Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett
The Deep Dark, 2015
Experience this project 7pm to 11pm each night, in Riverside Park
The Deep Dark is a site-specific light installation intended to illuminate the interspaces between our sacred (and natural) environments and cultural constructs of darkness. Drawing from interviews with participants from various Banff Centre residencies where the work was initially installed, faculty, and staff were asked: why do we fear the dark? Is darkness a presence or an absence? What separates real fear from imaginary fear? Subsequently, each viewer is invited to participate in a solo night walk, alone in communion with the natural surroundings and their own thoughts. Utilizing domestic imagery (doorways) as a literal entry point, the installation imposes artificial light into the wild darkness─light by which the darkness grows darker and disillusions the night.
Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett (Calgary) work with diverse mediums and materials, ranging from artificial light to re-appropriated architectural debris. Their practice combines divergent aesthetic and industrial backgrounds, often resulting in transformative public sculptures and installations. Beckoning viewers with interactive contexts and novel materials, their projects invite strangers to share in experiential moments, prompting collaborative viewership. Using mass-produced objects as a reference to cities as an immeasurable quantity of materials, people, and situations, Brown & Garrett’s practice evokes the possibility of renewed understanding through a critical shift in perspective.
Previous works have appeared at festivals, galleries, and museums internationally, including: Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis, USA), Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow, Russia), Pera Museum (Istanbul, Turkey), Whanki Museum (Seoul, South Korea), Illingworth Kerr Gallery (Calgary, Canada), I Light Marina Bay (Singapore), GLOW Forum of Light + Architecture (Eindhoven, Netherlands), and elsewhere. Their sculpture, CLOUD, was short-listed for an Innovation by Design Award in 2013 by Fast Company (NYC). When working independently, Wayne is a machinist, musician, and composer; Caitlind is a co-founder and co-curator with WRECK CITY curatorial collective.