Artwork exhibition “Fish and Fire” on show at Whitehorse’s Northern Entrance Studio

Artwork exhibition “Fish and Fire” on show at Whitehorse’s Northern Entrance Studio

Fish and a forest hearth imaginatively recreated with bicycle reflectors by artist Nicole Bauberger

“Fish and Fireplace.” It appears like the title of a fantasy-entire world fishing adventure story by American novelist and screenwriter George R. R. Martin, but alas, it is not.

As an alternative, the moniker belongs to an forthcoming artwork exhibition by Yukon-primarily based artist Nicole Bauberger.

Set to be displayed at Whitehorse’s Northern Front Studio from Jan. 2 to 26, “Fish and Fire” functions numerous installations crafted from repurposed bicycle reflectors, glass and other supplies.

As the exhibition’s title indicates, attendees to Northern Entrance Studio can watch Bauberger’s bicycle reflector fish and a central piece that utilizes white and orange reflectors to abstractly recreate the likeness of a forest fire, among other installations.

The inception of “Fire and Fish” was in 2022, when Bauberger’s companion, who operates a local bike store, pointed out that far too a lot of bike reflectors are transported with new bikes. He asked her if there was everything she could use them for, and she asked him to begin collecting them for her.

She finally determined to commence producing fish from the reflectors, an plan she credits in aspect to Nakai Theatre, who commissioned her and other artists in the spring of 2022 to produce fish puppets to use in parades.

“You know, a huge thing of orange bike reflectors is wonderful. Like there is some thing that is seriously beautiful about it, and its beauty reminded me — variety of — of goldfish. And if you search at bicycle reflectors, they currently have form of a scaly pattern on them,” Bauberger informed the Information.

The reflector fish are smaller and, in accordance to Bauberger, comparatively speedy to create. Each and every fish’s body is designed with a trapezoid-shaped bicycle tire reflector, even though the fins are created from distinct tape.

Bauberger’s forest hearth of reflectors is variously explained by the artist as a “kind of a painting, variety of a sculpture, and form of a textile.” It is manufactured of white and orange bicycle reflectors and stands roughly 6 ft tall, with a width of about 40 inches.

“I took a bunch of the bicycle reflectors, and if you think about, drilling holes at the top and the base of the two sides, then tying them jointly in a type of a grid. They occur in white and orange, and so I was doing work with the idea of it getting a depiction of a fire,” Bauberger explained.

“Of course, the likelihood of forest fireplace has been a thing that, you know, we’re receiving a minimal reprieve from contemplating about it all the time suitable now simply because it’s wintertime, but it was definitely anything that was on all of our minds a ton this summer months.”

Prior to the upcoming exhibition, Bauberger’s fish had been displayed at the Dalton Path Gallery, an out of doors trail close to her residence in Hillcrest where Bauberger started setting up operate in the course of the early times of the COVID-19 pandemic, where they have been hung in the trees and danced in the wind. They had been also incorporated into the occasion Theatre in the Bush, together with the bicycle reflector fireplace exhibit.

Speaking about what she hopes people acquire away from the show, she claims, “People are invited to appear to a present with their imaginations” and that “the radical independence of the viewers to make their interpretation is a person of the main values of art” for her. That said, she notes that “Fish and Fire” reflects some of her concerns about our “collective content culture” and the squander it generates.

These fascinated can be part of Bauberger at Northern Front Studio for the exhibition’s closing occasion on Jan. 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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