Exhibition Runs: July 6-July 28,2012
Closing Reception: July 6, 7-10 pm
At UAS Satellite Gallery
I am interested in the relationship between people and objects. My work is an attempt to draw the relationships between people or between objects or the abstract. They are records of what happened when it happened, things I think are funny, things other people think are funny, stuff I hear or see, dumb thoughts, historical facts, poignant moments, inside jokes, snide thoughts, bad drawings, good drawings, life drawings, failed drawings, other people’s drawings and everything else.
When I draw, my main goal is to make work that is accessible as well as aesthetically pleasing. I use figurative imagery, text and the abstract to create compositions that take inspiration from everything I see or hear. My work is more based on creating a sense of playfulness and aesthetics than a particular meaning.
Because my work is created from such a large array inspiration, I think a part of the meaning of my work is derived from the viewer. They project their own feelings and histories and views onto an accessible piece.
From this standpoint, i’ve recently been interested in making interactive works- painting on objects that will be used, such as garbage cans or chairs. Objects that can be categorized as both art and functional pieces. By painting on 3d objects they require the viewer to walk around to see all sides. I wish to make pieces that engage the viewer and allows them to be active participants. I want to release the viewer from feeling like they have to tread carefully and cautiously around art.
Tiffany Eng was born in the remote highlands of Indonesia sometime between the years 1746 & 1801. She was raised by a herd of Chinese water deer that owned a small but influential textiles company. Because of her upbringing she developed a strong interest in animals. Even today it remains a focus of her research, resulting in numerous expeditions to the cardboard undercities of modern North America. It is these expeditions that are the inspiration for her current body of work.
Exhibition Runs: May 18 - May 26, 2012
Closing Reception: May 25, 7-10pm
In the White Dwarf Gallery
My current work investigates the curious notions of displacement and personal physicality. In addition to this I also show interest in ideas pertaining to home, manmade structure, landscape, human presence, memory as well as representations of family within these concepts. The piece Mom, sometimes it’s hard to be a woman. is a visual analysis concerning my relationship with my mom both past and present. The subject matter seen in Mom, sometimes it’s hard to be a woman. is that of my mom and myself both at the age of three. It is fascinating that these two women are in theory the two women that I should know everything about. However I will never meet or ever know these two women. This is based on the idea that we do not recollect our own memories in our early years of life. They do not even know each other and are only brought together by means of a photographic compilation. This combination of photographs and concrete material is one of the few brief connections that I will ever form with them. Furthermore it is one of the few affiliations they will have with each other. I refer to the little girls in the photos as “women” because that is my present day observation about the trueness of my mom and me. Mom, sometimes it’s hard to be a woman. onsets a new direction in my art practice, which aims to display the presence of my identity, body and self in relation to my surroundings.
Sara Girletz grew up in small town rural Alberta. Her work originates from a painting background and today she is currently maintaining a multidisciplinary art practice. She began her formal art education in the fall of 2007 at Red Deer College and most recently received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Alberta College of Art+Design in spring 2011. To date she has participated in an array of both collaborative as well as solo projects. These include exhibitions in the Marion Nicoll LRT Window Gallery, Calgary, Alberta; Art Gallery of Calgary; Art Central, Calgary, Alberta; and the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, Red Deer, Alberta. Her latest achievement to date is undergoing an artist residency abroad during winter 2012 at the Burren College of Art located in Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland. Sara Girletz currently resides in Calgary, Alberta.
Exhibition: April 20th - May 12th, 2012
Opening Reception: April 20, 7 - 10pm
At UAS Satellite Gallery
Cassandra Paul's practice draws parallels between the natural and man-made world, combining what's left of the lives of animals following their deaths with that of humans. Imagining a post apocalyptic planet, Paul's work concentrates on depicting what the world might look like when void of any life. Highlighting the amount of waste left behind by a single person, Paul's paintings and three dimensional works seek to focus attention on the quantity of material possessions we collect and carelessly discard of. While an animal often leaves only its bones, a human leaves behind a lifetime of accumulation, that will one day flood the landscape like an above ground landfill. Paul's two and three dimensional works superimpose elements of the two species, illustrating heaps of human waste in hard edge, bright, saturated colours along with fragments of the skeletal remains of wildlife.
