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Before Digital: Post-1970 Photography in Alberta
Jan
15
to Mar 16

Before Digital: Post-1970 Photography in Alberta

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Through the eyes, film cameras and darkrooms of 27 fine art photographers.

Before Digital displays what is beautiful, unusual, striking and surprising about taking photographs as it was done for over 150 years, without computer technology. Before Digital focuses on artists working in analogue within Alberta since the 1970s. Featured in the exhibition are over 80 photographs in black and white, colour, infra-red, cyan-blue and in video, as well as an artist book, a hand-made camera and mobile darkroom.

Long before people were using smartphones as cameras, photographers were documenting their lives and the lives of others. Although all working in analogue, the artists in this exhibition demonstrate a wide variety of approaches through their process, ranging from highly technical to playful, spontaneous, and performative. Their photographs tell stories that are engaging and moving: some deeply reflective of places and communities often unseen or on the margins, others in urban settings, the Rockies, or even in the photographer’s imagination.

Presented in partnership between Contemporary Calgary and the Illingworth Kerr Gallery at the Alberta College of Art and Design, Before Digital: Post-1970 Photography in Alberta is a sweeping survey of discovery, exploration, humour and personal expression.

Featuring works by Randall Adams, Dianne Bos, Douglas Clark, Don Corman, Diane Colwell, Douglas Curran, John Fukushima, Hubert Hohn, Dan Hudson, M.N.Hutchinson, Carol Johnston, Sima Khorrami, Ernie Kroeger, Don Mabie, Arthur Nishimura, Ingrid Plaudis, Garth Rankin, Craig Richards, Orest Semchishen, Colin Smith, Ed Spiteri, Barbara Spohr, Sandra Vida, George Webber, John Will and from The Mobile Darkroom: Shane Arsenault and Natalia Barberis.

Mary-Beth Laviolette, Guest Curator

Visiting hours for the IKG: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 12-6pm, Thursday: 12-8pm and Saturday: 12-4pm

The IKG is located in the main mall on the ACAD campus: 1407 14 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 4R3

Image: Diane Colwell, Cosmos & Cabbage, 1989, enlarged Polaris as Type ‘C’ colour print.

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2167: An Indigenous Virtual Reality Experience presented by imagiNATIVE & TIFF
Nov
22
to Nov 26

2167: An Indigenous Virtual Reality Experience presented by imagiNATIVE & TIFF

Event // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

2167 is a virtual reality project commissioned and produced by TIFF, imagineNATIVE, Pinnguaq, and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures.

As part of TIFF’s sesquicentennial initiative, Canada on Screen, four Indigenous filmmakers and artists — Jeff Barnaby, Danis Goulet, Kent Monkman, Scott Benesiinaabandan, and the interdisciplinary arts collective Postcommodity — were commissioned to create VR projects envisioning Indigenous life 150 years in the future. 

Come engage with these works in a special, FREE exhibition!

Please click HERE  to register and visit  HTTP://WWW.IMAGINENATIVE.ORG/2167-ON-TOUR for further information.

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EXTRATEXTUAL
Sep
1
to Jan 21

EXTRATEXTUAL

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

EXHIBITION / September 1, 2017 – January 21, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, September 15, 6:00PM - 10:00PM


EVENING SCHEDULE:
Book Launch / Chris Kraus, 
After Kathy Acker 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Opening Remarks / 6:30PM - 6:45PM

* Special guests, artists, presenters and curators in attendance from 6:00PM - 8:00PM

extratextual, curated by Lisa Baldissera and Joanne Bristol

extratextual will be held from September 1, 2017 to January 21, 2018 at Contemporary Calgary. The project explores ways in which modes of writing, as well as concepts of textuality and narrative have informed artistic production. The exhibition will include contemporary and historical projects by artists and writers across disciplines. It looks at ways in which texts have both informed and created their own cosmologies, event-scapes and terms of engagement, and how they shape our understanding of contemporary narrative as well as visual and spatial culture.

The exhibition is linked to an international symposium on the agencies and futures of art writing. Titled, Never the Same: what (else) can art writing do?  the symposium will take place from September 15 to 17, 2017. Both the symposium and exhibition investigate the places for, and political implications of, de-instrumentalized forms of writing.  In an age of austerity, neocolonialism, neoliberal uses of creativity and art marketing, these forums seek to identify ways in which art writing in-the-expanded-field might enact resistance to such forces. They do so by articulating how performativities and materialities of (re)emergent modes of artistic writing enact agonisms and solidarities in relation to art audiences. Finally, they consider art writing as an ethical practice towards an understanding/in defense of artistic knowledge.

To register visit NEVERTHESAME.CA

Above images from a spectacle and nothing strange(2010, letterpress poster series) by Eve
Fowler. Photographs courtesy the artist and Mier Gallery.

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WILD: Fabricating a Frontier
Jul
7
to Aug 26

WILD: Fabricating a Frontier

Exhibition // OFFSITE

Globe Cinema - 617 8 Avenue SW
Victoria School - 411 11 Avenue SE
Illingworth Kerr Gallery - 1407 14 Avenue NW

FRIDAY, AUGUST 18th - Happenings 9 / Arts Commons / 6PM - 9PM FREE

Performance by Cheryl Foggo and Miranda Martini at 7:40PM!

As a part of WILD, Cheryl Foggo will present a reading from John Ware Reimagined, with underscore music by Miranda Martini. Followed by a reading from John Ware Reclaimed and performance of "Mildred's Lullaby" by Miranda Martini.

EXHIBITION / July 7 – August 26, 2017

A frontier, unlike a border, represents a zone of relations where it is possible for all those involved to be affected and changed by the encounters. WILD: Fabricating a Frontier examines and complicates frontier narratives by producing and performing alternative vocalizations of what it means to live in contested zones.  This project particularly examines this concern within settler colonial contexts—geographic, political, post-colonial, psychic, interspecies—and looks for ways to retain their narrative complexity. Exploring the affectations of settler colonial romanticism and its persistence in performances of the “Wild West”, this project troubles settler hegemonies and offers alternative practices of wildness.

In a moment in which issues of belonging, settlement and migration dominate global political discourse, within the largest mass movement of refugees to have taken place since the Second World War, WILDaddresses the long-lasting nature of the debate, and the necessity for an urgent reshaping of the narrative of who is welcome and who is not, the historical effects of displacement on immigrants and the requirement for a national discourse on care and empathy as a part of national identity.
 
