Collaborators Jim Holyoak and Matt Shane will prepare for the creation of Forestrial Brain, a large-scale immersive drawing installation that will completely cover the walls at Open Space, by first completing the 75 km West Coast Trail. The ten-day hike will begin the process of erasing the borders between life and art making and will be the visual and experiential catalyst behind the month-and-a-half-long drawing session in the gallery.
Matt Shane is from Vancouver and Jim Holyoak, currently living in Montreal, was born in Massachusetts and raised in Aldergrove. The two met in Victoria in early 2000 while completing their BFA programs at UVic, where they embarked on their first collaborative drawing installation; while renting a basement suite, they covered the walls with paper and commenced a year-long drawing project. In 2004, Matt Shane was named National Winner of the Bank of Montreals 1st Art Competition and that same year, the duo, along with a third artist and roommate, received a grant to show the apartment drawings at The Lift gallery in Montreal.
Since then Shane and Holyoak have traveled the world creating their elaborate drawings, including an ink-on-drywall mural for the permanent collection of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.