ebb and flow
Untitled Art Society Cellar
343 11th Ave SW
November 10 – December 22, 2018
Friday, November 9, 7pm
Ebb and flow. Wax and wane. Let me collect the driftwood and shards of light left behind, expelled from the churning cycles that compel the ocean’s tide, force the watery molecules of our cells to dance awry when the moon calls full. The lunar effect, they say. I was born on a waning moon, and of all the organs to be influenced by this, they say it’s my heart. They say it’s my heart and the eddy it spurs: round from the tip of a finger to a heel to an ear lobe to a parietal lobe, on and on so long as a heart beats.
Our bones are really just rocks, particulate matter that migrated into flesh when we were pelagic creatures. Our blood is an ore deposit: iron, copper, manganese, cobalt. The stuff of an extractive industry. Our thoughts: small bolts of lightning. Our feelings: tremors of an earthquake. To be alive is to collaborate with the things we think of as other than us.
If I was born on the full moon, of all the things to be influenced by this, they say it’d be my hands.
Hannah Petkau grew up on the Gulf Islands of British Columbia and is currently based in Calgary, Alberta where she completed her BFA with Distinction at the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2015. Her affinity with materials began at an early age when the twice-daily tides washed up an endless source of inspiration; plastic, plywood and rope were collected and assembled with driftwood, rocks and shells. Her practice continues to negotiate the interplay of materials. The integration of found objects, which are manipulated both by her hands and by previous unknowns, blur the differentiation of human and natural actions and exist in an intermediate space.
Lay your weight on me, I will make you free
Untitled Art Society Main Space
343 11th Ave SW
November 10 – December 22, 2018
Friday, November 9, 7pm
Toys, objects, childhood material accumulations: all cast to corners literal and metaphorical, eventually. Getting older is a process of accrual (in some ways) and the things that populate our youth are surrogates for the possessions of our adulthood, as burdensome and devoid of play as some such possessions may become. As they age, the often-disposable objects of our youth become functionally useless, but emotionally powerful—a strange parallel that echoes childhood itself. Lay your weight on me, I will make you free is a study of the physical and emotional worth that lingers in possessions we no longer need, but somehow continue to long for.
Porcelain is a vehicle with an eager heart for this roving value system: it is both precious and common, both fragile and durable. The porcelain works in this exhibition impersonate the pucker, bulge, furrow of tender flesh, while simultaneously posing as manufactured plastic, inhabiting at once two seemingly irreconcilable ways of being: carbon-based and polymer-bound. They are slumped with exhaustion. They are contorted by the weight of their once-attentive owners. Re-created, set on nostalgic backdrops of interior patterns and textures, and removed of all markings, colour, and context, these porcelain representations fix in time youth, which always desires to flee. Receptacles of our once-ardent affections, they remain as measuring cups, holding that which is left behind.
Jocelyn Reid is a Calgary-based ceramic and mixed-media artist. Reid received a BFA from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2013, and since graduating has exhibited her work throughout North America and Europe. Reid has received multiple awards and grants, including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Queens Golden Jubilee Scholarship, which allowed her to travel to a residency program at Guldagergaard IRC in Skælskør, Denmark. Reid has participated in several residency programs, and was a 2016/17 year-long artist in residence at Medalta in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Reid is currently the Education Art Technician for Ceramics at the Alberta College of Art + Design.
What if we were alive
Bridget Moser, Steve Roggenbuck, oualie frost, Allison Hrabluik, Salote Tawale
Curated by Natasha Chaykowski
Untitled Art Society
August 29 – November 3, 2018
Opening reception and performance by Bridget Moser
Saturday, September 22, 3 – 6 pm
Untitled Art Society main space
Performance by Steve Roggenbuck
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 9 pm
Theatre Junction Grand
Co-presented with M:ST Performative Art Festival
The what if is a room furnished only with possibilities and a few hardy house plants, one of which flowers over the summer months. The room exists in a parallel time and place to the room you are currently sitting in.
What if eating a hot dog so fast was better than the gold? What if hot dogs are the real hometown glory?
What if the family, lost in a corn maze, is the same feeling—electric, tender—as that kiss in the summer grass: dewy?
What if dogs exist outside of capitalism?
What if I put this project together in an intuitive way?
What if it was built in this way instead of assembling it, puzzle pieces that fit neatly together, around a central thesis, erected in the middle: a panoptical watch tower?
What if I follow an invisible string attached (obviously) to my sternum?
What if there was a place where I can work on my screaming (art screaming)?
What if you ate an orange with total abandon, and it was political, personal?
What if we said no, all at once, to a world on fire and we used our glass of water to quell the flames and be damp instead?
What if you put your three longest fingers into the ocean?
What if instead of diving, I turned around and took the ladder back down?
What if we all said that’s OK?
What if we were alive?
Bridget Moser: This Poem Does Not Help Me At All
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.
Steve Roggenbuck: Our Life Is So Weird I'm Sorry
i am 14 and 4 months.
i was born during a meteor shower and it
shows in my personality.
cry about it.
take it to the bank,
see if they can cash it for u,
i was born during a meteor shower
and it shows in daily life.
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.
Steve Roggenbuck is an American poet and video artist whose work has explored the new forms that literature and humor can take on the internet. He is most known for his Youtube videos, which have accumulated over 1.5 million views online and were featured in the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial in New York City, the Oslo Poesifilm Festival in Norway, and Rowing Gallery in London. His work has been covered by the New York Times, ARTnews, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, NPR, The Fader, Gawker, and The New Yorker. He has published six collections of writing and performed his poetry at over 300 events in ten countries and all 50 United States. He is the founder of Boost House, a poetry publisher in the United States, and several podcasts. He is currently studying premedical science and organizing with the International Socialist Organization in Syracuse, New York.
Oualie is a beach, except in Calgary this time.
Irresolvable mental-scapes, sadness, fear, and curiosity fuel them.
Feel free to inquire about the microwave cookbooks.
Allison Hrabluik is an artist and filmmaker originally from Calgary, now living in Vancouver BC. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 1999, and the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK) in Ghent, Belgium in 2007. She teaches at Emily Carr University of Art & Design.Allison’s short films celebrate life’s crazy contradictions through a mix of narrative and documentary. Her short film The Splitspremiered at Kassel Dokfest, Germany in 2015 and is in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery. The Splits features a cast of 25 performers who gather together in a hall to perform a range of activities from dog training to hair cutting, hot dog eating to speed skipping. Through their juxtaposition in editing a loose narrative has emerged, one that plays with physical and gendered expectations, and pictures the
beauty and absurdity of how we move with and against the grain of our daily lives.
Salote Tawale was born in Suva, Fiji Islands and grew up in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia and is now based in Sydney, NSW. Tawale has been a lecturer and tutor in Photomedia and studio practice at Monash, Deakin Universities and at UNSW. She has developed and taught various workshops for school and community groups over the past 20 years.
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 for their support with the production of new work by oualie frost and to our presenting partner MS:T Performative Art Festival.