Arts Commons Presents
Circlestances, Continuum, The Microverse, and Contained Flow
Darija S. Radakovic, Carrie Phillips Kieser, Rachel Ziriada and Mikhail Miller, Anna Burger-Martindale
Location: Window Galleries (across from Max Bell Theatre in Arts Commons)
Dates: March 2 to May 25, 2018
Artist Reception: Happenings 11 on the Mezzanine Level of Arts Commons on Monday, February 12 from 6-9pm
Arts Commons showcases four unique exhibits in the Window Galleries this March 2 – May 25, 2018 from artists Darija S. Radakovic, Carrie Phillips Kieser, Rachel Ziriada and Mikhail Miller, Anna Burger-Martindale that explore the use of physical space, from minimalism to complex visual clutter.
Circlestances by Darija S. Radakovica explores the concept of nothingness in minimalist paintings. Radokovica creates tension by removing rather than adding, distilling the painting down to simple colours and shapes.
Continuum; a continuous quality; an unbroken series emerged out of the exploration around the theme of vessel and a workshop at Crown Point Press, in San Francisco in July 2015. Within this series, a number of intaglio copper plates were created, interchangeably printed, and layered to create a floating sea-like landscape.
The Microverse takes a look at the transformation of space through layered form, material, and colour, often utilizing found and recycled materials.
'Contained Flow' combines artist Anna Burger-Martindale passions as a silversmith and weaver to create intricate metal fabrics. These visually striking creations allow for a bold, 3 dimensional appearance of what would otherwise not be possible with softer materials.
Darija S Radakovic was born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She moved to Belgrade in the middle of the awful and bloody war and got her degree there at University of Fine Arts. During that time, she was given the opportunity to express her disgust with authorities, mentality and a tradition of wrong choices, and to criticize society through her works, in order to set the focus on consequences of our misdoings.
In 2010 she left for Canada with her family. That same year Darija S Radakovic received a studio residency through the StART program where she made the “No Exit” installation that received an honorable mention at London International Art Competition. As she discovered her private inner peace in Calgary and achieved a new balance, her artistic expression shifted toward abstraction and her interests are now focused on less bitter themes.
Carrie Phillips Kieser is a print media artist from Calgary, Alberta. She received a Bachelor's Degree on the east coast of Canada from Mount Allison University in Sackville New Brunswick. During her study and prior to moving to California, she spent 1 year at the University of California Los Angeles, immersed in various courses in Art History. The time she spent living in these coastal areas continues to inform her practice today. Her work has been shown in various international print biennials and triennials including Tokyo International Print Triennial and the upcoming 2017 Print Biennial in Douro, Portugal. She is currently the Executive Director of Alberta Printmakers Gallery and Studio, a non-profit artist run centre dedicated to increase public awareness of print media in Calgary Alberta.
Mikhail Miller is a practicing visual artist based in Calgary, AB. He graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2006 with a BFA in print media studies. In 2008-09, Mikhail participated in a residency and internship program at the Banff Centre for the Arts. From 2009-10, Mikhail was the curator of the Ministry of Casual Living artist run centre in Victoria, BC. Mikhail has shown work in various cities across Canada and in Mexico. In 2017, he was artist in residence at Nelson Mandela High School.
Rachel Ziriada is a practicing visual and sound artist from and currently working in Calgary, Alberta. She completed her BFA at the University of Victoria in 2015 with distinction in installation art. She has continued to make work in a number of mediums, working on projects for a number of artist collectives and artist-run centers across Canada.
Anna Burger-Martindale was born and raised in Calgary, Canada and graduated from The Alberta College of Art + Design in 2014 from the Jewellery + Metals department. Soon after she moved to England and completed a postgraduate diploma in silversmithing at Bishopsland Educational Trust. Anna is currently back in Calgary working at The Alberta College of Art + Design as a Studio Assistant as well as creating in her own studio. Anna uses traditional textile patterns and geometric designs that are translated onto metal to create functional silverware and jewellery, her work has been exhibited in Canada, the US and the UK.