Untitled Contemporary Art: Main Space
Exhibition: September 9th - November 26th, 2016
Reception: Friday, September 9th, 2016, 8 pm
Artist Talk & Lunch: Saturday, September 10th, 2016, 2 pm
Publication Launch: Friday, November 4th, 2016, 8 pm
I’ve made a decision to look at you.
Even though my lids cover my gaze, it is still pointed, at you.
It’s hot inside the spheres in my head, though not as hot as the hot that is you.
The only one.
No, we know.
But we don’t know the other ones, not in the way we know you.
You keep pulling us back, spinning us around, holding us in place in space, with a gentle allowance to dip on an angle.
So we take this.
So small a gesture for you.
For us, entire forests respond in gratitude with the changing colours and shedding of their leaves.
To fall back down, and be breathed up again, by you.
Shea butter comes from the hand of other women, or so I have read. I tell myself we can touch through this material.
Can I feel you through this?
She can’t feel my touch and neither can they.
I try to wipe the butter away by spreading it onto every part of myself until it no longer creates a barrier between my hands and the things they hold.
I consume and absorb it until it disappears.
Do I feel soft?
we are connected and we are completely apart
I feel myself trying to keep up with the speed of these things.
slow but endless
like packages enroute to their stopping place.
My preferences, your desires, our similarities
The things that repel us are also the things we don’t understand
Coincidences have a slippery shape. The magic of coincidence is that, because we don’t wait for them to present themselves, we get to be arrested by their existence.
you told us to imagine shea butter holding glass bricks together—like mortar
we didn’t know the size of the room, so we cut things to fit once we arrived.
you can’t transplant morning glories—we tried—but their roots are too fragile.
we fell asleep talking about cabbage and light, barely moved.
Zoë Wonfor is a curator living in Montreal. Wonfor completed her studies in art history and studio art at Concordia University in 2015. She has since been doing ceramics and curating, with Lauren Chipeur, at The Valley, an experimental exhibition space in Montreal. She is interested in coincidences.
Lauren Chipeur is a sculpture and installation artist based in Montreal. She is currently an MFA candidate at Concordia University. Her practice is concerned with the systems formed to care for material as it moves, shifts and transforms both in transit and in the moments in which it rests.
April Martin is a sculptor currently based in Chicago. She recently obtained an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016. Her work embraces the scale of shared living, breathing, heating, melting. She explores stain, colour, porous boundaries and perpetual soaking through materials such as plaster, porcelain, fabric and metal.
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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.