12 Point Buck, artists Leila Armstrong and Chai Duncan, speak in Art Now,Recital Hall, noon, Oct. 21, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 6:00am - 7:00am
Event Location: 
Recita Hall October 21, 2009

12 POINT BUCK is a collaborative duo comprised of Lethbridge artists Leila Armstrong and Chai Duncan. In the Fall of 2007, Duncan and Armstrong became aware of a mutual interest in exploring representations of nature as artifice. Believing that a combination of their approaches would result in a whole greater than the sum of its parts, they began working together. Armstrong plays with pop depictions of wildlife, highlighting how we tend to anthropomorphize what we actually find unpredictable and threatening (the Disney-fication of wildlife). Whereas Duncan explores the fetishization and romanticization of the fauna in our cultural representations of nature, which trivializes the very eco-systems, on which our lives depend. Both have found the closed theatre of the digital print and the diorama to be rewarding. Each artist has produced a series of images that examine the roles toys, models, figurines and statuary play in the production of fantastical narratives about nature. In their DVD, titled Deer Me,the familiar sight of a deer in the coulees is transformed into a loose narrative in which a creature in a toy mask and wolf skin coat walks with some inelegance through the landscape. This awkward journey allows viewers to consider the lack of alignment between the natural world and our idealized notions about nature. Currently Duncan and Armstrong are constructing a life-size plywood herd as well as working on a series of paintings based on paint-by-number and other romanticised landscape and wildlife scenes. These paintings will situate idealized renderings of wildlife within the already constructed, kitsch landscape. As well, each artist produces works complimentary to 12 Point Buck’s joint practice.