Reinhard Reitzenstein born in Uelzen, Germany studied at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Canada. He is based in Grimsby, ON, Canada and Buffalo, NY, USA. His work has consistently taken him into processes exploring ways to interconnect nature, culture, science and technology. His work crosses several disciplines: indoor installation and sculpture, photography, digitally processed images; large-scale drawings; outdoor tree-based installations and sound art. Reitzenstein has held over 100 solo exhibitions and participated in some 300 group exhibitions in North America and abroad. He has completed over 20 public art commissions along with numerous private commissions. His work is represented in over 50 public and corporate collections internationally, among them the National Gallery of Canada; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Teutloff Collection, Bielefeld, Germany; CONAC, Caracas, Venezuela; City of Pirkkala, Finland; Trilogy, Austin, Texas; City of Toronto Parks; National Capital Commission. He is currently an Associate Professor at SUNY, Buffalo where since 2000 he has been the Director of the Sculpture Program. At Cape St. Mary’s he will conduct a workshop on drawing Tuckamore.

About his workshop he writes:

I will lead a workshop where participants visit a nearby selection of tuckamore trees and I will ask each of them to select one of the trees growing there and take a photo of that tree. The photo will be the starting point for developing a drawing. We will return to the workshop area indoors to begin the drawing. The drawing will be loosely based on my experience of creating the image of a tree using only text to articulate a given tree. The text is simply the name of the tree written in tiny letters over and over again until the image is complete.

Each image is a large tone poem where the name of the tree is intoned each time it is written. During the process of drawing/writing/sounding each image production becomes a personal performance, akin to an incantation that I imagine lends support and strengthens the trees.

I will show examples and offer a demonstration so the process is clear to all.

Paper, pencils and pens will be supplied.