2012 in Review

2012 has been an excellent year for me.  Let’s recap.

The Institute of Morphoid Research at the Art Gallery of Calgary –  This was an amazing opportunity.  I showed some of the Morphoids in cages, and my ‘documentary,’ Morphopodia.  As an entertaining aside, a friend of mine has a young son who reports having made Morphoid environments in the AGC school when visiting the gallery.  It’s, and I quote, “a triceratops with feathers on it’s butt,” who eats eyeballs and seashells.

The AGC Artist Talk – I did a Q&A Style artist talk on December 6th, about my exhibition.  It was actually a lot of fun.  I quite enjoyed the Q&A style, as it was less formal, meant less prep work for me, and therefore was less stressful to prepare for.  I was excited about it, but not too worried about it, because there’s no subject I know more about than my work.

The New Alberta Contemporaries (at The Esker Foundation) – I felt very privileged to be a part of this exhibition- it was the first exhibition at the Esker Foundation, made up of 44 artists, recent graduates of the 4 schools in Alberta granting arts degrees (ACAD, the University of Calgary, the University of Alberta, and the University of Lethbridge).  I also particularly enjoyed the opening, where I had an animatronic bacteriophage that I used to draw people into conversation with me.  (The looks on their faces were priceless….)

The Bacteriophage Dissection – This was a time intensive project, right from the beginning.  In 2011, in the St[art] Residency, I starting building Morphoid innards. It took quite a lot of thought and studio time to develop the structure for the insides and the Dissection.  (Come to think of it, I still need to ‘explain’ everything from that…)

Meet the Morphoids, my show at the Untitled Arts Society, is where I started on the informational panel idea.  I have also used this in the AGC show, and will likely use more in the future.

I’ve been working for the Alberta Society of Artists as their Artistic Coordinator since January 2012.  I’ve learned a ton, met a lot of interesting and wonderful artists, and have worked on quite a few interesting projects.

Also of note this year, is doing the cover of the Hanna History Book and the Centennial (and drinking with my mother and other people in the cemetery), and the launching of the IMR Gift shop.

Up soon (hopefully), goals for 2013!


Artist Talk Tonight!

In conjunction with my exhibition at the Art Gallery of Calgary, I am giving an artist talk tonight, at 6:00.  It will be an informal Q & A style talk, led by the AGC’s Chief Curator, Kayleigh Hall.  If you haven’t yet been able to check out the exhibition, this would be a good time to do it- it’s only up for ten more days!


Upcoming Exhibition: The Art Gallery of Calgary!

I’ve been trying to keep this under my hat for a while, as it’s been in the work for a week or so, but not confirmed- I have a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Calgary! It’s official now- I signed the contract yesterday!  Super cool!

My work will be in the media room, and I will be showing my film, Morphopodia, and an installation to go along with it.  At this point, I don’t want to give too many details, as I still need to work out the details.  For now, I’ll leave you with a short clip from the film, Foraminifera.

I’m very extremely super awesomely incredibly excited about this- quite honestly, it doesn’t feel real!  I don’t think it will be until I’ve installed the show in September.

The show runs from September 7th to December 23rd, opening September 7th!  It’s coming up quick- I have a lot of work to do!

Here’s the clip- I actually haven’t seen the film on a screen bigger than our TV- I missed the EMMEDIA Production Access screening at the Plaza because I was doing the Trap/Door Gushul residency in the Crowsnest Pass. (BTW, here’s what this year’s participants are doing!)  It will be good to see it on a larger screen- although seeing myself on film is a little uncomfortable….