“G’ddy Up!” – Group Exhibition – 2009
Running concurrently with the Calgary Stampede, G’ddy Up! explores the visual side of Calgary’s cowboy 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.
There’s no denying that July is the month of the cowboy and all of the magical things that come along with the Calgary Stampede.
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 Joe Andoe’s work to Dianne Bos’s signature photographs of our own Stampede rides, all of the work in G’ddy Up! pays homage to the cowboy culture that accompanies the Calgary Stampede.
Artists included: Joe Andoe, Dianne Bos, Cathy Daley, Kevin Sonmor.