Running concurrently with the Calgary Stampede, G'ddy Up! explores the visual side of cowboy pop culture. While once regulated to the movie world, the subject of the cowboy and cowboy kitsch has become a growing presence in the contemporary art scene. The contemporary cowboy no longer only represents machismo and Wild West but is indicative of a society filled with nostalgic yearnings for a simpler time where the heroes and the villains were easily distinguished by the colour of their hat.
Included in Newzones' G'ddy Up! is a selection of artists interested in both the complex idea of the cowboy culture as well as those who use aspects of this culture for formal explorations. From the horses found in Kevin Sonmor and Joshua Jensen-Nagle's work to the playful cowboy figurines in the David Levinthal's 'Wild West' series, all of the work in G'ddy Up! pay homage to the iconic life of the North American cowboy.
Artists include: Cathy Daley, Joshua Jensen-Nagle, David Levinthal, David Robinson, Kevin Sonmor