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Mat Glenn / "Earn Your Stripes"

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208 Centre Street South

Calgary, AB T2G 2B6

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Earn Your Stripes is an ongoing project by Mat Glenn investigating the visual language of human-nonhuman opposition in the natural landscape

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"Earn Your Stripes" is an ongoing project by Mat Glenn investigating the visual language of human-nonhuman opposition in the natural landscape. Reified by the outdoor-equipment-industrial-complex, the market inspires humans to control and conquer landscapes using a specific material language of straps, nylon, taped seams, backpacks, synthetic down, Gore-Tex, and zippers. This exhibition re-appropriates these materials to destabilize the notion that human life-force is in opposition to nature. Through this series of sculptural works, life-force and nature are enmeshed into assemblages of synthetic and organic materials, which composes our experience in the exhibition.

"Earn Your Stripes" creates a space where life-matter and subject-object binaries are rendered obsolete. Hybrid moments appear in this obsolescence, with life and matter vibrating between human and nonhuman references. Hybridity celebrates the unlearning of human exceptionalism by showing us that life-force is not exclusive to human bodies. Instead, it exists within these assemblages of co-existing living and non-living forces. Something like an incorporeal web connecting us to our surroundings, the work suggests that our life-force only exists insofar as it happens in our relationships to things, living and non-living.

"Each human is a heterogeneous compound of wonder-fully vibrant, dangerously vibrant, matter. If matter itself is lively, then not only is the difference between subjects and objects minimized, but the status of the shared materiality of all things is elevated.

Such a newfound attentiveness to matter and its powers will not solve the problem of human exploitation or oppression, but it can inspire a greater sense of the extent to which all bodies are kin in the sense of inextricably enmeshed in a dense network of relations. And in a knotted world of vibrant matter, to harm one section of the web may very well be to harm oneself. Such an enlightened or expanded notion of self-interest is good for humans."1

"Earn Your Stripes" is indebted to the writings of Jane Bennett, who created the conceptual space the artworks occupy, as well as the Syilx/Okanagan territory where Glenn’s understanding of the natural world was created.

1. Bennett, Jane. “The Force of Things.” Essay. In Vibrant Matter: a Political Ecology of Things, 11–12. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2010.

BIOGRAPHY /

Mat Glenn is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program with a major in Visual Arts and a minor in Art History. Glenn is an emerging artist working and living in the unceded Syilx/Okanagan region of British Columbia. Specializing in sculpture, installation, printmaking and digital media, his practice explores new-materialism and objecthood in the context of ecological thought. Glenn has curated exhibitions in the Okanagan including Chasten My Fantasies of Human Mastery at the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art. This year he exhibited Fear Frequency at the Vernon Public Art Gallery, and the two-person exhibition Creative Growth Centre for Spiritual Nourishment at the Kelowna Art Gallery with Lucas Glenn.

COVID-19 INFORMATION /

TNG is excited to reopen to the public and begin sharing our programming with you in-person again. We are also committed to our responsibility to keep our staff, volunteers, and audience members safe and healthy once we reopen. TNG has implemented numerous protocols for staff and all visitors to the gallery in support of this mandate. Please take the time to read through all instructions and note that any audience member's refusal to follow instructions will result in a refusal of service and cancellation of your appointment.

1) TNG is only accessible via timed bookings through Eventbrite at this time. You must book your appointment a minimum of 1 hour prior to your visit.

2) If you answer "Yes" to any of the three registration questions, we kindly ask that you refrain from visiting until you are able to answer "No" to all three answers.

3) All three COVID related registration questions will be asked again upon you and your cohort's arrival. If any answers have changed to "No," you will be turned away and asked to rebook at a later date.

4) We will only allow one cohort (up to 6 people) to visit at any given time. One registration is valid for the full cohort.

5) Please wait outside upon arrival for your time-slot. We are sanitizing between visitors and the door will be locked upon your arrival. We will open the door for you when you arrive once sanitization has been completed.

6) As per the City of Calgary’s mask bylaw, all visitors to the gallery must wear masks. A mask will be provided to visitors who do not bring their own. We also encourage you to wear your mask throughout Calgary Chinatown. This community has a high concentration of seniors, and we need your help to keep our communities safe!

7) All visitors must sanitize their hands upon entering the gallery. Sanitizer will be provided.

8) Please provide up-to-date contact information during your registration for one person in your cohort. This is crucial to facilitating contact tracing in the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19

9) The Resource Centre and the gallery washrooms will not be available to visitors at this time. Please plan accordingly.

10) Visitors are prohibited from touching the artworks on display.

Image Caption: "Get Dressed so ur Ready," Mat Glenn, 2018.

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208 Centre Street South

Calgary, AB T2G 2B6

Canada

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