Montreal born, and Fredericton based textile artist, Janice Wright Cheney’s work reflects an ongoing interest in modern notions of the division of the cultural and the natural, as well as constructed distinctions between the safe or domestic, and the wild or disorderly. Cheney’s video projection and installation ‘Sardinia’ was first shown at North Church in East Port Maine, 2016. The project was inspired by the history of the sardine fishery and canning industry that were one the lifeblood of towns along the Fundy Coast.

Saint John’s Acre Architects is a practice of storied Architecture which aims to inspire a re-thinking of urban spaces, and the mutual accommodation of historic and contemporary buildings. Inspiring their collaborative end in this project, is Claude Roussel’s red, orange, and yellow fibreglass sculpture, Progression. Roussel believed that the integration of works of art into architecture completed buildings. Acre agrees with this, and believe that as a way to progress, Saint John must celebrate it’s past, but not at the expense of it’s future.

At THIRD SHIFT these artists will unveil their collaborative installation piece. “Hotel Sardinia: the Next Progression, is a fictitious recreation of parallel time and place that proposes to transform the narrative of a tainted collective memory of an ‘urban renewal gone wrong’ into an inspired adaptive-reuse of civic space. The instillation will be centered around the programming of Janice Wright Cheney’s exhibition, Sardinia, an art piece that evokes a nostalgia for a time when fish were in abundance. Not unlike our yearning for a time of abundance, of a bustling city and thriving population, Wright Cheney’s piece converts City Hall’s footsteps into the parallel future that was promised to us by urban renewal.”