April 12 – May 31, 2018
Thursday, May 10, 6 pm. Drinks at the Palomino Smokehouse to follow from 7pm.
Drawing The Curtains: An Oblique Act of Concealment, Lemons, Oranges and Sage explores the intricacies of living, where struggling to live and dying to live are realities that are in fact not so far away from one another. This evolving installation features ombre curtains in a range of skin tones; the castings of a pot that once held an olive tree grown in Toronto, Canada, from a Mediterranean seedling; and a casted plug that represents and in turn holds the space of the former plant. That an olive tree was able to naturally grow in such a different climate and geography than its place of origin reflects the possibilities of hope, whereas the subsequent act of holding space for it is a caring gesture.
Over the duration of the project, the vitrine will accumulate more and more detritus, reflective of lives lived: consumption, waste and eventual death. Overall, the work offers a material and poetic commentary on the notion of wanting to live well—to thrive—as opposed to merely trying to survive. This, perhaps, is how the original olive seed might have begun its journey.
This project is part of I believe in living, curated by Ellyn Walker. The exhibition features diverse works by local, national and international artists, in and outside the Untitled Art Society main gallery space, online, in the UAS +15 Vitrine and on billboards across the city.
Basil AlZeri is a Toronto-based visual artist. AlZeri’s practice involves the intersection of art, education and food, and takes multiple forms such as performance, interventions, and gallery and public installation. His work examines the socio-political dynamics of the family and their intersections with cultural practices, drawing on the necessities of everyday life and the visibility of labour as sites of exploration. His work aims to facilitate a space for empathy through gestures of inclusivity and generosity. AlZeri’s has presented his work in Amman, Dubai, Halifax, Mexico City, Montreal, New York, Ottawa, Regina, Rome, Santiago, Tartu and Toronto.
Untitled Art Society +15 Vitrine, Arts Commons, 205 8th Avenue SE, Calgaryuascalgary.org
Walter Scott, Blood, Sweat and Ears, 2018
Only Dog Can Judge Me
Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter + Walter Scott
AKA Artist-run + Untitled Art Society
Athens School of Fine Arts
Pireos, Ag. Ioannis Rentis 182 33, Athens, Greece
May 17 – 20, 2018
Dogs are man’s best friend but Man doesn’t exist (at least not anymore, but probably never) so let’s agree here and now to make the logical induction that dogs are everyone’s best friend, and one of the only good things left in a world on fire. Ours is a generation that has dogs, small rental apartments and depression: one that thirsts for change but is perennially paralyzed by what we’ve inherited. But a generation isn’t a real thing either. It’s only a slice of time that we all, through happenstance, happen to share, to be entangled in together. Dogs are a salve though. Just to conjure one in mind. Just to smell the top of her head. Maybe we can make it after all.
Only Dog Can Judge Me is an exhibition of drawing, beading and text work by Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter and Walter Scott, presented at Platforms Project in Athens, Greece, by AKA artist-run and Untitled Art Society.
Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, inspiration for Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter, Untitled Dog Beadworks, 2018
Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter is an Inuvialuk artist and curator based in Calgary and Banff, born in Yellowknife and raised in Edmonton. She currently holds the Indigenous Curatorial Research Practicum at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and received a Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Nasogaluak Carpenter uses art and humour as coping mechanisms to subtly address cultural displacement, and to openly address mental illness; the lighthearted nature of her practice extends gestures of empathy and solidarity. These interests invite a reconsideration of the perceptions of contemporary Indigeneity and counter the stigmatism surrounding mental health. Nasogaluak Carpenter is a core member of Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective. Her drawings were featured in the Summer 2017 Issue of Inuit Art Quarterly.
Walter Scott is a Kahnawake-born interdisciplinary artist working across writing, video, performance and sculpture. In 2011, while living in Montréal, he began the comic book series Wendy, exploring the narrative of a fictional young woman living in an urban centre who aspires to global success and art stardom but whose dreams are perpetually derailed. Wendy has been featured in Modern Painters, Canadian Art, Mousse Magazine, Art in America, and The New Yorker. Recent Exhibitions include the 2016 Montreal Biennale, Le Grand Balcon, Musée d'art contemporain; Big Toe, Giant Steps at Occidental Temporary, Paris; and Ambivalent Pleasures: Vancouver Special, Vancouver Art Gallery.
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