-PATHIE | Artist Talk | June 2, 2018


TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary is pleased to present an artist talk with Andrée-Anne Roussel, titled -From sensory cinema to interactive installations. The talk is presented in concert with Roussel’s exhibition –PATHIE.
Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 3:00 pm
TRUCK Contemporary Art, 2009 10 Avenue SW Calgary
In From sensory cinema to interactive installations, filmmaker and new media artist Andrée-Anne Roussel explores her journey in developing the work in –PATHIE on both subjective and technical levels.
The talk will be in English, with the opportunity for discussion with the audience in English and French.

TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary est fière de présenter une discussion avec l’artiste Andrée-Anne Roussel, intitulée « Du cinéma sensoriel aux installations interactives ». La conversation sera présentée le lendemain du vernissage de l’exposition -PATHIE.
Samedi 2 juin 2018 à 15 h
TRUCK Contemporary Art, 2009 10 Avenue SW Calgary
Au cours de la discussion « Du cinéma sensoriel aux installations interactives », la cinéaste et artiste en arts numériques Andrée-Anne Roussel discutera de sa démarche artistique, présentera quelques projets antérieurs en lien avec la présente exposition, et discutera plus en détail de son projet d’installation interactive -PATHIE, autant au niveau thématique qu’au niveau technique.
La conversation se déroulera en anglais, et le public aura l’occasion de discuter en français et en anglais avec l’artiste.

Andrée-Anne Roussel

Andrée-Anne Roussel is both a filmmaker and new media artist. She holds a Bachelor's degree in film production and a Masters in Communications (concentration in research-creation of experimental media) from l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Her interactive video installations and sensory short films are the result of her research on themes of ambiguity, failure, fragility and empathy. Her work has been shown at the Sapporo International Short Film Festival, Musée d’art de Joliette and at LABoral Centre de Arte.

Andrée-Anne Roussel est à la fois cinéaste et artiste en arts numériques. Elle détient un baccalauréat en cinéma et une maitrise en communication (concentration recherche-création en média expérimental) de l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Ses installations vidéo interactives et ses courts métrages sensoriels sont le résultat de recherches autour des notions d’ambiguïté, d’échec, de fragilité et d’empathie. Ses œuvres ont notamment été diffusées au Sapporo International Short Film Festival, au Musée d’art de Joliette et au LABoral Centre de Arte.

La Guaria Morada | Artist Talk | March 24, 2018

Please join us for an artist talk with Juan Ortiz-Apuy on March 24, 2018 / 1:00 pm in the TRUCK Contemporary Art Main Space (2009 10 Ave SW). LA GUARIA MORADA runs March 23 - May 5 / 2018 in the TRUCK Contemporary Main Space. 

In LA GUARIA MORADA, tropical orchids, an ultrasonic industrial humidifier, and dehumidifiers are assembled to form an artificial environment in a perpetual state of negotiation and precarity. Centred around the national flower of Costa Rica, the installation serves as an homage to Ortiz-Apuy’s country of origin, and functions as a metaphor for situations caught in similarly uncertain and precarious conditions. LA GUARIA MORADA is a fragile ecosystem. Dependent on the gallery’s lighting and staff to sustain it, the orchids parallel the art object, maintained via systems that aim to foster and nourish artistic practice, and to artist-run centres, equally requiring perpetual effort and negotiation in order to survive.

The creation of this work was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, a generous paint donation provided by Cloverdale Paint & a partnership with Shelf Life Books.

Juan Ortiz-Apuy

Juan Ortiz-Apuy was born in Costa Rica in 1980. He has lived and worked in Montreal since 2003. Ortiz-Apuy holds a BFA from Concordia University (2008), a Postgraduate Diploma from The Glasgow School of Art (2009), and an MFA from NSCAD University (2011). His work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Museum London, Gallery 44, Gallery TWP, Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, The MacLaren Arts Centre, A Space Gallery, and the Quebec City Biennial: Manif d'art 7. His work has been reviewed in various publications including Canadian ArtLe Devoir [Montreal], The Gazette [Montreal], The Telegram [St. John's], The Toronto Star, and MOMUS. Ortiz-Apuy has recently completed Artist-in-Residency programs at The Atlantic Centre for the Arts (USA), The Vermont Studio Center (USA), and The Frans Masereel Centre (Belgium). Upcoming projects include a residency at the IKEA Museum (Sweden), as well as exhibitions at Les Abattoirs Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (France), and Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa). 

