Struts, Faucet Media Arts Centre ready for a Heat Wave

Published on June 12, 2014

SACKVILLE, N.B. – Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre present Heat Wave, a series of three guest-curated exhibitions in locations outside of the gallery during summer 2014.

The first exhibition of the series, The Call of the Running Tide curated by Kay Burns (Fogo Island, NL), will be on view at 53 Main Street, Sackville NB from June 14 to July 6. The exhibition includes artworks by collaborators David Hoffos and Mary-Anne McTrowe (Lethbridge, AB), and Liss Platt (Hamilton, ON).

A roundtable discussion with the curator and the artists will be held at 8 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion on Saturday, June 14, followed by a reception at 53 Main Street. Both events are free and all are welcome to attend.

While planning The Call of the Running Tide, Burns was considering bodies of water as unknown worlds that hold much mystery and fascination for human interest. Scientific studies are ongoing to examine new ocean depths, aquatic life, tidal currents, ecology, and watersheds. Mythologies are created through observation and invention. For this exhibition, the participating artists explore the allure of water worlds through very different approaches.

Liss Platt, in a pseudo scientific approach, will release her creation ORBY into bodies of water in the Sackville area. ORBY is an image-gathering tool fashioned from readily available digital accessories that combines DIY ingenuity with a hobby scientist’s thirst for understanding the natural world. ORBY will shoot still images every two seconds and send GPS locations to Google maps every 10 minutes from its exploration of the Sackville Waterfowl Park (date TBA), Silver Lake (June 16), and the Tantramar River (June 17). All are welcome to join Platt and ORBY on their explorations of these bodies of water, with specific times and meeting places to be announced. The still images gathered by ORBY’s explorations will be used to create animations and the GPS data will be used to chart ORBY’s movements over time. The animations and charts will be displayed at 53 Main Street and can be viewed from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday for the duration of the exhibition.

Media artists David Hoffos and Mary-Anne McTrowe come together to collaborate on an installation titled How to Tell a Sea Monster. This is the second time they have collaborated with each other, allowing their individual sensibilities and approaches to merge in new ways. This artwork references cryptozoology and the puzzling sea blobs or unidentified carcasses that occasionally drift up on shores around the world. The work is meant to be viewed at night, looking into a street-level window at 53 Main Street, and can be seen from 9:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tuesday to Saturday for the duration of the exhibition.

Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre is located at 7 Lorne Street in Sackville, NB. For more information please visit, call (506) 536-1211, or email