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“It’s a really diverse show in terms of medium and subject matter,” says Teeuwsen. “Adrianne Lee is working with animal hides. Raneece Buddan is carving a reductive sculpture out of a tree trunk with a chainsaw and big sanding discs on a grinder.
“I’ve been coming back working on the fence, and Raneese, also one of the artists doing a residency here, is grinding away with a really great burning wood smell, and it just feels like the workshop, Maya (Candler) and Kaida (Kobylka) are working with papier-mâché and paint and cellophane and tinsel to create this alien growth, with this warm light of a heart inside it.”
Other artists in the show include Borys Tarasenko, Dara Humniski, Haylee Fortin, Morgan Melenka, Nasarimba, Roseanna Nay and Brad Fehr.
An open call for artworks, upcoming residencies and guest curatorial positions will come soon, but right now Castles of Butter stands as a successful proof of concept.
“It all feels really good,” says the curator. “I just got back from Calgary picking up Nasarimba’s piece and when I got back there’s three artists working in the yard, just a lot going on: chaotic.”
The show’s title — the “castles of butter” Bad Buddy’s Emily Bachynski called Teeuwsen’s yard various projects in the last tear-down he had to move out of — fits the overall vibe.
“I don’t know how long it’ll last,” he says. “But I really love it because no one knows where we’ll be a year from now, anyway. So you may as well just make what you can.”
Castles of Butter group art exhibition
Where: Lowlands Project Space (11208 65 St.)
When: Saturday, noon – 10 p.m.
Admission: $10 sliding scale