JAY MOSHER AT UNTITLED ART SOCIETY
September 29, 2015
After making my way through the rather uneven and disappointing fall season of local artist-run centre exhibitions, I did find a particularly bright spot: Jay Mosher’s Brasilia at Untitled Art Society. Mosher, who recently completed his MFA at the Glasgow School of Art, takes up the well-worn mantel of contemporary art related to utopianism. In this case, his first point of reference (as the title suggest) is late 1950s Brazil and the ambitious architecture and urban planning that went into developing the highland capital city of Brasilia.
Beyond the exhibition title – displayed in beautiful stylised writing throughout exhibition – the connection to this specific history was tenuous (by design, I think), and the macro idea quickly gave way to a micro complement: a local Calgary example of 1970s utopian architecture called the Garden House by architect Bill Boucock. The Garden House is located in the tony neighbourhood of Mount Royal and owned by arts patron (and friend of the artist) Gail Anderson. Two monitors on a central pole play videos of the house’s architecture and a (charming) feline occupant. Each monitor is flanked by a custom shag run on the floor – it was unclear if I should sit or stand on it, so I just stood askew and watched the videos. They provided a subtle and cozy meditation on friendship, the built environment, and the privilege of utopianism.
Untitled Art Society: http://www.uascalgary.org/main-space.html
Jay Mosher: Brasilia continues until November 28.
Sarah Todd is a curator currently based in Calgary. She has previously worked at Western Front, InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, XPACE Cultural Centre, and The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. She has also produced projects with a range of organizations including Vtape, Kunstverein München, The Goethe Institute, The Pacific Cinematheque, Glenbow Museum and The Illingworth Kerr Gallery. She is Akimblog’s Calgary correspondent and can be followed on Twitter@sarahannetodd.