Exhibition Runs: April 8th - May 31st, 2014
Reception: Thursday, May 15th, 2014
In the UAS + 15 Window.
The Wild Man is our feral double. He lurks in the corners of popular culture, appearing as the good-natured trickster Puck, as the comic servant Harlequin, as Old Saint Nick, and as the very devil himself. He is Enkidu, Nebuchadnezzar, and St. John of Chrysostom. Here in Canada, we know him as Sasquatch. Alternately, the Wild Man appears as a cannibalistic creature with matted, stench-ridden fur, skulking at the edges of society, and as an elegant and romanticized noble savage. He is a figure both demonized and romanticized.
Inspired by this rich tradition, Hope created the Wild Man Appreciation Society, a civil society and personal museum dedicated to the preservation and the promotion of tales of this feral creature. Small and dimly lit, the museum encourages the viewer to lean in close to see the artefacts: giant mittens and giants’ rings; sixteenth-century beer jugs; coins, stamps, and playing cards; a tin type; a tapestry; toys, carvings, and costumes. The museum is also a venue for collaborative public art, where Hope makes drawings and exchanges stories with local Wild Man enthusiasts.
While much of the museum’s collection is composed of genuine artefacts, others are of Hope’s own creation. To some degree the creation of objects is a function of necessity – as it is not within Hope’s reach to acquire certain items. But more importantly, adding handmade objects allows Hope to insert herself within this history. Hope uses art and craft interchangeably, finding fulfillment in the historical traditions and experimental freedoms of each. Creating objects for the museum’s collection allows for both of these impulses: Hope can follow in the tradition of trade apprenticeship, creating reproductions of works by old masters, and become inspired by tales of third-century explorers to create new interpretations of ancient creatures.
Fundamentally the Wild Man Appreciation Society is about storytelling, about which stories persist and how we share them - and about how this one motif, the Wild Man, has endured as a key figure for as long as we have been telling stories.
Emily Hope was born and raised in Aurora, Ontario, and educated at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia, where she earned a BFA in 2012. In 2011, Hope founded the Wild Man Appreciation Society, a civil society and personal museum dedicated to the promotion and preservation of tales of the Wild Man. She has spent most of her time since then working on expanding the museum’s collection. Hope lives in Kamloops with her husband, Cory, and their daughter, Molly. She is the Education and Public Programs Coordinator at the Kamloops Art Gallery and an active board member of Arnica Artist Run Centre.
Exhibition Runs: Feb 8 - Mar 31, 2014
Artist Talk: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Reception: Thursday, March 20, 2014
In the the UAS +15 Window
nothing.something is a collection of video scenes of a person in domestic and suburban spaces that tells of the oscillation of things and non-things, moments and non-moments of an isolated life. Videos of captured moments, singularities amongst the multitude, it unveils the briefest of feelings of the unspectacular of the everyday; the cyclical thoughts of annihilation and the joy of being. Scenes of internal turmoil, feelings and struggles are contrasted by external spaces and routine phases in life. By collecting them together, the moments form into another multitude of a world of exceptionlessness, of a possible norm and of dreams. A world that forever forms and deforms into nothing, something.
Teresa is currently completing her BFA at Alberta College of Art Design. Her practice revolves around the complexities of the affects of on our everyday on perception; how are we seeing and being when we are not paying attention to ourselves. She uses digital video, film and digital photography, print media, programming, animation, the internet, and writing as her artistic mediums.
Exhibition Runs: Dec 8th - Jan 31st, 2014
Reception: Thursday, Jan 20th, 2014
In the UAS + 15 Window
I am enamoured by objects and intrigued by collecting; a victim of Horror Vacui. I've surrounded myself with clutter, literally and metaphorically filling a space. I am captivated by the relationship between myself and my objects, my identity and my collections. I obsess over the fiction that is ever-present in my life, my alter identity: who I could have been if the narrative of my existence had been altered.
