Survival of the Fitness (Quenching Your Inner Fire)
Matthew Palmer and Tim Messeiller
October 5 - November 30, 2017
November 16, 2017, 6 pm Drinks at the Palomino Smokehouse to follow from 7 pm
Survival of the Fitness (Quenching Your Inner Fire) by artist duo Palmer and Messeiller is a series of survival tools that manipulate, enhance or improve upon minimalist sculptures. This project casts survival as a marketable concept used to sell all-wheel drive jeeps and adventure gear to those in search of a thrill. From the concept of survival as central to human existence to television survivalists, this exhibition plays with what it means to survive by simply adapting to change.
In this exhibition, the artists focus on the concept of survival through the creation of tools and understanding their ideal uses. The forms and tools made of materials like plaster, wood and textiles are placed upon plinths and are accompanied by digitally printed vinyl banners and a life-size cardboard cutout. These elements not only signify the most basic elements of a contemporary art installation, but also play on the idea of a commercial window display; they transform the vitrine into a strange promotional stage for products of an esoteric use and questionable value. In the process of suggesting the utilitarian function of the tool, a dialogue is created wherein the minimalist shape is no longer a prop, but part of a whole, where both the prop and the tool are equally important for each other’s existence.
Messeiller and Palmer are a collaborative duo who have been working together since 2013. They have shown at RATS Collectif, Vevey, Switzerland Lokal-Int, Bienne, Switzerland and Circa in Montréal, Quebec. Their work is concerned with artistic labour, commodification of the art object and the performative elements of professions. Their multimedia works incorporate sculpture, textile, video, silk screening and relational projects.
This exhibition was generously supported by Resolve Photo and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.
Maryse LarivièreUnder the Cave of winds
June 30 – September 23, 2017
June 29, 7 pm
By the time we talk face to face again in the city of fog and spasm, feminine sovereignty will be on the table, next to my pen and ashtray. So I better rush over, just in case the tunnel that connects us curtains off before my eyes. This passage looks like a futuristic set for a Beckett play, except he would completely disagree with this vision. But failing in the eye of such a Master can only be a good thing you might say.
In a matter of hours, I awaken, still slightly sedated, trapped in a cinder block cell surrounded by my work. "I am here to write, and fall into his arms," I say to myself cautiously. Minutes later, I am on the inner phone with you. "I’m gonna lick French all over you and make your freckly skin iridescent." you purr. "Wamp Wamp Wamp," trembles the receiver.
There is a knock at the door...
Initiated through a residency at CCA Glasgow, Under the cave of winds functions like a portal, wherein art, ecology and politics collide. The overarching script of the project narrates the tribulations of a fictional female protagonist, an artist, scholar and whistleblower detained on Staffa island. She is held captive on the Scottish island for initiating a new trend in research, where knowledge production goes beyond linguistics and graphicism to become pure sound—singing and humming, like birds. A kidnapping, love letters, an Antonionesque reverie.
Including a new 16 mm film and suite of sculptural works, Under the cave of winds will be accompanied by Larivière’s forthcoming epistolary novel, and an original sound work by Cosima Friesen.
Maryse Larivière is an artist, writer and scholar whose work re-imagines how we engage with the textual, visual and social through bodily and emotional encounters. Her practice crosses art, literature and theory, taking the form of text, performance, sculpture, and collage. Recent projects include: Echoes from the Bosom (DNA art space, 2017), In Some Far Place (The Rooms, St.Jonh’s, 2017), A Pool Is Water (Galerie Division Montreal, 2016), Down to Write You this Poem Sat (Oakville Galleries, 2016), Talking Back, Otherwise (Art Museum University of Toronto, 2016), Where Wild Flowers Grow (Kunstverein Toronto, 2015), and L.S.D. Your Delusion, My Reality (8Eleven, Toronto, 2015). Her books of poetry include Hummzinger (2016) and Where Wild Flowers Grow (2015). Lariviere is the 2016-2017 writer-in-residence at Gallery 44, and has contributed experimental writings to a variety of platforms including C Magazine, Esse Art+Opinions and Organism for Poetic Research.
Anna Eyler and Nicolas Lapointe
June 5 - July 31, 2017
July 20, 2017, 6 pm. Drinks at the Palomino Smokehouse to follow from 7pm
Referencing kinetic department store window displays, no-fluke/no-feed/no-swim/no-play/no-fun employs the materials and techniques of advertising to reflect on the role of technology in contemporary culture. The artists take an ambivalent position on reality, behaving a bit like amateur archaeologists from an imagined future.
