Calgary artist invites you to experience utopian home
Everyone can create their own little versions of utopia, says Jay Mosher.
By: Jeremy Simes For Metro Calgary Published on Wed Oct 14 2015
Jay Mosher is bringing this Calgary relic back to life, whether or not you knew it existed.
Titled Brasilia, Mosher’s video installation at the Untitled Art Society (UAS) captures Gail Anderson’s home and, particularly, her utopian-like garden.
Built in the ‘70s, Anderson’s home sits encased by many trees in the community of Lower Mount Royal, and features a grandiose garden inside with the ceiling reaching about 6 metres.
The home — designed by architect Bill Boucock— also made the front cover ofWestern Living magazine in 1977.
At first, Mosher said he was excited to capture the home’s qualities but, as it turns out, his conversations with Anderson began to trump those preconceptions.
What stood out in Anderson’s home?
Not the home’s architecture, although spectacular, he said. Rather, it was its “lived-in” qualities.
“Her fingerprint is on everything,” he said. “You get this sense of a person in the home — it isn’t just this sterile showpiece.”
UAS Director Ginger Carlson said Brasilia delves into the concepts of utopia, consumption and consumerism.
“The space is really engaging: there’s this pull,” she said. “To have opportunity to have a glimpse in this world is really special.”
That being said, it’s possible for everyone to create their own versions of utopia, whether they’re large or small, Mosher added.
“I hope people get this refreshed idea of what they can do in their own homes, even if it’s just a few plants in their condo,” he said.
“But I hope they also get that sense of exoctism through video and sculpture,” he added. “It’s a chance to show a pice of the city’s architecture that some may not know about.”
Anderson and Mosher will be hosting a talk Sunday at 1 p.m. at UAS, 343 11th ave SW. If you can’t make it, Mosher’s video can be viewed at jaymosher.com.
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