Our Fingers, Like an idle breeze 慵指如风
Yuan Yin Bobby
Presented by The Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation in partnership with Untitled Art Society
Thursday – Saturday, 12pm – 6pm
We’ve all been leaving
It told me before
Keep us full glad with nothing
Just hold my hands in yours
Originally from Shanghai, China, Yuan Yin Bobby holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Art at University of Washington in Seattle and finished a Master’s Degree of Fine Art at Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary. As an international artist, Bobby’s works have been presented at Pilchuck Auction Gala and Alberta Craft Council. He worked at Museum of Glass Tacoma in 2018 and has been a teaching assistant at post-secondary institutions since 2017.
The Immigrant Council for Arts Innovation is an arts council based in Calgary, Alberta; it was founded in January 2019 with the purpose of connecting newcomer artists with the existing arts community in Calgary. We strive to provide resources and information that would help newcomer artists turn their passion and creativity into thriving careers or businesses.
ICAI actively encourages diversity of expression and culture through the creation of a safe and welcoming community hub where newcomer artists feel free to express their distinct cultural identities through their arts. ICAI acknowledges funding from the Calgary Arts Development.
Untitled Art Society is an artist-run centre in Mohkinstsis/Calgary, Alberta, Treaty 7 Territory. Our core goals are: to support the development, creation, and presentation of new work by early-career artists; to provide affordable studio space for Calgary-based artists; and to broaden the reach and scope of contemporary art in Calgary, with the ultimate, if ambitious, aim to expose Calgarians to artistic work that explores pressing contemporary issues. We work toward these goals with an artist-centric approach that prioritizes the wholesale support of artists; creative and radical uses of spaces outside of the gallery; and a curatorial focus on projects and practices that dovetail with the specific socio-political, cultural, colonial, economic, and Indigenous histories and contexts of Alberta. Ultimately, Untitled strives to empower and support artists to imagine radical futures, and to invite those inside and outside of our community to be co-conspirators in realizing such futures. UAS gratefully acknowledges funding from the Canada Council for the Arts, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and Calgary Arts Development.
ICAI and UAS are situated on Treaty 7 Territory. We acknowledge the original stewards of this land: the Blackfoot Confederacy, including the Siksika, Piikani and Kainai Nations, Tsuut’ina Nation, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley, and the Métis Nation, Region III. We make this acknowledgement alongside our commitment to honour our relationships with all community members, artists, contractors, staff and board members, including those who are Indigenous, displanted, newcomers, and settlers, as well as all the more-than-human beings that constitute our world. As such, we strive to enact our work with integrity and respect, to honour these values and commitments.