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.
David Balzer: What Now? Thinking Through Canada 150
Untitled Art Society is pleased to present a talk by David Balzer, "What Now: Thinking Through Canada 150."
Please join us on Saturday, March 4 at 5pm, at the UAS main space (343 11th Ave SW).
In an era where we are again seeing the dangers of nationalism—something contemporary art has claimed to reject outright, yet unquestionably participates in—it is worthwhile to think carefully, skeptically, and curiously about this anniversary and the charged moment it will afford. Here, a cultural critic explores the problems and opportunities surrounding Canada 150: an event that could, and should, be as much about the future as the past.
David Balzer is a writer, editor, and teacher. He is the author of Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else, winner of ICA London’s 2015 Book of the Year, and the short-fiction collection Contrivances. He has written about art and culture for The Guardian, Modern Painters, Artforum, The Globe and Mail and others, and was the recipient of the 2015 International Award for Art Criticism. He is currently Editor-in-Chief and Co-Publisher at Canadian Art magazine, and lives in Toronto.
Untitled Art Society Annual General Meeting
Notice to Members / Annual General Meeting
Untitled Art Society would like to invite members and community partners to our Annual General Meeting.
Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 2:00PM
@ UAS Main Space
343 11 Ave SW Calgary
Pizza and refreshments for all.
2017 AGM Agenda:
1. Call to Order
2. Approve 2017 Meeting Agenda
3. Approve 2016 AGM Minutes
4. President’s Report
5. Treasurer’s Report
6. Special Resolution: Bylaw Amendments
7. Election of the 2017/2018 Board of Directors
8. Set 2018 AGM date
Please note voting rights are reserved for members in good standing with the society only. Annual membership can be purchased/renewed for $20.00 ($10.00 for students).
The 2017/2018 UAS Board will consist of:
General Board Directors (5-6)
For more information on UAS membership & to purchase or renew your membership please email email@example.com or follow this link: https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/15127
Please contact Natasha Chaykowski at firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquiries regarding the AGM.
See you soon ♥
In the Untitled Contemporary Art +15 Window:
A Few Similar Things
Vuk Dragojevic + Liza Eurich
Curated by Natasha Chaykowski + Alison Cooley
Exhibition dates: February 6 – March 25, 2017
Closing reception: March 16, 2017
She once suggested to a respected, successful, and generous curator that a particular artwork be included in an exhibition alongside another. The curator dismissed the suggestion without pause: “those works are too similar, it’s too obvious” said the curator.
A Few Similar Things presents what its title suggests; it comprises four pairings of similar works, made autonomously by different artists. Mounted in vitrine spaces throughout the Arts Commons +15 pedway in Calgary, each installation is a coupling of works that in some way—aesthetically, conceptually, formally—are forthrightly alike.
Curating often prides itself on revealing the esoteric connectivity of artworks: the potential for juxtaposition to illuminate as-yet-unseen kinships, to tease out subtle thematic and formal tendencies or progressions, to build bonds between disparate objects. In this way, curatorial authority is engineered and maintained. A Few Similar Things plays critically with this impulse, questioning the relationship between power and curatorial methodologies.
In another vein, A Few Similar Things is situated in the context of a post-Internet ecology characterized by dizzying effluences of material—an environment that makes the avant-garde impulse of unique, novel creation appear impossible. How might artists faced with such a climate reckon with the act of creating? What can we understand from these similar works, made entirely independent from one another, each likely in complete ignorance of the other’s existence? How do art works become agents who operate outside of particular constraints of control, once unmoored from their artist's hand?
Rarely are we afforded the opportunity to look at similar images alongside each other. Instead, images are contextualized within an artist’s body of work, within a movement, a style, a regional artistic dialogue—their uniqueness highlighted in variation, rather than in their particularities. In A Few Similar Things, obvious pairings of like with like open poetic confluences between works, but also trace the rhythm of their small differences. In the space of the Arts Commons +15 vitrines, these pairings might become a kind of experiment: how do we reckon with sameness? Can the foundational impulses of curating be undone or de-familiarized by gestures of obvious combination? What might aesthetic closeness lend to us for understanding each other?
Vuk Dragojevic + Liza Eurich
Vuk Dragojevic’s short video, I,I,I,I (2013) portrays the unlikely division of a cinderblock into its constitutive parts which, when broken down into quarters, resemble the capital letter “I”. The heterogeneous parts reassemble and dismantle themselves in an infinite loop. Dragojevic’s gesture of material assembly is mirrored in Liza Eurich’s Apart from Coming Apart (2011 & 2017). Eurich’s work distills a single moment in the cycle of dismantling and rebuilding; her sculpture is two cinderblocks held together by the precarious and fragile addition of a thin connective strip of cement. Eurich’s sculpture points to a precarious union, liable to fall apart with the slightest physical provocation. Each of these works traverses a delicate balance between coming together and falling apart, and each despite their brawny material, speaks to the tenuousness of all things.
Vuk Dragojevic is a Serbian born interdisciplinary artist, photographer, and filmmaker based in Toronto. He holds a BFA from OCAD University and has shown work in festivals and exhibitions in Canada, Italy, England and France. His documentary practice focuses on artists and craftsmen who have chosen to work with their hands, in an increasingly digital and automated world. A recent project is Taxidermy is Goodbye, an Ontario Arts Council funded film about Manuel Jan, the owner of the last taxidermy shop in Toronto. Dragojevic’s installation work explores visual perception, metamorphosis, and the ways in which objects move in playful or unexpected ways. His floating installation Sinking of You, commissioned by In/Future festival was recently shown in the murky waters of Lake Ontario.
Liza Eurich completed her BFA from Emily Carr University in 2010 and her MFA from Western University in 2012. She co-publishes the online project Moire and recently completed international residencies at Acme Studios (London, UK), Glasgow Sculpture Studios (Glasgow, UK) and Banff (Banff, AB). Represented by MKG127 in Toronto, her work has been exhibited at G Gallery, Neutral Ground, Hamilton Artists Inc., Plug-In ICA, McIntosh Gallery, Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the Power Plant.
A Few Similar Things is a collaboration between Untitled Art Society, TRUCK Contemporary Art, Stride Gallery and The New Gallery.
L: Vuk Dragojevic, I,I,I,I (2013)
R: Liza Eurich, Apart from Coming Apart (2011 & 2017)
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