Reflecting Winnipeg

My video work is always a reflection of my experience and where I have come from. My regional experience is both rural and urban and these spaces continue to fill my creative well. Images are overlayed and reflect on each other how beautiful, unfamiliar and overwhelming this experience can be.

Screenshots from a work in progress.

Downtown Winnipeg
Overlayed streets

Studio/2022

My studio is located in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, in the historic Exchange District. The area is a hub for restaurants, galleries and all things arts related. Some nights the area is full with the hustle and sounds of people moving through the streets and sidewalks. Other nights it is a ghost town. No matter what the mood, I love being perched up on the 4th floor of my building listening, seeing and absorbing all the eclectic energy. It engages my creativity, being in this neighbourhood and I look forward to spending 2022 here in my studio.

Studio Views

Sunday Sunrise

I got up early on Sunday (around 5:30am) to get my butt out the door and take some sunrise photos. I was a bit resistant when I initially got up, but a bit of coffee and the brisk morning air got me going. The sky was a bit cloudy but it felt so good to run around the quiet streets and the empty sidewalks getting some great shots. I’ve attached a few pictures from my morning 🙂

Downtown Winnipeg
Morning light on the windows
Trains are my heart
Full view of downtown Winnipeg

Kinship

New ways of connecting that I never knew were possible, through family, movement and language. This piece represents a part of a bigger project that uses abstract images and manipulated sounds to convey how language is connected and moves through us.

Tracking Through Downtown

I spent some time with a good friend walking through the downtown area of Winnipeg. I used the Dji Pro rsc2 stabilizer and captured some incredible tracking shots in my Canon RP. We eventually made it to the waterfront and were able capture some gorgeous riverside footage. The whole thing looks so smooth and cinematic, it’s exciting to cut and edit it all together! I will post a video clip of it soon but in the meantime here are a few screenshots from the footage.

Chris
Underpass
Chris
sunset

Abstract and Colours

Two pieces I finished the other night. After a long (tiring) day, I settled in at my studio and without any intent, began painting. I did not know what colours I wanted to work with, or how my flow was going to go. Started with a base colour of Thalo Green and I just started painting.

Sometimes that’s what we need to do. No intention, just the room to let creativity work itself onto the canvas.

I’m very happy with how these two pieces turned out, and it’s was the best and most relaxing way to finish up my day.

Prussian blue, Unbleached white, Titanium white
Thalo green, Cadmium orange, Medium yellow, Thalo blue, Titanium white

Studio

Finally giving my studio a much needed refresh. New writing desk, new work table and chairs are making things so much more inviting. The space is feeling really good so I wanted to share a pic as I switch things up. As I get everything in its place, I’ll post up more pics.

This place is where all my creativity comes together and I’m so happy to share this with everyone.

New work table and vintage chair

Drifting

Memories always drifting through my mind.

I love how film and video work is my main outlet for creative expression. Whether straightforward documentary-style or video collage, the medium has always been a great source of satisfaction as an artist.

Originally shot as vacation video, I’m reworking the footage to create a short that captures the fading and degrading memories we hold close. Places and people that were sharp and clear, are now blended and lost in a dull hum that spreads through the back of my mind.