Window Galleries - Sept 2017
September 6, 2017
For Immediate Release
September 6, 2017
Arts Commons Presents:
The Feminine Image in Nature - A new show in Window Galleries
CALGARY – Arts Commons showcases three unique exhibits in the Window Galleries this September 4 - November 27 from artists Chloe Kinsella, Haley Craw, Natalie Lauchlan, and Pamela Norrish.
The Event Pictured explores the interruption of nature by the human form. “I am of the position that human intervention is detrimental and yet inherent in most of us,” says Kinsella. “These shrouded figures become human pavilions trying in vain to blend into their environment.”
Haley Craw’s Fallen tackles the mythology of the fallen woman using stained symbols of purity to break down themes of guilt, shame, and supressed desire. Including a wine-stained shroud in reference to the shroud of Turin, Craw’s performance presents a woman arched in hysteria, evoking women who have been oppressed and removed from religious mythology.
V is a series of drawings documenting a three-hour endurance performance piece of the same name by artist Natalie Lauchlan, performed Espace Cercle Carré in Montréal. These drawings relate to the artists understanding of documentation, time, and memory and the role of an artist in controlling the documentation of a performance.
Past by Pamela Norrish explores the artists’ interest in altering objects and images from the past to re-contextualize and change their inherent meaning. “By editing images attached to real experiences I can literally cut out the parts that I do not want to remember,” says Norrish. “In doing so I am surprised by what is revealed and all of the things that I had not originally noticed.”
The Window Galleries at Arts Commons consists of seven display spaces which provide exhibition opportunities for two dimensional and sculptural works, running in three month intervals and are open to all emerging and professional artists and collectives.
Arts Commons Presents Visual and Media Arts
Title: The Event Pictured, Fallen, V, and Past
Location: Window Galleries at Arts Commons (beside Max Bell Theatre)
Date: September 4 – November 27, 2017
Artist Reception: Artist reception at Happenings #10 on Mezzanine Level of Arts Commons on Monday, November 27 from 6-9 pm
Please see attached for artist biographies.
For media inquiries or more information contact:
Alex Bonyun, Communications Manager
Chloe Kinsella is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Calgary. Chloe attended the University of Calgary and graduated in 2015 with an honours Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Her art deals with women's interaction with nature, working in textile design, printmaking, performance and photography, often combined in one piece. “I want my work to function as different iterations in different spaces of time,” said Chloe when describing her work. A large portion of her practice is to immerse herself in nature and gather inspiration and natural artifacts, creating both spontaneously and reflectively. Chloe draws attention to issues of environmental intervention and eco-feminism in a nuanced way.
Natalie Lauchlan is a daughter. She is an emerging artist from Alberta, where her mind still goes to wonder the forests and mountains, no matter where her body is. She collects fragments of text that come to arrange themselves in her memory. She reads the tenderness of objects and transcribes the poetics of space. Exploring the ephemeral, she is the ghost haunting all her memories.
Areum Kim writes and curates and has had the privilege of working with many interesting artists and projects at artist-run centres both in Calgary and Vancouver. She is currently based in Calgary, after receiving her BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Kim is interested in the relationship between image and text, and is currently working on a project on tracing the conditions of mother language and the course of reclamation or forfeiting of one’s language.
Pamela Norrish studied at the Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary including one year abroad at the New York Studio Program at Parsons The New School, New York City, and the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto. Norrish has attended artist residencies at The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, the Ledge Gallery, Calgary, Mentoring Artist’s for Women’s Art(MAWA), Winnipeg, and Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto.