May 4 – June 7, 2014, Bridgeland Show Space
Opening Reception: May 10, 2014, 1-5 pm, Bridgeland Market (1104 1 Ave NE)
Emma Bresola and Melissa Centofanti met recently at the City of Calgary Public Art “Artists Working in Community” course. They quickly discovered their talents to be complementary and created a team for community art projects. Bresola and Centofanti are versatile and ﬂexible artists based in Calgary, Alberta. Both artists use a variety of traditional (acrylic and watercolour painting, oils and canvas) and non traditional art materials (technology, community performance) to create their work. They both tend to work conceptually as the materials used are dictated by the idea. The ﬁrst projects they have collaborated on are accordion style artist books. There is currently a series of three 31/4 inch X 28inch books that have been created to illustrate three different forms of art. Dance Music and Theatre are illuminated through the pages of these relatively small books. This project has been named OpenBook. It is Emma and Melissa’s vision to use these books to inspire others to use their creativity in facilitated workshops in various neighbourhoods throughout Calgary.
Born and educated in Italy, Emma Bresola is a visual artist based in Calgary where in 2013 she won the CCIS New Canadian Artist Award.. Emma has worked for ﬁfteen years in Italy as a graphic designer and children books illustrator freelance. She also painted murals, utility boxes and created digital art works. Her works were exhibited in Canada and Europe. Experimenting and trying new things is part of her artistic practice. For this reason, some projects are made with the help of digital technologies and some with traditional techniques. Since 2010 Emma carried her skills into public art projects. She has just recently completed the “Artist Working in Community” course with the City of Calgary Public Art. Her purpose is bring art to the community.
Melissa Centofanti is an artist, advocate for change, and mother who lives and works in Calgary, Alberta. She received her BFA in 1992 from the University of Windsor, Ontario. Since then she has experimented with various media, from ﬁlm to fabric, in order to visually express her thoughts and ideas. Melissa’s artwork is constantly pushing the boundaries of beauty, craft and high art.
In 20ll – 2012 as a member of ID Collective, Melissa was part of an artist in residence project in “CommunityWise”, then know as the Old Y. As an engaged member of her community, Melissa’s most recent projects have included a series of political forum performances using food in a blind taste testing poll, and mask making workshops with adults and children. Melissa just completed the “Artists Working in Community” course with The City of Calgary which has inspired her current direction in public art and facilitation of creative community workshops.
April 1 – May 2, 2014, Tiny Gallery Prototype – Bridgeland Market, 1104 1 Ave NE
Artist’s Statement: Freedomco is a fictitious company that I created to parody promotions of “freedom” and “security” in a variety of ways. As such, the work often deals with how I interpret my experiences as a gay man in contemporary western culture and the world. It is my intention that my works are seen as humorous and that humor will act as a vehicle to address the seriousness of the underlying content. The fundamental goal is to engender dialog among and between queer and straight communities. “Gay Be Gone Russian Gold” was created in response to the anti-gay laws in Russia. The tonic would fulfill the dream of the Russian government, by “curing” being gay. “Gay Be Gone Russian Gold” is one of a number of tonics Freedomco makes and is the second in the Gay Be Gone series.
Artist Bio: After graduating with distinction from the ACAD glass program in 2005, Phillip Bandura co-founded Bee Kingdom Glass Collective with Tim Belliveau and Ryan Fairweather. With Bee Kingdom, Phillip has been a centerpiece designer for Pilchuck Glass School (2008) and has received the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (2010) and Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 (2010). Most recently, in 2012, he assisted in launching Berlin Glas, the first-ever hot glass studio in Berlin, Germany.
Phillip has a wide range of artistic and conceptual interests. Common themes in his art are the ideas of play and light-hearted satire. Phillip has completed residencies at Espace Verre in Montreal, QC; the Glass Furnace in Ogumce, Turkey; and the Tacoma Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. He has shown both nationally and internationally at venues such as the Art Gallery of Calgary, AB; The Works Festival in Edmonton, AB; the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany; the 2010 Craft Biennale in Cheongju, Korea; and Pictoplasma in Berlin, Germany.
March 4 – April 1, 2014, Tiny Gallery Prototype – Bridgeland Market, 1104 1 Ave NE
Artist’s Statement: Fairweather’s body of work is inspired by yoga philosophy, Hindu mythology, cute culture, and video games. These concepts come together in his growing fictional universe called the Weathermachines based on a post-apocalyptic scenario where sentient, peaceful machines take over the planet. Joybear is the newest blown-glass character in his cute universe and embodies play and happiness. His softer matte finish is created through a process of sandblasting and oil application.
Artist Bio: Ryan Marsh Fairweather is a born Calgarian and spent many years growing up in Houston, London, Aberdeen, and Dubai. A graduate from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2005, Fairweather is one of three members of the local Bee Kingdom Glass Collective, a glassblowing studio collective that exhibits, lectures, and demonstrates locally and internationally. He is a resident of Bridgeland, a yoga instructor, and loves Street Fighter and cute things.
February 1 – March 1, 2014, Tiny Gallery Prototype – Bridgeland Market, 1104 1 Ave NE
Artist’s Statement: Oilman is a glasswork from a larger 2010 original installation of black glass called ‘Oil Landscape’ referring both to the tradition of oil-painted landscapes and the tradition of finding oil in the Albertan landscape. The character itself is meant to look like walking oil as a representation of the human energy and fossil fuel energy that has driven the growth of Calgary and Alberta.
Artist Bio: Tim Belliveau is an artist and co-founder of Bee Kingdom, a three artist hot glass collective and studio. His solo work focuses on illustration and often deals with boundaries between wilderness and civilization. His work with the Bee Kingdom is focused on experimental sculptural glass and collaborative process which is shared through traveling exhibitions and demonstrations staged at various glass studios.
Belliveau graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2005 and lives and works in Calgary.