Exhibition Runs: October 16th to October 19th, 2012 at 12-4PM
Part of the MST 6 Festival of Performative Art
At the UAS White Dwarf Gallery
“Hourglass” is a rice‐based performance that explores “deterritorialization” and “disessentialization” in the Taken‐for‐Granted world.
The action of constantly painting white rice to black is a metaphor of the hourglass. Sand in an hourglass cannot flow without rotation, just as power cannot shift without struggle. Too much power concentrated on one side is a main factor causing disharmony, confusion and dislocation, embodied on the social turbulence that we see and feel in our daily lives. In fact, power doesn’t bring growth unless we understand the essence of sharing power. The process of social transformation does not have to involve violence, and the political gesture doesn’t have to be radical. In fact, it can be done through a more peaceful way, a meditative way or through actual meditation.
The gesture of painting white rice to black is a political gesture. This performance provides an opportunity for participants to meditate on our situation while working together on a mutual goal: reconfigure the established centralized power in order to create an equal, fair and balanced world.
Chun Hua Catherine Dong is a performance artist, born in China, living in Canada. She graduated from Emily Carr University Arts & Design and is currently pursuing her MFA at Concordia University with support of SSHRC, Concordia Faculty of Fine Arts Fellowship and BC Arts Council Scholarship. Dong is interested in blurring boundaries between personal and political, between private and public, between art and life, between performance and everyday practice. Her current research interests focus on how a practice of contemporary performance art addresses the everyday performance of identity, and how strategic, essentialized performance of identity redefines the interconnected concepts of public and private self, gender, and power.
Exhibition Runs: October 9th to 15th, 2012
On the UAS Barewalls
These works are not an academic exploration of the word obsession, but a physical manifestation of the process of preoccupation-- Of making objects and making art through a consuming act. This consumptive act is a way to communicate a mental state of preoccupation that perhaps is otherwise unable to be communicated. Perhaps one that we all share. Showcased in this exhibition are paintings, sculptures and drawings based on obsession, focusing on process based work. (IE: Objects where process is evident or requires time-consuming tasks). All works are completed by artists with developmental disabilities and communicate each individual’s state of preoccupation with the same repetitive task.
Exhibition Runs: September 14th to October 6th, 2012
Opening Reception: October 14th, 7-10PM.
At the UAS Satellite Gallery
Larissa Tiggelers’ painting practice is an indulgence in her obsession with colour relationships, the composition of form, and the ‘push and pull’ of spatial perspective. Shape, form, colour, and texture are used as tools to manipulate and fracture space. Though her paintings appear measured and systematic, the works are highly experimental and guided by intuition. This is evident in the breakdown of perspective and playful relationships between elements within the work.
Calgary based artist Larissa Tiggelers received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2010. She maintains an active studio practice and contributes to the artist-run community in Calgary.