Exhibition Runs: September 13th – October 19th, 2013
Reception: Friday, September 13th, 8pm-11pm
In the UAS Main Space
Starting Over is a physical and digital record of a solitary durational performance that took
place in Windsor, Ontario over an uninterrupted 55-hour, 16-minute and 39-second span of
time (Friday, June 17, 2011 10:34:34 EDT – Sunday, June 19, 2011 17:51:13 EDT). During
that period, I manually extracted every beard hair from my face, one hair at a time, using a
pair of surgical tweezers. Each hair was then placed directly into a specimen jar.
Immediately following, two photographs were taken remotely: one of the front of my head
and one of the back. The actual time length of the overall process determined the duration
of the performance. The resulting sets of photographs were stitched together to produce
time-lapse digital video loops, for projection onto two translucent suspended screens,
eternally gazing at one another. The isopropanol-filled specimen jar stands between them,
housed securely in a minimal white museum case.
Just as clothing and other quotidian objects become encrusted in memories of the places
they’ve been worn, the events they’ve been a part of, or the people who have come into
contact with them, human hair becomes a cemetery, filled with the living gravestones of our
past relationships and experiences. However, unlike an old and tattered pair of shoes, which
can be easily removed and placed on the top shelf of a dark closet for future reminiscence
or disposal, hair stays with us. Dyed, cut, or shaven, the roots remain hidden beneath our
skin, sheltered by their follicles. Therefore, it is only through their meticulous and complete
removal that one may physically extricate oneself from the past and begin anew.
In Edward Yang’s 2000 film, Yi Yi: A One and a Two, eight-year-old Yang-Yang inquires of
his father, NJ, about the nature of truth and human perception. Can any of us realistically
hope to see more than half of our relative truths, he wonders. After all, our eyes can only
ever perceive that which is in front of us, never what is behind. Following his own youthful,
uninhibited logic, Yang-Yang proceeds to document the backs of the heads of his friends and
family members, eventually offering to them the ‘missing halves’ of their overall truths, in
the form of Polaroid photographs. In Starting Over, the past and the future are forced to
confront one another in an endless loop of self-dissection, with the seemingly futile belief
that, through repetition of a cathartic act, fear and regret may prove themselves tangible
and, thus, more easily defined, organized and conceivably overcome. Yet, in truth, it is the
conception, execution and successful achievement of the formidable goal itself, which serves
as an architect of self-confidence and, consequently, a suppressor of the greater, more
encompassing unconscious terrors of perceived human failure and encroaching quiescence.
A native of Windsor, Stephen George Alexander Mueller lives and works in London, Ontario.
He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts from the University of Windsor (2004)
and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Arts from the University of Calgary (2006). A
former Member of the Board of Directors and the Programming Committee at The New
Gallery in Calgary, Mueller is currently a project-based PhD student in Art and Visual Culture
at The University of Western Ontario. His performance-based installation work has been
exhibited across Canada, with upcoming exhibitions programmed for 2013–14 in St. John,
NB (Third Space Gallery), Edmonton, AB (Latitude 53) and Victoria, BC (Open Space),
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!
One-night happening: Aug 6th 2011
At UAS Satellite Gallery
Untitled Art Society celebrated our new street-level space, UAS Satellite Gallery, with a special 18+ fund raising event: Our very own sparkle party - "Blitzen Die Partei!" a fun filled evening of art, performance, and sparkling bohemia!
Sparkling artworks by:
& Amy Malbeuf
Sparkling performances by:
& Jamie Tea
Other sparkling extravagances:
our very own photo-booth & installation wall by Amy Malbeuf and OddOrange
a spectacular Raffle full of generously donated items!
& three very sparkly very handsome DJs: Avion, dustin def & djisaacterry.
Hosted by FarLee Mowat
Generous contributions from Swizzle Sticks Salon, Friendo, Brulee Bakery,
Exhibition: July 8 to July 29, 2011
Opening Reception and Satellite Gallery Grand Opening: July 8 at 7pm
At UAS Satellite Gallery Mainspace - 343 11th ave SW
Slow Light is a series of pinhole portraits, taken with home made cameras using paper negatives. Many of the photographs are self portraits, and some are of family and friends. Some prints are shown with the negative and positive images together, each complementing the other.
There is something about sitting for a pinhole portrait that brings the sitter into a state of awareness of the moment. The exposures are quite long, allowing for that time to become meditative. The sitter and the photographer have to slow down and be still and truly be in the moment. They slow to the pace of the exposure. Stillness and motion are captured simultaneously. Some details are crisp, others are a blur.
Some of these photographs are layered with imagery, playing with double exposures to reveal another dimension to the subject. There is a magical quality to pinhole photography as it has the ability to capture our movement through time and to capture more than a single moment.
October 8th to November 30th, 2010
Performances throughout the duration of the exhibition.
Young artists/musicians use the window to create new songs, to be performed periodically throughout the exhibition. Organized cooperatively between UAS and Local Library (local creative youth club).
Exhibition: June 4th to 26th, 2010
Opening reception & screening: June 4, 2010 from 7 to 10 PM
featuring work by UAS founders and alumni of Alberta College of Art + Design
Angela Inglis, Cory Hopfner, Derek Waite (founders; 1994, painting), Brad Uphill (founder; 1994, photography), Greg Marshall, Jan Kabatoff, Lorna Bright (nee McCarron), Mark Holliday, Milo Dlouhy, Neil Freeman, Shawn Hillis (1994, painting)
and their invited guests, recent and current ACAD students
Jahan Monast (2005, painting), Camille Betts (2006, sculpture), Brittany Perry (2010, painting), Heidi Holt (2010, glass), Michelle Trudgeon (2010, sculpture), Aaron Sidorenko, Frank Spudic (2011, painting)
Join us June 4th for the launch of Sweet Sixteen, and for a special screening of Untitled Art Video featuring interviews with UAS founders by local artist Patrica Dawkins.
In addition to the work displayed in the Main Gallery, beginning MAY 28, 2010 there will be a Sweet Sixteen web gallery open for the duration of the show, designed by Milo Dlouhy. This site will feature the founders of UAS and their 1994 work, and an essay by Karen Attwell.
"No one ever knows the future when something new comes into being. If you are lucky there is someone to cradle it, all slimy and warm, and to wonder what those dewy, trusting eyes will see. And sixteen years on for Untitled here it is. Still focused, critical, and aware."
-- Karen Attwell, "Coming of Age." Sweet Sixteen exhibition essay.
In 1994 Untitled Art Society was founded by a fresh batch of graduates from the ACAD painting and photography departments.They had no idea where their initiative to register as a society and source studio space would take them, but they hoped they would keep their student energy alive. Sixteen years later, while the founding members have moved on, the society continues.
In honour of its 16th anniversary, UAS has engaged these founding members to see where their practice has evolved since graduation, and encouraged them to engage with current and recent ACAD students in Sweet Sixteen.
June - October 2009
"Growing up on the prairies and traveling them endlessly, I have always had a powerful attachment to their vast beauty and the icons that inhabit them. A sun-drenched canola field against a breezy afternoon summer sky or a row of silos standing patiently in an open field resonates with me as truly sublime. The feeling can be overwhelming in its vast simplicity. These feelings and ideas are largely what inform my current work."
June - October 2009
"Ken and I take our inspiration directly from the shapes in the stones. We study the language of the stone, such as fractures, grain and colors, and then bring out what we see. It is an exciting process because we never know what strange imagery will come out. The stones have so many stories in them and we take great pleasure in revealing those stories."