The Ghost of the West

HORSE Collective

June 18 to 22, 2014

In collaboration with Sled Island, The New Gallery is pleased to present The Ghost of the West by HORSE Collective from June 18 to 22, 2014. This public project will be located on the corner of 14 Ave and 1 St SW.

The Ghost of The West manifests as a glow-in-the-dark stable uncannily located in the heart of downtown. Operating as both a bizarre urban intrusion as well as a host for various satirical performances, this project will alternately feature a cowboy school (June 19), line dancing (June 20), mane (beard) grooming (June 21), a Sunday morning stampede breakfast (June 22), and more. Please visit horsecollective.tumblr.com for more details!

Biography

HORSE is a collective that exists to engage the public through installation and interventionist performances. Based in Calgary, HORSE responds to the unique art climate of the city, in critique of how the conventional citizen interacts and understands the Calgary art scene. Started in late 2013 by a group of unquestionably ruthless artists operating under the guise of unassuming Calgarians, denying the rigid confines of their individual practices and the stifling aspects of convention, HORSE seeks venues to engage in works of art that simply don’t fit. By subverting the public perception of art through interactive installation, drawing attention to the agency of art over space, and injecting surreality into public spaces, HORSE cuts loose on sucka’ MC Troops.

Members of HORSE include Hayden Dallison, Steele Duncan, Svea Ferguson, Rory Haywood, Jake Klein-Waller, Luke Maddaford, Desiree Nault, Matt Nyitrai, Bryson Ritchie, and Sean Taal.