Reservoir | Artist Talk | March 3, 2017

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Please join us for an artist talk with Peter von Tiesenhausen and Magnus Tiesenhausen on March 3, 2018 / 3:00 pm in the TRUCK Contemporary Art Main Space. Presented in collaboration with The City of Calgary Public Art Program, RESERVOIR runs January 20 - March 3 / 2018 in the TRUCK Contemporary Art Parkade.

In the spring of 2017, the Saddleridge reservoir in northeast Calgary was drained and dried for scheduled maintenance. The immense subterranean chamber, which is one of many reservoirs that supplies Calgary with filtered water originating from the Bow Glacier, had been sealed for forty years. For four decades its full volume— thirty-eight million litres of water—lay still, in complete darkness below two soccer fields. It is part of a largely invisible, complex infrastructure that variously and usually unfailingly shuttles clean water to, and ushers dirty water from, Calgary’s 1.24 million inhabitants.

The Saddleridge reservoir, emptied, is a colossal and alien space. A slight sound within the massive chamber can reverberate for up to 25 seconds, and certain frequencies compound upon themselves, intensifying in resonance. In late May of 2017, Peter von Tiesenhausen commissioned sound artists Jen Reimer and Magnus Tiesenhausen to record an improvised collaborative work within the reservoir, and cinematographer Dave McGregor to capture the visual space. The resulting fleeting images and sounds comprise RESERVOIR.

Upon completion of the maintenance, the Saddleridge reservoir was resealed and filled, returning to silence for the next anticipated forty years.

RESERVOIR was commissioned by The City of Calgary as part of the Watershed+ Dynamic Environment Lab.

Magnus Tiesenhausen

Magnus Tiesenhausen is an interdisciplinary artist based in southern Alberta. Tiesenhausen’s work operates within productive disagreements between magic and materiality; structure and indeterminacy; and reverence and punk energy. tunnel is a collaborative singing practice he shares with Montréal-based sound artist Jen Reimer.

Peter von Tiesenhausen

Peter von Tiesenhausen is a multi-media Canadian artist whose work has lead him through journeys both real and imagined.  Based in the Alberta Peace country, Demmitt specifically, he has exhibited across Canada, in Europe and the United States in public galleries and throughout the landscape.  His practice has grown from landscape painting to installation, sculpture, performance and from simple media to complex combinations of media and multifaceted collaborations.  He claims copyright on his land as an artwork. His work often deals with the ideas of time, life, voyage, death, spirit, nature and humanity.  There is a strong pursuit of sustainability often evident in the work and an attempt to understand time and substance from a variety of perspectives.

Digital Artifacts | Artist Talk | March 4, 2017


Digital Artifacts: Artist Talk
with Greg Marshall, Peter Redecopp, Anna Semenoff and Trevor Van den Eijnden
Presented by EMMEDIA Gallery & Production Society
Saturday, March 4, 2017 @ 3PM - 4:30PM
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary - 2009 10 Ave SW
On the last day of the Digital Artifacts exhibition at TRUCK, join the four exhibiting artists for an engaging talk about their practices, providing more context behind the works in the exhibition and an opportunity for a Q&A session. 
About Digital Artifacts:
An artifact in the digital realm; an unintended glitch or distortion that by digital processes, echoes indefinitely, rapidly branching in scale and scope, leaving the impression of artificiality. The group exhibition explores these artifacts through the ritual repetition of patterns in a digital landscape, tackling the themes of memory, relics, religion and warfare.

