How Deep Is Your Love by Becky Shaw – Dynamic Environment Exhibition

October 28th, 2019

Through a series of actions, objects, and tools, Becky Shaw’s How Deep is Your Love invites Calgarians to explore their relationship to the extensive water infrastructure supporting their lives. This work was created while participating in the Watershed+ Dynamic Environment Lab where artists are embedded in the UEP department and is the culmination of three years of research and development.

While integrated in the UEP department, Shaw became fascinated with the work of leak locators. Locators have the near impossible task of pinpointing a leak three metres underground by relying only on sound captured with an analogue geophone. “Listening with the geophones is difficult; you must hold your breath and try to sink beneath the ambient noise” the artist explains. It’s an intimate process only few will know and even fewer will have the skills necessary to interpret the sounds into a physical location. Shaw wanted to open this experience up to everyday Calgarians and connect them directly to their infrastructure through an unexpected way. Working with city engineers, Shaw commissioned a mini version of the geophone accessible for public use. This new tool was utilized during guided tours by the artist where participants experienced the unique process of listening to running water deep below the surface.

Contrasting this personal and intimate experience, Shaw displays the vast and complicated nature of Calgary’s sprawling infrastructure by piecing together a map detailing the diameter, materials, and joints of every pipe. The floor installation envelops the viewer with its complexity and you can’t help but marvel at the intricately designed system hidden beneath our feet. By displaying these latent processes and objects, Shaw encourages the viewer to examine how their lives intersect, unknowingly and knowingly, with their infrastructure.

This work is on view at Contemporary Calgary as part of the Dynamic Environment exhibition until January 5, 2020.

Photographs courtesy Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye.

Dynamic Environment Exhibition – Panel Discussion

October 24th, 2019

The Watershed+ Dynamic Environment Lab was developed to explore the intricate and delicate relationship we have with our watershed. It’s an unconventional initiative that embedded artists into the systems and processes of Calgary’s Utility and Environmental Protection Department. The lab facilitated beneficial exchanges of perspectives while fostering a collaborative relationship between artists and city employees throughout the development of new art works.

Dynamic Environment, hosted by Contemporary Calgary, is the culmination of the lab and presents a selection of works from the five DE Lab artists: Becky Shaw, Steve Gurysh, Peter von Tiesenhausen, Tim Knowles, and Stokley Towles. Each artist worked in vastly different mediums to explore various aspects of our watershed and extensive infrastructure.

Opening night of the exhibition featured a panel discussion moderated by amery Calvelli with Watershed+ lead artists Sans façon and the DE Lab artists. This intimate discussion recounted the history and creation of the lab as well as the artists’ experiences of operating within a city department. It highlighted the successes and challenges of working in this non-traditional way and how it has affected the perception of what public art can be, in Calgary and abroad.

Dynamic Environment is on view at Contemporary Calgary until January 5, 2020.

Photographs courtesy Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye.

Parts per trillion by Steve Gurysh – Dynamic Environment Exhibition

October 10th, 2019

Parts per trillion by Steve Gurysh displays an archive of objects found along the Bow River Watershed in the form of earthenware ceramic sculptures. Gurysh developed his project while participating in the Watershed+ Dynamic Environment Lab where he engaged with the employees and processes of the UEP Department. This work is the final culmination of three years of research and development.

The watershed is constantly changing from natural and imposed influences, but these sculptures preserve a moment in time while revealing the complex and dynamic relationships that shape the Bow River Watershed. Gurysh started the process of creating the physical archive by 3D scanning a selection of artifacts. These included a recently unearthed bison skull, a Cliff Swallow’s nest, graffitied rocks, and a centrifugal separator. Those 3D scans were then translated into physical forms by a ceramic 3D printer. Gurysh used the traditional method of pit-firing the ceramics in Edworthy park along the Bow River where in the early 20th century a brick factory used to be located.

This work is on view at Contemporary Calgary as part of the Dynamic Environment exhibition until January 5, 2020.

Photographs courtesy Steve Gurysh.

Dynamic Environment

September 26th, 2019

Come and see selected works at Contemporary Calgary produced by the Dynamic Environment Lab artists, Steve Gurysh, Tim Knowles, Becky Shaw, Stokely Towles, and Peter von Tiesenhausen. The Dynamic Environment Lab was a Watershed+ initiative to immerse artists into an integral City system, the Utilities and Environmental Protection Department of the City of Calgary. It was a way to foster a unique and collaborative relationship between disciplines that do not normally interact. Dynamic Environment is the final culmination of that immersion and it explores how art can provoke new understandings, discussions, and connections to an otherwise hidden aspect of our City.

Opening night is September 26, 2019 at 6PM and will feature a panel discussion moderated by amery Calvelli where the artists can delve into the history of the project, their experiences working with the city, and how this process has changed public art in Calgary.

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PLUS Featured by AIGA

February 18th, 2019

The professional association for design has featured PLUS in their members gallery, follow this link for the full profile: AIGA