P(athways) U(undulate) D(elightedly so that) D(owntown) L(anes are) E(nergized) S(upremely)!
These trails, clusters and outbursts of psychedelic soft sculpture are breadcrumbs from a long-term project by artist Susan Coolen, which aims to recast natural, urban and industrial puddles found in downtown laneways, city lands and other properties. P.U.D.D.L.E.S. blends grit with beauty as it explores the biomorphic shapes of pooling water and the myriad surface colours and reflections.
For #NightShift17 multiple large-scale 3D puddles will appear on roadways and sidewalks around the festival programming landscape in downtown Kitchener. Puddle pathways will also guide festival-goers to and from other artistic attractions, tickling the concrete with their interesting forms and brightly coloured surfaces.
Susan Coolen is a contemporary visual artist and has exhibited in Canada, the US and Europe. Coolen holds a BDes in graphic design from NSCAD, a BFA in photography from Concordia University and an MFA in photography from Columbia College in Chicago. Coolen’s 2013 City of Kitchener Artist-in-Residence piece, ‘The Litter-Arti Project’ evolved into a set of 50 graphic artist books now held in four regional public institutions. Coolen was also the 2016 Artist-in-Residence for the Region of Waterloo’s Ayr Library with her project ‘A Companion Library’ for ‘(an incomplete) Museum (of categories) for the Future’.
Clustered at Bread Heads (16 Duke St. E.) and Vogelsang Green + peppered around the #NightShift17 landscape
Thursday November 2nd @ 7pm @ Open Sesame \\ Friday Nov 3rd @ 5pm @ KWAG \\ Sat Nov 4th @ 7pm @ various DTK locations