on Woods International Residency is a constructed space that dedicates itself to offering local and international artists of all sorts a sense of rootedness and respite from a hectic and bewildering globalism. The residency is a para-site that consists of a rustic tent-cabin and a forest of tree-flags.
Artists are invited to do a residency with Knock on Woods for a minimum of four and a maximum of 24 hours. Any kind of work/non-work will be considered: outcome-based projects, pointless exploration, rest or respite.
Proposals are being accepted from now until June 1st, 2008, for anyone interested in participating in Knock on Woods. Proposals can be very, very short: describe what you want to do, how much time you may need (4-24 hours), and a preferred date.
For more information on the background for this project, the artist, and a link to Knock on Woods, please visit http://thisneckofthewoods.net.
Yvette Poorter is a Canadian/Dutch artist currently residing in Rotterdam. Her sculpture, video, photography and installation have been shown extensively in North America and Europe, and in Japan, most recently at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria BC), Buro Dijkstra (Amsterdam), TENT (Rotterdam) and Ouve, O Seculo (Lisbon). In 2005 she was part of the photography exhibition Duplicitous at the Helen Pitt Gallery.