Capilano Universe - The Quest for Obtainium with George Rammell

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

7:00 PM to 8:45 PM
Campus: North Vancouver
Location: North Vancouver District Public Library Capilano Branch, 3045 Highland Blvd, North Vancouver
Contact: Leonard George
Website: The Quest for Obtainium: A Sculptural Repurposing

As one of 7 Capilano University Faculty members in Studio Art, George Rammell has taught Drawing and Sculpture since 1990. Every year he has challenged students to re-purpose found materials. His encouragement to respond, adapt and collaborate with "obtainium" (anything he could obtain for free), resulted in freedom for students to explore 3-dimensional experiments on an architectural scale. He promoted improvisation and open deadlines, encouraging students to take responsibility and ownership of their practices. His students' works were often located in unexpected places contributing to pedestrian encounters throughout the campus and the larger community. Mr. Rammell also kept the doors open between Drawing and Sculpture, exposing participants to a crossover of disciplines, innovations and traditions. In this presentation he will provide an illustrated seminar of extraordinary student sculptural experiments that have enriched the institution for several decades. Mr. Rammell will convey how the loss of the Studio Art and Textiles Programs will greatly reduce the diversity of education on the North Shore.

Presenter: George Rammell
George Rammell was born in Cranbrook. B.C. in 1952, and studied at the Vancouver School of Art (ECUAD) from 1971-75. He has been active as a sculptor and art instructor since 1975. He taught through the Emily Carr Institute over an 8-year period. Mr. Rammell has worked as a studio sculptor for a number of prominent artists, including Haida artist Bill Reid, with whom he worked on 14 projects includingThe Raven and the First Men and The Spirit of Haida Gwaii. In addition to two European sculpture symposia, Mr. Rammell has participated in 18 exhibitions including a solo show entitled Two Works at the Charles H. Scott Gallery in Vancouver. He recently completed a large mixed-media work entitled Ursus Arctos, The Persistence of Instinct. He is currently a Faculty member with the Studio Art Program at Capilano University.

 These FREE presentations are co-sponsored by Capilano University, North Vancouver District Public Library, North Vancouver City Library, West Vancouver Memorial Library, Gibsons & District Public Library, Sechelt Library and Burnaby Public Library. These events run from 7 pm to 8:45 pm unless otherwise noted. Early arrival is highly recommended! All North Shore and Burnaby sessions will be hosted by Dr. Leonard George, except for January 15, hosted by Dr. Janet Waters. The Gibsons and Sechelt events will be hosted by Jules Smith.