Visual Art at Sled Island Festival 2017

Date: Jun 16, 2017

For the 2017 iteration of Sled Island, we’re very pleased to present twelve visual art projects at art and music venues across the city, encompassing installation, performance, sculpture, print and new media, as well as the inaugural presentation of WE ARE NOT AN ISLAND Queer Zine Fair. Many of the works included in this year’s line-up address notions of identity and ontology, offering a breadth of visual, experiential and spatial occasions for reflecting on how we relate to ourselves, to one another, and to the world around us.

ARTIST: Tsēma Igharas
TITLE: Ejideh: Push it!
VENUE: The # Legion Second Floor, 116 7 Ave SE
DATES: Thursday June 22 - Saturday June 24 11:00AM - 2:00AM
Performance / Thursday June 22 7:30PM
Ejideh: Push it! is a moose hide that interrupts space through Indigenous construction and reverberations. When installed and touched, it becomes a decolonial instrument for resonating the Land. Presented in partnership with Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival.

ARTIST: Sahar Te
TITLE: The Price, in 100 Notes
VENUE: The # Legion Second Floor, 116 7 Ave SE
DATES: Thursday June 22 - Saturday June 24 11:00AM - 2:00AM
Performance / Thursday June 22 7PM
The Price, in 100 Notes is a performance-based work directed by Sahar Te. The piece explores and compares oil prices between Canada and Iran within a span of 97 months, from January 2009 to May 2017. West Canadian Select (Canada) and OPEC Basket (Iran) oil prices are converted into Midi numbers and then to Viola and Santur musical notes. The Price, in 100 Notes is performed by Jonathan D. Lews and Bijan Meysami with photo direction by Alex Moon. Presented in partnership with The New Gallery.

TITLE: WE ARE NOT AN ISLAND Queer Zine Fair
VENUE: The # Legion Basement, 116 7 Ave SE
DATES: Saturday June 24 and Sunday June 25, 10 AM - 4 PM
Through the creation and exhibition of zines, comics, books, posters, and other printed matter, WE ARE NOT AN ISLAND Queer Zine Fair seeks to provide a safe, accessible, and inclusive space for the exchange of capital – both financial and social, encouraging reinvestment in individual practice and diversifying experiences in and for the local queer landscape. The fair is a two day event, occurring in the basement of the #1 Legion on June 24 and 25. The event is organized and curated by Bronson Smillie and Samuel Dyer, two local queer artists aiming to showcase the work of self identified queer-folk and other traditionally marginalized members of the Calgary creative community.

ARTIST: Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter
TITLE: Uyarak // Stone
VENUE: Untitled Art Society, 343 11th Avenue SW
DATES: Wednesday June 21 - Saturday June 24, 11AM - 7PM
Uyaruk//Stone is a series of contemporary soap stone carvings. Uyaruk//Stone exists as a platform of Indigenous sovereignty, aims to question conventions of Inuit art, and challenges the notion of what it means to be an Inuit artist. Uyaruk//Stone seeks to remind the viewer that Inuit are contemporary people existing outside the ethnographic, settler colonial gaze.

ARTIST: May G N
TITLE: Secretive Density
VENUE: Untitled Art Society, 343 11th Avenue SW
DATES: Wednesday June 21 - Saturday June 24, 11AM - 7PM
Secretive Density is an exploration of the clouding effects of transformative identities expressed via digital print media. Accessing and deploying soft aesthetics as a trans artist, the explosion and distortion of floral imagery reveals that behind the inferred illegibility of queer existences is a contemporary re-acquaintance with the beyond. Unsettling, undefined, and powerful in its re-purposing of known images, this beyond posits a view of the queer world as a shifting and uncertain one, a potential that cannot be ignored and which openly contests everything.

ARTIST: chloe frost
TITLE: Been running as long as I can remember
VENUE: Untitled Art Society, 343 11th Avenue SW
Wednesday June 21 - Saturday June 24, 11AM - 7PM
Trying to make an abstruse condition easier to understand, Been running as long as I can remember takes the corny archetypical retro workout video and uses it as a metaphor for living with severe anxiety. With dark humor and some mild sarcasm, chloe frost aims to dispel some of the stigma surrounding anxiety, stigmas both external and internalized.

