Richard Boulet - RAGE HOPE
Organized by Nickle Galleries, Curated by Dick Averns
Exhibition Dates: Friday October 6 to Saturday December 16, 2017
Exhibition Event: Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Join artist Richard Boulet for a tour of his exhibition, RAGE HOPE. Opening Reception will follow from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.
RAGE HOPE addresses the theme of mental wellness and features the work of Edmonton artist Richard Boulet. Mounted in conjunction with SPARK Disability Arts Festival, Boulet’s artworks feature highly crafted textiles, text-based art, drawings and artist books. These range from large‐scale wall hangings, to intimate cross-stitch and collaborative book‐works, spanning almost thirty years.
RAGE HOPE is the most comprehensive chronology of Boulet’s work exhibited to date, incorporating early mixed media works emanating from a period of psychosis pre-dating his diagnosis with Schizophrenia. Mid-career textile wall hangings impart intricate processes reflecting a journey toward a new normalcy: encounters with addiction and homelessness reveal a profound sense of self-awareness. Recent works include a return to drawing and a series of artist books, followed with new textile and cross‐stitch hangings: an embrace of collaboration and community, along with a compelling sense of humanism indicate a powerful commitment to mental wellness. An illustrated catalogue with a curatorial essay, an artist talk and several public programs help to contextualize Boulet’s artwork in the fields of disability arts, social practice, cripping and contemporary art.
Dick Averns is an artist and writer teaching studio art, art history, and theory at the University of Calgary. He is well known for his critical writing, sculpture, and performance work. RAGE HOPE is his first solo curatorial project.
See the original article courtesy of the University of Calgary Nickle Galleries here.
Image: "Way too Serious" (detail), 2015 Richard Boulet. Courtesy the artist and dc3 Art Projects.