Nicole Bracey is an artist living and working in Calgary, Alberta. She received her BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2013. When she isn’t creating, she can most often be found drinking craft beers, or over-spending at flea markets.
Exhibition Runs: Aug 8th - Sept 30th, 2013
Reception: Thursday, Sept 19th, 2014
In the UAS + 15 Window
A story of the sisterly bond between two girls, and their relationship with imagination, departure from innocence and discovery of women hood. Lingering in the forest is the residue and remnants of a playful ritualistic activity between two girls and nature.
Janine Bennett is a recent graduate from the Alberta College of Art & Design having also studied abroad at Falmouth University, in Falmouth, United Kingdom. Her practice has developed in response to romanticized ideas of femininity, beauty, death and decay. Referencing both the connotations and processes surrounding still life, her work materializes through graphite drawings, photography and the installation of objects.
Rachel Zwambag is a recent graduate from the Alberta College of Art & Design. Her practice explores her relationship to play and the way adults view this activity we once took part in as children. Animal-human hybrids, playing dress up, cloaking, masks, fairytales, story-telling, secret spaces and curiosity all play important roles in her work, manifesting itself through installations and objects.
Janine and Rachel grew up together and have been close friends for many years. Making work in close proximity to each other, they are interested in the shared similarities between both of their practices and are excited to explore this relationship further.
Runs: June 8th to July 31st, 2013 performances on weekdays from 3:30 to 5:30
Reception: July 18th @ 6PM – 7PM drinks to follow at Wine-Ohs, guests of UAS will receive a discount
Artist Talk: July 4th @ 6PM at UAS Satellite Gallery
“Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.” Proverbs 18:1
Exploring the notion of thought deprivation; Yules Wai will be centralized in a confined white space at the +15 glass window of UAS on weekdays from 3:30 to 5:30 from June 8th to July 31st.
Our culture today has become so dependent on obtaining self-knowledge that it has slowly drowned us and turned our thoughts black. It has become close to impossible for newborns nurtured into our society to take time to relax and spectate the beautiful things in life; the reason being, from childhood we are constantly bombarded with old and new information: how to live, how to dress, ethics, morals, self-identity, etc. Inevitably, we find ourselves lost and incapable, and for that reason, in order to find refugee, in all efforts, we block out our surroundings until we reach complete isolation from our own society’s insanity.
Over the course of two months, Wai will be writing down all thoughts on the glass window in front of me until it becomes completely black. In the end, he will be completely isolated from the audience, his identity be swallowed up; everything in front of his sight will also come to an end; alone and forgotten, Wai struggles and endures until his last breath.
About the Artist
Yules Wai is a Canadian Chinese Performance artist who has performed in numerous of exhibitions at venues, including ACAD, TRUCK gallery, the Banff Centre, and the Old Y.
While performing in public, Yules Wai engages the notion of live action by focusing on holding a space within his conscious state of mind; impacted through new information from the impulse and connection within the space he performs in. While spirituality reinforces the idea of human experience, his practice deals with freedom of our body, heart, and soul both physically and emotionally. His work attempts to bring the viewers in a state of reflection and uplifting experience.
Exhibition Runs: April 8th to May 30th, 2012
Closing Reception: May 16th, 7PM-8PM
At the UAS +15 Gallery
“When does a work of art begin its existence? How can one evaluate its importance? ... When is “creative action” to be considered a performance, a happening, or simple life occurrence? When does simply “doing nothing” spawn creativity? When do the terms “art,” “research,” and “leisure” become equivalents?” Robert Filliou These above questions that French Fluxus artist Robert Filliou raised in his work are not only extremely influential questions and important to my practice but also are questions that are very prevalent in my practice. My practice uses common everyday materials and mundane repetitive acts to question meaning and value within art and everyday life. A lot of my work and curiosity about meaning and art can be better understood by looking at and questioning the definition of the word something.
: - some unspecified or unknown thing
-a known understood but unexpressed quantity, quality or extent.
