Announcing the Artists behind WRECK CITY!

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Image by Claire Miglionico. Illustrations by Jennifer Crighton. Arrangement by Caitlind Brown. Image missing John Frosst and Brandon Dalmer.

It’s been an incredibly long week of deliberating, planning, discussing, culling, and re-deliberating for the eight Artist-Curators behind WRECK CITY. We were thrilled to receive 101 applications from Calgary and beyond – thrilled and terrified! Our task was a difficult one, made more difficult by the awesome people who submitted to us. We want to send out a sincere Thank You to the Artists, Dancers, Poets, Writers, Musicians, and Performers who applied to WRECK CITY’s Open Call for Submissions – we are so lucky that this brilliant community wants to support our crazy DIY Art Adventures!

On an unhappy note, due to limited space, extremely limited resources, and about 40 pre-selected submissions from our first phase of Curation, we simply couldn’t accept all applications. But we hope all applicants will take solace in the fact that there are tons of pre-demolition buildings all over Calgary just waiting for curious Artists to discover them and transform them into WRECK CITIES of their own! There are also other ways to be involved – we’re going to need dozens and dozens of volunteers! We’re also launching a Crowd-Sourcing Campaign through www.investyyc.com is t-minus several days and counting. Stay tuned to our blog for updates and new info!

To clarify our Curatorial process, the Artist-Curators began by directly soliciting a limited number of Artists to work inside each house during WRECK CITY. Direct Curation is responsible for about half of our participants, and this phase of the process was mostly completed before the Call for Submissions was circulated. Following this phase, the Artist-Curators were all invited to participate by circulating individual Calls as part of the Open Call for Submissions, welcoming proposals from the broader arts community. Some Artist-Curators chose not to participate (this is one of the freedoms of making your own rules), but all eight Artist-Curators read all applications, deliberated as a group, and collectively selected successful applicants. This process was conducted as unbiasedly as possible, and with fair consideration paid to each application. Thank you to everyone who submitted.

Now that we have laid our process bare, without further ado, the Artist-Curators are delighted to announce the Artists behind WRECK CITY: An Epilogue for 809!

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In the House of MATTHEW MARK BOURREE:

Andrew Rodrigues

Janet Mader & Cimmeron Meyer

Jeremy Pavka

Kelsey Fraser

Mackenzie Boyle

Nate McLeod

Randy Niessen

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In the House of CAITLIND r.c. BROWN:

Alia Shahab

Daniel J. Kirk

Eric Heitmann

Ivan Ostapenko & Studio North (Mark Erickson & Matthew Kennedy)

Jaye Benoit

Lane Shordee

Lauren Simms

The Satisfactory (Mynthia McDaniel & Jane Durham)

Renato Vitic

Steven Cottingham

Svea Ferguson

Wayne Garrett

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In the House of JENNIFER CRIGHTON:

Desiree Nault

Karly Mortimer

Kiarra Albina

Sarah Adams

Stacey Watson

Suki Sawatzky

Suzen Green

Teela Jensen, Kataryna Gajewska, & Catalina Pop

Wednesday Lupypciw

Yvonne Kustec

Yvonne Mullock

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In the house of BRANDON DALMER:

Brian Schirk

Kasia Koralewska

Lea Bucknell

Lindsay Sorell & Tammy Primeau

Morris Fox

Rebecca Noone

Sarah Van Sloten

Sasha Foster

Tiffany Wollman

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In the house of ANDREW FROSST:

Alex Achtem

Bogdan Cheta, Latifa Pelletier-Ahmed, & Collaborators

Dana Buzzee

Erika Andriashek

Hye-Seung Jung

Jason Dyck, Dan Zimmerman & Chad Peters

JD Mersault

Laura Leif, Dana Schloss, & Kristi Woo

Sarah Storteboom

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In the House of JOHN FROSST:

MUSICAL CURATOR: Kenna Burima

Amy Siegel

Camille Betts

Full Spectrum Arts Collective

Jessica McCarrel

Leslie Bell & the Pine Tarts

Robin Lambert

Stevyn Mars & Shelley Arnush

Studio Cartel

The Bum Family

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In the House of SHAWN MANKOWSKE:

Aaron Giovannone

Chris Dadge

Eddie Dalrymple

Eddie Nyikes

Eric M Hamelin

Jack Bride

Jim Laing

Joe Kelly

Jordan Pasiuk

Joshua Alan Fraser

Kelly Jacqueline Smith

Kris Lindskoog

Larry McDowell

Mark Fleischhaker and Jay Sinclair

Megan Kirk (Jane Trash)

Melissa Croden

Natalie MacLean

Terrance J. Houle

Tia Halliday

Whitney Ota

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In the House/Garage of RYAN MCCLURE SCOTT:

Alex Moon

Andrea Williamson

Christine Weera

Joleen Toner

Palmer Olson

Ryan Statz

Tomas Jonsson

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Graffiti House:

Mikhail Miller

Rob Knudson

Toner

Documentary Filmmaker:

Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi

Resident Photographer:

Aran Wilkinson-Blanc

To all of our Artists, Welcome to the Team! We also want to send out a big THANK YOU to everyone who submitted to WRECK CITY’s Call for Submissions. Even though we can’t include all of you, we were so impressed, thrilled, and humbled by the 101 submissions we received. You are SUPER AWESOME! Keep up the grooviness.

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Photo credit: Claire Miglionico

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6 thoughts on “Announcing the Artists behind WRECK CITY!

    • WRECK CITY is a simple concept, and in that sense it could easily happen again in other spaces, organized by other artists. Or perhaps the same artists! Talk to us again after the Opening and we’ll let you know whether we’d do it again or not… but I guess we already have, considering The House Project in 2009! (www.housedemolitionproject.wordpress.com)

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