Obsolescence | Artist Talk | January 14, 2017


Please join us for an artist talk with curator Mohammad Rezaei and artists Colwyn Paddon & Justin Somjen on January 14, 2017 / 2:00 pm in the TRUCK Contemporary Art Main Space. The exhibition runs January 13 - March 4 / 2017

OBSOLESCENCE is a curatorial project by Mohammad Rezaei featuring the work of Brynn Higgins-Stirrup, Colwyn Paddon, Justin Somjen, Jim Verburg, and Joy Walker. OBSOLESCENCE brings together five interdisciplinary artists from different generations, practices, and parts of the country to explore varying notions of communication. Process, time, and space provide the foundation for deceptively simple works, which address the complicated and layered nature of language and meaning-making. Visually connected by their translucence, the work included in OBSOLESCENCE offers symbols, layers, gestures, and methods of exploring the complexities inherent in each piece, and in dialogue with another. Each artist subtly excavates these complexities through (often) emotional, personal, and intangible means.

Colwyn Paddon

Paddon is a Calgary based artist who completed his education at Alberta College of Art and Design, Canada and Falmouth University, England. Paddon’s work has been shown in Canada, England, and Scotand. Paddon is interested in Western traditions surrounding death and the physical traces left by the living during mourning. Using poetics and an interdisciplinary approach in his practice Paddon’s work often materializes longing and forms representations of death.

Mohammad Rezaei

Rezaei is an interdisciplinary Artist, Front End Developer, Curator and Arts Administrator currently residing in Toronto, Canada. His artistic practice is informed by his experiences coordinating and collaborating to make exhibitions happen. Rezaei revels in experimental approaches to making, digital and IRL display strategies, bad tattoos, selfies, and neoprene. Rezaei’s interests have led him contribute to the establishment of several exhibition spaces and art festivals, extensive involvement with artist-run centers and galleries across Canada while maintaining an independent arts and curatorial practice. His recent curatorial projects have been funded through successful grants from Canada Council for the Arts and Toronto Arts Council. Rezaei has exhibited and curated exhibitions nationally in both Commercial and Artist Run Spaces and participated in various Art Residencies including Avalanche! Institute for Contemporary art, TRUCK, Contemporary Calgary, The New Gallery, Xpace Cultural Center, and the Drake Hotel. From 2013-2016, he was the Director of Programming at Whippersnapper Gallery in Toronto.

Justin Somjen

Somjen is a Vancouver-born artist living in Toronto, primarily working with photography and sculpture. His work purposes photography and sculpture together in formal allegories, investigating the relationship between imagery and objects. Justin is interested in style, abstraction, and patterns. His work attempts to simultaneously abandon and embrace photography to arrive at a place where the medium’s essences are tested or revealed. Somjen has shown publicly in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montréal and received a BFA from Ryerson University in 2014.

Cecil Hotel Open Forum | Artist Talk | November 19, 2016


TRUCK is pleased to present an open forum discussion in collaboration with our recent exhibition Cecil Hotel by Calgary-based artist Mark Clintberg.

The Cecil Hotel Open Forum will include presentations by Cynthia Bird, Son Edworthy, Tomas Jonsson, TracyRay Lewis, and John Rowland that will touch on their work and experiences in fields related to the Cecil Hotel context. The presentations will be followed by a group discussion during which the audience will be invited to contribute their experiences and ideas. The artist of Cecil Hotel, Mark Clintberg, will also be present at the event to discuss his work and answer questions.
This event aims to provide an opportunity for open and inclusive conversation relating to the subject of the Cecil Hotel, and places like it, as well as stimulate discussion that will work to build support for communities impacted by displacement, and encourage participation in movements that support these communities. The discussion will be free to attend and open to all.
Mark Clintberg’s Cecil Hotel is a sculptural artwork and anti-monument for the defunct Calgary hotel of the same name. While the closure of the hotel might seem, from a public relations point of view, to clean up downtown Calgary, it may also be used as a veil that obscures more complex conflicts of social class, sexuality, gender, race, and ethnicity associated with – but not limited to – this site. Cecil Hotel refers to the ongoing challenges facing constituents of Calgary, including differing understandings of the use of public space by citizens of different social classes and the endemic problems associated with violence in public space, people who live without homes, substance use, and the disappearance of indigenous women and youth - issues that The Cecil Hotel came to represent in the public imagination.[1]

[1] Excerpt from Cecil Hotel exhibition essay “Goodbye forever: False Absence” by Alissa Firth-Eagland.