ARTIST: Jordan Schinkel
TITLE: Strange Light
VENUE: Stride Gallery Lower Level, 1006 Macleod Trail SE
Wednesday June 21 - Saturday June 24, 11AM - 7PM
Hand-held flashlights are tools for sight and lucidity in otherwise unlit spaces. Strange Light is a continuous video installation that explores the contemplative yet uncertain act of searching in the dark. A single small light passes over objects and surfaces across multiple settings, glimpsing only a few ambiguous details of a larger unseen space- one that is uncannily impossible. The light invites viewers to enter the dark join the search, considering the question of what and of where. Presented in partnership with EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society.

ARTIST:cootiecatcher
TITLE: and The Double Jinx Mystery
VENUE: Stride Gallery Lower Level, 1006 Macleod Trail SE
DATES: Wednesday June 21 - Saturday June 24, 11AM - 7PM
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VENUE: containR at EVJ, 439 8 Ave SE
DATES: Wednesday June 21 - Saturday June 24, 11AM - 8PM
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Shakes -- tough cookie.
Build Spectral Bestie to pat
backs/play jacks,
Prairie Parallax
the likely duo/ear to the
ground/know the ropes
means it must be
In the gully!                                                   
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In the gully!

ARTIST: Anna Semenoff
TITLE: Phantom Form
VENUE: Marion Nicoll Gallery Main Space, 1407 14 Ave NW
DATES: June 19 - Aug 18, 8AM - 5PM, Reception June 21, 6PM - 7PM
Phantom Form is a video-based sculptural installation. The Form will physically respond to its tangible surroundings, while functioning in isolation, separate from its immediate environment. The Form acts convincingly in that it can be seen as sensible while occupying two spaces. The Form creates a phenomenon - a reality within itself.  Phantom Form exposes two spaces, and identifies them to be seen as one. Presented in partnership with the Marion Nicoll Gallery.

ARTIST: Haley Craw
TITLE: Her Potential For Corruption
VENUE: Marion Nicoll Gallery LRT, 1407 14 Ave NW
DATES: June 19 - Sept 1, 8AM - 1AM, Reception June 21, 6PM - 7PM
Her Potential For Corruption presents the relics of the Fallen Woman. Lingerie holds the memory of the body, an insistent absence marked with desire. The unapologetic display of Her intimate objects resists ideological containment. Her relics destabilize the claims of incorruptibility given to saints and maintained through faith in the divinity of their wax facade. She defies incorruptibility as Her body transforms into a twisting, serpentine creature of silk and wax. Her meaning is unfixed, Her truth is indeterminate, and Her presence embodies doubt. Presented in partnership with the Marion Nicoll Gallery.

ARTIST: Kerry Maguire
TITLE: Solutions for Better Living
VENUE: Marion Nicoll Gallery +15 Window, Arts Commons 205 8 Ave SE
DATES: May 29 - July 22, 6AM – MIDNIGHT, Reception July 20 6PM - 7PM
Solutions for Better Living is like a shop window from some future. By repurposing household objects and materials of utility, practical objects are transformed into futile forms. Neither scientific in their method of construction nor overtly functional, the resultant sculptures take everyday, familiar implements, like small household appliances and gardening accessories and rework them into new systems. While the objects’ original uses are obstructed, new functions and new possibilities emerge as each part interacts within the newly formed whole. Presented in partnership with the Marion Nicoll Gallery.

ARTISTS: Rebecca Dalke, Travis Deglow, Jonathan Dyck, Sofia Elidrissi, Heidi Marie Forsyth, Erik Grice, Cam Hoff, Jennifer Konanz, Chelsea O’Byrne, Crastal Oicle, Kyle Schneider and James Thomson
TITLE: Sled Island Poster Show
VENUE: Phil & Sebastian (4th Street S.W.)
DATES: June 21 – 25, 11AM – 8PM, Reception June 20 6PM – 10PM
A vital part of Sled Island since its inaugural year, the annual Sled Island Poster Show pairs local artists with musicians playing the festival to create limited edition, hand-silkscreened posters by Burnt Toast Studios. Posters will be on display and for purchase. Featured artists include Cloud Nothings, DJ Quik, Guitar Wolf, Low, MONO, Shonen Knife, Silver Apples, Wavves, Waxahatchee, Wolves In The Throne Room and more.