- March 29th, 2011
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Archive for March, 2011
Sunday, April 10–Sunday, April 24, 2011
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 9, 7–10pm
Visiting Hours: Thursday–Sunday, 12pm–6pm or by appointment [svlc (at) stevencochrane (dot) org]
ATOMIC Centre is pleased to present Grotto, the first solo exhibition in Winnipeg by multidisciplinary visual artist Steven Leyden Cochrane, featuring several new, large-scale installations and a selection of other works from the preceding three years.
For Grotto, Cochrane was invited to occupy ATOMIC Centre’s attic space while still in the midst of renovation. The works included, many of which were executed specifically for this exhibition and for the space, take the attic’s transitional state—replete with half-installed drywall, exposed supports, and unfinished floors—as a point of departure for exploring the contingencies and pitfalls of constructing interior environments, both physical and figurative. Furthering investigations underway in his practice for the past several years, Grotto sees the artist confront issues of nature and artifice, the mutability of private experience and memory, and the difficulty, even impossibility of subsuming diverse external influences alongside private and collective events into something like a unified subjectivity. The exhibition, conceived of as a single, immersive environment, both courts and disrupts conventions of artistic display as it brings together elements taken from Baroque palace gardens, Quaker meeting houses, laboratories and office spaces, and the artist’s own adolescent bedroom.
Works completed for the exhibition include Untitled (Grotto), a 735 square foot drawing installation, Curtain to reproduce a quality of interior light characteristic of central Florida after a thunderstorm in summer, comprising cascades of fluorescent yellow stretch-velvet, and Untitled (Meeting for Sufferings), an arrangement of altered collapsible plastic “pews” meant to impede conversation. These new works are supplemented by further paintings, prints, photographs, posters, book works, and small sculptures made since 2009.
Steven Leyden Cochrane is an emerging artist, educator, and writer from Tampa, Florida. Working in a broad range of media and exhibition strategies, he seeks to problematize received understandings of art objects as repositories of meaning and vehicles for personal expression. His research interests include Conceptual Art practice, constructions of artistic identity, theory of mind, problems of narrativity, vernacular design, fan art, home décor, pre-modern painting technique, stained glass, Minimal sculpture, and Mariah Carey; his studio production encompasses a commensurate breadth of approaches and concerns.
Cochrane earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2006 and completed his Master of Fine Arts in studio art at the University of Windsor, where he subsequently taught, in 2009. His reviews of contemporary art have been featured in FUSE Magazine. He currently lives and works in Winnipeg.
Horror Vérité n’ other stuff was a wild ride! Thanks to everyone who made it out, and to all the artists for their contributions, especially Ulysses and Jessica for delivering hardcore performances. The overall event was as promised: provocative and unsettling… and yes, pretty damned horrific at times, just as the title suggested.
Missed it? Wanna relive it? Find pics here. I’ll eventually get around to posting them on this blog, but ack, it takes so long! Ha ha! Hmmm. Well, here is a teaser of what’s available on FB… Enjoy!
On Thursday, March 24, Ulysses and I had a chance to hang out with Aleem and Derek on their great CKUW 95.5 FM show, Eat Your Arts & Vegetables. The guests that were to follow later in the program didn’t show up, so we stayed on air much longer than expected and had a great time talking about Ulysses’ past experience as a piñata, our zombie movie date that I didn’t know was a date, and how partying at Atomic is like havin’ the run of someone’s house when their parents aren’t home. Ha ha ha ha. Yes, it was all kinds of silliness as documented via podcast ,which you can find here. Thanks so much Derek and Aleem!
Hey! Check it out! This past Monday, Ulysses was interviewed by Ryan on CKUW’s Cineflyer Radio. The two spend time talking about JonBenét Ramsey, chupacabra, black metal, brains that plopped out of someone’s head and onto a bed, and “an orgy of shooting”. It’s awesome.
Thanks to Clint for the great post below…
See you on Saturday!
Provocative and unsettling… and then you can dance.
Horror Vérité n’ other stuff
Saturday, March 26, 2011
167 Logan Ave. (at Martha)
Proposed schedule of events (subject to change):
Admission: Pay what you can
Featuring work by: Jubal Brown, JP, Jorge Lozano, Jennifer Matotek, Zorica Vasic, and a selection of unidentified YouTube uploaders.
