Untitled Contemporary Art: Main Space
Nicole Kelly Westman and Del Hillier
Presenting Two Left-Footed Loocee and Delvis Cache
Exhibition: April 22nd – July 2nd, 2016
Reception: Friday, April 22nd, 2016, 8:00PM
A collaboration between Calgary-based artist Nicole Kelly Westman and Vancouver-based artist Del Hillier, Presenting Two Left-Footed Loocee and Delvis Cache unites the characters of Two Left Footed Loocee and Delvis Cache for a performative and sculptural installation that bridges the multifarious contexts of contemporary art with personal narrative, as the artists explore their shared experiences of growing up in blue collar mining families through performance. Drawing from the politics and peculiarities of both the mining industry and art institutions, Presenting Two Left-Footed Loocee and Delvis Cache offers a satirical and humorous inquiry into hierarchies of labour and the quirks of the art world, with catchy tunes to boot.
Along with the exhibition, the artists will present a series of public programs and performances including the launch of a cassette publication in partnership with Sled Island Music & Arts Festival entitled Live From UAS, Delvis and Loucey, with text by Sophia Bartholomew.
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About the Artists:
Nicole Kelly Westman is a visual artist of Métis and Icelandic descent. She grew up in a supportive home with strong-willed parents—her mother, a considerate woman with inventive creativity, and her father, an anonymous feminist. Her work culls from these formative years for insight and inspiration. Creating work that exists beyond the binaries of a specific medium, Westman finds inspiration through the plumbing of archives and through deep research. She has had the pleasure and privilege to be curated into exhibitions by remarkable females including: Ginger Carlson, Kimberly Phillips, Peta Rake, Kristy Trinier, and cheyanne turions. Westman holds a BFA from Emily Carr University and is the current Director of Stride Gallery, Calgary.
Del Hillier’s work oscillates between an indoor and outdoor studio where self-learning, experimentation, serendipity, and happenstance are safely at play. Working across sculpture, performance, video, social engagement, acting, and craft, Hillier considers both the aesthetic experience of making work and the work itself of equal importance. These circumstances allow his own idiosyncratic interests to wander and build unique and novel responses to familiar objects and experiences.
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About the Main Space:
UAS's Contemporary Art Main Space programming offers a free and accessible venue for engagement with contemporary art and ideas.
Main Space programming includes exhibition and educational programming that features emerging contemporary art and emphasizes work that pushes both formal and conceptual conceptual. Main Space exhibitions showcase emerging art of all levels and emphasizes professionalism, community engagement, and artistic excellence. Artist fees are paid for all Main Space exhibitions.
The Main Space is the main exhibition platform for UAS Contemporary Art programming throughout the year. Main Space exhibitions can be viewed during their opening reception or during regular gallery hours. Admission is free and all are welcome.
UAS's Main Space was opened in July of 2011. Located next to EMMEDIA, Quickdraw and Fairytales, the space is used to support contemporary emerging art through programming that is engaging and accessible to artists and visitors.
Much of our Main Space programming is presented in conjunction with organizations and events throughout Calgary.