Arts Commons Presents: Fall Exhibitions Explore Space, Identity, Environment and Community

September 17, 2019


For Immediate Release
September 17, 2019

For Immediate Release September 17, 2019

 

Arts Commons Presents:    

Fall Exhibitions Explore Space, Identity, Environment and Community

 

CALGARY – Arts Commons Presents invites you to visit The Ledge Gallery, Lightbox Studio, and Window Galleries for their newest installations by artists Nicholas Tufts, and Mabel Tan with a special installation by Spark Disability Festival

Lightbox Studio features Nicholas Tufts, an emerging artist whose practice explores queer activism and how popular culture shapes our identities. His practice is influenced by a broad range of mediums including, sculpture, performance, video, and online media. His exhibition delves into the way in which men are socialized in North America to avoid platonic intimacy with other men in all forms. You pressed me to your chest and I was no longer at war runs September 9 – October 25, 2019. 

The Ledge Gallery exhibition by Mabel Tan is an active investigation of forms and shapes in new spaces, environment, and communities. Throughout the course of the project, the public will be able to engage with the clayground, visually and physically, as Tan invites the public to play, ask, imagine and sketch. Let’s go to the Clayground runs September 12 - November 30, 2019. 

Window Galleries features the SPARK Disability Art Festival presenting their new Solo Artist Series, hosted in collaboration with Arts Commons and developed alongside the RBC Emerging Visual Artist Program. Showcased are seven emerging or early career artists including Amber Harriman, Daniel May, Eva Hontela, Lynn Cameron, Macarena Ruidiaz, Penny Gunderson, Shawn Belanger—selected from SPARK’s ten-year exhibition history—who demonstrate exceptional talent and tenacity, and who represent Calgary’s next wave of professional artists living with a disability.  Changemakers runs September 9 – December 8, 2019.

 

Arts Commons Presents: Visual Arts

Title:

You pressed me to your chest and I was no longer at war

Let’s go to the Clayground

Changemakers

Artist:

Nicholas Tufts

Mabel Tan

SPARK Disability Art Festival

Venue:

Lightbox Studio

The Ledge Gallery

Window Galleries

Date:

Sept 9 – Oct 25, 2019, 2019

Sept 12 - Nov 30, 2019

Sept 9 – Dec 8, 2019

 

Artist Reception: Arts Learning Centre of Arts Commons on Friday, November 29th 5:30PM- 8:30PM  

 

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For media inquiries or more information contact:

Alex Bonyun, Communications Manager

403-294-7429  abonyun@artscommons.ca


 

 

Artist Biographies

 

Nicholas Tufts is an emerging artist whose practice explores queer activism and how popular culture shapes our identities. His practice is influenced by a broad range of mediums including, sculpture, performance, video, and online media. His work is defined by a sense of discomfort that appears throughout his photographs, often emerging from his clashing of absurdist comedy with personal trauma and experiences with oppression.

 

Mabel Anabelle Tan is a Calgary-based artist from the Island City of Singapore. Her creative investigations involve aspects of humour, play, and spatial negotiation. She is currently working on a vocabulary of forms for exercising in her ever-growing Clayground. A graduated from AUarts (formerly the Alberta College of Art and Design) in Ceramics in 2017, she has held various solo and group shows, and participated in a Ceramics residency at Medalta, in Medicine Hat, Alberta. When not involved in clay-making, she keeps it real (with other forms of clay) while working as a Ceramic Production Artist at Peartree Impressions (Calgary), a Summer Studio Assistant at La Meridiana (Italy), or digging at Archaeological excavations in Italy and Singapore. Mabel continues to support her communities through volunteering and is part of the Elephant Artist Relief (EAR) board committee.

 

The SPARK Disability Art Festival is a Calgary-wide celebration of creative self-expression by emerging and professional artists pan-disability. Founded in 2010, SPARK’s mission is to enhance the development of disability arts and culture both locally and globally through exhibition and advocacy. To do this, SPARK advances a creative vision of equality that explores the different themes and diverse aspects of the disability experience through visual art. Working with artists with visible and invisible disabilities, SPARK’s uniting politic is to foster Disability Pride.

 

 

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