It’s CAFKA time, people. In the soon-to-be-classic words of Darin White from Makebright, it’s time to “leave yer sofa” and hit the streets of K-Dub to see some incredible contemporary art in public spaces.
Every two years, the creative minds behind CAFKA – Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area – present an exhibition of contemporary art by local, national, and international artists, installed in public places throughout Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge.
I went on a guided walking tour yesterday, led by CAFKA’s executive director, Gordon Hatt, where many of the artists where on hand to talk about what they built/created/manufactured/designed/crafted.
I love art, but I don’t always “get” it, especially installation pieces. But the tour was fascinating and a great way to get a solid understanding of what the piece represents and how it was created.
Artists work extremely hard to create these large-scale, dynamic, evocative, sensational, and creative works that tell interesting stories. And it animates our city spaces, bringing them to life and instigates conversation.
And CAFKA is making it so easy for you to get involved. There are guided beer, coffee and bike tours, artist lectures, and performances plus they’ve partnered with the Open Ears Festival – a stunning collecting of weird and wonderful music that aligns beautifully with work of CAFKA.
Kitchener-Waterloo has some extremely cool things happening right now and you need to see it, question it, wonder about it, talk about it, and be inspired by it. Art is good for you.