Open Spaces: Windows to a View (2012-2014)
The 2012/2013/2014 line up of artists for the Open Spaces: Windows to a View program included: Dean Stanton, Barbara Sutherland, Linda Carreiro with RICHard SMOLinski, Zuo-Peng (William) Zhang, Larissa Tiggelers, Brian Batista, Mireille Perron, Deborah Catton, Nicole LeBoutillier, Stephanie Dawn Murray and Megan Conley.
Past installation artists
Megan Conley is a Calgary born and Calgary-based artist. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alberta College of Art and Design, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, and is currently completing her Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Buffalo with a focus in Visual Studies, Emerging Practices. saatchiart.com/meganpconley
Megan Conley, Mapping #1, 2013, Photograph.
Linda Carreiro & RICHard SMOLinski
Linda Carreiro & RICHard SMOLinski present Summary, a series of textual veils installed at varying depths throughout the space. Made from rice paper, the delicate text hangs vertically throughout the space, partially obscuring each other and casting elaborate and ominous shadows upon the wall and floor. Summary requires more effort from the viewer to read the text but denies any literal or absolute exchange of information. “We cannot guarantee that the experience of reading our Summary will impart any wisdom or enable any epiphanies,” say the artists.
Linda is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Calgary, where RICHard recently completed his PhD in Art, and is currently a sessional instructor.
Linda Carreiro & RICHard SMOLinski, Summary, 2013, excised black Moriki Kozo paper
Local artist, Larissa Tiggelers' painting practice experiments with colour, composition and form to create shifting spatial perspectives. According to Larissa, "The shapes, forms, colours, textures and the relationships between these elements are tools for both manipulating and breaking the illusion of space. The hard-edged shapes create a form, which then becomes a character, whose colours I manipulate to create a fractured space." Although she is interested in the formal qualities of art, she insists that her work is based on an intuitive, experimental process. "I carefully consider the colour relationships and utilize my intuition to keep my process engaging."
Larissa received a BFA with Distinction from the Alberta College of Art & Design in 2010, and will be featured in the 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, The News From Here at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton.
Larissa Tiggelers, GARY, 2012, acrylic on canvas
Local artist, teacher, arranger of things, performer, animator, entrepreneur and magic man, Brian Batista incorporates Tibetan Thangka style painting into his own practice. Playing with space, texture, composition and colour, the artist seeks to inspire awe, reverence, curiosity and contemplation while nourishing the creative spirit. According to the artist, "Each work seeks to convey a philosophical teaching through its narrative. It is said that the creation of these icons is a meritorious act and that they will bring good visualizations and luck to the bearer."
Brian received a BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art and Design and was the recipient of the Board of Governors award for his program. He currently lives and works in Calgary.
Brian Batista, Dragon, acrylic on canvas
Zuopeng (William) Zhang's work draws inspiration from the endless meditative experience he has with our landscape. His work highlights the natural harmony, balance and tranquility that exist in our everyday lives.
William was born in China and has been a practicing artist for more than two decades. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and competitions and has been included in major exhibitions such as the China 10th International Photographic Art Exhibition and the 64th International Photographic Salon of Japan. He is a graduate from the Chinese Master Class of Photography in Beijing and has lived and worked in Calgary since 2006.
Zuopeng Zhang, Harmony 2, photograph on paper
Born in 1967, Dean began making art around the same time he learned how to talk. Dean is a graduate from the Alberta College of Art and Design. His whimsical style can be seen in and around Calgary in a variety of media, from murals and large painted signage to logos, typefaces and advertisements.
Dean Stanton Lovely, 2012, archival digital print
Barbara Sutherland is an MFA graduate from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Along with her research and studio practice, she is currently an instructor in the Fibre Department at the Alberta College of Art and Design.
Barbara Sutherland, Barbara Sutherland, Swag (detail – still), 2010, fabric, thread, steel, wood, motors