August 5 – September 30, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 6 pm. Drinks at the Palomino Smokehouse to follow from 7 pm
The worst coal mining disaster in Canada took place in the small town of Hillcrest, Alberta, shortly after 9:30 am on Friday, June 19, 1914. A gas explosion within the mine took the lives of 189 people, leaving a profound effect on the town of Hillcrest which at that time had a population of approximately 1,000. This event was felt deeply by the community, leaving roughly 130 widows, close to 400 children without fathers, and the loss of the Anglican Church’s congregation, which resulted in its closure. On June 21, 1914, a funeral procession was lead through unseasonable snow to a mass grave on the north end of Hillcrest where the dead were buried. The cemetery was declared a provincial historic resource in 1985 and has since been refurbished and maintained.
The photographs used in this installation were recovered from a roll of undeveloped film found inside a camera at a Calgary thrift store in September of 2016.
Declan Hoy is an artist and writer whose projects explore photography, semiotics and time. Recent projects include: The Usual Place, But To The Side (TRUCK Contemporary Art/The Ivan Gallery, Calgary AB), and a show a book a happening (presented by The Pidgin Collective, The New Gallery, Calgary AB). Hoy is currently the acting programming manager of The Pidgin Collective and is completing his BFA at the Alberta College of Art + Design.
Untitled Art Society +15 Vitrine,
Arts Commons, 205 8th Avenue SE, Calgary
This Poem Does Not Help Me at All
Please join us Saturday, September 22, from 3 - 6pm for a performance by Bridget Moser, in conjunction with the opening reception for our fall exhibition, What if we were alive.
This Poem Does Not Help Me at All is a collection of short works that take on multiple forms and shift unpredictably between performative modes, texts, and sounds. Seemingly improvised but in fact carefully scripted, these hybrid works feature bizarre interactions with everyday inanimate objects, abstract body movements, and absurd monologues. Moving between states of criticality, humour, and emotion, the resulting performance is at turns entertaining, sometimes tender and often, bewildering.
Bridget Moser is a performance and video artist whose work is suspended between prop comedy, experimental theatre, performance art, absurd literature, existential anxiety and intuitive dance. She has presented work in venues across Canada, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, Mercer Union, Gallery TPW, MSVU Art Gallery, Dunlop Art Gallery, PLATFORM Centre, and Western Front. She has presented projects throughout the US and Europe, and has been a resident artist at Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como, Italy and guest faculty at The Banff Centre. Her work has been featured in Canadian Art, C Magazine, Visual Arts News, Artribune Italy, and a collaborative artist book published by Mousse Magazine. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Sobey Art Award representing the region of Ontario.
What if we were alive is a group exhibition of video and performance works by Bridget Moser, Steve Roggenbuck, oualie frost, Allison Hrabluik and Salote Tawale. The works in this exhibition variably consider the conundrums, tenderness, triumph, loss and exquisite strangeness of being a human. From the absurdity of life’s everyday rituals and the inherent pathos of hope, to the sincerity of love and the necessary loneliness of life, these works each oscillate between the profoundly idiosyncratic nature of experience and the threads of universality that foreground what it means to be human.
Thank you to all of our funders including Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Calgary Arts Development. A special thank you to EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society for their support with the production of new work by oualie frost. This performance is co-presented with M:ST Performative Art Festival.