Exploring interspecies relations, the intersectionality of the frontier, and feminist and Indigenous discourses, WILD: Fabricating a Frontier offers an incisive, humourous and rambunctious counter-telling around the campfire through two major components: an intensive ten-day festival held primarily at the Globe Cinema over the duration of the Calgary Stampede (July 7-15) featuring nightly performances, film screenings, and discussions by local, national, and international artists, filmmakers, curators, and writers, and an exhibition running from July 7 to August 26 across three venues throughout Calgary: the former Victoria School (411 11th Avenue SE), the Illingworth Kerr Gallery (1407 14th Avenue NW), and the Globe Cinema (617 8th Avenue SW).
 
Contemporary Calgary is located on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III. WILD: Fabricating a Frontier is presented by Contemporary Calgary in partnership with the Calgary Underground Film Festival and M:ST Performative Art Festival, and has been generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

For full schedule of events, please click HERE.

Contemporary Calgary will require a number of volunteers to assist with the WILD Festival. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Nura Ali HERE.
    

Image credit: Julian Rosefeldt, American Night, 2009 ©️ The artist and VG Bild-Kunst, 2017

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UTOPIA FACTORY
Mar
16
to Jul 30

UTOPIA FACTORY

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

UTOPIA FACTORY is a research and exhibition project that engages in larger discourses about the conceptualization of communities and their landmarks from a historic and contemporary perspective and encourages accessible dialogue with a broad range of publics on issues of nationalism, state-making, inclusion, and belonging at a critical juncture in Calgary’s urbanization and planning for a new public art gallery.
 

The project will investigate how state-building relates to city-building, while tracing how architecture and monuments inform memory, community-building and representations of nationhood. UTOPIA FACTORY also addresses the complexity of forming designated creative and cultural zones and civic-planning, while offering new forms or urban vitality.
 
UTOPIA FACTORY is comprised of three parts:
 

  1. When Form Becomes Attitude, curated by Noa Bronstein
  2. Research Station, curated by Lisa Baldissera and Nate McLeod
  3. Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 Years On, curated by Marco Polo & Colin Ripley

 
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When Form Becomes Attitude
Curated by Noa Bronstein (Toronto, ON)
Main & Tall Gallery, March 16 – July 30, 2016
 
What is the political life of a building, place or historic marker? When Form Becomes Attitude points towards this question in considering the role of monuments or concepts around monumentality in constructing cities, nations and ideologies. Featuring artworks by Maria Flawia LitwinBear WitnessKotama BouabaneMorehshin AllahyariChristian JankowskiIsabelle Hayeur, Babak Golkar, and Shelagh Keeley the exhibition reflects on the negotiated intersections of design and power in which monuments are materialized. When Form Becomes Attitude also emphasizes how state-building relates to city-building, while tracing how monuments speak to the mechanisms of architectural memory. In many contexts, monuments are constructed representations of nationalism and political posturing. The artworks in this exhibition, however, raise further questions around how monuments can serve as architectural or materialized devices of resistance, performance and subversion.
 
When Form Becomes Attitude further addresses ideas around posterity in our built environment and how a nation’s official representation of itself, in the case of state sponsored monuments, prompts larger negotiations surrounding the rendering of nationalism. Equally, or perhaps more importantly, the artists within this exhibition carefully mine around and between these official renderings as a way to consider the speculative use or abuse of monuments as agents of power, politicking, gentrification, geopolitics and globalization.
 
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Research Station
Curated by Lisa Baldissera and Nate McLeod
Mezzanine Gallery & Lobby, March 16 – July 30, 2017
 
Research Station is a two-part project that features existing and research-based work by Mark Clintberg (Calgary, AB) and Nils Norman (London, UK), respectively, as they each develop new projects for the future home of Contemporary Calgary: the Centennial Planetarium. Two stages of the project will demonstrate the artists’ research and plans as they evolve, with the first opening on March 16th, 2017 (in conjunction with the reception for When Form Becomes Attitude), and the second opening on May 4th, 2017 (in conjunction with the reception for Architecture and National Identity).
 
Mark Clintberg’s existing work, Not over you will be exhibited on the façade of our current venue for the duration of UTOPIA FACTORY, offering a heartfelt, romantic nod to the building as we host our final exhibition here. In the lobby, research and plans for a new public work titled Over you, will act as a continuation of the existing work, while signaling the transition from our current venue on Stephen Avenue to our future venue in the Centennial Planetarium. A printed multiple on the relation between the two works will also be available free to visitors.
 
Nils Norman works across the disciplines of public art, architecture and urban planning. His projects challenge notions of the function of public art and the efficacy of mainstream urban planning and large-scale regeneration. Following a research trip to Calgary in January of 2017, Norman will develop an installation-based work for the Mezzanine Gallery at Contemporary Calgary, revealing his research into the history and architecture of the Centennial Planetarium while ultimately informing a future public work to be developed for the site.
 
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Architecture and National Identity: The Centennial Projects 50 Years On
Curated by Marco Polo & Colin Ripley
Top Gallery, May 4 – July 30, 2017
 
The Centennial Projects are a series of major works of architecture resulting from several federal government programs leading up to the Centennial of Confederation in 1967. The ambitions of these programs, which amounted to a gigantic public building campaign, went beyond the strictly utilitarian, aiming to uncover and give form to the identity of a modern nation entering its second century of existence.
 
Between 1964 and 1970, the Centennial Grants Program and the Centennial Memorial Program provided funding for over 2,300 projects across the country, including some 860 buildings, many of which are important landmarks in their communities; several are important works within the development of Canadian modern architecture. In this exhibition, we present 21 of the most important of the buildings to emerge from the Centennial programs. These are organized loosely into three themes: Building the New; Brutalism and Landscape; and National Identity and Regional Difference.
 
All the buildings presented, from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa to the UFO Landing Pad in St. Paul, Alberta, are important documents of this particular moment in Canadian life and culture. The Centennial Projects, in the youthfulness and vigour of their design, matched well to the youthfulness, vigour, and optimism of Canada in the 1960s. Now, 50 years on, it is time to re-examine this remarkable moment in Canadian architecture.

Organized and circulated by Confederation Centre Art Gallery, Charlottetown, with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Exhibition sponsored by:

SIMONS

 Image Credit: Nils Norman, Happy Birthday Canada, Many Happy Returns: the Self-Obsoleting, Ancient Recycling Machine, the Antediluvian Ecosophic Organism - the Calgary Centennial Planetarium, 2017.