In both form and symbolism, no-fluke/no-feed/no-swim/no-play/no-fun draws on Mannerist painter Jacopo Pontormo’s famous altarpiece, The Deposition from the Cross (1528). Renowned for its bright colours and flat composition, Pontormo’s painting veered away from naturalistic representation, employing instead aesthetic strategies to heighten the emotional and religious content of the scene. Likewise, no-fluke/no-feed/no-swim/no-play/no-fun uses the form, palette, and two-dimensionality of the altarpiece to evoke ideas of the mystical. Rather than adhering to a Christian narrative, however, this work questions the relationship between spirituality and technology in a contemporary context.
As the positions of the rocks change from moment to moment—while also varying in speed—they provide a tangible sense of the passage of time. Their movement also recalls the shifting of tectonic plates, thereby conflating day-to-day change with a geological sense of time. In so doing, no-fluke/no-feed/no-swim/no-play/no-fun reflects upon our impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems, offering a poignant yet critical reflection on obsolescence and our material legacy.
Anna Eyler is a multidisciplinary artist based in Montréal, Québec. Working in performance, new media, and installation, Eyler investigates new forms of subjecthood emerging in our increasingly technologized world. Eyler holds a BA in Religious Studies and Art History from Carleton University (2010) and a BFA from the University of Ottawa (2015). Recent awards include the Sparkbox Residency Award (2016) and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Her work will be included in the upcoming FILE: Electronic Language International Festival in Sao Paolo, Brazil (2017).
Working in sculpture, new media, and performance, Nicolas Lapointe prefigures hybrid structures situated between the physical and the virtual. Material objects recall digital processes, while virtual structures replicate tangible forms. Objects linger in virtual nonspace, transmitting messages from the void. Lapointe’s structures push the boundaries of sentience, functioning both as inquiries into the absurd and explorations of the poetics of motion.
Eyler and Lapointe maintain a collaborative art practice that touches on concerns of Minimalism, materiality, and technology. Their work was recently featured in the exhibition beyond différance, and now, at Ace Art Inc. in Winnipeg, Manitoba (2016)
"Those isles of yours that wait for me"
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay
Nicole Kelly Westman
May 20 to May 25, 2017
Cultural Centre, Charilaou Trikoupi 121, Athens, Greece
Curated by Natasha Chaykowski + Tarin Hughes
AKA artist-run + Untitled Art Society
"Those isles of yours that wait for me", an exhibition of work by Calgary-based artist Nicole Kelly Westman and Ediburgh-based artist Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, takes up the irresolute feelings of longing for a place, a time, a connection, a person. Romance – but not just romantic love, to be clear – threads the works in this exhibition; Westman enkindles notions of running away, the impossibility of being in a place, and the unrelenting impetus to connect to those afar, despite the unbreachable distance between her and such imaginary others, while Nemerofsky Ramsay unfurls the inherent intimacy of exchanges across time and place, both written and floral.
This project is generously supported by Secret Garden http://www.secretgarden.gr/
The blind pale distances
Untitled Art Society +15 Window
April 5 – May 31, 2017
May 11, 2017, 6 pm. Drinks at the Palomino Smokehouse to follow from 7pm, guests of UAS receive a 15% discount on food and drinks.
"The blind pale distances" keeps people apart. It configures moments of connection and separation along ideological lines.
The works presented in the exhibition formalize notions of isolation and encounter. Referring to visual and physical barriers limiting sight and bodily movement, they position the viewer in relation to an imagined interloper as a way to consider the affect of their imposition and the potential of nearness.
Andrew Rabyniuk lives in Lethbridge, Alberta. He holds degrees in
environmental design from the University of Manitoba, textiles from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and cultural studies from Queen’s University. He has exhibited or performed in group and solo exhibitions across Canada including those at the Anna Leonowens Gallery (Halifax), Eyelevel Gallery (Halifax), Modern Fuel (Kingston), Afterhours Projects (Toronto), and the Queen’s University Art and Media Lab (Kingston).
SPECULOOS (Search for Planets Eclipsing Ultra-cOOl Stars)
Brett Bonk / Eva Cournoyer / Megan Fen / Taylor Harder / Kerry Maguire
Curated by Ashley Scarlett and Justin Waddell
Exhibition: March 11 - April 29, 2017
Opening: March 10, 7pm
Earlier this year, NASA announced the discovery of TRAPPIST-1, a potentially habitable system of planets orbiting an ultra-cool dwarf star just 40 light years from Earth. In an age of relentless environmental assault, mass deterritorialization, and impending catastrophe, such discoveries offer both a potential escape hatch and the amnesiac promise of a future departure. Disconcertingly, much of the cultural rhetoric initiated by the appearance of new planetary realities echoes the historical terms of colonization and capitalization, threatening a repetition of the exact conditions under which mass departure has become such an appealing option. This realization calls attention to a growing general need for new methodological approaches that are better equipped to respond to emergent realities and the alternative ways of knowing that they might offer.
