Later today, since it is after midnight, Phantom Wing will open to the public for the weekend only (Tuesday, September 24 – Sunday, September 29, 2013) as a temporary installation prior to demolition.
Hours are 6:00-11:00pm Tuesday-Friday; 10:00am-11:00pm Saturday; 10:00am-4:00pm on Sunday.
Some may recall Wreck City. As a refresher, it was a group of homes along one street at the bottom of McHugh Bluff, in Sunnyside. The ten (maybe fifteen) older homes dating mostly to the early 1900s were slated for demolition. With the approval of the developer, a large temporary installation based exhibit took place in the vacant homes. The event took place last April and the homes have all been demolished since.
This time around Phantom Wing is doing the same thing, except that instead of homes, the artists will be using a school addition built in the 1960s. I had the chance to view the site in mid-August and the picture I have chosen to use to illustrate this blog post is from the second floor showing the lockers as taken during my visit in August.
On the Phantom Wing website there is a more recent photo of the same subject matter, from the same general area. In a way these two photos serve as before and after photos – or at the minimum a taste of what to expect this weekend. From the vantage point that the Phantom Wing photographer chose to use, it would appear as if the two artists (Guy Gardner and Sian Ramsden) are using the locker doors as their medium (http://phantomwing.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/img_5232.jpg) in an installation. Interestingly, whether intentionally or not, they seem to have borrowed from art history to use the locker doors, through the appropriation of Marcel Duchamp‘s painting Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2), 1912 which is in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/51449.html) as inspiration. It is also worth noting that the photo on the Phantom Wing website presumably is a work in progress, so it may have changed materially since the time the photo was taken on or before the 16th. Regardless of this, the choice of inspiration is pleasantly surprising given my knowledge of Calgary and its artists, even though the Duchamp work holds a pivotal place in modern art history.
If this is indicative of the work that will be on display, it should be a project worth checking out.
There are other artists involved that should make this event quite different from the event held at Wreck City, even though the curators for the most part are still the same.
Phantom Wing is located in the new wing of the King Edward School which is being developed by cSpace Projects as an arts incubator. The address is 1720 – 30 Avenue SW.