Arts Seen – week of March 13 2014

Art for passesby and the politics of theatre

A Tiny Gallery has popped up in the outdoor space next to Bridgeland Market. Looking something like a small wooden phone booth topped by a glass display case when the structure first appeared in February it housed a black glass figure titled “Oilman” by Calgary artist Tim Belliveau. The artwork changed in March and now features a playful blown-glass character titled “Joybear” by Ryan Marsh Fairweather.

Tiny Gallery founder Peter Meadows says the Bridgeland art display is the prototype for a series of covered enclosed outdoor plinths that will be set up around the city to showcase local artwork in areas with high pedestrian traffic . A graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design he came up with the idea a year ago when he moved back to Calgary (he currently lives in Bridgeland). “I wanted to do something that was going to promote pedestrian culture in the city community culture in the city and engagement with the arts” he says. Read more about Tiny Gallery in our online story at ffwdweekly.com .

Another gallery that catches the attention of passersby is the Ledge Gallery in the Epcor Centre where a new art installation will evolve over the next few months as Calgary artist Kristina Zingeler continually changes and adds to her work inviting the public to contribute. The University of Calgary arts grad says the installation titled Human Histories is attempting to create a new record of past events using a combination of historical materials intimate collections and forced narrative. “By inviting the public to interact with the materials and influence my process I hope to highlight and embrace the multiple ways of seeing what will occur and let the work take on a multi-dimensional quality that reflects this collaboration” she says in a media release. The work-in-progress will be on display until May 31.

Theatre Junction is keeping politics in the spotlight with Mexican theatre company Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol’s production of El Rumor Del Incendio which is about “The Dirty War” as seen through the eyes of young people whose parents may have been involved. Using documents scale models and figurines the company re-traces the stories of the young revolutionaries who took up arms during the 1960s and ’70s in a desperate attempt to bring about change. Following in the footsteps of the previous two productions at Theatre Junction which took a documentary approach to their stories this production is based on real facts witness statements and archive film. El Rumor Del Incendio runs until March 15 .

The Coming Out Monologues YYC are back this year with performances running March 19 to 21 at the John Dutton Theatre in the downtown library . Hosted by The Dirrty Show the three unique performances will include a diverse selection of spoken word movement and musical pieces with proceeds going to Calgary’s Two-Spirited Youth Group.