April 25, 2019

Ryan Sluggett: Lifestyle Battles

Opening  Friday, May 3, 2019 
5:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
Artist in Attendance

Substantial Hors D’oeuvres by Our Daily Brett  

Artist Talk Rescheduled: Saturday, May 11 at 12:30 PM

TrépanierBaer is pleased to announce the opening of Ryan Sluggett: Lifestyle Battles, the artist’s eighth solo exhibition at TrépanierBaer. This exhibition will feature Ryan Sluggett’s most recent work produced over the last eight months.

Please note:  the Artist Talk has been rescheduled to coincide with the Art Dealers Association of Canada Gallery Hop! in Calgary on Saturday, May 11 at 12:30 pm. Glenbow Museum Curator Sarah Todd will be in conversation with Ryan Sluggett!

Ryan Sluggett’s new paintings foreground his characteristically gestural drawn line through a combining of techniques on large and small scale sheets of aluminum. Observations on money, consumerist identities, and everyday life are the thread that ties them to previous bodies of work. Ryan Sluggett’s new works on aluminium tend to unfurl outward towards multiple meanings, rather than lock down a singular one. They declare both dramatic movement and inertness simultaneously. As the artists states, “they are a catalogue of possibilities of painting techniques aimed at mashing up normative manners of viewing the world.”

Ryan Sluggett is currently working towards completing a 45-minute long animation with the working title Ed Terrestrial. Telling the story of a ‘figure shaped suspiciously like a globe’, who is trapped in a suburban Cineplex. Ed Terrestrial, the hero, is subjugated into watching three short propagandistic films. The film will fuse 3-D and 2-D with stop-motion and the painterly collage aesthetic for which the artist is known, climaxing with a surprising guest star. The film will be released in the Fall of 2019. 

Ryan Sluggett was born in 1981 in Calgary, Alberta. He received his BFA with Distinction in Painting from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 1999, and his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008. His work has been exhibited throughout Canada, the US and Europe.

Sluggett’s work is included in numerous public collections including the Booth Collection at the University of Chicago; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Vancouver Art Gallery; Glenbow Museum, Calgary; the Rubell Collection, Florida; the Alberta Foundation for the Arts Collection, Edmonton; and numerous private and corporate collections throughout Canada and the US.

Image Credit:

Glossy Credit, 2019
60″ x 96″
oil, enamel, gouache on aluminum