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Rebecca Britain: How do you get sports fans into a museum? Hi! I’m Rebecca Britain and welcome to watchmojo.com. And today, we’ll be looking at the art of hockey. Can you tell us about the exhibit?
Ray: It basically made up with some of the top Canadian and some American and European contemporary artists who have used hockey as a starting point.
Rebecca Britain: So why don’t you tell us about your individual piece?
Artist: This is called Le Fletch vs. Woodrow in 1972. The legendary game is up on the jumbo Tron and the players are frozen in stone. Each player you’ll see is a stop motion-animation puppet that I made. The hardest part with the animation was actually animating all of the puppets moving at the same time. Outside of that, it was like playing a hockey in slow motion.
Rebecca Britain: What made you decide to marry hockey and art?
Artist: I’m a hockey fan, I’m always have been but my profession is art and it’s something I’ve always been doing and I always make work about the things that I’m passionate about. So, hockey is just something that is pretty easy to do.
Ray: This is a work called untitled no.4 by a Vancouver artist Tim Lee. Tim recreates well-known images from pop culture. This is a photo that’s based on an image of Bobby Auer flying through the air after his trip, just as he scored the goal and a news photographer snapped this amazing photo of him with his arms outstretch.
Rebecca Britain: So why don’t you tell us more about the piece that we’re standing in?
Male: This piece is called The Nude in french and in English flirting with the park. It's a piece about clumsiness of virtual players that play very badly and it's like an opposite of the macho and he plays like the regular hockey player.
So it's quite slow in strength to make a face-off. Each of the objects that artist sketch on the park have camerons. We see the three angles of the Camerons.
Ray: This piece is called Zamboni. It's by Chris Hansen and Hendrix in Sonnenberg. They’re interested in these big spectacles, things that people look at in a big event. They like to focus it down to one thing.
In this case, what they’ve done is they’ve made an ice resurfacing machine and it's made up of polystyrene foam. Every detail of this Zamboni is carved out of this crazy fragile material. They do these things that are incredibly labor intensive but they’re off to in materials that really aren’t worth it in a way. So hey play with that irony.
This is a piece by Dianne Thorny Croft. It's called the modern theme art of the great one. Dianne is playing with religious imagery in this. It’s like recreating the modern theme of a saint. In this case its Wayne Gratsky is at the child of fame. Is sit the expectations that were laid on and it's hard to tell but if noticed every animal in this photo is the kind of animal that teams are named after.
Rebecca Britain: What do we have here? Is this like the ultimate beer-bong?
Micheal Davey: This piece is called Endless. It's like beer, which comes down and fills the two diagonals sticks of two different beers. The shaft is a Pyrex glass but there are rubber stoppers and aluminum from kid road hockey sits. The rest of the sculpture is in wood. There is a type of home energy in the way that’s designed. There’s this connection between art and sports where there are artist make art or people play hockey. There’s this type of endless energy. There’s a loop in the world between art and sports.