Something is really just some thing. In order for something to be something there must be a something not, a nothing. What makes us decide that something is something and nothing is nothing? Could we not say something is nothing and nothing is something? Why does something mean something? Why do we value something more than nothing? These questions are at the root of my artistic practice. I do not want to find meaning but rather come to an understanding of why and how things mean. I want to understand the processes of cognition and perception. I would like to take what might
seem like a step backwards and asks how meaning is made. How do things mean? Why do things mean? How and why do we make value judgments ? How does something’s value affect what it means? I feel my practice is one that is full of overlapping and ever circling questions that are often overlooked and may never be answered but I feel are important to ponder.
Exhibition Runs: February 8th to March 31, 2013
Closing Reception: March 21st
Part of CAOS International Festival of Animated Objects
I consider myself a ‘sacred artist’, one who works aspires to create work of ultimate beauty, which transcends normal everyday existence. I am interested in the spiritual and profane. This has led me to explore representations of historic deities, and study the process of constructing a traditional image using sacred geometry and referencing historical precedents. Over time, I am using the study of these historical icons in the development of my own lexicon of symbols and motifs that blend with contemporary life.
I draw artistic inspiration from a deep and profound curiosity in eastern spirituality and mysticism. I hope to transcend mere representational art to create a mystical experience. My paintings represent psychological aspects of the human condition and seek to convey a philosophical teaching through their narratives. It is said that making sacred images brings about the existence of the deity and good luck to all who view it. My works are intended to inspire awe, reverence, curiosity and deep thought while nourishing the creative spirit.
BATISTA is based in Calgary, Alberta and holds a BFA with Distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design. He was part of the exhibition 7 BY 7: RISING TALENTS at Stride (2009) and his first solo exhibition Sacred Images was held at the Untitled Arts Society Gallery (2011). His latest body of work, titled "Dive Inspiration" was shown November 2012 at the Stride Gallery. He is currently an artist in residence for Calgary 2012 and has two simultaneous exhibitions in the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts building.
Exhibition Runs: December 8th to January 31st, 2012
Closing Reception: January 17th, 7-8PM
At the UAS +15 Gallery
Portraiture is a method by which artists can communicate their complex identities. Art is a language that sets the artist apart from the communicative rules of behavior and allows a representation of themselves without the interference of verbal language. The process of drawing is intrinsically tied to the person and personhood of the artist-- exploring their own concept of body, Self and the relationships between themselves and others. After the drawing is complete, the artist is telling the viewer to respond to their self-created identity. “This Portraiture Show” is the result of this exploration and resolution by artists with developmental disabilities.
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.
Exhibition Runs: August 8th to September 30th, 2012
Closing Reception: September 20th, 7-8PM
At the UAS +15 Gallery
Stack Mimetics enacts it’s presence through applied surfaces and expressed materiality. Exploring the cultural logic of mimesis within the sphere of sub-cultural identification, the work is manifested as selected woodland camouflage patterns, applied with specific technical processes onto composite materials and aggregated into stacks. Alluding to the notion of “fitting in”, whether it be into the terrific/terrifying natural Alberta wilderness or into the subsequent aesthetics of one’s own branded identity, Stack Mimetics presents the opportunity for reflection into how we chose to mimic the objects and entities that surround us, and the cultural logic of mimesis and camouflage as it is derived from the basis of an archaic survival process.
Stephen Nachtigall is a Calgary based artist whose work focuses on the contemporary paradox of the actual and the virtual from his point of view as a “Net Native” and also a native to the foothills of the Alberta Rockies. After studying sculpture and completing his BFA at the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2011, Stephen has been establishing his practice within the Calgary arts community, participating in group exhibitions such as BYOB Calgary, Return to The Dollhouse for the Truck Gallery, and The Works at Untitled Arts Society. His work has also seen online exposure on blogs and websites such as vvork.com. Some of his most recognized achievements include an installation entitled Electric Lettuce at Sled Island in June 2011 as well as receiving the Board of Governors award during his time at ACAD.