Arts Commons (formerly EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts) is proud to partner with the Quickdraw Animation Society to present a selection of whimsical and adventurous short films, including work by Kiarra Albina, Neal Moignard, Heather Kai Smith, Carl Spencer, and youth artist Asher Cumming.
Vastly different in scope and medium, the films were created as part of Quickdraw Animation Society’s 48hr Animation Lockdown. They introduce the viewer to characters as diverse as Pan from classic mythology, to a lonely robot in search of belonging in a hostile world.
The Gallery of Alberta Media Arts (GAMA) is an initiative to provide support and ongoing accessible screening space for Alberta media artists and curators. A special thank you to the following organizations for their support: EMMEDIA, Calgary Arts Development, Canada Council for the Arts, and Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA).
Calgary-born artist, Kiarra Albina, works within and between the disciplines of drawing, painting, traditional animation, bookmaking, installation, and sound. Both a solitary and collaborating culture worker, she reintroduces nature, magic, and notions of wildness and unbridled play through her work. Her drawings and book works have been exhibited and her films screened in galleries, artist-run centres, theatres, and non-ordinary spaces throughout Western Canada, London, Ontario; Montréal and Vienna. She was recently featured in the Most Likely To exhibition at Contemporary Calgary, curated by Kim Dorland. She is the exhibiting artist at Pith Gallery in February 2015.
Asher Cumming is an artist, animator and student at Sunnyside Elementary School. He loves to participate in theatre, draw, and spend time with his friends. He has been a participant of Quickdraw Animation Society's summer camps since 2011 and is an incredible dancer. Asher wrote and narrated the script and designed the robots in Raging Robot.
Neal Moignard is a visual artist born in Australia and raised in Calgary, Alberta, where he now resides. He creates animations, videos, interactive installations, and performances that facilitate interaction with colour, texture, pattern, touch, movement, sound, and story. He extends and mixes conventional mediums in order to unearth strange thoughts, feelings, and ideas, while remaining in dialogue with each form's unique vocabulary.
Heather Kai Smith is an artist, animator and illustrator from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She received her B.F.A. in Drawing with Distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2009. Her independent and collaborative work has been exhibited in locally and internationally. Using multiple mediums (ranging from animation, printmaking, projection, and installation), the foundation of her work is the practice of drawing. She believes in drawing what you see while paying attention to everything you can't see.
Carl Spencer is an artist and teacher working in Calgary, Alberta. His past works have explored various aspects of systems theory and process art through the use of video, sound, and projection, with a focus on the modification of electronic devices for use in generative systems of art. He is currently working on several 16mm films and a sound project that involves sending audio via regular mail.