Tiny Gallery is proud to present Parklet #1, a new experimental public space featuring a free library, bench, and free community gallery. The space is currently located on the North-East corner of McDougall Rd NE and 7 St NE, in Calgary. Parklet #1 was built by Mark Vazquez-Mackay and Peter Meadows.
The Most Amazing Heads 1, 2 and 3 – Rachel Evans at the Arts Commons
June 13 – September 5, 2015 Opening Reception June 23, 2015 5-8 PM at Arts Commons’ Upper Centre Court
With art I encourage people to relate to the world on a visceral level. My practice uses natural curiosities to re-enchant people with forgotten elements of nature and themselves. The Most Amazing Heads 1, 2 and 3 uses decoration to mask uncomfortable biological experiences that expose us to our animality. Borrowing from Baroque, Rococo and Kitsch traditions these elaborately ornamented skulls provoke both fascination and disgust. By playing on colonial perceptions of nature as a collection of decorative objects these sculptures simultaneously mock and indulge our compulsions to gild and gloss over powerful natural experiences such as sex, death, decay and transformation. Domestication, decoration, personal biology and biophilic tendencies are reoccurring themes in my practice.
Rachel Evans received her BFA from the University of Victoria in 2007 and continues to make art in Calgary, Alberta focusing mainly on sculpture and drawing. She spent almost a decade working at wildlife rehabilitation centers and with animal welfare organizations. Her work with animals has inspired much of her art. She runs The Room Gallery out of her home in Bridgeland.
ABOUT VOICES IN THE WIND
“Often times there are those whose voices are lost in the wind. We hope this display of Art by some of Calgary’s more marginalized citizens, including children and youth from the various shelters and agencies that give aid to the homeless and less fortunate, gives them a chance to have Voices in the Wind.”
The artwork displayed in this exhibition has been created by Barry, Gloria, Darren and Bill and other clients from the Drop-In Centre; Participants from Homeless-Connect Trading Card sessions and children and youth from Inn From the Cold. The exhibition has been curated by Bill.
ABOUT THIS IS MY CITY ART SOCIETY
This is My City Art Society (TMC) believes that the creative voice of every citizen has value and that we are all richer for having listened. The work that TMC does not only enriches the lives of the disenfranchised people in its programs, it opens the door for dialogue among all citizens. It builds bridges so that stereotypes can be broken down and common values can be clearly seen and celebrated.
This is My City is a volunteer-run, nonprofit society that brings opportunities for positive creative expression into the lives of some of Calgary’s most marginalized citizens: the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. Professional artist-mentors bring their skills and love of art into the shelters and service agencies year-round and connect with individuals to make music, theatre, and visual art together.O
Don Mabie has been a significant influence in artist-run centres and educational communities in Calgary since the 1970s. Using the nom de plume Chuck Stake, Mabie is a leading proponent of correspondence/mail art internationally.
Correspondence/Mail Art has its roots in the art historical movement of Dada. It can take many forms, although its defining element is that it is sent to the audience using the postal service. One of the accepted customs of correspondence/mail art is that there is no jury and everything sent is shown.
Don Mabie/Chuck Stake: born in Calgary, January 9, 1947. Graduated from Alberta College of Art in 1969. Mabie has been drawing, performing, assembling, trading and mailing art since the late sixties; has had more than thirty-five solo exhibitions in Canada and Europe. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions and performance events across Canada, in the United States, Mexico, Europe, Australia and Japan.
Mabie has been an active participant in the international mail-art network since 1971 and has organized some 25 mail-art exhibitions as well as participating in thousands of mail-art exhibitions and publications. He founded Chuck Stake Enterprizes in Toronto in 1972 and became Chuck Stake. Since 1997 and has helped initiate a vital Artist’s Trading Card network in Calgary, Canada and internationally.
In May, 2001 Mabie was a recipient of the ACAD Board of Governors’ Award of Excellence for his lifetime contribution to the arts in Alberta.
The possibility of denying death is, in many ways, a modern luxury unique to our time and culture; up until the early 20th Century, death was an unavoidable part of everyday life; this was reflected in folk art, the fine arts, popular amusements, and social rituals. It is my conviction that the impetus to view, contemplate and, ultimately, make sense of death is a universal desire. That the mystery and terror of our own mortality is the central conundrum of the human life, and that as our culture has become increasingly secularized, our ways to attempt to grapple with it have largely shifted from the realms of religion and philosophy to science and medicine. These realms provide a way to experience death, cloaked in the acceptable veneer of rationality, but still quietly speaking of other things.
Jessica McCarrel is a Canadian artist and cultural worker who is interested in ways in which the pre-rational roots of modernity are sublimated into ostensibly “purely rational” cultural activities such as science and medicine. McCarrel obtained her BFA from the Alberta College of Art. Her artwork has been exhibited in Canada (Alberta) and in the United States (New York, Los Angeles).
