Collective movement inspires art

Galleries come together for Integrate arts Festival

Local artist Aimee Van Drimmelen with a vintage marching band bass drum she painted. Van Drimmelen is making her Victoria solo-show debut at the fifty fifty arts collective, opening Friday, Aug. 3 during the annual Integrate Arts Festival.



Explore the rhythm, motion and eccentricities of the Common Starling in MURMUR, a solo exhibition of drumskin paintings by artist, illustrator, animator and musician  Aimee Van Drimmelen, opening Aug. 3 at the fifty fifty arts collective (6-11pm, 2516 Douglas).

This will be Van Drimmelen’s first solo exhibition in Victoria since relocating from Montreal via Saskatchewan, where she spent the winter living in her family’s cottage and collecting unwanted synthetic drums and drumskins.

Her art is inspired by murmuration, the collective movement of the Common Starling, and combines ink and water techniques with hand drawn animated stills.

Some drumskins are mounted on vintage bass and snare drums, which will be lit up like light boxes as a focal point for the installation.

Van Drimmelen’s band The Backhomes will be performing at the opening, which is scheduled as part of the sixth annual Integrate Arts Festival (former Off the Grid Arts Crawl), Aug. 3 and 4.

Integrate features an art crawl with 29 local galleries, artist run centres and studios that will be offering free viewings between 6 and 11pm Friday. Most of the participating galleries are easily accessible by bike or bus. There are also a number of off-site events to take in.

Animal Productions is also hosting Audio Visual Experience III at the Vic Theatre (8-11:30pm)

The following day will be filled with workshops and interactive events (Animal Productions multimedia event 6-8pm at G++) before the finale party (8pm, The Sculpture Studio, 211 Harbour), featuring Oops (former members of Cobras Cobras Cobras), The Holy Terrors, OkPk, Teen Daze and Rufino Hollywood.

Dallas Duobaitis will create a black light string web installation at the studio during the party. Tickets are $10 (cash only) and there is a very limited capacity.

Pick up an Integrate Arts Festival map at any of the participating galleries or visit on your smartphone for a mobile version of the website that will guide you through the festival. M

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