In order to demonstrate these ideas, Paul's work explores the natural and the man-made, juxtaposing these two opposite aesthetics within a single work. Exploring the likely devastation of both man and nature alike, Paul's work presents these two opposing forces inanimately in harmonious union. Working from found animal skulls and bodily remains, remnants of expired life are displayed as precious and curious objects. The latin phrase “Memento mori”, meaning “Remember your mortality” or “Remember you must die” is referred to by the skulls in these works, intended to make the viewer consider man and nature's shared fate, and the lingering inevitability of death. While the discarded objects represent a human presence, the human form is void from all my works. I am primarily interested in preserving artifacts of human existence. Painting them in solid and saturated colours disguises the history of the object and discards any trace of ownership. The viewer is therefore the human presence, projecting their own histories and experiences onto the objects; identifying them as familiar or obsolete.
Exhibition Runs: March 16 to April 7, 2012
Opening Reception: March 16, 7-10PM
At the UAS Satellite Gallery
Vertigo will transform the UAS Satellite Gallery into a vortex of colourful lines, proposing an experience of motion without movement. Exploring the boundaries of sculpture and painting, the installation plays off the idea of “fact or fiction,” using two-dimensional materials to mimic three-dimensional objects and investigating the transition between the two.
Randy Niessen is a Calgary-based artist who earned his BFA from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2010. His current studio practice explores a hybrid of painting, print media and sculptures with a focus on site-specific installations. His work has been exhibited at the Marion Nicoll Gallery and TRUCK +15 Window Space and in 2012 he presented installations for Art Souterrain and Nuit Blanche Montreal. He currently serves as the Programming Coordinator at TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary and as a member of the Board of Directors for M:ST Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival.
Exhibition Runs: February 10 to March 1, 2012
Opening Reception: February 10, 7-10PM
At UAS Satellite Gallery
The medical office waiting room is a thinking space. In design and function, this space encourages the anxious mind to wander, imagining the possible and impossible outcomes of the visit. While thought can lead to productive action, this state of mind meanders between the rational and irrational, and traps the thinker in a place of passive redundancy. Time is consumed, but there is no resolved outcome.
Lindsay Joy is a recent graduate from the Alberta College of Art + Design. Patient exhibits anxious tendencies and unexplained compulsion to stitch. She is a sufferer of acute phoneitis and exhibits extreme irritability towards modernism.
Melissa Wong is a recent graduate from the Alberta College of Art + Design. Patient functions with a compulsion to obsessively weave and draw. She also suffers from nostalgia, and is known to self-medicate by baking or writing poetry.
Artists:Michael Mateyko, Hans Theissen, Peter Curtis Morgan, Claudette Morgan-Yez, Nigel Yez, Marbella Anne Carlos, Derek Coonan, Larissa Blokhuis, Sarah Brownlee, Bailey Copithorne, Dat Tran, Kenzie Housego, Concetta Zurzolo, Angela Inglis, Jane Grace, Kim Smith, Victoria Mitchell, Sam Williams, Jarett Sitter, Jane McQuitty, Jill Armstrong, Andrea Mann, Sandra Vida, Alisha Weng, Esther Weng, Sara McKarney, Gabriel Staples, Andrea Williamson, Tia Halliday, Lia Rogers, Joshua Fraser, Justin Waddell, Chris Frey, Richard Brown, Riley Grant, Rudy Spehar, Joel Monea, Mark Eadie, Helen Young, Heather Reinhardt & Chika Ando.
Exhibition Runs: January 12th to Feruary 2nd, 2012.
Opening Reception: January 12th, 7-10PM.
At the UAS Satellite Gallery
Since 2009, I have been organizing group exhibitions to inspire, encourage and motivate artists to create new work. I have found there was a gap for artists who wanted to show individual works, but nowhere to exhibit them professionally, unless it belonged to a bigger body of work. By creating these group exhibitions, artists were free to experiment and explore, without the pressure of creating a full body of work. They are creating something new and stimulating their practice, while also having the chance to share this work with the community.
One of these exhibitions is &ersand, an annual art exhibition that celebrates collaborations between creative minds, where each collaborator brings a different skill, practice and perspective. Collaborations are a unique experience where inspiration, motivation, and different perspectives can influence the works created. The beauty of each work comes from how new ideas emerge, as part of the collaborations, where it would not have happened alone. It is never a perfect process. As you work off each other, you start discovering your own strengths and weaknesses. Either working harmoniously or clashing ideas, by the end of it, you never know how it’s going to turn out. There are 20 collaborative works, involving over 40 artists in all stages of practice and different disciplines. This is the fourth year of &ersand, which has continued to inspire individuals to work together, creating something new.