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UTOPIA LOUNGE
Mar
16
to Apr 28

UTOPIA LOUNGE

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

March 16 - April 28, 2017
TOP GALLERY

Visit the Utopia Lounge for a popup coffee shop hosted by Kaffeeklatsch, a living wall created by Simons, and a reading room presented in partnership with Shelf Life Books, featuring texts selected by exhibiting artists and curators.

     


Image Credit: Jeremy Pavka

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NEXT2016
Nov
24
to Feb 19

NEXT2016

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

EXHIBITION / November 24, 2016 - February 19, 2017
RECEPTION / Thursday, November 24, 5:00 PM | FREE | ARTISTS IN ATTENDANCE
Featuring a performance with members of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra at 6:00 PM

Contemporary Calgary / 117 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, Canada

How are studio practices evolving for artists in the 21st century?
 
Presented as part of NEXT, Contemporary Calgary’s ongoing series in support of emerging practices, NEXT2016 invites artists to investigate the potential of post-studio practices, exploring notions of digital environments, mobility, ideas as artwork, alternative modes of production and dissemination, and how these practices may manifest themselves within an exhibition space.
 
Is an artist’s collection of non-art objects also part of their art practice? Artist, curator and collector Jayda Karsten is interested in analyzing the intersections found within her multifaceted practice, considering why artists collect, the objects they choose and how those objects contribute to or inform the artwork they make.  First, by analyzing her own collections (autoethnography) and then looking at other artists’ collections (ethnography), her resulting exhibition will be a summary of her qualitative research findings.
 
Lindsay Sorell will exhibit new paintings in collaboration with a few classical musicians. Based on her ideas that 1) the term “contemporary” doesn’t exist, 2) the “studio” is something made-up, and 3) hobby artists, professional artists, and artists that don’t know they’re artists, are all equally legitimate, Sorell proposes the “studio” as just a word to describe socioeconomic niche – the variables that have determined whether your studio needs to fit on a bike, and whether or not your work needs to be inflatable to fill an exhibition space.

Please join us on Thursday, November 24 at 5:00 PM for the Opening Reception of NEXT2016.

View the Virtual Tour!

Image credit: Placenta, courtesy of anonymous artist collection. Photo Credit: Jayda Karsten.
Virtual tour credit: The Fine Line.

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VSVSVS / at the same time
Nov
24
to Feb 19

VSVSVS / at the same time

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

EXHIBITION / November 24, 2016 - February 19, 2017
RECEPTION / Thursday, November 24, 5:00 PM | FREE | ARTISTS IN ATTENDANCE

Contemporary Calgary / 117 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, Canada

VSVSVS is not concerned with solid architecture. Buildings can bend, walls are permeable and floors are sticky. Fluctuations are meant to be ridden and not resisted. When VSVSVS inhabits space, they cannot help but create accretions and leave greasy fingerprint trails. Although not present for the duration of the show, VSVSVS will be felt poking and encouraging interaction with the installations.
 
These parallel thoughts inform the body of site-responsive work that has been created for Contemporary Calgary, made up of propositions for three floors: walls that expand, floors that refuse immobility and a giant vibrator.
 
Please do touch, and it's more fun with friends.
 
ABOUT THE ARTISTS / VSVSVS (pronounced VERSUS VERSUS VERSUS) is a six-person collective and artist-run centre based out of a warehouse in the Portlands of Toronto, Ontario. Members include Wallis Cheung, Ryan Clayton, Anthony Cooper, James Gardner, Stephen McLeod, and Miles Stemp.
 
Formed in 2010, their activities encompass collective art making, a residency program, a formal exhibition space, and individual studio practices. Their collective work focuses on the collaborative production of multiples, drawings, video work, sculpture, installations, and performance. An open framework allows each member to play to their own interests and ends, while contributing to a common goal. Working with six heads is an experiment in being together too much and making things constantly.

VSVSVS would like to acknowledge the contributions of former member Laura Simon, the continued support of the DMS Lab, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

 
Please join us on Thursday, November 24 at 5:00 PM for the Opening Reception of VSVSVS / at the same time.

Image credit: VSVSVS, to space in, installation view, Katzman Contemporary, Toronto, 2016.

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Performing the Landscape
Sep
22
to Nov 12

Performing the Landscape

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

Presented by Illingworth Kerr Gallery in partnership with Contemporary Calgary, Glenbow, Stride gallery, and TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary

EXHIBITION / September 22 - November 12, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION / Thursday, September 22, 6:00 PM | FREE

@ C / 117 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, Canada

Landscape as a genre is one of the most evocative tropes in Canadian visual culture and a powerful detonator in the country’s collective consciousness. Generations of artists have attempted to capture and depict the sensation of being overpowered by the majesty or beauty of the natural environment. Performing the Landscape proposes to look at new ideas of landscape through the lens of contemporary art, in particular, the moving image. Each work selected for the show introduces elements of performativity into the ‘natural environment’ and links landscape and performance via different categories: theatre; actions; happenings; cinema; music; circus; etc. In all these works the landscape is a temporarily occupied space, at least for the duration of the action at the centre of each piece, and yet it resists the pressure of simply shifting to the background.

Curated by Lorenzo Fusi, Performing the Landscape takes place across the City of Calgary in the following venues, The Illingworth Kerr Gallery (ACAD), Contemporary Calgary, Glenbow Museum, Stride Gallery and Truck Contemporary Art in Calgary. 

Please join us on Thursday, September 22 at 6:00 PM for the Opening Reception of Performing the Landscape

Image: Cyprien Gaillard, Real Remnants of Fictive Wars PART IV, 2003, Single channel video, originally shot on 35mm film 4’15’’. Courtesy of the artist and Laura Bartlett Gallery, London / Bugada & Cargnel, Paris / Sprüth Magers

 

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Zimoun
Sep
14
to Nov 6

Zimoun

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

Presented in partnership with Beakerhead

EXHIBITION / September 14 - November 6, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION / Wednesday, September 14, 5:00 PM | FREE

@ C / 117 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, Canada

Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of simple and functional materials, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena in Zimoun's minimalist constructions effortlessly reverberates.