Curated by: Ulysses Castellanos & Theo Pelmus
Horror Vérité showcases works that combine horror movie and documentary film aesthetics, exploring the dichotomy between the “real” and the “unreal”. In today’s world, we have learned to equate the low-definition immediacy of YouTube videos with “reality”, while documentaries sometimes use images from real life more horrific than horror films. Yet, documentaries and horror films are both fabricated products, composed of images arranged and intended to elicit a response. How are we to know what is real? By blurring the line between reality and artifice, the horror film presents us with a reality that is terrifying, implying that similar events could just as easily happen to us. Danger is imminent.
Approximate running time: 1 h 10 min.
Ulysses Castellanos is a multidisciplinary artist and independent curator living and working in Toronto. His work encompasses new media, film, video, music, performance, painting, photography and sculpture-installation, oftentimes combining these elements into elaborate performance art projects.
The central aim of his art practice is to demystify established cultural constructs by involving the viewer in the (often humorous) debunking of idealized images, concepts and paradigms. Castellanos culls images from films, television, literature and popular music and transposes these images within a performance art setting, or distills them into installations wherein these components are manipulated, juxtaposed, contrasted and collided against each other, thereby eliciting a shift in perception and understanding.
Recent shows include Ulysses Does Julie Andre T (Hemispheric Center for Performance and Politics, NYU), Narcoleptic Drift (Queens Museum, Queens NYC), Jonbenet Requiem (Reinraum eV, Düsseldorf), Exercises In Failure Vol II: Clown Torture Revisited, (7A*11D International Festival of Performance Art, Toronto), I Was a Human Piñata (Nakai Theater in Yukon Territory), The Life and Death of ID (McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton) Panda Spa, Into The Void, Xibalba, The Compulsion to Fill Space and Cabin in The Woods ( Nuit Blanche Toronto, 2006 – 2010), “Love and Hate: New Crowned Glory in The GTA” (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto curated by David Liss and Camilla Singh), Konkordja Biennial of Young Artists (Vrsac, Yugoslavia), and assorted performances at the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, curated by Camilla Singh and Istvan Kantor.
Curatorial efforts include “Death…It’s Out There”, featuring works by Jack Burman, Jubal Brown, Greg Staats, Su-Ying Lee, Juliana Schewe, Gareth Brown-Jowett and Emily Gove. Matt Bahen’s “Fatal Surveillance” (with collaborative works by Matt Bahen and John Scott) at A Space gallery in Toronto, “Rules of The Game”, a video installation by Mexican artist Gustavo Artigas in conjunction with Images Festival of film, video and new media, and “Edible Women” featuring works by Jennifer Matotek, Cecilia Berkovich and Maria Legault at De Leon White Gallery.
Ulysses was Shortlisted for the 2005 Untitled Art Awards “Emerging Curator Award”. He completed a curatorial residence at Gallery TPW in 2007 through the Canada Council for The Arts’ Assistance to Culturally Diverse Curators program, where he developed web-based programming within the environment of TPW’s YouTube channel, as well as gallery shows and an offsite project with the youth of St. Jamestown, the most densely-populated neighborhood in Canada. He is a member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art.
Ulysses recently completed the Telus Interactive Art and Entertainment Program at the Canadian Film Centre, where he worked with physical computing and interactive technology to create USB – powered interactive sculptures.
On Saturday night, ATOMIC hosted its first large gathering, a birthday party for Chris, Ken, Tim, and Ulysses, which was in all respects an absolute blast! Tim installed an electrifying Jacob’s Ladder for the evening, Ken presented an immersive new ambient audio piece [with a very long title that I'll need to get from him again!], and Sandee hosted a rousing game of KENGO, a Winnipeg-specific adaptation of BINGO, which was way more fun! DJ Chico Ramirez of Quadrasonic fame led a night of dancing, and DJ No Particular Order made a darned good debut. Everything went very well, so we have now a good idea of how things will take shape moving forward with different types of events, including theatrical performances, concerts, etc.
All in all, ATOMIC is coming to life! True, the multipurpose room is still waiting for the next phase of renos, but the lobby is now complete, and the last artist studio is just about to be finished, as well. In the meantime, Roewan completed her three month residency with momentum for future work, Ulysses is working toward a performance scheduled to take place later this month, and Steven is preparing an installation that will probably open in the attic mid-to-late April. There is so much more news to come… stay tuned!