Cynthia Bird is Cree from the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba, Treaty 1 Territory, residing in Calgary since 2004. She is an educator, with 34 years of experience working with not-for-profit organizations, governments, post-secondary institutions, Elders, First Nation communities, urban Aboriginal and mainstream organizations in the following areas: research respecting urban Aboriginal peoples and homelessness, curriculum development related to Treaties and the Treaty relationship, evaluations related to domestic violence, and training that promotes cross-cultural understanding and balanced historical perspectives. She continues her work in Alberta and Manitoba as an Independent Consultant and volunteer Senator with the Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary.
Son Edworthy believes that to address complex problems we need to think more about equity, undoing systemic barriers for diverse participation in decision-making. Son has worked as a landscaper and gardener, a support worker with persons with disabilities, as an arts facilitator and a community-based research coordinator. Son currently works with CommunityWise Resource Centre, an affordable, inclusive community space for Calgary grass-roots and non-profit organizations.
Tomas Jonsson is an artist, curator, and writer interested in issues of social agency in processes of urban growth and transformation. Jonsson has produced several projects in Calgary addressing the city’s urban transformation, including sites such as The East Village and Hillhurst Sunnyside. He has also curated, presented, and performed work in Canada and internationally, including Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto), Suvilahti (Helsinki), and MoKS (Mooste, Estonia).  He is currently the Artistic Director of the Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival (Southern Alberta).
TracyRay Lewis is a member of Poverty Talks! and as such is involved in anti-poverty, anti-oppression advocacy and work. She is also a Humanities (multi-disciplinary) tutor, a voluntary community/PAR researcher, and a chronic TWD (The Walking Dead) Fan. Not necessarily in the exact order given. She is also a person with lived experience of homelessness and is interested in topics related to healing homeless trauma.
John Rowland grew up in High River in the shadow of the Canadian Rockies.  He graduated from the University of Calgary with a BSC in Civil Engineering.  Since 1996, John Rowland has worked at the Drop In Centre, where he is presently the Director of Data Systems.  John has spent many hours talking with DI clients, many of whom also were patrons of the Cecil Hotel.  John is the co-author of a report on the impact of the loss of housing options such as the Cecil Hotel with Dr. Kneebone from the Calgary School of Public Policy.


Thank you to the Arusha Centre, Calgary Dollars, and the Calgary Foundation for their support with this project through their Take Action Grant program. Venue provided by Calgary Public Library ♥

Mark Clintberg

Mark Clintberg is an artist who works in the field of art history. He is represented by Pierre François Ouellette art contemporain in Montreal, Canada, and is an Assistant Professor in the School of Critical and Creative Studies at the Alberta College of Art + Design. He earned his Ph.D. in Art History at Concordia University in 2013. His doctoral dissertation was nominated for the 2013 Governor-General's Gold Medal. Several public and private collections have acquired his work, including the National Gallery of Canada, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Bank of Montreal, TD, the Edmonton Arts Council, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. He has upcoming projects with Root Division (San Francisco, group exhibition), and the Foreman Art Gallery at Bishop's University (Sherbrooke, solo exhibition). He was Shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award for the region Prairies and the North in 2013.

Home (In)Security | Artist Talk | April 30, 2011

Join us at TRUCK for an artist talk by Sylvia Ziemann as she discusses her practice and current Main Space exhibition, Home (ln)Security. Home (In)Security examines how the Internet encourages the conflation of home and work and how global interconnectivity brings an increased sense of threat to local community.