FAFARD: Field Horse / Cheval de trait

Synopsis:

The Field Horse stood 1,920 feet by 1,100 feet, 2700 hands high. Drawn on a canvas of winter wheat, canola, alfalfa, soybeans and corn - a mercurial artwork shaped by nature and by a community of artists and farmers. The fleeting image of this massive horse photographed by pilot Bob Douglas every week for over a year, mingled with stories from artist Joe Fafard and project coordinator Roy Hickling have finally found permanent form in this short documentary.

Completed in September 1997, the MacLaren Against the Grain Fafard Field Project involved over 60 volunteers and sponsors, raised over $60,000 in charitable aid for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to feed world hunger, and linked a rural Ontario community with a global one.

"Its not many things in life that turn out better than your expectations...and this project definitely did that."
- Roy Hickling

Le cheval de trait mesure 1 920 pieds x 1 100 pieds et a une hauteur de 2 700 mains. Dessiné sur une toile de blé d’hiver, de canola, de luzerne, de soja et de maïs – une œuvre d’art éphémère façonnée par la nature et par une communauté d’artistes et d’agriculteurs. L’image évanescente de cet immense cheval prise en photo chaque semaine pendant un an par le pilote Bob Douglas, à laquelle s’ajoutent les histoires de l’artiste Joe Fafard et du conservateur du projet Roy Hickling, est en fin de compte immortalisée par ce court documentaire.

Terminé en septembre 1997, le MacLaren Against the Grain Fafard Field Project auquel ont contribué plus de 60 bénévoles et commanditaires, a levé plus de 60 000 $ de don de bienfaisance pour la Banque de céréales vivrières du Canada contribuant ainsi à soulager la faim dans le monde et a établi un lien entre une communauté rurale de l’Ontario et la communauté mondiale.

“Il y a bien peu de choses dans la vie qui finissent par surpasser ce à quoi on s’attendait pour commencer et ce projet a sans aucun doute surpasser tous nos espoirs.”
- Roy Hickling

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link: Fafard studio online
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JOE FAFARD_Retrospective:

Organized by the MacKenzie Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada, and curated by Terrence Heath, this retrospective exhibition of four decades of Joe Fafard's work will tour Canada over a two year period.

The documentary, FAFARD: Field Horse / Cheval de traitcommissioned by Terrence Heath and the Mackenzie Art Gallery represents the massive earthwork project in the touring exhibition. Venues include:

MACKENZIE ART GALLERY, Regina
September 29, 2007 - January 6, 2008

NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA, Ottawa
February 1, 2008 - May 4, 2008

MCMICHAEL CANADIAN COLLECTION, Kleinburg
June 27, 2008 - September 14, 2008

ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA, Halifax
November 22, 2008 - February 8, 2009

THE GLENBOW MUSEUM, Calgary
March 13, 2009 - May 31, 2009

WINNIPEG ART GALLERY, Winnipeg
June 25, 2009 - September 8, 2009


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LOOKING BACK: Fafard Field Project
_MacLaren Art Centre:

June 27 - July 27, 2008
Curator: Sandra Fraser
The Carnegie Room
Reception, Film Screening and Public Discussion:
Friday, June 27, 7:30 to 9:30 pm

In 1997, Regina artist Joe Fafard and project curator Roy Hickiling led over two hundred MacLaren volunteers through the process of planting various crops in a fifty-acre site in Ivy, Ontario to produce the image of a horse. In celebration of a major touring retrospective, Joe Fafard, organized by curator Terrence Heath for the National Gallery of Canada and the MacKenzie Art Gallery, the MacLarenArtCentre will present an exhibition of documentary photographs, prints and drawings from this 1997 project.

 

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Produced by EYERIS INC. in association with the
MACKENZIE ART GALLERY
produced with the participation of the
CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY CANADIAN ART
Eyeris Inc. 2007©

RT 20 minutes / Bilingual
Art / Art History / Agriculture / Environmental Issues / Global Issues
www.catchacoma.ca/fafard
www.mackenzieartgallery.ca
www.ccca.ca

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