Reception: Friday, March 7th, 8PM-11PM
UofC Visiting Artist Talk: Friday, March 7, 10-11:30AM
In the UAS Main Space
Nathalie Quagliotto’s STUCK presents two fused and reconfigured vintage children’s shopping carts. Merged into one, the carts confuse both their ultimate direction and their utility while exploring issues of immobilization and the impossibility of moving forward; remaining permanently stuck.
Nathalie Quagliotto’s conceptual and sculptural practice involves reconfiguring everyday pre-fabricated public objects associated with strict social regulations, safety, risk, and disuse. She focuses on proximity, placement, and color to the point where the social significance and usage of the original objects are both disrupted and altered. Her work often makes use of outdated children’s objects as a means to discuss their social significance and loss of value. Nathalie’s re-configurations manipulate and transform these previously discarded and antiquated objects of play into objects of re-imagined purpose, value, and meaning. The color “Safety Yellow” is used repeatedly throughout Nathalie’s art in recognition of its public significance of caution, awareness, and attention.
Nathalie Quagliotto (b. Montreal, Quebec) is a Toronto based installation artist. Nathalie earned her MFA in sculpture from the University of Waterloo in 2009 and her BFA in studio from Concordia University in 2007. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and her work is held in various public and private collections in North America, including the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Michigan. Recently she exhibited at the Museum of Design in Atlanta and at the Art Gallery of Ontario and has upcoming exhibitions across Canada and in New York. Nathalie is a grant recipient from the Toronto Arts Council as well as the Ontario Arts Council of Canada.