Zimoun lives and works in Bern, Switzerland. Recent displays of his work include exhibitions at the Nam June Paik Art Museum in Korea; Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei; Ringling Museum of Art, Florida; Harnett Museum of Art, Richmond; bitforms gallery, New York; Kunsthalle, Bern; Seoul Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Liechtenstein; Fine Arts Museum, Rennes; Art Basel; Central for Contemporary Art, Brussels; Galerie Denise René, Paris; Museum Les Champs Libres, Rennes; Contemporary Art Museum MNAC, Bucharest; Beall Art Center, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Bern; Museum of Contemporary Art MSUM, Ljubljana; National Art Museum, Beijing; Museum of Fine Arts, Lugano; among others.
 

Please join us on Wednesday, September 14 at 5:00 PM for the Opening Reception of Zimoun

Image: Zimoun, 370 prepared dc-motors, cotton balls, cardboard boxes 71x71x71cm, 2014, motors, cotton, steal, cardboard, power supply. Dimensions variable. Installation view: Beall Art Center, Los Angeles, USA. Photo courtesy of Studio Zimoun.

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Cream
Jun
16
to Aug 21

Cream

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

EXHIBITION / June 16 - August 21, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION / Thursday, June 16, 7:00 PM | FREE

@ C / 117 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, Canada


CURATED BY
Ginger Carlson & Nate McLeod

WORKS BY
Brittney Bear Hat, Wednesday Lupypciw, MT JR. (Mohammad Rezaei & Joleen Toner), Sarah van Sloten, Heather Kai Smith

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
Sled Island Music & Arts Festival

Cream brings together six artists whose works explore a transition between two forms or ideas, bridging often-divergent conceptual spaces in order to develop a broader understanding of each. Past and present; memory and reality; physical and digital; boundaries found between disciplines, between artist and audience, or between artwork and gallery space. Whether the intention is to develop a deeper understanding of one’s history, surroundings, or society, each artist in Cream demonstrates that these forms are greater than the sum of their parts by employing elements of each to explore themes ranging from gender and identity to materiality, and using diverse mediums including installation, drawing, painting, video, and sculpture.

ARTISTS:
 
Brittney Bear Hat is a graduate from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2011, where she majored in painting with an interest in collage and drawing. Based in Calgary, her work focuses on identity and belonging. Half Blackfoot and half Cree, Bear Hat makes work about memory and how her personal history is what makes her Native. Her work involves the process of taking her own family photos or personal items and combining them with text, retelling stories and memories. With each piece, Bear Hat is trying to figure out what is hers and what she can call home.
 
Wednesday Lupypciw is a labourer and Astrophysics student. Her occasional video + performance art practice is based in Calgary Alberta.
 
MT JR. (Pronounced Mount Junior) is an ongoing collaboration between Mohammad Rezaei and Joleen Toner. The collective's work lies somewhere between reality and fiction, presenting plastic, utopic -- ideal -- versions of the world that are reconstructed and rearranged with the hopes of escaping the mundane / conforming to the norm. MT JR. aims to make the work that they want to make, not the work that is expected of them. MT JR. has exhibited nationally at POP Montreal, Sled Island Music festival and Xpace Cultural Center.
 
Heather Kai Smith is an artist from Calgary, AB. Exhibiting work across Canada, attending residencies internationally and participating in workshops and festivals throughout North America, Smith’s work is engaged in drawing clues from the past to question subjectivity and loss. She is currently completing her Master’s of Applied Arts at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. 
 
Sarah van Sloten is an Edmonton-based artist who primarily paints and makes installations. Van Sloten received her BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2010 in Drawing, and completed her MFA at the University of Windsor this Spring. She has been involved in several exhibitions across Canada.

 

Image (Above): MT JR., Zoloft Garden, installation view, Royal Canadian Legion, 2014

Image (Title): Heather Kai Smith, It becomes a sea, 2016, coloured pencil on paper, 64" x 48" (detail)

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Material Girls
May
26
to Aug 21

Material Girls

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

EXHIBITION / May 26 - August 21, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION / Thursday, May 26, 7:00 PM | FREE

TOUR / DISCUSSION / Saturday, May 28, 1:00 PM | FREE
@ C / 117 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, Canada

With works by Morehshin Allahyari, Jaime Angelopoulos, Christi Belcourt, Katherine Boyer, Karin Bubaš, Andrea Carlson, Ying-Yueh Chuang, Alex Cu Unjieng, Raphaëlle de Groot, Abigail DeVille, Soheila Esfahani, Ran Hwang, Sarah Anne Johnson, Felice Koenig, Deirdre Logue, Rachel Ludlow, Jodie Mack, Amy Malbeuf, Sanaz Mazinani, Meryl McMaster, Tricia Middleton, Allyson Mitchell, Dominique Rey, Winnie Truong, and Marie Watt.

Curated by Blair Fornwald, Jennifer Matotek, and Wendy Peart

Organized by Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina Public Library


Material Girls is about women taking up space. This large-scale group exhibition brings together Canadian and international emerging, mid-career and senior female artists from across artistic disciplines and cultural backgrounds. Uniting these works is an exploration of material process and notions of excess as they relate to the feminized body, gendered space and capitalist desire. Sumptuous, decorative and visually overwhelming, the exhibition space becomes a horror vacui, a jubilant and visceral counterpoint to the standard conventions of the austere white cube.

Please join us on Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 PM for the Opening Reception of Material Girls and Saturday, May 30 at 1:00 PM for a Tour by Raphaëlle de Groot and Discussion with Wendy Peart. 


This exhibition tour is made possible in part with financial assistance from Culture on the Go. Culture on the Go is funded by the Government of Saskatchewan and administered by the Saskatchewan Arts Board through an agreement with the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport.


Image: Karin Bubaš, Ice Covered Marsh and Neopolitan Clouds, 2011, archival pigment print. Collection of Monte Clark Gallery.

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PUSH Emerging Artists' Exhibition 2016
Apr
7
to Apr 24

PUSH Emerging Artists' Exhibition 2016

Exhibition // C2 - CITY HALL LOCATION

OPENING RECEPTION / Thursday, April 7, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM | FREE
EXHIBITION / April 7 - April 24, 2016
@ C2 / Suite 104 - 800 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, Canada

Contemporary Calgary is proud to support emerging practices by hosting the student organized exhibition featuring the work of senior University of Calgary Bachelor of Fine Art students.

The annual PUSH Emerging Artists' Exhibition, now in its sixth year, aims to PUSH this generation’s new and innovative artists into the public sphere. 

