Inside and Out
Thursday June 22, 2 – 4 pm Saturday June 24, 2 – 4 pm Wednesday June 28, 6 – 8 pm Thursday June 29, 7 – 9 pm Saturday July 1, 2 – 4 pm Tuesday July 4, 2 – 4 pm
Inside and Out is a performative installation created by Kasie Campbell, taking place in and around a large scale sculpture created with the help of The Works Interns. The work deals with the anxieties and vulnerabilities the artist experiences as the object of someone else’s gaze. The large sculpture acts as a venue: viewers are encouraged to enter the tight, fleshy space and experience the all consuming feeling of the physical manifestation of those anxieties. Campbell works with women’s nylons because they are almost universally used to attract the gaze and maximize allure, while they can also be put into a position of being paradoxically fleshy. Touch is an inviting and attractive aspect of the work, yet it is a loaded attraction, one that directly compares to the way the artist feels when being leered at or otherwise objectified as the work confuses notions of appeal with revolt, pleasure with disgust. Campbell’s performance explores her interest in social boundaries, how they transform when identities are concealed, and how/why costume encourages this type of behaviour. The work relies heavily on the gaze, using spectators as a crutch and freeing the artist from any responsibility of her actions.
There will be six performative events in and around the large scale sculpture throughout the festival:
Kasie Campbell is a visual artist working in Edmonton, AB. Campbell focuses on integrating a variety of media, including sculpture, photography, and installation, with performative means. Campbell was nominated for the Mayor’s Celebration for the Arts Emerging Artist Award in April 2017 as the only visual artist to be shortlisted. Campbell is the Edmonton Arts Council’s Artist in Residence, where her role is to engage with staff about art and to help bridge the gap between art and everyday life. Her residency is based out of Kennedale Facility with the City of Edmonton and will continue until June 2017. Campbell is also working with Ecole Campbelltown in Sherwood Park, AB. The project is supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts: Artists in Education Grant and the completed collaborative work is being exhibited at Gallery @501 through May and June 2017. Campbell is interested in making art that might render the viewer conscious of themselves in relation to the work and is interested in offering an experience to the viewer that simply couldn’t be enjoyed through YouTube.