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Hannah Doerksen: The Bitterness of Bad Solitude | Untitled Art Society | Saturday, 21. October 2017

Hannah Doerksen
'The Bitterness of Bad Solitude (or To be Lost in Something you Designed Yourself)'

October 21 – November 25, 2017

Opening reception
Saturday, October 21, 7 pm

Publication launch
Thursday, December 7, 7 pm

Combining iconic imagery, popular media, and tactile objects in the creation of an immersive, set-like environment, 'The Bitterness of Bad Solitude (or To be Lost in Something you Designed Yourself)' emanates a curiously unsettling energy. This uneasy spectre can be accounted for by the forced amalgamation of visual languages borrowed from generally antithetical points of reference; the exhibition shamelessly appropriates interior design elements from flashy night clubs, archetypical religious architecture, haunting Masonic temples, stale basement AA meetings, and subterranean government bunkers.

'The Bitterness of Bad Solitude (or To be Lost in Something you Designed Yourself)' aims to challenge tacit conventions of morality, acceptability, deeply-held-beliefs, and the power structures which determine value. The installation, a many-headed, visually cheeky, but earnest beast, offers itself as a testing ground for otherwise infrequent conditions for vulnerable, interpersonal connections, spontaneous disruptions to the predictability of daily rituals, and renegade brainstorming for radical futures.

Hannah Doerksen is a Calgary-based visual artist who received a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2012. During her studies, Doerksen attended the New York Studio Residency Program in Brooklyn and the California Collage of Art in San Francisco. Since graduating, she has exhibited in Brazil, the UK, the United States and throughout Canada. Recently, Doerksen has developed installations for the Art Gallery of Alberta, Walter Phillips Gallery and The Art Gallery of Guelph.
  • Join us next Thursday, December 7, at 7 pm for the publication launch of Hannah Doerksen's 'The Bitterness of Bad Solitude' with a reading by David Balzer
  • tomorrow is the last day to see Hannah Doerksen's 'The Bitterness of Bad Solitude' during regular gallery hours (12 - 5 pm) but the show will be up until December 14, and open during a few upcoming events. Viewable by appointment as well, send us an email 🔮
  • Amazing show statement. Wish I could be there to see it for myself. Hannah! Congrats my sweet darling! Xo
  • Yooo great show
  • tonight 7 pm Hannah Doerksen's 'The Bitterness of Bad Solitude' the after that the always juicy HY DRA TION at TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary 🌹
  • John Tomlinson, the title comes from the current pope, as quoted on a CBC Ideas podcast episode: The change in the western world's relationship with family pets has become so noticeable that even the pope felt the need to comment on it. In 2014 he warned, '...couples considering forgoing fidelity, perseverance and fruitfulness', aka parenthood, 'to reconsider.' 'WHEN LOVE GOES TO THE TWO CATS AND THE PUPPY, PEOPLE WILL END UP WITH THE BITTERNESS OF BAD SOLITUDE'
  • one more sleep!!
  • hi pals, please note that the opening reception is now on Saturday, October 21, at 7pm see you soon
  • That is one kickass title!
  • Would if I could!