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.
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.
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.