Arts Commons Presents
Point of No Return, Bonum, and Candy’s Fortune
Zachary Finkelstein, Sabrina Naz-Comanescu , and Sebastian Jarmula
Location: On the Arts Commons three video monitors:
+15 pedway; second level of Jack Singer Concert Hall west end
West end of Jack Singer Concert Hall main floor foyer
Near Ca’Puccini Café and the stained glass window
Dates: June 7 - August 31, 2019
Artist Reception: Friday, August 30th, 7-10PM, Hub Room at Arts Commons.
Point of No Return presents the global issue of climate change on a microscopic scale. By focusing on shards of ice no bigger than a dime under a microscope, the loss of ice as it melts away into water is presented on a scale that is simultaneously immediately visceral and referential of a massive global trend. This piece draws from climate science research and the writings of Judith Williamson to present climate change as an issue that we engage with physically, intellectually and emotionally.
After they cycle through two steps back and one step forward again, the dangers of complacency are revealed and the reward that is nestled in perseverance is imagined. Conceivably this is the taste of Bonum.
Bonum was commissioned by the Festival Of Recorded Movement and premiered at the At SFU Woodwards Goldcorp Centre for the Arts in Vancouver, BC. Bonum has since been featured at The Broken City, Afro-Prairie Film Festival in Winnipeg, MB, People Are Pearls Vol.3, as well as CISF and Emmidia’s LUMA Quarterly Vol.3 launch.
Candy’s Fortune is an experimental aural and visual project by Sebastian Jarmula and Jamal Hamadeh. It is a 16-minute piece of morphing music and color, unattached to a conventional narrative. The film follows a melodic structure and chromatic cadence; the only characters that are present are in the form of notes and hues. The abstract work, a stimulating sculpture of light and vibration, comes from a place of nostalgia as well as fantasy. Remember falling asleep during a late-night car ride as a child? Candy’s Fortune will bring you back to those dreams.
Zachary Finkelstein is a film and video artist based in Toronto. He holds an MFA in Film and Video from York University (Toronto) and a BFA from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University (Montreal). Zachary’s work has screened at festivals across Canada and in the U.S. His work has been presented in galleries in Ontario and Quebec. Zachary’s work draws on a wide variety of filmmaking techniques to explore themes such as sensorial perception and active viewership.
Sabrina “Naz” Comanescu is a dynamic emerging talent and an energetic supporter of the Calgary dance and Caribbean community through her work as a dance instructor, performer and choreographer. Training in urban/funk and Afro-Caribbean styles since the age of six, Sabrina dove into her studies of jazz dance at the school of Decidedly Jazz in 2013, in DJD’s professional training program. Sabrina is also the current major force behind the Diversity Performing Arts Club of Calgary and created Casa de Naz in 2012, a collective with a mission to “excite and educate art hubs across Canada about the thriving caribbean community in calgary and the arts of the caribbean as a whole through film, fashion and dance”. Sabrina has performed in Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax, Finland and New York City with such companies as House of Dangerkat, The Bad Girls Club YYC and ILLFX Entertainment. Sabrina is currently in her third season performing with the Decidedly Jazz Danceworks company.
Sebastian Jarmula is a visual artist in Calgary, Alberta. He attended the University of Calgary and SAIT Polytechnic and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Studies. Jarmula works primarily with lenses; producing short films, music videos, visual experiences and still photographic images. His central interest lies in exploring the influence of aesthetics, and how sensory impressions shape perception. He is drawn towards using abstraction in order to simulate a sense of nostalgia. Jarmula undertakes this by eschewing symbols and signifiers, instead basing work on a nonrepresentational unconscious that evokes introspection. He is fascinated in how the emotive qualities of pure color can rouse a subjective experience into the fantastical. Pursuing the substance of style, Jarmula seeks to elicit emotion above all else.