Exhibition: June 8th to July 31st, 2012
Closing Reception: July 15th, 2012
At UAS +15 Gallery
"Snapshots from the Garden is a collection developed from a fascination with the camera and my passion for gardening. It is about the fleeting moment of simple beauty and the attempt to capture it for enduring enjoyment. The oil paintings originate from close-up photography and an ensuing fascination with depth of field. The blur and clarity that emerge from the scrutiny of the camera not only intrigue me but also provide a greater insight into how we interpret the world around us; it seems confusion reveals certainty. The drawings are pocket-sized keepsakes, tiny vignettes of seasonal treasures. And, the mixed media paintings are a personal rendering and reinterpretation of what the camera has captured. The work has become an authentic reflection of my environment in the most realistic terms.
I have always been drawn to the landscape and, in my practice, concerned with its place in contemporary Canadian art; as a result, much of my work embraces both conceptual and material experimentation where I look for the unexpected but respect the traditions that comprise landscape genre. My aim is to provide a transcendent sense of nature that is recognizable but not always understood; the work is intended to innervate a sense of place rather than merely impart an image."
Exhibition: July 9th to 30th, 2010
Reception: Friday, July 9th, 7-10pm, 2010
On April 28, 2008, one thousand six hundred and six ducks, mallards and buffleheads, landed on the Aurora tailings pond, a lake of toxic waste and contaminated water, the residue from oil sands mining operations. Most of the flock died within minutes. The Duck Memorial Gallery consists of one thousand six hundred and six origami ducks folded from 5" squares of coloured paper - five being the number of surviving ducks. Folding began on Remembrance Day 2009, and was completed on April 28, 2010, the second anniversary of the ducks' death. An installation by Samuel Garrigo Meza.
Exhibition: June 4th to 26th, 2010
Opening reception & screening: June 4, 2010 from 7 to 10 PM
featuring work by UAS founders and alumni of Alberta College of Art + Design
Angela Inglis, Cory Hopfner, Derek Waite (founders; 1994, painting), Brad Uphill (founder; 1994, photography), Greg Marshall, Jan Kabatoff, Lorna Bright (nee McCarron), Mark Holliday, Milo Dlouhy, Neil Freeman, Shawn Hillis (1994, painting)
and their invited guests, recent and current ACAD students
Jahan Monast (2005, painting), Camille Betts (2006, sculpture), Brittany Perry (2010, painting), Heidi Holt (2010, glass), Michelle Trudgeon (2010, sculpture), Aaron Sidorenko, Frank Spudic (2011, painting)
Join us June 4th for the launch of Sweet Sixteen, and for a special screening of Untitled Art Video featuring interviews with UAS founders by local artist Patrica Dawkins.
In addition to the work displayed in the Main Gallery, beginning MAY 28, 2010 there will be a Sweet Sixteen web gallery open for the duration of the show, designed by Milo Dlouhy. This site will feature the founders of UAS and their 1994 work, and an essay by Karen Attwell.
"No one ever knows the future when something new comes into being. If you are lucky there is someone to cradle it, all slimy and warm, and to wonder what those dewy, trusting eyes will see. And sixteen years on for Untitled here it is. Still focused, critical, and aware."
-- Karen Attwell, "Coming of Age." Sweet Sixteen exhibition essay.
In 1994 Untitled Art Society was founded by a fresh batch of graduates from the ACAD painting and photography departments.They had no idea where their initiative to register as a society and source studio space would take them, but they hoped they would keep their student energy alive. Sixteen years later, while the founding members have moved on, the society continues.
In honour of its 16th anniversary, UAS has engaged these founding members to see where their practice has evolved since graduation, and encouraged them to engage with current and recent ACAD students in Sweet Sixteen.
Exhibition: July 2nd - July 4th, 2010
On the UAS Barewalls - 4th fl, 319 10th Ave SW
A painting graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, Tammy Fischer was born and raised in Calgary, and is now raising her own family with my husband in the city. Originally trained in the medical field Fischer derives her love of detail from biology, uses satellite image as a microscope in her abstract pieces. The works produced investigate the marks made by man upon the land and the passage of time, at strata or layering of what has gone before. A painting graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design, Tammy Fischer was born and raised in Calgary, and is now raising her own family with my husband in the city. Originally trained in the medical field Fischer derives her love of detail from biology, uses satellite image as a microscope in her abstract pieces. The works produced investigate the marks made by man upon the land and the passage of time, at strata or layering of what has gone before.
"The pieces I have assembled are about looking at the marks left behind through the ebb and flow of the movement of man upon the land. The visible imprint of man on the landscape is the main focus of my work at this time. I look at how the oil and gas and farming industries have affected the landscapes, not environmentally but spatially. I am concentrating on repetition, image, shape and depth of field. My intent is not to aestheticize environmental damage or to dwell on the issues as important as they are; but to look at the environment we create.
The landscape can be seen as shapes, forms and movement; these functions depend upon each other, dissolving the physicality and solidity of form, creating a vibration of movement. Landscape is the work of the mind; scenery is built up of the strata of layers of rock and intervention of man as much as it is built up of strata of memory and senses. I look at aerial photos and how man-made marks and scars are left upon the land. The circles made by farming irrigation have especially caught my attention and I am drawn to the movement I experience when I interpret those marks. My use of natural materials such as Henna and Marble Dust with acrylic medium helps to stain the canvas and add texture to the works giving greater depth to the paintings."