Exhibition Runs: October 8th to November 30th, 2012
Closing Reception: November 15th, 7-8PM
At the UAS +15 Gallery
Can you imagine how frightening it would be to try and fight something you can't see? It always seems to take a tragic event before something becomes visible to society. Much like illness and disease, you are invisible to society until the illness overtakes your body and then you become visible to society. I don't look sick, but sometimes it’s the non-visual that's the scariest thing.
My inspiration, my spirit guide the Black wolf, is almost always present in my work. I have Lupus an auto Immune disease, for which there is no cure. I rely heavily on my art helping getting through the hardships of everyday life. It’s extremely scary to have a disease that grabs you by the throat and gives you a shake every so often. I find comfort in getting lost in my own inner images and voices and quite enjoy the spiritual journey I am facing.
The images I use help with the path of life and illness I was dealt. I find that the images lean towards a spiritual journey meant for me to rediscover myself. I am very aware of my work and tone my craft with aesthetics and semiotics. I learn from the process and interrogate these fresh ideas into my work. Most often the process is of self-discovery and the ideas are from that process.
I use many layers in my work, it’s not until you stop to look at it do you see the many different layers and images begin to appear. I cut out a lot of the images to represent what Lupus can take from you. This also represents illness and disease. My illness I feel is a path rather than an obstacle in my path to creativity and self-discovery.
Cindy Santa was born in Canmore Alberta, She grew up in Snow Lake, Manitoba, and moved back to Alberta in 1995 and now resides in Okotoks AB. Cindy is a wife and a mother to 3 boys. Cindy will be receiving her Bachelor of Fine Art from Alberta College of Art and Design in 2013, where she majored in Sculpture. Some of her accomplishments have been, in 2007 she received the Recognition Award while attending Bow Valley College. While being at ACAD she has won, the Delwyn Darling Memorial Scholarship, in 2010 she won the Janet Mitchell Bursary and also the James Lillian Budd Family Bursary. She also has 3 murals on board the Edmonton Queen Riverboat,(2003). She has done a backdrop for a HGTV show called “One Garden Two Looks.”(2006) Cindy was diagnosed Lupus in 2008 and since then she has worked with notions of disease and illness in the spiritual sense. Her work focuses on the unimportant, unseen, and the invisible, and brings light to these issues through her unique process involving multiple layers and incredible details.
A One Night Only Performance: November 23, 2012 at 7PM.
Contemporary dancer Audrey Horne and contemporary artist Farlee Mowat offer for one evening only, a night of artwork and dance performance. For the first time ever, Farlee will perform a live dance and Audrey will be presenting artwork in an exhibition space.
We All Cling To Dead Things is a show that explores the ritualistic and sacrificial elements of art making and the fragile balance of it all. It is a show that celebrates the ethereal nature of truth and beauty and love, which is only accessible to us when we decide to listen to ourselves and welcome vulnerability.
One Night Happening: November 17 2012
At UAS Satellite Gallery
A night bringing more mind blowing ART & MUSIC to the Calgary stage. The night consisted of a DJ Dance Party (featuring Girls on Decks and DJ TL1), a themed Photo-Booth (hosted by Aran Wilkinson-Blanc) and a rad showing of Art and a super-sized Raffle, plus OH so much more!
The last time we got together for a Party like this Calgary, it was Sparkle Mania... This time the UAS turned EIGHTEEN!! And we want YOU to JOIN US and be apart of our sweet sweet eighteen. We would like to OFFICIALLY invite you to come down to the UAS and help us create local history and celebrate this momentous occasion.
The UAS is dedicated to creating a safe venue for you to party, art, and mingle in. This event was inspired by every eighteenth birthday party you wish you had, to come crush a cupcake or two, show your support for our organization and get that second chance at your most epic eighteen! ;)
Dress code was in effect, to show up in your Party-Rock / Hipster / Gang-star Best!!!
This event was (PWYC) Pay What You Can at the door, or pick up a rad-tastic VIP pass in advance. Balla!
Exhibition Runs: October 16th to November 3rd, 2012
Opening Reception: October 16th, 7-10PM
Part of the MST 6 Festival of Performative Art
At UAS Satellite Gallery
In 1874, Joseph Glidden patented an invention that would forever change the face of the landscape—“devilʼs wire”. Legend states that his wife had encouraged him in her yearning to grow a garden—a paradise that would be preserved by walling in that which is desired and walling out “undesirables”. This wire has been used in every military engagement since. Yet in terms of tensile strength, steel is surpassed by silk.
Babcock's install/action The Garden engages a tactile juxtaposition to explore the borderlands between apparent opposites—between comfort and agitation, between attraction and abhorrence, between danger and sanctuary. Over the course of the install/action, at times together in collaboration with viewers and at times in solitude, Babcock engages in a continuous silent action of transitioning the wires from their original narly[NR1] twig-like state, to a sea of silken white; graceful and enticing, but nevertheless potentially treacherous.
Mary Babcock is a visual and performance artist, and Associate Professor and Chair of the Fibers and Graduate Programs in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her installation and mixed media work has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally (including Canada, France, Korea, Japan, Hungary and the Ukraine). She has performed across the United States in individual and collaborative contexts, as well as throughout Japan, in Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland and the Philippines. She has lectured at numerous conferences on her work linking fiber, performance and peace and justice studies.