Exhibition: May 8 – May 30, 2015 Reception: Friday, May 8, 2015, 7PM-11PM
In UAS Main Space
Surviving as an outpost of independent culture in Calgary is no small achievement. An artist-run centre dedicated to the art of animation, The Quickdraw Animation Society has occupied its corner of Calgary’s cultural landscape for three decades. It’s an anniversary that is worth celebrating and we want you to take part!
Like many artist-run centres, Quickdraw has changed forms many times over the years, introducing new programs, shifting its focus from production to outreach to education and back again all the while reflecting the multiple personalities of our membership. 30 Years of Calgary Animation isn’t a summary of Quickdraw’s history; it’s a celebration of what our members have accomplished. Including archival artifacts, interactive workstations, projections of work made by our membership, and with silkscreened zines by Heather Kai Smith - it’s our chance to recognize the many contributions of Quickdraw’s past and steal a glimpse into the society’s future.
On May 8th, join us for a kick-off party and opening reception at Untitled Art Society in celebration of the Quickdraw Animation Society. We’re 30 years old, a bit rough around the edges, and a bit magic in the middle. We’ve been making animation and causing trouble that entire time, and so to celebrate there will be cake, a collaborative animation that you can add to, and cool things to look at and watch. Join us at 7PM for a screening of our current students’ work and at 9:30PM for a retrospective screening of our favourite Quickdraw works of all time. There are some real gems in there, and it’s only screening once, so you should probably be there!
Exhibition: April 8th - May 27th, 2015 Artist Talk & Workshop: May 9th, 2pm-4pm Reception: Thursday, May 21st, 2015, 6pm-7pm
In the UAS +15 Window
Motherland is a 66” x 66” hand embroidery on Belgian linen that evolved from a growing body of vision drawings, small gouache and graphite compositions sketched intuitively after meditation, as part of a continuing venture to reconcile the position of self in the world.
Motherland functions as a work of art, a work of craft, a therapeutic process, and a meditative discipline, to raise and address questions about how humans see ourselves participating in an expanded reality. The metaphysical landscape of Motherland speaks to the universal condition of birth and death; its response to this condition is a possibility. The project itself envisions a collective attitude of relatedness: of being in the world in a harmonious way, facilitating mutually reciprocal relationships with the natural world, spirit, each other, and ourselves. The artist’s labour on the final stage of embroidery in the +15 Window for the duration of Motherland’s exhibition intends to inspire a mood of contemplation, in which we all can consider the implications of relatedness in our own lives.
Chelsea Rushton earned a BFA with distinction in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and is completing an MFA in Visual Art at the University of Calgary. Her written and visual research focuses on the intersection between creativity and spirituality, and the ways in which art as personal expression can document and facilitate spiritual development.