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Roula Partheniou / Inventory
Feb
4
to Mar 27

Roula Partheniou / Inventory

Exhibition // C2 - CITY HALL LOCATION

Roula Partheniou / Inventory
Curated by Ivan Jurakic
Organized by Nate McLeod

OPENING RECEPTION / Thursday, February 4, 7:00 PM | FREE
ARTIST REMARKS / Thursday, February 4, 7:30 PM
EXHIBITION / February 4 - March 27, 2016
@ C2 / Suite 104 - 800 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, Canada

Toronto-based artist Roula Partheniou makes remarkable sculptural replicas based on domestic items, construction materials and office supplies. Whether stacked, shelved or left leaning against the wall, the artist’s use of precise forms and a reductive colour palette elicits a double take that invites viewers to pause and reconsider how their initial reading of common visual cues can often be deceptive. 

Inventory is a survey exhibition that recontextualizes a selection of works made between 2010-2015, ranging from sculptures that first appeared in the solo exhibition Never Odd or Even to new and more recent works that formed parts of the artist’s installation House & Home & Garden.

Responding to the unique circumstance of the gallery, Inventory is an opportunity to explore new pairings and relationships between the artist’s accumulated lexicon of objects.

- Ivan Jurakic, Director / Curator, University of Waterloo Art Gallery


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS / The artist would like to express her gratitude to Micah Lexier and Matthew Varey for laoning work for the exhibition. Thanks also to Nate McLeod, Ivan Jurakic, Josh Peressotti, Michael Klein, Dave Dyment, Juliane Foronda, Peter Symons, Jon Sasaki, Paul Van Kooy, Wendy Gomoll, Daryl Vocat, Dudley Paul, Jon Davies, Matthew Hyland, Fynn Leitch, Celeste Scopelites, Jennifer Matotek, and to her family. The works in this exhibition have been generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. 

ARTIST BIO / Roula Partheniou has exhibited across Canada and internationally. Her work is held in numerous private collections and in the corporate and institutional collections of the Bank of Montreal, TD Bank, MunichRe, the Royal Bank of Canada, University of Toronto, and the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives. She is a co-founder of Nothing Else Press and lives in Toronto. Roula Partheniou is represented by MKG127, Toronto. www.roulapartheniou.com.

 

Join us on Friday, February 5 with Roula Partheniou whom will be in Calgary to discuss her artistic practice. 
 

Exhibition continues from February 4, 2016 until March 27, 2016
@ C2 / 104 - 800 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

 

Image credit: Roula Partheniou, Storage Shelf, 2015. Wood, MDF, acrylic paint. Courtesy of MKG127. Photo credit Toni Hafkenscheid.

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NEXT2015
Aug
22
to Jan 17

NEXT2015

Exhibition // C2 - CITY HALL LOCATION

NEXT2015 / EMERGING ARTIST RESIDENCY + EXHIBITION

Contemporary Calgary is pleased to announce the artists selected to participate in NEXT2015, sponsored by RBC Emerging Artists Project. The inaugural iteration of this new annual residency series will take place from August through December of 2015, and culminate in a group exhibition at C2 (Suite 104 – 800 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary, AB). 

Each artist will work independently in the upper level of the gallery over a one-month period to produce temporary, site-specific works as part of a continuously evolving group exhibition on the main level, responding to and building upon the work and ideas of the previous artists using the space.

The public is invited to visit the gallery during regular hours (Thursday through Sunday, 12 to 6PM) for the duration of the four residencies to watch the artists' progress and see the exhibition as it develops.

Thank you to all artists who submitted, and congratulations to those selected for NEXT2015:

JAKE KLEIN-WALLER is an emerging artist who recently graduated from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2014. Engaging in a multi-disciplinary practice, Jake creates work dealing with the landscape, phenomenon, and invisibility. Jake lives and works in Calgary, where he has participated in several exhibitions such as Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival 7 and Could It Be, We've Surpassed Material Expectations at Stride Gallery. Klein-Waller's NEXT2015 residency continues from August 22 to September 17, 2015.

DANA BUZZEE holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2012). She completed her study at the Alberta College of Art and Design, the New York Studio Residency Program, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Since concluding her undergraduate degree, Buzzee has enjoyed a nomadic studio practice with exhibition and residencies in Canada, Finland, Iceland and the United States. Buzzee's NEXT2015 residency runs from September 19 to October 15, 2015.

TIA HALLIDAY 
is a multi-disciplinary artist from Calgary, Alberta.  As both painter, performer, and choreographer her work investigates the symbiotic relationship of dance and performance to drawing, painting and photography. Halliday holds a B.F.A. with Distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design and an M.F.A. in Drawing and Painting from Concordia University. Halliday also attended both the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Ontario College of Art and Design. Halliday has professionally exhibited her work and participated in various projects across Canada and Europe. Her work has been noted in such publications as the Washington Post and Canadian Art Online.  Tia is currently represented by Herringer Kiss Gallery in Calgary and teaches at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Halliday's NEXT2015 residency runs from October 17 to November 12, 2015.

QUARTET IN TRANSIT (Q.i.T.) is an exercise in collaborative differing methodologies. Q.i.T. has been in transit since 2013, evolving alongside the artistic practices of Jack Michielsen and Teresa Tam. While Q.i.T. was born on the Internet, its physical counterparts are based in Calgary, AB. Jack Michielsen engages in technology as an equal, exploring opportunities to enrich our understanding of each other. Teresa is enveloped in the existential entropy of our relationship with technology, attempting to develop a different understanding of our current claustrophobic conditions. As Quartet in Transit we examine the effects of digital interfaces with human bodies, and explore the excess of deception of these experiences with digital technology. Quartet in Transit's residency runs from November 14 to December 10, 2015.


NEXT2015 continues until January 17, 2016. The exhibition will be closed from December 21, 2015 to January 6, 2016 for the Christmas break.  

