Engaging in contemporary art and ideas.
Situated in the heart of downtown Calgary, Untitled Art Society supports emerging art through public exhibitions, workshops and educational programming, the provision of production resources, and opportunities for discourse.
Untitled exhibitions showcase early emerging artists as an important aspect of critical engagement in provincial contemporary art.
In the Main Space:
SPECULOOS (Search for Planets Eclipsing Ultra-cOOl Stars)
Brett Bonk / Eva Cournoyer / Megan Fen / Taylor Harder / Kerry Maguire
Curated by Ashley Scarlett and Justin Waddell
Exhibition: March 11 - April 29, 2017
Opening: March 10, 7pm
Earlier this year, NASA announced the discovery of TRAPPIST-1, a potentially habitable system of planets orbiting an ultra-cool dwarf star just 40 light years from Earth. In an age of relentless environmental assault, mass deterritorialization, and impending catastrophe, such discoveries offer both a potential escape hatch and the amnesiac promise of a future departure. Disconcertingly, much of the cultural rhetoric initiated by the appearance of new planetary realities echoes the historical terms of colonization and capitalization, threatening a repetition of the exact conditions under which mass departure has become such an appealing option. This realization calls attention to a growing general need for new methodological approaches that are better equipped to respond to emergent realities and the alternative ways of knowing that they might offer.
The works presented in SPECULOOS materialize an intersectional constellation of weird, counterfactual, and preternatural methodologies for discordant speculation. Less a question of futurity than one of alternative epistemologies, each of the contributing artists positions creative practice as a means of imagining and in turn investigating the other-worldly, whether distant or imperceptibly near. Standing in relation to one another, their works operate as trace effects—investigatory indexes that gesture toward speculative ways of knowing and being through aesthetic experimentation. It is precisely the kind of methodological, epistemological, and aesthetic reorientation materialized across this exhibition that is required to counter the historically entrenched practices that have made planetary exodus a desirable option within the contemporary context.
In the Untitled Contemporary Art +15 Window:
The blind pale distances
April 5 – May 31, 2017
May 11, 2017, 6 pm. Drinks at the Palomino Smokehouse to follow from 7pm
The blind pale distances keeps people apart. It configures moments of connection and separation along ideological lines.
The works presented in the exhibition formalize notions of isolation and encounter. Referring to visual and physical barriers limiting sight and bodily movement, they position the viewer in relation to an imagined interloper as a way to consider the affect of their imposition and the potential of nearness.
Andrew Rabyniuk lives in Lethbridge, Alberta. He holds degrees in
environmental design from the University of Manitoba, textiles from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and cultural studies from Queen’s University. He has exhibited or performed in group and solo
exhibitions across Canada including those at the Anna Leonowens
Gallery (Halifax), Eyelevel Gallery (Halifax), Modern Fuel (Kingston),
Afterhours Projects (Toronto), and the Queen’s University Art and
Media Lab (Kingston).
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