March 23 – May 11, 2018
PORTABLE CLOSETS is a combination of friendly and fetishized sculpture, installation, and performance where the visual meaning is hidden just below the surface – coded, however, accessible. Referencing board and video games, this exhibition considers the display and conceal of queer sexuality and celebrates the subversive. The work ranges in materials of velour, neoprene, fabric, leather, rubber, wood, elastic, and diary locks. The installation of the work is clean and simplistic – treating the entirety of the gallery space like a collage of objects.
KYLE ALDEN MARTENS is an interdisciplinary artist based in Montréal. He graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 2015 with a BFA in Intermedia. He has worked as an Arts Administrator (NS Centre for Craft and Design), Installer (Anna Leonowens Gallery), and Gallery Assistant (Art Gallery of Swift Current). Martens has presented work with the Khyber Centre for the Arts, Eyelevel Gallery, and the Centre for Art Tapes in Halifax. You can find him online, learning french, or working in his studio.
Stride Gallery gratefully acknowledges that we stand on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuu T’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations. The City of Calgary is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.
The artist acknowledges the generous support of Nova Scotia Arts Council for their support for this project.