Arts Commons Presents
Come Find Me
Ryan Danny Owen
Location: The Ledge Gallery (+15 level of Centre Court)
Dates: December 5 - March 4, 2019
Artist Reception: TBD
Come Find Me is an experimental studio residency project documenting an encounter with a queer history with a proposition to stop and look closer. Using text work, photography, and a series of public actions, Come Find Me acts as an invitation to seek an understanding of what has been.
In Calgary well known cruising parks or queer spaces have become gentrified and the queer bodies that once sought those areas of pleasure or kinship have disappeared and become absent echoes in the space. This project provides an opportunity to research and compile a document of cruising locations and queer designated spaces within the city, which have faded away over time. Come Find Me responds to this history and examines the rapid gentrification of Calgary which each year further distances itself from the past.
For this project, Ryan Danny Owen makes a series of automatic writing posters to be installed in both the gallery as well as in public spaces. Existing in endless copies to be taken by the public and also put up on various poster boards and walls across the city as a means for a person to encounter a queer past, present, and future. Placed not only as reminders to a history with a potential to be lost, but also as a marker for the potential of new queer spaces to emerge.
Ryan Danny Owen is a visual artist and writer based in Calgary, Alberta. He received his BFA in drawing from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2017. His work has been included in exhibitions across Canada and he was recently featured as a performing artist in IKG LIVE 2 and MST: 9. His practice reveals notions of identity, love, loss, desire, and time examining his relationship to that past and a question of what it means to come after.
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