Artists:Michael Mateyko, Hans Theissen, Peter Curtis Morgan, Claudette Morgan-Yez, Nigel Yez, Marbella Anne Carlos, Derek Coonan, Larissa Blokhuis, Sarah Brownlee, Bailey Copithorne, Dat Tran, Kenzie Housego, Concetta Zurzolo, Angela Inglis, Jane Grace, Kim Smith, Victoria Mitchell, Sam Williams, Jarett Sitter, Jane McQuitty, Jill Armstrong, Andrea Mann, Sandra Vida, Alisha Weng, Esther Weng, Sara McKarney, Gabriel Staples, Andrea Williamson, Tia Halliday, Lia Rogers, Joshua Fraser, Justin Waddell, Chris Frey, Richard Brown, Riley Grant, Rudy Spehar, Joel Monea, Mark Eadie, Helen Young, Heather Reinhardt & Chika Ando.
Exhibition Runs: January 12th to Feruary 2nd, 2012.
Opening Reception: January 12th, 7-10PM.
At the UAS Satellite Gallery
Since 2009, I have been organizing group exhibitions to inspire, encourage and motivate artists to create new work. I have found there was a gap for artists who wanted to show individual works, but nowhere to exhibit them professionally, unless it belonged to a bigger body of work. By creating these group exhibitions, artists were free to experiment and explore, without the pressure of creating a full body of work. They are creating something new and stimulating their practice, while also having the chance to share this work with the community.
One of these exhibitions is &ersand, an annual art exhibition that celebrates collaborations between creative minds, where each collaborator brings a different skill, practice and perspective. Collaborations are a unique experience where inspiration, motivation, and different perspectives can influence the works created. The beauty of each work comes from how new ideas emerge, as part of the collaborations, where it would not have happened alone. It is never a perfect process. As you work off each other, you start discovering your own strengths and weaknesses. Either working harmoniously or clashing ideas, by the end of it, you never know how it’s going to turn out. There are 20 collaborative works, involving over 40 artists in all stages of practice and different disciplines. This is the fourth year of &ersand, which has continued to inspire individuals to work together, creating something new.
- Vicki Chau, curator of &ersand
The curator would like to acknowledge the support of Calgary 2012, Cultural Capital of Canada, for this edition of &ersand.
Vicki Chau is a media artist based in Calgary, working mainly with photography and video. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design, earning a BFA with distinction in Media Arts + Digital Technologies, and is currently the Programs & Outreach Coordinator at EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society. She has been on several board and committees with various artist-run centres in Calgary, and is currently sitting on the board of Exposure Photography Festival. In her spare time, she independently organizes and curates exhibitions featuring emerging and established artists, at different venues throughout the city.