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.