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Contemporary Calgary’s shifting art exhibit now 'living in colour’

You can literally go inside her stretchy art piece

Tia Halliday’s work looks to delve into the theme of living in colour.

Jeremy Simes / For Metro

Tia Halliday’s work looks to delve into the theme of living in colour.

Tia Halliday had a gut feeling she had to infuse the human body with the “skin” of a painting. 

Halliday — who loosely titled her work Chroma/Moto/Philia — is the third artist to take up Contemporary Calgary’s Next2015 exhibit at the organization’s city hall location. 

However, her pieces had to build upon the works of two artists — Jake Klein-Waller and Dana Buzzee — who formerly used the space for their own exhibitions. 

She said Klein-Waller and Buzzee’s work gave her the concepts of breaking boundaries and observation, respectively. 

“(Klein-Waller) used natural elements in the space that essentially squeezed through the cracks of the floor and the walls, which displayed the breaking of the institution,” she said. 

And while she observed Buzzee’s knitted sculptures, she noticed they seemed to make an incredible presence around the “magic hour”: when the sun is a couple hours from setting. 

“Her work made me think of the idea of just sitting with something and thinking,” she said. 

One of her pieces, for example, is made of tutu fabric that’s attached to an all-pink canvas, where the fabric slightly dangles below the base.

Someone can literally stand inside the art piece, with their legs out while the fabric stretches and covers the rest of their body. 

“You’re basically inside a painting,” she said. “I still don't know what to call it, but I feel like it’s desperate — it wants your attention and doesn't want you to forget about it.”

But Halliday will say goodbye to work come Saturday, and will pass the torch to Quartet in Transit, an artistic duo who’ve interviewed the former exhibitors and plan to create a technological synopsis via their analysis. 

“We wanted to document and bring back the earlier emotions of the space,” said Quartet in Transit’s Jack Michielsen, adding the final details of their work have yet to be determined.

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