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Why Can't Minimal
Aug
6
to Oct 18

Why Can't Minimal

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

Why Can't Minimal

An exhibition of humorous minimalism
curated by John G. Hampton

OPENING RECEPTION / August 6th, 7PM
EXHIBITION CONTINUES / August 6 - October 18, 2015

/ John Boyle-Singfield, Tammi Campbell, Liza Eurich, Louise Lawler, Jennifer Marman & Daniel Borins, John Marriott,  Ken Nicol, Jon Sasaki, John Wood & Paul Harrison

Why Can’t Minimal mines minimalism for its humorous side by pointing to a latent absurdity hiding beneath its cool demeanour. The exhibition rejects the assumption that minimal art requires solely serious, solemn contemplation, and embraces the more intuitive, jovial, and personal pleasures that occur when one has fun with the comically utopian ambitions of unitary forms. Playing with the forms, traditions, and incongruities of multiple levels of minimalism, the presented works elude rational comprehension, repositioning conceptual value to make room for the types of recognition made possible through levity, play, humour, and sentiment.

Produced by the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre. The circulation of this exhibition is made possible through a grant from the Ontario Arts Council's National and International Touring Program.

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BLAKE LITTLE: NEW WEST
Jul
2
to Jul 26

BLAKE LITTLE: NEW WEST

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

Blake Little: New West
Curated by Wayne Baerwaldt
July 2 - 26, 2015
Opening Reception Thursday, July 2, 7 PM
C - Stephen Avenue Location

/ Los Angeles-based photographer Blake Little produced more than 175 photographic portraits of rural Albertans during the summer of 2012. With the guiding support of Stavely area ranchers Glen and Kelly Hall, Little was able to meet and photograph a diverse group of subjects in Arrowwood, Airdrie, Nanton, Ponoka and Calgary. From one community to the next, Little shot dozens of portraits, always in expectation of capturing that perfect moment among people that fascinated him. Thirty-six portraits were chosen by Little and exhibition curator Wayne Baerwaldt to be included in New West.

Little’s work has been exhibited in New York, Seattle, Los Angeles and Japan and in 2014 he had his first museum exhibition, Blake Little Photographs: Gay Rodeo 1988-1992, at the Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, IN.  He has several books to his credit including Dichotomy (1997), The Company of Men (2011), Manifest (2013) and Preservation (2015). Little is represented by Western Projects Gallery, Los Angeles.

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Little moved to Los Angeles in 1982 after graduating with a photography degree from Seattle’s Central College and became part of the vibrant 1980’s LA art scene. His outstanding artist portrait series, which included David Hockney, John Baldessari and Ed Rusha, led to commercial assignments in the entertainment industry. Since then he has photographed a wide array of Hollywood television and film industry stars from Tom Cruise to Lucille Ball.  Little’s photographs have been featured in the New York Times Magazine, American Photography, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Time Magazine and many other clients over the last twenty years. 

 

Image Credit:  Kelly McIntyre, Calgary Stampede, 2012, Photograph, 30” X 40”, Courtesy of the artist.

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Dominique Pétrin / Three Withdrawal Movements for an ATM
Jun
12
to Aug 2

Dominique Pétrin / Three Withdrawal Movements for an ATM

Exhibition // C2 - CITY HALL LOCATION

Contemporary Calgary is pleased to present Three Withdrawal Movements for an ATM by Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist Dominique Pétrin. This site-responsive installation finds the walls and floors of the gallery wallpapered with hand silkscreened works on paper, featuring bold lines & colours and repetitive motifs that create a world that is dizzying and hypnotizing.

Dominique Pétrin
Three Withdrawal Movements for an ATM
June 11 - July 19, 2015 EXHIBITION EXTENDED TO AUGUST 2, 2015
@ C2 / Suite 104 - 800 Macleod Trail SE

OPENING RECEPTION / Please join us for the opening reception on June 11, 2015 at 7PM. Artist in attendance. 

ARTIST BIO / Dominique Pétrin is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Montreal, Canada. In visual arts as well as performance, her interests converge towards producing altered states of consciousness and perception, be it through cognitive or visual illusions, or, for her performances, the use of hypnosis. Since 2014, her work has taken on monumental proportions, including the wrapping of a subway station and several other buildings in Montreal. A former member of the band Les Georges Leningrad, she has also collaborated with such renowned artists as Sophie Calle, Pil & Galia Kollectiv and choreographer Antonija Livingstone. In 2014, she was nominated for the Sobey Art Award longlist. Her work has been exhibited across Canada, in France, USA and the United Kingdom. 

ARTIST TALK & DEMO / Contemporary Calgary is pleased to host a free artist talk and demo with Dominique Pétrin on Sunday, May 31st at 2PM, where the artist will discuss her practice, and demonstrate her installation process on the gallery walls using silkscreened prints and potato starch adhesive. 

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IMAGE CREDIT / Pimping Up, 2015, silkscreened paper installation, 18' x 30.5' x 9.5', ODD Gallery, Dawson, Yukon. Courtesy of Dominique Pétrin.

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Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society / Grace Schwindt
Mar
12
to Apr 19

Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society / Grace Schwindt

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

Grace Schwindt

/ Only A Free Individual Can Create A Free Society

MARCH 12 - APRIL 19, 2015

 

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, March 12, 8 - 10 PM

ARTIST TALK: Thursday, March 12, 7 PM

at C / 117 8 AVENUE SW

EXHIBITION TEXT Only A Free Individual Can Create A Free Society is a new film installation by German artist Grace Schwindt which revisits discussions she witnessed as a child surrounded by individuals in Frankfurt, Germany. The dialogue running through the film is from an interview that Schwindt conducted with a leftwing activist influenced by the 1960s and 1970s political landscape, shaped by the Frankfurt School, the Outer Parliamentary Opposition and the Baader Meinhof Gang.

 

Rather than aiming to gain a better understanding of the past, Schwindt attempts to take a system apart — to undo it. Nothing is assumed to be neutral and every movement, word, gesture or colour is understood to have cultural, social, political or economic implications. The artist constructs her own processes of translating language into vivid material, choreographing dancers, set, props, costume, lighting, sound, camera movement and words as elementary forms carrying symbolic power. Each element is equally important and should be read together as a melody where the words or functions of ‘chair’ or ‘terrorism’, ‘clothing’ or ‘freedom’ have equal status.

At feature film length Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society is the product of an extensive rehearsal period with eleven dancers and a dramaturge over a period of five weeks using diagrams to map out a detailed choreography. The film features highly coloured and geometric costumes using aluminium, cardboard, silk and velvet, as well as extensive post-production to create a narrative that questions how freedom was, and is, understood, who has access to it and what political and social structures need to be in place to create a free society.

Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society was commissioned by FLAMIN Productions through Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; The Showroom, London; Badischer Kunstverein; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Site Gallery, Sheffield; Tramway, Glasgow; ICIA, University of Bath; and Zeno X Gallery. Supported by Arts Council England, Hessian Film Fund and The Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

ARTIST BIO / Grace Schwindt (born 1979, Germany) is an artist based in London working with film, live performance and sculpture. Her theatrical sets for film works use minimal architectural elements and props to mark a location, in which she places bodies including her own. Using a tightly scripted choreography in which every move relates to institutionalised systems she investigates how social relations and understandings about oneself are formed, often through acts of exclusion and destruction. The artist’s interviews with individuals often serve as a starting point for fictionalised dialogues delivered by performers. Represented by Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp, her work is distributed by Argos Centre for Media and Art. Recent solo presentations include South London Gallery, ICA, Whitechapel Gallery, Spill Festival, Basement (Brighton), Collective Gallery (Edinburgh) and White Columns (New York). Schwindt was shortlisted for this year’s Jarman Film Award.

SCREENING TIMES / 12PM, 1:30PM, 3:00PM, 4:30PM during gallery hours (Thursday - Sunday, 12 - 6 PM). Running time: 80 minutes.

 

IMAGE CREDIT / Grace Schwindt, Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society, (2014), Still from HD video, 80 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp.

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VOTED MOST LIKELY // Curated by Kim Dorland
Oct
16
to Jan 19

VOTED MOST LIKELY // Curated by Kim Dorland

Exhibition // C2 - CITY HALL LOCATION

VOTED MOST LIKELY
Opening Reception October 16, 2014
6-8PM, Artists in attendance
@ C2 // Suite 104 - 800 Macleod Trail SE 

// Contemporary Calgary has invited Kim Dorland to guest curate an exhibition of artists who currently call - or have previously called - Calgary “home”. Featuring the work of emerging and established artists working in a variety of mediums, Voted Most Likely includes Chris Cran, Bradley Harms, DaveandJenn, Mark Lawes, Erik Olson, Annelie McKenzie, Tiffany Wollman, Pamela Norrish, Kent Merriman Jr, Stacey Watson, Kiarra Albina, Matthew Mark, Jeremy Pavka, and Chad VanGaalen.

Thank you to our exhibition sponsors: 

BD&P Law Firm

*image credit: DaveandJenn, You make your bargains, you strike your deals, 2013, polymer clay, bronze, silicon carbide and mized media, 19" x 12.75" x 23.5"

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HOMECOMING // Kim Dorland
Oct
16
to Jan 18

HOMECOMING // Kim Dorland

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

HOMECOMING: Kim Dorland

Opening Reception October 16, 2014

8-11PM, Artist in attendace

@ C // 117 8 Avenue SW

 

// Homecoming is a major solo exhibition of paintings by this rapidly rising art talent. The artist, now residing in Toronto, grew up in Red Deer, Alberta. The exhibition, selected by the artist and Artistic Director, Jeffrey Spalding reflects many of the poignant formative moments in his early adulthood in this province. Recently his work was the subject of a highly acclaimed solo exhibition at the McMichael Canadian Collection. Contemporary Calgary and the McMichael are collaborating upon an accompanying monograph concerning Dorland’s art, to be launched in November of 2014.

 

ABOUT KIM DORLAND

 

// Kim Dorland pushes the boundaries of painted representation through an exploration of memory, material, nostalgia, identity and place. Drawing heavily from the Canadian landscape, lived experience and his huge appetite for the history and language of painting, Dorland’s loose yet identifiable scenes are interjected with areas of heavy abstract impasto, adding to the raw, fleeting quality of his canvases.

 

Born in 1974 in Wainwright, Alberta, Dorland holds an MFA from York University in Toronto, Ontario, and a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has exhibited globally, including shows in Milan, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. His work is featured in The Sander Collection (Berlin); Montréal Museum of Fine Arts; Musee D’Art Contemporain De Montreal; The Glenbow Museum (Calgary); Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and numerous private collections. Dorland currently works in Toronto, where he lives with his wife, Lori, and his two children Seymour and Thomson.

 

Thank you to our exhibition sponsors:

BD&P Law Firm

*image credit: Kim Dorland, Trampoline, 2007, oil and acrylic on canvas over wood panel, 48" x 60"

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INSTINCTIVE BREAK // Andrew Frosst
Sep
5
to Sep 14

INSTINCTIVE BREAK // Andrew Frosst

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

PROJECT DESCRIPTION // Wild hair swims endlessly without purpose inside an aquarium. It is a creature in its own right, a sci-fi critter or a businessman’s wild-weekend-hairpiece patiently waiting for his return on a Friday afternoon. Instinctive Break divorces from the body one of its more animal appendages – hair – and gives it life, inspiring a consideration of its own being as well as its relation, both historical and contemporary, to ourselves.

ARTIST BIO // Andrew Frosst is a visual artist from Calgary who has studied fine arts at Concordia, Montreal; Malmö Art Academy, Malmö; Städelschule, Frankfurt; and Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich.

His work embraces a wide variety of media with a focus on sculpture, installation and text. In addition to his individual practice, Andrew collaborates regularly with other artists including the Arbour Lake Sghool – a Calgary-based artist collective he co-founded in 2003. He has exhibited work in Canada, the US, the UK, Sweden, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

ARTIST TALK // Visit Contemporary Calgary on September 12th at 6PM, as Andrew Frosst presents a free artist talk about his project, Instinctive Break. Presented in conjunction with BEAKERHEAD.

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Deadly Lady Art Triumvirate Catalogue Launch
Jul
24
1:00 PM13:00

Deadly Lady Art Triumvirate Catalogue Launch

Exhibition //

Join The New Gallery and Contemporary Calgary at the John Snow House (915 18 Avenue SW) on Thursday, July 24th at 7PM for the launch of Deadly Lady Art Triumvirate, a collaborative publication launched as a follow-up to the residency and resulting exhibition of the same name exhibited from February 8 to April 26, 2014 at Contemporary Calgary. Participating artists include Tanya Harnett, Brittney Bear Hat, and Amy Malbeuf. 

This 66-page perfect bound publication contains documentation of the residency and artists' works, texts by Kayleigh Hall (Curator, Contemporary Calgary) and Angela Marie Schenstead (Program Coordinator, Creative Residencies, The Banff Centre), and a transcription of a discussion between the three artists held on January 28, 2014 at the John Snow House.

