I'll tell you 'bout a land⁋It's not so far from here⁋And every time you blink your eyes⁋The strangest things appear
is a flavor incubator and taste-making think-tank between artists Hannah Jickling and Helen Reed and students, teachers and support staff at Queen Alexandra Elementary School in East Vancouver. The project takes its name from a folk song that has been revised and rewritten countless times to reflect a comic utopia, where we hear a “…buzzin’ of the bees in the peppermint trees, ’round the soda water fountains.” Big Rock Candy Mountain is a topsy-turvy world, where adults and rationality no longer define the rules and limits of what is possible.
Big Rock Candy Mountain () is comprised of a multi-faceted program of workshops, printed matter, artist editions, strange conversations, and installations on school grounds. Rather than invest in a single “result,” privileges instead the school as a kind of (candy) factory, engaged in a wide range of productive capacities and processes. Here, creative flavour-making, pop art riffs and explorations in kid-defined ‘persuasive’ language intersect with the larger context of economy, labour, taste-as-power and culturally defined objects of desire.
Big Rock Candy is curated by Vanessa Kwan and produced by Other Sights For Artists’ Projects. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the BC Arts Council Youth Engagement Program, The Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver School Board.