- Vicki Chau, curator of &ersand
The curator would like to acknowledge the support of Calgary 2012, Cultural Capital of Canada, for this edition of &ersand.
Vicki Chau is a media artist based in Calgary, working mainly with photography and video. She graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design, earning a BFA with distinction in Media Arts + Digital Technologies, and is currently the Programs & Outreach Coordinator at EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society. She has been on several board and committees with various artist-run centres in Calgary, and is currently sitting on the board of Exposure Photography Festival. In her spare time, she independently organizes and curates exhibitions featuring emerging and established artists, at different venues throughout the city.
Artists: Caitlind Brown, Bogdan Cheta, Anna Desramaux, Megan Dyck, Graham Krenz, Nate McLeod, Chelsa Mossing, FarLee Mowat, Cassandra Paul, Sarah van Sloten, Alison Stalker and Mitch Tukk.
Curated By: Sally Raab
Main Space Exhibition Runs: January 6 to January 27, 2011
Reception: January 14, 2011, 7-10PM
Bump/Shift is an exhibition rooted in the idea of change; flux, movement and impermanence. Artists are often bound to the impermanence of the spaces in which they occupy. Studios are shut down, galleries are moved or closed, and the government changes initiatives and willingness to support the arts. In response, artists have sought resourceful and creative ways to create their own spaces, in turn letting this challenge inform their work.
Installation has been used to define what space is, and once defined, how it can be transformed and re-presented. Artists take action to claim space that was not originally intended for art. Historically, installation artists have asked the viewer to question where the line between vandalism and art is; what public space is, who owns it, and how it should be used.
A dissonance becomes evident when artists contend with the desire for stability and irreverence. Though the two are not explicitly at odds with each other, there is the potential for tension. While installation is historically situated in this tension, the creation of an environment can involve a multitude of complex yet subtle concepts.
Physical space can be transformed to invoke emotion and engage the imagination. If stability is disregarded, the physicality of an installation is free to become a conduit for mental space, informing the viewer not only of the limited lifespan of the art object, but of fleeting sensations beyond words. The artists in this exhibition demonstrate their own ideas of what installation actually is, how permanent it can be, and what part of the mind is engaged by it.
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.
Exhibition: June 3rd to June 24th, 2011
Opening Reception: June 3rd, 7 - 10pm
At the UAS Mainspace - 319 10th Ave SW
Sacred Images is a series of bold, bright, colorful works by Brian Batista. Inspired by a deep and profound curiosity in Buddhist spirituality and Tibetan Thangka (scroll paintings) paintings, each piece in this series is a deity based on historical reference. These deities represent psychological aspects of the human condition. Each work seeks to convey a philosophical teaching through its narrative. It is said that the creation of these icons is meritorious act and that they will bring good visualization /focus and luck to the bearer. These works are intended to inspire beauty, reverence, curiosity and thought.
Brian Batista is a man of many skills and talents an arranger of things, a painter, sculptor, performer, media artist, mentor, teacher, animator, entrepreneur and magic man. He graduated with a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design, with distinction and was the recipient of a Board of Governors award and the was the 2001 Valedictorian.
Batista exhibited in the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts show 7 by 7: Rising talents at the Stride Gallery in 2009. He is co-founded (CUFF) the Calgary Underground Film Festival and an active member of the arts Community in Calgary. He currently teaches animation at the Quickdraw Animation Society and the Alberta College of Art and Design. Brian uses his powers for good...... like a true Jedi. His work can be seen athttp://brianbatista.com/home.html.
Curated by: by Nate McLeod and Matthew Mark
Artists: Nate McLeod, Matthew Mark, Cassandra Paul, Tyler Los-Jones, and Larissa Tiggelers.
Main Space Exhibition Runs: April 29 - May 20, 2011.
Opening Reception: April 29, 2011, 7 - 10 PM
+15 Exhibition Runs: April 8 - May 31, 2011.
Opening Reception April 8, 2011, 7 - 8 PM.
- In conjunction with The New Gallery.
PHASE SIX is the sixth installment in a ten-part series of multidisciplinary events curated by Nate McLeod and Matthew Mark. The series is characterized by a lack of continuity between each event, and at times within the same event. Similar to "happenings", occurring most significantly in New York City in the late 1950s and early 1960s, these events are curated specifically with the intention of drawing an audience concerned with seeing the unexpected, rather than coming with a preconceived notion of what to expect.