Harmonia is a multifaceted exhibition by Calgary based artist Yvonne Mullock. The artist’s various creative interests, including costuming, fashion, performance, sculpture, and textiles, interact harmoniously within the fifteen-hundred-square-foot installation. From afar, the viewer is teased and intrigued by an enlarged peephole in a massive floating wall, which offers a glimpse of a pillowy, hand-dyed, tandem garment, draped on two poised, headless mannequins. Through a large projection, Mullock introduces the garment’s unique utility in her video, which is cleverly repurposed through larger-than-life still shots plastered to the gallery’s walls. Harmonia literally and conceptually connects various visual manifestations that speak to connectedness, transitory moments, and the cycle of life.
Yvonne Mullock is a graduate from Glasgow School of Art and is currently based in Mohkinstsis/ Calgary, Alberta, Treaty 7 Territory. Over the past nineteen years she has participated in artist-in-residence programmes within Scotland, England, Canada, and the United States and has shown group and solo exhibitions in Oregon, Calgary, Toronto, Fogo Island, Kentucky and Glasgow. Her work is featured in private and public collections, such as the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Glenbow Museum. Mullock has received grants and awards from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Canada Council for the Arts, Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers and Quickdraw Animation Society in Calgary.
Selected projects include: ’The Welcome Stranger’ at Norberg Hall, Calgary; ‘Gift-Love’, Manning Hall Commission at Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; ‘ExtraOrdinary Objects’ at the Glenbow Museum; Alberta Foundation for the Arts ‘International Studio Curatorial Program’ recipient New York, USA; ‘Great Auk Sanctuary’ at the Museum of Flat Earth, Fogo Island, Newfoundland; ‘Dark Horse’ at Stride Gallery, Calgary; ‘Charrette Roulette - Homeworks’ at the Art Gallery of Alberta Edmonton; HIT & MISS at Esker Foundation Contemporary Art Gallery, Calgary and 'Home Economics: 150 years of Canadian Hooked Rugs' at the Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto.
Mullock is represented by Norberg Hall, Calgary, Alberta.
Harmonia Publication and Tote
This limited-edition artist book delves further into Yvonne Mullock’s Harmonia body of work and reflects her research and use of zero-waste fashion, natural dye processes and performance through photomontage and collage. Showcasing a centrefold pop-up artwork featuring mushrooms, this paper sculpture highlights the conceptual foundation of Harmonia that uses fungi as metaphor and material to considers loss, materiality and potential of objects that motivates us into action.
In addition, this book features essays by UK artist and academic Becky Shaw and University of Calgary Biological Sciences Professor Heather Addy.
Also available for purchase is a limited-edition, hand printed tote bag featuring a bold dress-pattern motif.