Working in a wide range of mediums, from painting to installation to digital, I have always been interested in exploring the subconscious. Caught up in the currents of life, we are not usually aware of how much our subconscious can drive our thoughts and find surprising solutions to our most complicated problems. It is this uncharted territory, like an iceberg that mostly hides beneath the surface that ignites my imagination? Is this where dreams are born and intuition roams free? Is the subconscious a collective space or do we each have our own? These questions provide the basis for the work I create. Whether it is with a computer or a paint brush I intuitively layer my images with semi-realistic depictions of people and animals; abstract shapes; and splashes of color.
Bram Timmer is an award-winning creative director, designer and artist with over 14 years of experience in the digital and integrated brand space. He is also the founding director of CAMP Festival which gives a stage to creative technology, art and design in Calgary. Bram’s commercial projects include work for MasterCard, Unilever, Kraft, National Football League, HP, Adobe, Bombardier, TD Canada Trust, Telus, National Film Board of Canada, and even the New York City Mayor’s Office and US State Department amongst many others, if you can believe it. Bram’s design helped promote creative events around the world including Amsterdam, Tokyo, Hollywood, New York City, Chicago and Seoul. Bram actively maintains a multi-faceted art practice spanning photography, illustration, painting and interactive installation. His art work has exhibited internationally including at galleries in London, Southampton, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Lethbridge.
Based on past experiences, I’d like to continue to invite members of the community out to a BBQ hosted at their community centre on a specified date and time. While people are enjoying themselves, I roam through the crowds asking questions to various members of the community - both young and old - to get some stories that left lasting impressions. At the same time, I ask everyone to take part in writing primary values of their community on a bulletin board, a long strip of paper or on sidewalks using road-chalk. All that data I then collect and after the BBQ has long been digested, I work the predominant thoughts from the submissions into the artwork itself.
I’ll also gladly work with community members to organize a newsletter outreach with a questionnaire or simply meet the committee and discuss the community in detail to inform the artwork.
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