The works presented in SPECULOOS materialize an intersectional constellation of weird, counterfactual, and preternatural methodologies for discordant speculation. Less a question of futurity than one of alternative epistemologies, each of the contributing artists positions creative practice as a means of imagining and in turn investigating the other-worldly, whether distant or imperceptibly near. Standing in relation to one another, their works operate as trace effects—investigatory indexes that gesture toward speculative ways of knowing and being through aesthetic experimentation. It is precisely the kind of methodological, epistemological, and aesthetic reorientation materialized across this exhibition that is required to counter the historically entrenched practices that have made planetary exodus a desirable option within the contemporary context.
UAS +15 Window: December 8 – January 30
Opening Reception: January 26, 6 PM – 7PM
Followed by drinks at The Palomino (109 7 Ave SW)
Guests of UAS receive a 15% discount on food and drinks.
Language brings with it the sense of belonging and memory; it is what surrounds us in our thoughts, and in our interactions with our loved ones. Here, language is the place of return, the warm fabric of a memory, and the insisting call from a faraway home. But, here also, there, and everywhere, language is the place of change, an ever shifting ground.
About the artist:
As an Iranian woman artist, moving to Calgary has altered many aspects of my life. As I try to find my place in a society that is far from the religious and political limitation and boundaries of my past life in Tehran, the use of technology and social media has held me strongly tethered to my homeland and past self. Thanks to the Internet, my life in Calgary has become a mixture of distant places and times, rather than a fresh start. The thread that keeps me connected to my hometown lives not only by my memories, but also by the photos and videos that my family send to me frequently, and my close friends’ social media activities. I am continuously going back and forth between places and moments, this gives me the feeling of being suspended between two utterly different worlds; I refer to this sensation as “simultaneity”. It is like I am living in several moments and places at the same time.
In my artistic research process, I constantly raise questions like: How can I envision the sentiment of wavering between two simultaneous realities? How can I express the consequences of being ‘present’ in two separate cultures at once? How can I embody the swings in multiple added layers and fragments of my identity and their relation to place? And how can I address the notion of searching for the perception of belonging, which I am undergoing living and being inbetween?
Tyler Los Jones, as lichens #6, 2016. Image courtesy the artist
Untitled Art Society is so pleased to invite you to our Annual Fundraiser, 50 // 50. Join us on December 1st for drinks and a silent auction at our main exhibition space (343 11th Ave. SW). Event from 7 - 10 pm with silent auction from 7 - 9 pm.
50 // 50 features artwork generously donated by many talented artists in support of UAS exhibition and education programming. Revenue earned from the sale of work in the silent auction is split between the artist and UAS, with 50% going directly to the artist and the other 50% going towards supporting future public programming at UAS. Drinks generously donated by our favourite Big Rock Brewery and snacks from the always wonderful Sidewalk Citizen Bakery.
Tyler Los Jones
Peter von Tiesenhausen
Nicole Kelly Westman and Del Hillier
Exhibition: October 8 – November 30, 2016
Reception: Thursday November 17, 2016, 6- 7 pm
Casa Lethbridge: Saturday October 1, 2016
Part of the M:ST Performative Art Festival, CSIF - The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers and Untitled Art Society are excited to present Jessie Short's Wake Up! at UAS's +15 Window at Arts Commons and at Casa in Lethbridge.
Artist Jessie Short, employs a self-reflexive and interdisciplinary practice to best explore constructs of Métis identity and contemporary visual culture. Produced as part of the 2015 ImagineNATIVE/CSIF Mentorship program, Wake Up! is an exploration of her identity as a Métis woman. The work addresses the absence of Métis people from larger conversations about Indigenous visual culture. For the film, Short transforms herself into the one of the only widely acknowledged icons and source of Métis identity accessible to her, Louis Riel. This transformation further suggests the disparate histories between Métis men and women.
Short will also be performing We've, a durational performance piece, on October 25th as part of the M:ST Festival: http://mstfestival.org/performance/jessieshort2/
For more information and full schedule for M:ST visit www.mstfestival.org - See more at: http://www.uascalgary.org/15-window.html#sthash.QEykfBmC.dpuf