A year’s worth of work by the City of Kitchener’s artist-in-residence, Stefan Rose, will be on exhibit at the Rotunda Gallery at Kitchener City Hall for the month of December.
The exhibition, called Grand River: Grand Conversations, examines Kitchener’s geography and history, residents’ sense of place, and the environment using photographs and poems. Throughout his residency, Rose exhibited his work on Grand River Transit buses, and ran public workshops on photography.
A Waterloo artist and poet, Rose is interested in creative and documentary art forms, using photography, videography, and poetry. He uses a large-format banquet camera, among others, for his creative work.
Born in Leeds, England, he immigrated to Canada in 1977. He has exhibited his photographs in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and has collaborated with other artists across many media.
Rose’s collaborative works include Townsend Retraced, 2004 (with Laura Cunningham and Hilary Martin); Death by Chocolate, 2008 (with photographer Andrew Wright), and several video works commissioned by the Penderecki String Quartet, to accompany their performances across Canada and internationally.
In 2008 his poetry chapbook, The House That Stands, was published by Anchorage Press, and was awarded first place in the poetry category of the 2008 Alcuin Society Book Design Awards (designer: Andrew Steeves); earlier this year it represented Canada in competition at the World Book Design Awards in Leipzig, Germany.
There are currenty five image/poem combinations from Grand River: Grand Conversations displayed inside Grand River Transit buses as interior advertising panels, to provide access to these artworks as a surprise for the riders. The panels are randomly distributed among the GRT fleet, on buses numbered 2413, 2426, 2705, 2707 and 8021, and may be assigned to any of the bus routes daily.
In mid-December, check back at this space for a free downloadable online publication with the photographs and poems of Grand River: Grand Conversations.
The artist-in-residence for 2011 is Sean Puckett, a Kitchener photographer.