Life as a generality moulds me, panging my intuition and causing me to react to situations in creative ways. My artwork is in no way shape or form separate them this. It is cliché to say that everything around me has a hand in shaping what I create, however as I am wholeheartedly empathic to the point of frustration. Life absolutely moulds me completely and truly to the point of redundancy.
I do not find glass easy. I find myself craving glass akin to how I yearn for more knowledge, as it is a material that I will not master in my life time. I am a no trick pony, but I flourish in the fact that I cannot make a truly realistic representation out of glass. I must use my intuition to fill in the detail and keep going.
Melanie T. Long hails from Calgary, Alberta, where she works as a school teacher, artist assistant and practising artist. She holds a Bachelor of Art from the Alberta College of Art and Design, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Calgary. Ms Long has studied glass worldwide including Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and the Australian National University in Canberra Australia. Ms Long has taught painting and glass processes at numerous institutions including with the Calgary Board of Education in Calgary, Montserrat in the West Indies, and New Small Sterling in Vancouver. Currently Long works as an Artist Assistant for three internationally known glass artists: Brain Kelk, Julia Riemer, and Tyler Rock who is the head of the glass program at ACAD. In her personal art making practice she has exhibited throughout North America, from Norfolk, VA, to Vancouver, BC.
September 26 – December 5, 2014, Performing Arts Show Space
Opening Reception: October 10, 2014, 5-8 pm, Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts (205 8 Avenue SE)
Working in a neo-constructivist fashion, Dunkley’s works explore the fundamental relationships of our universe: light, space, movement and time. Dunkley works with a variety of materials and processes that involve light directly. The works reflect, refract and conduct light while evoking a sense of transformation and progression through space and time.
A native to Calgary, Kirk Dunkley has been studying and producing sculpture for the past ten years. Dunkley graduated from the University of Calgary with a Master’s Degree in Fine Art where he focused on sculpture and installation practices. Dunkley also has a background in product design and manufacturing.
October 5 – December 6, 2014, Bridgeland Show Space
Opening Reception: October 11, 2014, 1-5 pm, Bridgeland Market (1104 1 Ave NE)
Eveline Kolijn explores forms and patterns in Nature and the relationship between our society and the natural environment. Her intense interest in the field of Art & Science has led to her current project, in which she seeks to visually express Breath and state of the art research into early lung-cancer detection.
Healthy air is important in a city and to our wellbeing. It is dependent on our exchange with plants and algae: we inhale the oxygen they produce and they use the carbon dioxide we exhale.
Eveline Kolijn is a printmedia and multidisciplinary artist. She has exhibited, published and presented on her art nationally and internationally. Eveline strongly believes that the arts enrich society, and wants to share her experience and passion in learning environments and community involvement.
She has served on the board of Alberta Printmaker’s Society and is also an artist-mentor and founding board member of the THIS IS MY CITY Art Society. She has been appointed to the Calgary Public Art board in 2013. She teaches at the Alberta College of Art + Design for the Extended Studies program and in schools for Learning Through The Arts.
August 3 – October 4, 2014, Bridgeland Show Space
Opening Reception: August 9, 2014, 1-5 pm, Lukes Drug Mart (112 4th St NE)
I am a storyteller. All my stories are from the chaos of imagery that I’ve gained from the world, people, and from my unknown self. I find the world is full of stories, that even the smallest grain of sand tells its own unique story. What I try to achieve is to visualize all forms of stories in the world and document them with the purest form of my own visual language.
Yirang Kim was born in Seoul, South-Korea, and has spent half of her life in Korea and the other half in Calgary, Canada. She started her artistic life when she was very little. She couldn’t talk until she was 4, and she wasn’t much interested in learning about the new world she was born into, only interested in drawing and painting all day. She realized that imagery is the best form of language for sharing and documenting her thoughts, and that art is the only way to freely express her inner world.
June 7 – August 2, 2014, Bridgeland Show Space
Opening Reception: June 14, 2014, 1-5 pm, Baya Rica Cafe (204 7A St NE)
My work deals with suspension and tension representing the fragility of life and relationships and how they can so easily be disrupted through selfishness, anger, environment, good and bad alike, illness and even death. Whenever possible I create work that is interactive and kinetic in nature to mimic those constant life changes.
Joanne MacDonald is a self-taught mixed media artist who grew up in rural Quebec and has always been an artist at heart. She moved to Calgary in 1980. Having attended college, working, getting married and having a family here – Calgary has become “Home”. Time passes…. and living in Calgary now more than twice as long as Quebec; her life has become grounded here with family, friends and most importantly being able to work and show her work within a wonderful and vibrant arts community.
Inspired by nature and working primarily in found, natural and recycled materials Joanne creates these pieces which often mirror the beautiful imperfection of life and relationships. Through her art she tries to evoke an emotional response using familiar objects composed in an unfamiliar way. Joanne’s works are pensive and introspective, inducing an emotional dialogue between the art and the viewer.