Double-bill event, a screening of a short film by Kelowna-based artist Curtis Grahauer, followed by an artist talk by Los Angeles-based artist Renée Reizman. Both artists have produced artworks for Under the Beating Sun, From Summer to Summer that address the place histories and futurities of Summerlands. Grahauer's film Giant's Head, 2067 explores ideas of change in landscape over time, from the summit of a dead volcano in Summerland, British Columbia. Reizman's mail art project Greetings from Summerland explores ideas of visual transmission in relation to place-based histories, touching on those industrial and botanical landmarks that have been used to define Summerland, California and Summerland, British Columbia.
Curtis Grahauer completed his MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2015. His recent exhibitions include As far upriver as you can go before having to switch to a pole at ODD Gallery in Dawson City, A Dark Shape on the Horizon at the Arts Council of New Westminster, and Floodplain at Dynamo Arts Association in Vancouver. In 2016, he was shortlisted for the The Lind Prize in photography, and presented his short film Tidal Pool for Platforms: Coastal City, a public art project for the City of Vancouver. He has participated in residencies in Dawson City, Reykjavík, and Sointula, and currently lives in Kelowna, British Columbia.
Renée Reizman is an interdisciplinary curator, artist and writer at the crossroads of curation, social practice, and critical spatial practice. She conducts long-term research to examine cultural aesthetics and their relationship between urbanization, law, and technology. Renée embeds herself in communities to identify object-oriented networks that shape culture and society. She holds an MFA in Critical and Curatorial Studies from University of California, Irvine.