 

Contemporary Calgary and The New Gallery acknowledge and thank THE CALGARY FOUNDATION for their generous support of this project.

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John Clark: A Tribute
Jun
19
to Aug 31

John Clark: A Tribute

Exhibition // C2 - CITY HALL LOCATION

John Clark: A Tribute

An exhibition marking the 25th anniversary of the artist’s death

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the passing of Canadian artist, John Clark Born Yorkshire, U.K. in 1943 he died of cancer in 1989 at Lethbridge, tragically young at the age of 46. Contemporary Calgary is honoured to amass this group of works in recognition of his stellar career achievements. It is sourced primarily from the Clark estate, augmented by significant public and private loans. 

Clark was a gifted artist, writer, curator and university professor. His career spanned important periods of work in England, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax and finally at the University of Lethbridge. As an instructor he was inspirational and influential, motivating and animating students towards becoming emerging dedicated professional artists. It was my privilege to be a fellow professor at U.of L. 

As a painter he holds a very prominent place in the development of art in Canada. He was one of the most respected and admired figurative artists of the 1980s. His works are in important public collections such as the National Gallery of Canada, Art Gallery of Ontario, Vancouver Art Gallery, Glenbow Museum and Art Gallery of Nova Scotia among others.Clark was very attuned and sensitive to his surroundings and as the paintings in this exhibition will attest, the mood, tone, coloration and themes resonate with the places that he lived. The U’K. pictures such as “Guardian of the Valley” reflect the lush greenness of the verdant British landscape. In Nova Scotia his admiration for the melancholic otherworldliness of the art of Giorgio de Chirico became conjoined with a new spirit of abstracted stylised figurative painting that relates to the New Image painters of the 1970s. Yet, pictures such as “Shout” and “Prince Street” are all so mindful of the sternness, strangeness and paucity of the Nova Scotia environment, (weather as well as cultural and spiritual).

In the mid to late 1980s Clark commenced work at the University of Lethbridge and a grand flowering of his work unfurled. He voraciously absorbed and referenced the work of a wide array of powerful painters ranging from Henri Matisse, Van Gogh, Paterson Ewen, John Meredith, David Bolduc, David Milne, Marsden Hartley and very specifically the narrative paintings of Philip Guston. He was enamoured by the dark psychology of Malcolm Lowry’s book “Under the Volcano”. Paintings such as “The Wheel” seem evident reflections on symbols and thoughts drawn from this novel: the individual caught amidst external machinations beyond their personal control.

Through it all, the intensity of the light, colours, exotic landforms and structures of the Lethbridge region result in works of astonishing creativity and inventiveness. Subsequent artists will be hard pressed to ever match the power of his “Bird and Bridge” as an emblematic representation of southern Alberta. As such, Clark created a body of work that speaks specifically about characteristics of our region. John Clark tied this to a loving, knowing passionate dialogue with international art: historic, modern and contemporary. He was one of our very finest.

 

Jeffrey Spalding C.M., R.C.A.

Artistic Director and Chief Curator

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In Light of It
Jun
19
to Jul 6

In Light of It

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

Guest Curator, Kathleen Hanna

In partnership with Sled Island Music & Arts Festival

 

In partnership with SLED ISLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL, Contemporary Calgary proudly presents In Light of It, an exhibition of visual art guest curated by musician Kathleen Hanna. The group exhibition features four American artists: photographer Tammy Rae Carland and video artists Zachary Fabri, Ava Johnson, and Becca Albee. In Light of It opens to members and our newsletter subscribers on Thursday, June 19th from 6:00 – 9:00pm and runs until July 6th. 

New York-based performance artist Zach Fabri will perform a special piece at a date to be determined.

 

Contemporary Calgary would like to acknowledge the generous support of THE CALGARY FOUNDATION in presenting this exhibition. 

 

Image details: Tammy Rae Carland, I'm Dying Up Here (Strawberry Shortcake), 2010 // Courtesy: Jessica Silverman Gallery

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YYC Fashion Week presents The Wearable Arts Show
May
24
6:30 PM18:30

YYC Fashion Week presents The Wearable Arts Show

YYC Fashion Week presents The Wearable Arts Show

Exhibition // STEPHEN AVENUE LOCATION

Contemporary Calgary is proud to be a venue partner with YYC Fashion Week as they present The Wearable Arts Show.

Featuring fantastic up and coming designers and artists!

Make an evening out of it, go out for dinner with friends or family and then You must come see what hard work and passion these amazing people have created for you to enjoy a great evening out!!

Plus, a portion of all ticket sales will be going to support our local arts community here in Calgary!
 


Featuring designers:

Nandarach & Jamie Block
Olivia Steckly
Janelle Brown
DOME' - BORN FROM REBELLION, WORN WITH ATTITUDE. LUXURY LEATHER STUDIOS
Tara Starr
Kelly Hofer
Mackenzie Jones
and more!

Featuring Artists:

LARISSA MONIQUE HAUCK
Nathan Mizera
Zohar Wallach
Erika Voith
Iron Brush
and many more! 

Date: May 24th, 2014

Time:
Doors open at 6:30pm
Live Presentations start at 7:30pm

Ticket: $45 at the door, $40 if you enter the promotional code: FBYYCFW
Students Promo Code for 15$ off: WEARARTSTUDENT
(MUST have student ID at the door for proof of purchase; if not, you will have to pay the additional 10$ at the door.)

HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/EVENTS/1463850720515386/ (Event page)

HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/YYCFASHIONWEEK?FREF=NF (YYC Fashion Week page)

HTTP://YYCFASHIONWEEK.COM/ (for tickets)

Email: creatives@yycfashionweek.com

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PUSH 2014 - Senior Art Student Exhibition
Apr
25
to May 4

PUSH 2014 - Senior Art Student Exhibition

Exhibition // C2 - CITY HALL LOCATION

Opening Reception
Friday, April 25, 5pm to 9pm

We are pleased to once again present Push, the annual exhibition of art by Bachelor of Fine arts students at the University of Calgary.

It provides an opportunity for all of us to view the development of emerging artists working in a variety of media, themes and approaches.

Further it is a project driven by the students themselves. They organize all aspects of the presentation including selection of the works, transport and devising an installation plan.

This years student organizers Kendall Hind, Najmeh Moheb, Ella Sun, Tara Vahab worked in association with their faculty advisor Dr. Robert Kelly.

We send along our thanks to them and congratulations to al the exhibitors.

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